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May 2020 – The Right Way To Maintain Your Trees – Part 15

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.

Do the leaves look healthy, or are they yellowing, withering, blotched, undersized, or chewed by insects? Are there cracks in the trunk or branches? Are there signs of root rot? Root decay is often difficult to detect but can potentially cause your tree to fail. One sign of root decay are mushrooms growing on or near the base of your tree. If you determine that one of the above conditions exists, and you are unsure how to address the situation in a way that contributes to the long-term health of your tree, consult a certified arborist. See ‘How to Hire An Arborist’ for more information.

What trauma has the tree already been through? Has it been topped? Are there signs of decay? Have there been activities around the root zone that may have compacted the soil? Examine your tree on a regular basis. Look for signs of potential problems and compare that problem to what you know about your tree species. • Are limbs dying at the ends? • Is the shape of the tree unbalanced, or is the tree leaning to one side?

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 cutting service in the Tri-Cities.

April 2020 – The Right Way To Maintain Your Trees – Part 12

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.

Preventing Sidewalk Damage

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Carefully selecting a tree that will not become too large for the width of the parking strip is the simplest solution to avoiding sidewalk problems. 

Proper tree maintenance is also important. • Encourage deep root growth. Watering longer and less frequently allows the soil to become moist several feet down, encouraging the roots to grow deeper where there will be less interference with sidewalk and street infrastructure. When rain showers are few and far between, apply 10 to 20 gallons of water slowly to the root zone of your young tree each week. • Root pruning is an easy annual maintenance practice that involves cutting small (<1” diameter) surface roots before they grow under the sidewalk. The best tool is a nursery spade with a 13” blade.

Cut the roots along the sidewalk edge, separating the root ends to prevent them from grafting back together. A successful root pruning program begins the year the tree is planted. To prune any other roots, a permit from the Urban Forestry Division is needed.

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 maintenance service in Pasco.

April 2020 – The Right Way To Maintain Your Trees – Part 11

Do you need to find the best tree thinning service in West 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.

When Do I Prune My Tree?

Some say, “any time the tools are sharp.” Understanding how your tree will respond will help you make the best decisions for your tree. Generally speaking, the following guidelines apply: • Broken and dead branches and root suckers can and should be pruned any time of year. • Because most trees in Portland experience seasonal dormancy, pruning during the winter months encourages vigorous new growth in the spring without depriving the tree of actively photosynthesizing tissues. • Limited pruning is okay in summer. Keep in mind that pruning during the growing season removes leaf surface that is manufacturing food for next year’s growth. Light pruning will have little impact on future growth, but heavy pruning may slow or dwarf your tree’s growth. • Avoid pruning in spring to prevent damage to delicate young leaves and buds.

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 pruning service in West Richland.

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