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Spring Time Checklist Part 2: You’re Using Too Mulch – January 2016

Spring time is around the corner. If your property has one tree or many trees, you will need to think about maintaining them. Top Tree LLC is where you will find some of the only qualified arborists in Kennewick. Let us take care of your trees.

Keep An Eye On Your Layers

Mulch does so many good things. With that said, it is easy to assume more mulch is better. In reality, thicker layers of mulch cause plants harm. When mulch builds up over four inches it often starts repelling water. When this happens water simply sheds off the top of the mulch rather than soaking into the soil below, leaving plants thirsty.

Thick layers of mulch can also suffocate plant roots, or cut off access to oxygen and carbon dioxide. We don’t often think about the role of air in the soil, but roots need air to survive. Burying root systems under excessive layers of mulch reduces the amount of air in the soil, causing plants to decline. A tree or plant’s health decline is usually slow, often taking years for plants to die from over mulching.

No Need For Mountains Around Trees

The practice of volcano mulching is extremely damaging to trees. This practice is where deep layers of mulch are piled up against the trunks of trees. In addition to suffocating roots, this type of mulching encourages pests to take up residence. If your tree looks like it is erupting out of a mountain of mulch, you have too much.

To prevent the death of your trees, remove excess mulch away from tree trunks. Really, there should be a two to four inch layer of mulch extending out to the drip line, or edge of the tree canopy. Taper the mulch level down near the trunk so no mulch actually touches a tree’s trunk. Also avoid piling mulch into the center of shrubs or dumping thick layers of mulch on top of perennials.

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Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree removal needs in Kennewick. 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 2015: Tree Thinning: Tip #2

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

Tip of the Day: Remove a Tree Stump
You can remove a stump by renting a power stump grinder, but another way is to buy a can of stump remover (available at most garden or home centers). Most brands are made of powdered potassium nitrate, which speeds up the rotting process.

Bonus Tip of the Day: Trouble-Free Tree thinning
Prune midsize branches without damaging the tree by cutting them in three stages. Make the first cut on the underside about 8 in. from the trunk, cutting a third of the way up. Make the next cut at the top of the branch 3 in. past the first cut.

Finally, cut the remaining stump off at the trunk, just past the slightly raised area, called the branch bark ridge, making the cut perpendicular to the branch to minimize the exposed surface.

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.

December 2015: Tree Thinning: Tip #4

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

Tip of the Day: Never remove more than one-fourth of a living crown at once. If you need to remove more than that, spread it out over a number of years.

Bonus Tip of the Day: To provide clearance for pedestrians and for other reasons, you can raise the crown by carefully pruning the tree. Maintain live branches on at least two-thirds of a tree’s height. If you remove too many branches near the bottom half, the tree may not be able to develop a strong stem.

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 Richland.

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