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Grass & Trees Clean Your Air – August 2019: Part 1

Most people only associate clean air with trees. Grass also cleans our air and is often overlooked.  If you’re looking for guidance on how your lawn might be affecting your trees, please don’t hesitate to ask.

DID YOU KNOW

Trees & Grass Both Clean the Air – Turf Resource Center Did you know?

  • To a greater extent than trees, turfgrass acts as an agent to purify contaminants and control soil erosion.
  • Lawns are very efficient oxygen producers. They are about three times more effective than trees.  And, their season to produce oxygen is much longer than trees.
  • Another almost counter-intuitive assertion comes from Ron Barnett of American Plant Food, who states that turf produces more oxygen per square foot than “anything else” and replacing it with a patio or a single tree would be a net loss to air quality.
  • A typical 18-hole golf course produces enough oxygen to support 4,000 to 7,000 people. That means a state like Georgia for example, with its 430 golf courses, produces enough oxygen for more than 1 million people.
  • While carbon sequestration exists on tees, it was not nearly as much as occurs on the fairways and greens, and the researchers are still investigating the reasons for this difference.
  • A recent study has calculated that a mere ten percent increase in the amount of green space in built-up centers would reduce urban surface temperatures by as much as seven degrees. This seven degrees drop in temperature, which is equivalent to the average predicted rise through global warming by the 2080s, is caused by the cooling effect of water as it evaporates into the air from leaves and vegetation through a process called transpiration. “As the concern about global warming continues to escalate, local municipalities, state agencies and governments across the globe are attempting to address environmental concerns with the best of intentions. But some of their decisions, though well intended, may actually create unpleasant consequences in the not to distant future,” according to Turf Resource Center.

Using Top Tree LLC

Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree stump removal needs in the Tri-Cities.  All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified.  We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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.

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