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Tree Clipping: Tip #1 November 2019

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Tip of the Day: Get Rid of Bad Branches

When pruning bushes, remember what some arborists call the “4 Ds.” Start with the dead and damaged branches, because they make the plant look bad, and encourage rot and disease. Also, cut out wilted, dried or diseased branches as soon as you spot them, to remove disease before it spreads. “Deranged” includes a broad range of branches that cross (the rubbing wears away the bark), loop down to the ground or simply look out of character with the bush (stick out at an odd angle or grow alongside the trunk). This pruning also thins out the bush, opening its interior to more light and air, which encourages fuller, healthier growth.

Bonus Tip of the Day: Prune One-Third of a Bush’s Canes

Cane-type bushes, such as forsythia and hydrangea, usually send up new canes from their roots every year. In general, prune out the oldest (larger) wood to control the bush height. It’s also OK to trim out newer canes to thin the interior of the plant and let in light, as well as to control spread. If one of these bushes has gotten too big and out of control, you can often cut off all the canes and the roots will send up new shoots. You’ll have a nice new bush in a year or two. Note: All bush categories have exceptions to these rules. So know your plants!

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The Effect of Grass on Trees – September 2019: Part 12

We’re continuing with our series on the effects of grass on trees: Most of us 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.

As with fertilizers, proper application of pesticides to turfgrass results in little impact on the environment. “Many university studies show that less than one percent of pesticides leach from the application site with the majority remaining in the turf or soil/thatch layer until it is degraded.”

With proper education, “maintaining healthy turf areas can be accomplished by utilizing common sense and adhering to classic agronomic management principles. Know your soils and apply fertilizer and pesticides correctly. Adopt environmentally sound lawn service programs that will reduce leaching, runoff and erosion and maximize the environmental benefits of quality turfgrass.”

It is agreed that the Southwest has an impending water crisis which must be dealt with as the population grows and new urban water sources are developed at a much slower pace. Yet, some government agencies “are focused almost exclusively on projected water savings and have not fully contemplated the potential environmental impacts that may result from reducing the percentage of turf in the landscape.”  Many also have not considered the option of allowing greater plantings of low water use grass varieties. A balanced approach to water conservation recognizes that there are species of both trees and turf which conserve water while also providing many benefits to our cities and neighborhoods

Using Top Tree LLCTop 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.

The Effect of Grass on Trees – September 2019: Part 11

We’re continuing with our series on the effects of grass on trees: Most of us 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.

Lawns are perceived to leach fertilizers into our water supply. Research indicates that when appropriate rates of fertilizers and pesticides are applied to a dense stand of grass, there is very little runoff or leaching from the fertilized site. “Whenever N is applied to a site, there is the possibility that some of it may run off into surface waters. However, several recent studies indicate that N carried in runoff from turf areas is very low, that is because turf is comprised of many closely spaced plants forming a relatively closed canopy over the soil surface.”

Using Top Tree LLCTop 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.

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