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January 2020 – The right way to plant a tree: Part 2

Do you need to find the best tree thinning service in the Tri Cities? We are it. However, if you’re looking to tackle the job yourself, we are happy to help by providing whatever information we can.

Proper planting steps

1. Find the point where the top-most root emerges from the trunk. Remove soil from the top of the root ball so that the top-most root emerging from the trunk is at the surface.

2. Dig a shallow planting hole as wide as possible. Dig the hole slightly shallower than the depth of the top-most root and twice the diameter of the root ball.

3. Slide the tree into the planting hole and remove synthetic material. Carefully slide the tree in the hole with the top most root 1-2 inches above the landscape soil. Materials used to transport the tree including twine, burlap, and a basket or container should be removed – unless doing so will void a warranty.

4. Backfill the hole and add mulch. Before backfilling, straighten the tree in the planting hole. Backfill the soil into the planting hole breaking up soil clumps. Apply a ring of mulch 2-4 inches deep extending 2 feet out from the base of the tree. Keep mulch slightly away from the trunk. Water your tree once planted.

5. Stake and prune the tree, if necessary. Staking may be needed to hold roots firmly in the soil especially if you live in a windy environment. Stake the tree until the roots are established, but no longer than one growing season. Light pruning may also be needed to remove broken or dead branches from the tree.

If you’re looking to do all of your own tree thinning, we will be your biggest cheerleaders. If you ever need advice, a quick tip, or just have a quick question, please call us anyways. We will be happy to help and assist any way we can. If there is ever a job that gets to be a little too big, please give us a chance to earn your business. We are the best tree thinning service in the Tri Cities.

January 2020 – The right way to plant a tree: Part 4

Do you need to find the best tree thinning service in the Tri Cities? We are it. However, if you’re looking to tackle the job yourself, we are happy to help by providing whatever information we can.

A Pruning Primer

Making careful and correct pruning cuts and pruning at the correct time of year is one of the best things you can do for your trees. Regularly scheduled tree pruning improves tree health and form, controls growth, and increases tree strength. Pruning can also help with certain homeowner problems such as providing clearance, improving a tree’s appearance, and improving a view. These guidelines and accompanying graphics will help you make the right cuts:

Removal Cut

Prunes a branch back to the trunk or a parent branch. Reduces canopy density and allows light to penetrate the canopy and encourage growth on the interior branches.

Reduction Cut

Shortens the length of a stem by pruning back to a smaller limb large enough to assume dominance. Reduces canopy size and improves the structure of older trees. Never remove more than 25% of the canopy.

If you’re looking to do all of your own tree thinning, we will be your biggest cheerleaders. If you ever need advice, a quick tip, or just have a quick question, please call us anyways. We will be happy to help and assist any way we can. If there is ever a job that gets to be a little too big, please give us a chance to earn your business. We are the best tree thinning service in the Tri Cities.

January 2020 – The right way to plant a tree: Part 3

Do you need to find the best tree thinning service in the Tri Cities? We are it. However, if you’re looking to tackle the job yourself, we are happy to help by providing whatever information we can.

How to have the best looking trees in your neighborhood

Practice right tree, right place. Select tree species with growth characteristics that match the planting space and site conditions. For example, because of their height, tall trees like Douglas-fir, should not be planted under power lines.

Mulch your trees. Mulching helps keep soil moist and provides a protective barrier about the base of a tree. Apply mulch several inches thick and extending out several feet from the tree, keeping it away from the trunk itself.

Give your trees a drink! Newly planted trees and even established trees need water regularly during drought conditions. Keep lawn care equipment away from trees. Injury to a tree’s trunk, roots, and branches from lawn care tools can cause decay and may lead to the tree’s decline.

Leave roots alone. Roots support, anchor, supply water and nutrients, and store energy for a tree. Damage to tree roots is a common cause of tree death in urban areas. Make correct pruning cuts. Prune according to national standards. This method of pruning benefits your tree’s health, thus benefiting you! Remember to never top your trees!

If you’re looking to do all of your own tree thinning, we will be your biggest cheerleaders. If you ever need advice, a quick tip, or just have a quick question, please call us anyways. We will be happy to help and assist any way we can. If there is ever a job that gets to be a little too big, please give us a chance to earn your business. We are the best tree thinning service in the Tri Cities.

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