Windstorms & Tree Damage in the Tri-Cities

Every now and then, we have windstorms that come ripping through here that can leave downed trees all over your yard. When this happens, and it will, here is what you do:

Do not panic: If a tree is not an immediate hazard, it is usually fine to wait a few weeks or months before making your final decision.

Watch out for the scams: After a storm, it is common for people claiming to be tree specialists to show up offering their services. Be sure to check credentials and BBB records. Also, get referrals.

Seek out a professional (Top Tree LLC): Top Tree LLC is your best best. Maybe we are a little biased, but we are arborist professionals. We are happy to provide references. Our clients love us.

Follow Best Tree Care Practices: If you decide to care for a damaged tree yourself, be sure to follow proper safety precautions and best practices. We can answer any questions you have if you decide to do it yourself.

Prepare Trees For Future Windstorms: With proper care, much of the worst damage to trees and property can be prevented. We can help you determine what’s needed to minimize any damage from future windstorms.

What To Do Now
Now, if you do not feel comfortable or simply don’t have the proper tools to do any tree removal, we are more than happy to do any of this work for you. Also, if you have multiple trees to remove or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can handle all of your tree removal needs and services in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and even West Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree maintenance provider.

Why It’s Important To Mulch

The average homeowner doesn’t usually make the connection between mulching and tree health. For most, when people think of “mulching” they associate it with gardening. For any tree you have on your property, mulch is very important.

Mulching Insulates
Mulching is important for the insulation of the soil around your trees. The mulch helps regulate the temperature of the soil around your tree. Here in the Tri-Cities, we can have some extreme temperatures. In the summer, we can reach temperatures easily in the triple digits. In the winter, we sometimes hit some extreme lows.

Mulching Retains Water
The patch of ground directly under the canopy of your tree is an important part of your tree’s health. When you mulch, it helps your tree retain far much more water than without it. With mulching, you are able to control the flow of water to your tree and reduce the overall cost of water you consume.

Mulching Prevents Root Competition
Mulching keeps weeds away from your tree as well as its root structure. Mulching will keep weeds from competing for all the vital nutrients your tree needs.

Mulching Reduces Soil Erosion
Soil erosion can be a serious problem for any tree or vegetation. The top soil surrounding your tree is vital to its health and well being. Here in the Tri-Cities, we have some wind storms that can reach speeds of 70+ mph gusts. This requires the use of a heavier mulch and sometimes the replacement of mulch.

What To Do Now
If you have questions, we are happy to provide all answers to your questions. If you need other services, such as tree removal service, we can do that as well.

How Your Trees Are A Great Investment

In a struggling economy where home values are dipping or having a tough time maintaining, trees are an simple solution to increasing the value of your home. The beauty of trees, flowers, and other vegetation enhances the appeal of a property and could possible raise your property value anywhere between 10 and 20 percent. A well chosen tree landscape adds curb appeal to your home and makes a home look established within it’s environment. If you have nosy neighbors always popping their heads over the fence, trees can create a privacy barrier from neighbors. Real estate professionals believe mature and healthy trees have a strong impact on a buyer’s decision making process, as older trees carry their weight in return investments.

Trees provide a great return on your investment when it comes to being energy efficient. Trees provide shade during the summer, reducing your cooling costs up to 25 percent. Trees also reduce the heating effect on the planet by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, so cooling your home at the same time as cooling the planet is a win-win situation for you and the earth. Trees also act as windbreaks for your home, reducing your heating bills in the winter months. And as you know, we have our fair share of wind during the winter here in the Tri-Cities.

Trees are mood enhancers, they spark memories from our childhoods, like when we used to climb the Apple tree or play on the tire swing tied to the old Oak. We see them as nature’s playgrounds, they are the backdrops for family photos and a shady place to gather for lunch. Trees are the past, present and future. You may have planted that tree with your children, you enjoyed pushing your babies in the swing and now your grandchildren. When you do sell your house, the new couple will see these possibilities for their family.

Trimming your trees properly, maintaining their health, structure and growth will enhance all of these possibilities. Trees that are not properly pruned and taken care of can become headaches, and heartaches down the road. So show your trees a little tender loving care, giving thanks to trees, and the benefits will be endless.

Now, if you do not feel comfortable or simply don’t have the proper tools to do any of this pruning, we are more than happy to do any of this pruning for you. Also, if you have multiple trees to prune or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can handle all of your tree pruning needs and services in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and even West Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree maintenance provider.

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