Tree Maintenance

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 5

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 5 of 6:

Time To Inspect Your Trees!

Before leaves appear, inspect tree trunks and branches, looking for signs of disease or damage. Not sure what to look for? Learn about inspecting trees and what to look for when identifying potential health hazards for your trees.

Look for rabbit or vole damage near the base of trunks. If damage is present, erect a fine-mesh screen to prevent further damage, and monitor the tree’s health over time. If you do spot something that makes you feel uncertain about the safety of a tree, contact us (your Tri-Cities arborist) to receive EXPERT tree care advice.

While many plants and trees can live out their lives without ever needing to be pruned there are some signs that indicate a need for trimming including:

  • To direct growth to avoid problems as the tree ages
  • To maintain shape
  • To remove damaged or diseased growth
  • To improve future flowering or fruit production
  • To prevent leggy growth
  • To promote new growth by removing older wood
  • To remove growth rubbing against buildings or power lines

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 4

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 4 of 6:

Spring Time Means Pruning!

The ideal time to prune most trees is during winter dormancy. The reason for this is because while dormant, they are not growing. You can read more about winter dormancy here and to learn more about how to prune trees here. You can remove any dead, damaged, or broken branches in spring. If you’re unsure whether a branch is dead, wait until the tree leafs out. Dead branches are easy to spot once leaves unfurl.

Pruning is an art and a science. There is a correct way to prune and an incorrect way to prune. If you have any questions on what is the best way to prune your trees, we are more than happy to answer your questions. We have written extensively on proper methods of pruning. Whether you have large trees, small trees, or just a lot of trees, we are a great resource for you.

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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