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Advanced Tree Pruning For Beginners – July 2019: Part 1

In our efforts to educate and share knowledge for properly pruning the trees on your property, we are continuing with this topic for July.

1. The first cut is a shallow notch made on the underside of the branch, outside the branch collar. This cut will prevent a falling branch from tearing the stem tissue as it pulls away from the tree.

2. The second cut should be outside the first cut, all the way through the branch, leaving a short stub.

3. The stub is then cut just outside the branch bark ridge/branch collar, completing the operation.

Pruning dead branches
Prune dead branches in much the same way as live branches. Making the correct cut is usually easy because the branch collar and the branch bark ridge can be distinguished from the dead branch because they continue to grow. Make the pruning cut just outside of the ring of woundwood tissue that has formed, being careful not to cause unnecessary injury. Large dead branches should be supported with one hand or cut with the three-step method, just as live branches.

Cutting large living branches with the three-step method is more critical because of the
greater likelihood of bark ripping.

Drop Crotch Cuts
A proper cut begins just above the branch bark ridge and extends through the stem parallel to the branch bark ridge. Usually, the stem being removed is too large to be supported with one hand, so the three-cut method should be used.

1. With the first cut, make a notch on the side of the stem away from the branch to be retained, well above the branch crotch.

2. Begin the second cut inside the branch crotch, staying well above the branch bark ridge, and cut through the stem above the notch.

3. Cut the remaining stub just inside the branch bark ridge through the stem parallel to the branch bark ridge.

To prevent the abundant growth of epicormic sprouts on the stem below the cut, or dieback of the stem to a lower lateral branch, make the cut at a lateral branch that is at least one-third of the diameter of the stem at their union.

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December 2018: Picking The Right Tree For 2019 – Part 4

Continuing on with our discussion of choosing the best tree for your Pasco property. There are additional things to consider when deciding what kind of trees you want. Here are some more elements to consider:

Exposure
The amount of sunlight available will affect tree and shrub species selection for a particular location. Most woody plants require full sunlight for proper growth and flowering. Some do well in, or even prefer, light shade; however, few species perform well in dense shade. Wind exposure is also a consideration. Wind can dry out soils, damage tree crowns, and uproot newly planted trees. Special maintenance, such as staking or more frequent watering, may be necessary to establish young trees on windy sites.

Drainage
Tree roots require oxygen to develop and thrive. Poor drainage limits oxygen availability to the roots and may ultimately kill the tree. If drainage is an issue on your property, ask a local arborist about what can be done to correct the problem.

Hardiness
Hardiness is the plant’s ability to survive in the extreme temperatures of the particular geographic region in which you are planting the tree. Plants can be cold hardy, heat tolerant, or both. Most plant reference books provide a map of hardiness zone ranges. Check with your local garden center for the hardiness information for your region.

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We are your best choice for any tree trimming needs in Pasco. All of our arborists are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

December 2018: Picking The Right Tree For 2019 – Part 5

Keeping on with our discussion of choosing the best tree for your West Richland property. There are additional things to consider when deciding what kind of trees you want. Here are some more elements to consider:

Space Constraints
Many different factors can limit the planting space available to the tree: overhead or underground utilities, pavement, buildings, other trees, visibility. The list goes on and on. Make sure there is adequate room for the tree you select to grow to maturity, both above and below ground.

Human Activity
Often an overlooked aspect of tree selection, the reality is that the top five causes of tree death result from things people do. Soil compaction, underwatering, overwatering, vandalism, and the number one cause — planting the wrong tree — account for more tree deaths than all insect- and disease-related tree deaths combined.

No matter what kind of tree service you’re needing for your property. Whether it’s tree removal, tree trimming, removing of stumps, we can do it all and do it correctly. We have a highly trained team of some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities.

If you want to call us and ask questions, we are always available. We want you to be comfortable in your decision of choosing us to do this important work. We can’t wait to speak with you.

Top Tree LLC Is Here To Help!
We are your best choice for any tree trimming needs in West Richland. All of our arborists are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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