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Why You Should Hire An Arborist. Part 1

Learn about services that arborists, provide criteria for selecting and arborist, and the benefits of hiring an ISA Certified Arborist in the Tri-Cities.

Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done by those trained to work safely in trees.

What Are The Services Arborists Provide?

Pruning
An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees. Pruning techniques include removing limbs that:

  • interfere with utilities or structures
  • obstruct streets or sidewalks
  • are dead and weak
  • are dead and pose a risk
  • are diseased or infested
  • have been damaged by storms
  • will increase light penetration and reduce wind resistance

Other pruning techniques are used to maintain proper structure in young trees, improve tree shape and form, and reduce the likelihood of future damage during storms.

We will continue with our series of why you should hire an arborist for all of your Tri-Cities tree maintenance needs. Continue to Part 2.

Keep in mind that having trees on your property comes with a little bit of maintenance. With just a little maintenance, you can prevent most major pitfalls. You won’t have to be worried about trees causing property damage or even worse, personal injury. We look forward to discussing your tree maintenance needs. We have trained arborists in the Tri-Cities that are professional and that can answer any questions you have.

How To Plant Trees: Check Local Laws & Codes Part 2

Each city within the Tri-Cities area has it’s own tree ordinances and codes. Whether you live in Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, Benton City, or Burbank, you will want to look up any codes related to where and how you plant your trees. Some of the biggest concerns will be any obstructions created to city property or public access. You will also want to consider future planning because even if your tree is good now or next year, it may end up violating code years down the road.

Some of the kinds of ordinances will cover one of these three basic categories:

  • Street tree ordinances primarily cover the planting and removal of trees within public rights-of-way. They often contain provisions governing maintenance or removal of private trees which pose a hazard to the traveling public. Also included in this category are ordinances with tree planting requirements, such as those requiring tree planting in parking lots.
  • Tree protection ordinances are primarily directed at providing protection for native trees or trees with historical significance. They usually require that a permit be obtained before protected trees can be removed, encroached upon, or in some cases, pruned.
  • View ordinances are designed to help resolve conflicts between property owners that result when trees block views or sunlight.

Keep in mind that proper tree care begins when you pick a tree and what you do to your tree in its first couple years of life will affect its shape, strength, and its life span. By following these steps, you will make sure tree gets on the correct foot and keep it healthy throughout its life. We look forward to helping you with all of your tree maintenance needs. No matter where you live in the Tri-Cities, your tree maintenance needs are our priority.

How To Plant Trees: Select The Right Time of Year Part 1

If you don’t plant your tree during the proper time of year it will be less likely to survive and thrive. Don’t plant in late spring or summer because the heat will add extra stress the tree and could cause it to die. Of course, all this depends on the type of plant, because different plants have different needs.

Typically, April and May are the prime times to plant in the Tri-Cities area, because the tree has all summer to grow and get accustomed to its new abode. Otherwise, September and October are your best bet. It tends to be cooler and rainier and the trees are getting ready for hibernation.

Certain trees don’t do well if planted in the fall, like oaks (nut trees) and birches. Container trees tend to do better if planted in the fall than trees in burlap or trees that are baled, because these tend to go into transplanting shock in the fall.

We are fortunate to have great weather here with 300 days of sunshine per year, a little rain fall, and plenty of local irrigation water to provide all that a tree would need. Don’t forget, when planting your tree, that you will need a tree maintenance plan. We are happy to take care of your trees.

Keep in mind that proper tree care begins when you pick a tree and what you do to your tree in its first couple years of life will affect its shape, strength, and its life span. By following these steps, you will make sure tree gets on the correct foot and keep it healthy throughout its life. We look forward to helping you with all of your tree maintenance needs. No matter where you live in the Tri-Cities, your tree maintenance needs are our priority.

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