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How To Make The Best Mulch – Tri-Cities Tree Advice

Determine How Much Mulch Is Needed
The more trees you have, the more mulch you will need to make. Furthermore, you will need at least 2 to 3 inches of mulch that will cover an area of 3 to 10 feet around the base of your tree. After some simple math, you will know exactly how much mulch for your trees you will need.

Create An Area To Make Your Mulch
The next step in making mulch for your trees is finding a spot to make it. You will want to choose an area that is not on your grass and is big enough to make all the mulch you will need. If you try to make the mulch on an area of your lawn, your lawn will end up dying due to lack of sunlight. Also, you will want to start collection your mulch material in the fall and let it sit until spring.

Collect Mulch Material
Your best mulch material will be fallen leaves and broken limbs. The leaves from your trees provide excellent material to make mulch from. Using these leaves will also save you time and money from having to find other types of material to use.

Shred & Chop
As you collect your leaves and limbs, you will want to shred and chip them. You can do this all at once or as you collect the material. If you do not have a leave shredder, you can easily use a lawnmower to get the job done. Also, if you do not have a limb chipper, you can rent one from a local hardware rental store.

Let It Sit
Once you have your pile made, it’s pretty much smooth sailing from there. All you need to do is let the pile sit.

Apply Mulch
When Spring time hits, your mulch pile will be ready to spread around the base of your trees. Don’t forget, you will need at least 2 to 3 inches and around 3 to 10 feet (depending on the size of your tree) area covered from the base.

Repeat
As time passes until Fall, keep a pile going. When the Fall does come, you will have plenty of material to use all over again.

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.

Spring Time Tree Maintenance Step by Step: Part 6

Established trees may seem self-sufficient, but our arborists at Top Tree LLC agree: Healthy trees do not just happen on their own. Trees are low-maintenance, not no-maintenance. Tending to seasonal chores helps keep trees healthy and protects your landscape investment. Get your trees off to a growing start by following six simple steps for spring tree care. Here is step 6 of 6:

Eliminating Pests & Diseases

We can tell you which pests and diseases pose the most serious threat to your trees – and how to best treat them. New problems develop yearly, and older foes are often defeated.

Healthier trees are less likely to become infested, so maintaining the strength and vitality of your tree is an important prevention step. Once chewing insects are present, controlling movement up and down the stem with physical barriers can interrupt the lifecycles of many caterpillars. Insecticides can be used to kill the insects.

The key is to prevent infestation by keeping the tree as healthy as possible. This includes proper pruning, watering, mulching and fertilization. Pruning should be done in late fall or winter to avoid attracting insects to open wounds. Dead or fallen wood should be removed immediately. Once borers are present, control becomes extremely difficult, but steps should be taken to prevent further damage and to stop the spread to surrounding trees.

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 in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and even West Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree removal service provider.

Spring Time Tree Maintenance Step by Step: Part 3

Established trees may seem self-sufficient, but our arborists at Top Tree LLC agree: Healthy trees do not just happen on their own. Trees are low-maintenance, not no-maintenance. Tending to seasonal chores helps keep trees healthy and protects your landscape investment. Get your trees off to a growing start by following six simple steps for spring tree care. Here is step 3 of 6:

You Need Water!

Wait until soil thaws out from the cold to tackle watering. If you water your trees while the soil is still frozen, the water will just run off. You will want to deeply water trees located in areas where de-icing materials were used over winter. The excess water will irrigate salt-laden materials through soil and away from tree roots.

Even though the weather is cool, don’t allow trees to dry out. You may have to water several times if weather warms or if you have sandy soil. Check your sprinkler system. Inspect emitters and lines for leaks or clogs. Look for puddling around trees; adjust sprinkler heads accordingly. Sprinklers shouldn’t spray water onto foliage of trees susceptible to fungal diseases. If dogwood, for instance, has continually wet leaves, it’s more likely to develop anthracnose or powdery mildew.

When you water your trees, be sure to water near the trunk of your trees. Do not expect your inground sprinkler systems to do the job. One of the best ways to ensure your trees to get enough water is to use your garden hose.

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 in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and even West Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree removal service provider.

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