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Stump Removal – Part 2: Assessing The Scope of the Job – March 2019

Sizing Up The Job
Some stumps are easier to remove than others. Therefore different techniques for removing the stump can be used. Being prepared ahead of time and knowing which ways and techniques to use for which type of job will make things much easier for you in the long run. For example, pine tree stumps tend to be easier to remove than stumps from deciduous trees. The roots of pine trees tend to be wide, flat and relatively shallow while deciduous tree stumps’ roots tend to be long and deep.

What makes a stump easier to remove? Typically, the size and age of a stump are the best ways to determine the stump removal difficulty. Simply put, the older a stump is, the easier it is to remove. Likewise, small stumps are also easier to remove than large ones. Another good thing to keep in mind before choosing a stump removal method is to consider the total number of stumps that need to be removed. Do you really want to remove one hundred stumps by hand? Or even three? This guide will help you decide which stump removal techniques and methods are appropriate for you.

If you aren’t sure about how big or small a job is for removing one or many tree stumps, let us come out to your property and give you a proper estimate. It’s what we do and we’re good at it.

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

December 2017: Caring For Ice Damaged Trees – Part 3

Winters in Richland can be hit or miss. This year along, we’ve seen temperatures in December ranging from the low 50 degrees to the high teens. In the seasons we have the bitter cold temps couple with snow, you’ll want to understand how these temperatures can affect trees and potential damage from ice.

Call Us In
Depending on your circumstances and expertise, you may have to bring in us in to assist you in making decisions or in carrying out the physical work. There are a number of experts available to help you, including arborists, foresters, forestry technicians, biologists, ecologists, loggers and land clearing contractors. Each has their own unique skills and experience and should be used accordingly. Arborists care for individual trees and shrubs.

Future Care
Help your tree in the upcoming year by making its life as easy as possible. Water shade trees during dry spells. Avoid unnecessary wounding like lawn mower injury, at the tree’s base. In the forest, practice good timber management by cutting out less desirable and poorly formed trees to benefit your more valuable trees. At the same time, give thought to retaining some of the damaged trees as potential cavity trees for wildlife.

A well thought out management plan can help your trees stay “fit” for many years. A number of publications are available to help develop a management plan for your woodlot including A Woodlot Management Plan, Making Your Woodland Pay, and A Business Approach to Owning Rural Property. Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre for details. Don’t be tempted to “clean-up” the forest too much. Remember, woody debris on the forest floor provides nutrients for the remaining trees as well as key habitat for forest wildlife.

When you’re looking for tree maintenance and tree care in Richland, we should be your first choice. We are some of the only certified arborists in town and we are very good at what we do. Let us explain to you why we’re your best bet to take care of your trees.

December 2017: Caring For Ice Damaged Trees – Part 4

Winters in Pasco can be hit or miss. This year along, we’ve seen temperatures in December ranging from the low 50 degrees to the high teens. In the seasons we have the bitter cold temps couple with snow, you’ll want to understand how these temperatures can affect trees and potential damage from ice.

Protect yourself — always get estimates from at least three contractors. Insist on invoices for the work done and keep your receipts. To contact the experts, go to our Contact Page.

Ice Coated Trees
Some trees will continue to be ice covered or frozen into the snow crust after the storm. Generally, it is advised not to remove the ice and snow, although each tree is different. It is often best to allow the tree to thaw before attempting to straighten it. For some conifers, such as pine, attempting to release a frozen top could cause more damage. Do not attempt to remove ice by striking the branches with a blunt object. Trees are fairly brittle in the winter and with the added rigidity of the ice, you will break more branches than you will save. Be patient, over time the tree may straighten.

Pruning Properly
Pruning can be done anytime with a few exceptions. Elms should never be pruned during the growing season as open wounds attract the elm bark beetle that spreads Dutch Elm Disease. Avoid pruning hardwoods in the spring as sap flows will attract insects. Hardwoods that flower in early spring should be pruned after flowering to ensure that flowers will bloom next spring. Conifers can be pruned at any time, but pruning during the dormant season will minimize sap and resin flow.

When you’re looking for tree maintenance and tree care in Pasco, we should be your first choice. We are some of the only certified arborists in town and we are very good at what we do. Let us explain to you why we’re your best bet to take care of your trees.

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