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June 2020 – Selecting & Planting The Right Trees – Part 1

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.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. —Chinese Proverb

Climatically, the valley regions of southwestern Idaho are classified as desert, with hot, dry summers and cold, relatively dry winters. Relative humidity is typically very low year-round, which creates high water use by plants, especially during summer months. Annual precipitation is in the range of 9 inches (Mountain Home) to 12 inches (Boise). In contrast, a traditional landscape that includes trees requires more than 40 inches of water during a growing season to remain green and healthy. Add to southwestern Idaho’s climate the fact that it stands face-to-face with limited water resources, and the challenge of maintaining a beautiful landscape in the future becomes quickly evident.

Even with sufficient irrigation water, the desert climates of southwestern Idaho are less than ideal for tree survival and health. The combination of hot summer temperature and low relative humidity produces conditions of constant stress, especially if the trees are marginally adapted. If the water becomes less available in the future, with concurrent limitations on irrigation, many of the tree species commonly planted in the region will not live.

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.

June 2020 – Selecting & Planting The Right Trees – Part 6

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.

Nine irrigation tips for promoting tree health and water conservation

• Check soil moisture before watering.

• Irrigate in early morning rather than during the heat of the day.

• Avoid irrigating during windy weather unless you are using a drip system.

• Don’t rely on the timings used for turfgrass irrigation to water trees.

• Use drip irrigation and soaker hoses to deliver water to young trees and to flower and shrub beds.

• Irrigate newly planted trees weekly for up to three growing seasons, until they become well-rooted.

• Irrigate established trees deeply (11–16 inches) but infrequently to help roots develop to a proper depth, thus promoting better drought tolerance.

• Discourage root and crown diseases by irrigating established trees and shrubs near the dripline and beyond.

• Use mulches on the soil surface to conserve moisture, control weeds, and maintain a uniform soil temperature. Keep mulch 2 inches away from tree and shrub stems to discourage root and crown diseases.

Where to Water

To properly design an appropriate irrigation program for trees, it is important to understand the way they access and use water. Roots are the sole source of water for the entire tree. Tree root systems are very extensive, growing well past the tree’s drip line—points on the ground directly under the outermost leaves (figure 1). The majority of roots occur in the top 2 feet of soil. Most trees lose their taproots over time but may have a few anchor roots extending as deeply as 6 feet. Even though feeder roots are found close to the surface where oxygen and fertility are readily available, it is important that irrigation water soaks down deep into the soil to reach the entire root system.

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 Kennewick.

June 2020 – Selecting & Planting The Right Trees – Part 5

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.

The watering rates in the table will help you make good decisions about watering the trees once they become established.

In southwestern Idaho, supplemental irrigation is essential in landscapes using non-native plants. Water is the single most important factor for tree survival and growth. All the metabolic processes that occur within a tree depend on water.

During the growing season, trees constantly lose water to the atmosphere through transpiration — the loss of water vapor through leaf pores (stomata). In the heat of summer, it has been estimated that a large deciduous tree can use more than 100 gallons of water a day! If this water loss is not replaced, it can cause non- recoverable tissue damage and lead to tree decline, making the tree susceptible to pests and diseases. The importance and value of trees in a landscape cannot be overemphasized. Tree health, therefore, should be at the forefront of any irrigation regime.

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 trimming service in the Tri-Cities.

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