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Trees Improving Our Lives – October 2019

Here are some ways trees make our lives better:

Trees help us cool down and relax.

Looking at trees reduces blood pressure, helps patients recover, and increases productivity. Exposure to trees and nature reduces children’s stress. Drivers who can see trees and nature are less frustrated.

Trees keep us cooler
By casting shade and giving off moisture from its leaves, a big shade tree can reduce the surrounding temperature by 10 to 15 degrees. In cities, planting lots of trees can reduce the “heat island effect” caused by heat stored in paving and masonry buildings.

Trees make our streets quieter
They reduce noise by absorbing sound, especially at high frequencies. A band of trees and shrubs planted on a raised berm can reduce highway noise by 6 to 10 decibels.

Trees Lead To Safe Neighborhoods
In city areas with nearby trees and natural landscapes, there is less violence. Apartment complexes with many trees had 48 percent fewer crimes. On tree-lined streets, people drive slower, reducing accidents. Studies have shown that trees contribute to stronger ties among neighbors, a greater sense of safety, closer supervision of children in outdoor places, healthier patterns of children’s play, more use of neighborhood common spaces, fewer property crimes, and fewer violent crimes. Adolescents in urban communities may display less aggressive behavior if they live in neighborhoods with more greenery.

Trees Provide Beauty
Green in summer, golden in fall, lovely even in winter when their branches are outlined with snow, and glorious in spring, trees bring life to city streets and grandeur to suburban boulevards. Without trees, our neighborhoods would be stark and lifeless. Without trees, the horizon would be empty. Without the woods, where would the trail go?

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Stump Removal – Part 1: Why Removal Is Necessary – March 2019

Reasons to Remove a Stump

Before you have a Tri-Cities tree removal specialist cut down a tree on your property, you’ll need to decide whether the worker will want to remove the stump as well. If you’re having a hard time making this call, consider these factors when deciding.

  1. Stumps are ugly. Aesthetically speaking, the looks of a stump aren’t appealing. If you’re meticulous about your yard, removing the stump is a no brainer.
  2. Stumps aren’t safe. Stumps can be dangerous to your kids and family. When playing in your yard, they may see the stump and trip over it. And if a neighbor trips, it’s a liability that falls into your hands. In addition, tree stumps can damage your mower if you accidentally hit one when you’re mowing your lawn.
  3. Stumps will cause new tree growth. Sometimes leaving the stump behind leads to new sprouts, which will result in many small trees growing around the same old stump. This will cause an eyesore and could be costly to try to remove because the new offshoots will keep coming back, and you may need chemicals to kill them off completely. These small trees will also consume nutrients from other plants located near them, so your begonias may not receive all the nutrients they need.
  4. Stumps are a pain to work around. Remaining tree stumps become a nuisance, an obstacle you have to maneuver around when weeding or mowing your lawn.
  5. Stumps attract bugs and pests. When leaving stumps in your lawn, the decaying tree takes a long time to rot away completely. While it’s decaying, the stump attracts beetles, termites, ants and other wood-boring pests. You may not mind them in your yard, but they can eventually spread to your home.
  6. Stumps take up yard space. Especially if you don’t have a very large yard, the space you lose from the stump and roots may occupy a lot of space. Just think: You can use that space for a flowerbed or a picnic table.

Typically, you’ll spend extra money to grind down the stumps, but it just might be well worth it.

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

Stump Removal – Part 6: Disposing of the Stumps – March 2019

Getting rid of a tree stump can be done a few different ways.  If you need to get rid of a stump that you’ve dug out of the ground, you can either take a chainsaw to it, burn it where it sits, or just cut out chunks and toss them into a wood chipper.

Getting It Done With A Chainsaw

If you use a chainsaw to bust up a wood stump, you will want to make sure you use a chainsaw that is big enough to handle the task.  Also, you will need to make sure you have the proper gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing.

After you have successfully cut the stump into manageable sizes you could use the stump pieces as firewood for inside or out.

Using A Grinding / Wood Chipping

If you use a wood chipper to dispose of the wood stump, you will want to make sure you use a one that is big enough to handle the task.  Also, you will need to make sure you have the proper gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing before you start feeding those pieces in.  If you have questions about how to proceed, we are more than happy to help and advise.

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.

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