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January 2019 Spring Checklist: Part 2 – Pruning

We have some hot, dry weather here in the Tri-Cities. When it comes to dry weather, before deciding whether to prune your drought-stressed tree, first remove excess leaves. If moisture is present, growth will remain and buds will emerge. Also evaluate the tree’s surroundings, such as sidewalks, buildings and other obstructions, and the value of the limbs in question.

There are three levels to determine the value of tree roots and branches:

No value: Limbs are dead, broken or hazardous. Prune them at any time – you will not harm the tree.

  • Low value: Limbs are typically crossing or rubbing branches, or co-dominant branches that are the same size. Prune these with caution, keeping safety and tree health in mind.
  • High value: Limbs are often found on healthy, good-looking trees. Prune these only for cosmetic reasons.

Pruning Tips

In general, never prune more than 25 percent of your tree’s foliage at one time. In some cases, cabling and bracing might be better for your tree than pruning. But if pruning is necessary, a few guidelines can help you protect your trees from further damage:

  • Prune with sharp, clean tools to make small, clean cuts. Disinfect tools with rubbing alcohol.
    Only prune dry trees with angled cuts to help the water drip from the branches. Wet branches can spread disease if spores are present.
  • Avoid pruning branches that connect at a V-shaped crotch.
  • Remember that topping gives trees weak branching.
  • For trees with summer blossoms, prune them in winter before the buds break.
  • Some trees prefer to be pruned during certain times of the year, so check with your local, licensed arborist for advice.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Pasco, we would like to earn your business.

January 2019: Spring Checklist Part 1 – Inspection

Step One: Inspection
Look for critical risk trees. Do you have trees on your property that look like they’re about to fall over? Do you have trees on you property that have wind damage problems? The wind in the Tri-Cities can wreak havoc on our trees. As Spring time gets near, the wind will blow a little harder.

Step Two: Identify Specific Issues
Inclement weather isn’t the only thing that can ruin the health of your trees. Diseases and bug infestations can wipe out entire swaths of trees. The emerald ash borer , for example, rampant in 21 states, is attacking thousands of ash trees across the U.S.

These sparkly green bugs, approximately an inch long, emerge from ash trees in the spring. D-shaped holes or shallow S-shaped trails under the bark are telltale signs that EAB has made your tree its home. If signs of an invasive infestation are present, take note and notify a professionally trained, certified arborist immediately. Our professionally trained arborists will acknowledge hazards, explain potential concerns and may find something you missed while inspecting your trees.

Step Three Schedule a Check Up

Do you see something that causes concern? When in doubt, schedule a free consultation. Hire us to provide the best care for your trees. We will acknowledge current hazards, explain potential concerns and may find something you missed.Remember, saving trees can be done quickly and will save money in the long run. In most cases, treating trees is far less expensive than removing and replacing them.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Kennewick, we would like to earn your business.

January 2019: Spring Checklist: Part 3 Watering and Mulch

Watering Your Trees

New trees need to be watered at the time of planting. In addition, during their first season, they should be watered a minimum of one week in the absence of rain and often during the height of the summer. However, care should be taken not to overwater as this may result in oxygen deprivation.

If you are uncertain as to whether a tree needs watering, dig down 6-8 inches at the edge of the planting hole. If the soil at that depth feels powdery or crumbly, the tree needs water. Adequately moistened soil should form a ball when squeezed. Frequent deep soakings are better than frequent light wettings. Water should reach a depth of 12 to 18 inches below the soil surface to encourage ideal root growth.

A new way to ensure a constant supply of moisture is through the use of superabsorbent polymer crystals that absorb moisture when the surrounding soil is moist and release it again when the soil dries out.

Mulching Your Trees

To conserve moisture and promote water and air penetration, the backfilled soil surrounding newly-planted trees can be covered with mulch consisting of a material such as bark, wood chips or pine needles (although the acidity associated with pine needles is not suited for many plants). Mulch depth should be between 3 to 4 inches. Do not, under any circumstances, cover the area surrounding the tree with plastic sheeting since air and water movement are prevented. Porous landscape fabric can be used since it freely allows water and air penetration.

Fertilizer Your Trees

Since all soils have a history, it can be beneficial to get soil analyzed properly for macronutrients such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), micronutrients, pH, soil type, and drainage. Although many trees survive without fertilizer at time of planting, the majority of plants suffer root loss and stress associated with movement between ideal nursery grown conditions and the final planting.

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Richland, we would like to earn your business.

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