Tree Care Best Practices – June 2018: Part 6

We are in the middle of a beautiful summer season and this is when we see more and more people out in their yards taking care of their trees, shrubs, and other greenery. We think it’s a good time to go over some “best practices when it comes to your trees.

One of the first decisions is determining which trees are to be preserved and which should be removed. Consider the size, species, maturity, location and condition of each tree. The largest, most mature trees are not always the best to preserve. Younger, more vigorous trees can usually survive and adapt to the stresses of construction better. Try to maintain diversity of species and ages. A certified arborist can advise on which trees are more sensitive to compaction, grade changes, and root damage. Consider the following factors when deciding which trees to preserve:

• Life expectancy and present age
• Health and disease susceptibility
• Structure
• Cleanliness
• Aesthetic values
• Comfort
• Wildlife
• Adaptability to the proposed development
• Survival needs of the tree
• Relationship to other trees

A tree preservation plan must be prepared which includes the tree inventory and tree
protection measures for the project. This should be separate from a landscape plan.

Planting new trees in the right spaces will help to establish the trees’ longevity and
continued health while maximizing their benefits to the site. Consult Top Tree LLC when selecting a species. Many factors influence the suitability of specific species to specific sites.
• Native Species
• Approved plantings
• Tree Function
• Tree Form and Size

We will continue this series over the next few months covering a wide array of topics. Don’t forget, when you’re looking for the best tree maintenance company in Benton City, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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