Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Trussville?
- 2 Does the City of Trussville Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Trussville?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Trussville?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Trussville?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Trussville?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Trussville?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Trussville?
Located just north of Birmingham, Trussville, AL, offers residents the perfect natural landscape experience outside the hustle and bustle of downtown cities while only being a short distance away from downtown Birmingham attractions. This means we get to enjoy nature to its fullest by bird-watching, walking trails, or bicycling through the luscious forest lands of Cosby Lake Park, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, and Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve — or drive into neighboring cities for the nightlife scene.
What makes our forests in Trussville genuinely stand out is the native trees that inhabit them — trees that must withstand Trussvile’s long, hot, wet summers and cold, wet winters to survive. This would be a deal-breaker for many tree species, but that’s not the case for native trees like Bald cypress, Pecan, River Birch, Black Willow, Eastern Redcedar, and of course, the Alabama state tree — Longleaf Pine.
Unfortunately, even our native trees can break or die when up against common tree issues, and where there is a group of trees, there is also a risk of pests and diseases. For Trussville, the most common tree issues are the following.
Annosus Root Rot (ARR)
Annosus Root Rot (ARR) is a fungal disease that commonly attacks Pines and Eastern Red Cedars with a particular liking to spruce and fir species. Management typically includes reducing the number of pines and red cedars in areas with common infection and replacing them with tree species more resistant to ARR like almost any other species than fir and spruce.
The fungal disease spreads from root to root and is particularly dangerous for fresh stumps vulnerable to airborne spores. Signs and symptoms include pink staining, decay, resin near the root collar, discoloration, crown thinning, and fungal conks on some species (white-looking mushrooms growing from the trunk or base of a tree).
According to the Alabama Forestry Commission, the following combinations will make trees more susceptible to ARR:
- Pine stands with dead and dying trees, often in clusters or rows.
- Trees leaning or blown over from lack of supporting roots.
- Stringy white rot of wood in roots and/or butt.
- Sparse crowns with off-color needles, often with abundant cones.
- Resin-soaked root areas with discolored, dead, or rotted end sections.
- Mortality in the second or third year following thinning and continuing for several years.
- Pine stands infested with southern pine beetles or Ips bark beetles.
Alabama Tree Pest Infestations
Depending on the area and the tree species residing in it, dangerous insects vary in size and potential damage. While most aren’t directly at fault for the death of many trees in our landscapes, they are often the cause of contagious diseases being spread from tree to tree or being weakened enough to become vulnerable to tree diseases (from insects burrowing and feeding for long periods of time).
The most obvious sign that you have an infestation is sighting the pests on or near your trees, but other signs can include dispersed foliage, discoloration, holes in the trunks, and holes/spots in leaves from insect feedings. The most common treatment is insecticides but it depends heavily on early detection to work in most cases.
According to USDA APHIS, residents in Alabama should be especially aware of Asian Citrus Psyllids and Imported Fire Ants since they’re in federal quarantine for the damage they can do to your landscapes. You should also be on the lookout for the following pests suitable to our habitats: the Asian Gypsy Moth, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, European Cherry Fruit Fly, European Gypsy Moth, False Codling Moth, Mexican Fruit Fly, and the Spotted Lanternfly.
Does the City of Trussville Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Trussville does not provide any assistance in tree removal for private property owners as it is not on public property. A professional can do the service at the expense of the homeowner. However, the City of Trussville is responsible for the trees on public property, including street trees, so residents should contact the city with any questions regarding those.
Given you’ve gotten permission from the City of Trussville Tree Commission, our Landscape Tree Ordinance does state that you can plant new street trees if one or more have been removed as long as they are 10 feet of the right-of-way line or between 25 and 35 feet of the centerline of the roadway.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Trussville?
The only thing more stressful than dealing with a fallen tree and its removal is figuring out who is responsible for taking care of it (and any damages/injuries involved). Fortunately, we have the breakdown for Trussville, AL, residents — divided up into the following parties/sections for your benefit.
If you’re a homeowner?
If you’re a homeowner, you’re responsible for all the trees on your property that fall onto your property. The only time this is not the case completely is when a healthy tree falls onto multiple properties. In this case, your neighbors are responsible for the portion of the tree up to their property lines as you are responsible for the portion up to your property line — including the city if a portion lands onto public property.
To reference another common scenario, take a peek at the ‘neighbors’ section.
If you’re a renter?
Wonderful news for renters! If you’re a renter, it doesn’t matter where the tree was originally located, where it fell, etc. You are not responsible for removing a fallen tree under any circumstance because the responsibility is given to your landlord as they own the property, and you simply rent the space from them.
With that being said, you should still discuss any concerns or signs of determination with your landlord as soon as possible to ensure that they can treat or remove it before it causes any real harm to you, your family, or surrounding people.
If you’re a landlord?
If you’re a landlord, you have much of the same responsibility as a homeowner. This includes taking care of all the trees on your property and removing fallen trees when it comes to it. There is one major difference, however, and that is the added responsibility of your renters. It is your duty as their landlord to ensure their wellbeing and safety, and so it is also your duty to prevent trees from falling when possible (i.e., regular care and maintenance).
If you’re a neighbor?
The health of the tree that has fallen means everything in this scenario. For instance, if a dead or a dying tree falls onto your property from your neighbor’s property, then it is their responsibility to remove the fallen tree and take care of any other associated expenses. On the other hand, if the same tree that fell onto your property from your neighbor’s property was healthy, then it is your responsibility to remove it and cover expenses related to you and your property.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Trussville?
Sunlight isn’t all that is needed for the health and survival of our trees in Trussville landscapes. Soil plays a significant role in it as well, as the soil in our city is what provides the water and nutrients trees absorb through their roots for survival. Depending on the area and type of soil, certain trees grow and live better in different textures and series while others won’t grow in it at all.
In Alabama, the official state soil is the Bama series, which Soil Series describes as being “very deep, well-drained, moderately permeable soils.” This means that our soil is okay at absorbing and transmitting water although runoff can be a problem on occasion.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Trussville?
Weather does affect tree health in Trussville. In fact, even the most acclimated trees in our area could be severely damaged, weakened, or even killed by our weather. This is because the weather has its occasional extremes that even the strongest trees can’t combat. From heavy rains that bring down leaves and branches to natural disasters that can pull trees out of the ground or split them in half.
In Trussville, AL, some common natural disasters to hurt our trees’ health include severe thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, damaging winds, flooding winter storms, hurricanes, extreme heat, drought, and earthquakes.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Trussville?
There isn’t much that is more dangerous than homeowners taking care of a dead tree near a power line themselves. Not only can anything go wrong and cause major power outages for the area, but it also serves as a hazard for the homeowner doing the job, especially if they’re not trained and qualified in the field. Even many tree professionals have to have additional training to work with trees near power lines.
So if you notice a dead tree near a power line in Trussville, you should not do anything yourself, and you should immediately contact your electric company i.e., Tarrant Electric, Alabama Power, Total Electrical Services, or Southern Co Services Inc.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Trussville?
Residents in Trussville report paying on average $430 for a standard tree removal service, with costs going as low as $90 and as high as $850 in some cases. Although this is a good way to estimate your costs, this does not mean that you should expect the same. This is because the following cost factors can change your final costs dramatically depending on your specific needs.
The Height of Your Tree
The height of the tree you want to be removed from your property is one of the biggest causes for higher final costs. What many residents don’t consider is that the higher the tree, the more people, time, and equipment that will be needed to remove said tree. On the other hand, a tree significantly shorter than the standard 30-feet will help save you money down the road.
The position of your tree matters too. If your tree has already fallen over, it will likely save you as much as 50% of the cost of a still-standing tree because most of the job is already done. This can vary by location and the circumstances of the tree (i.e., where the tree landed, the dangers surrounding its fallen location, etc.).
Your Professional’s Hourly Rate
Many residents make the mistake of thinking no matter who does the job for them, they will be around the same price. While this may be the case for many professionals, you shouldn’t be surprised to see some major differences. This is because an experienced professional who has been in the field will rightfully make (and therefore cost you) much more than one who is new to the industry.
Experience aside, your professional should be licensed no matter what. We suggest doing a license search using an Alabama-specific online portal for verification.
Additional Service Costs
While not everyone will take advantage of additional services when they get their tree removed, it is still in your best interest to consider your options. For instance, many residents prefer to get tree protection treatments like injections for trees surrounding an infected one that is being removed or land and lot clearing to clear their property of any added yard waste. Either way, it’s always better to budget with an open mind in case you are interested.