Tree Care Best Practices – June 2018: Part 2

We are in the middle of a beautiful summer season and this is when we see more and more people out in their yards taking care of their trees, shrubs, and other greenery. We think it’s a good time to go over some “best practices when it comes to your trees.

Common Definitions

Arborist: A specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Top Tree LLC is a company who has employees who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through at least three years of experience and have passed a comprehensive examination. We are also required to continue their education in order to maintain their certification, ensuring that their knowledge is updated on the latest arboriculture techniques.

Street Trees: Large canopy trees planted along existing or proposed public streets. Street trees may be within existing or proposed rights-of-way, but when outside of the public right of way, must be within fourteen feet of the edge of such rights-of-way.

Tree Canopy or Tree Cover: All areas of coverage by plant material exceeding five feet in height, and the extent of planted tree canopy at ten or twenty years maturity.

Tree Protection Zone: Area surrounding individual trees or groups of trees to remain during construction, and defined by fencing and signage as described below unless otherwise indicated. The Tree Protection Zone is 1.5 feet away in radial distance from the tree trunk for every inch in stem diameter. This area is also referred to as the critical root zone or critical root radius.

We will continue this series over the next few months covering a wide array of topics. Don’t forget, when you’re looking for the best tree maintenance company in Kennewick, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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