Best Tree Care Practices – July 2018: Part 1

We are having some extremely warm weather here in the Tri-Cities for July. But honestly, it’s typically like this. With that in mind, ensuring that our trees and landscaping are being taken care of, we should already be prepared for what to do.

Best Management Practices for Tree Preservation
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 the 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 the Landscape Plan. See the City of Kennewick’s Tree Preservation Plan Checklist.

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 species. Many factors influence the suitability of specific species to specific sites.

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 the Tri-Cities, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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