Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Springdale?
- 2 Does the City of Springdale Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Springdale?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Springdale?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Springdale?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Springdale?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Springdale?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Springdale?
When you drive around the area, you’ll see loblolly pines (Arkansas’ state tree), black oaks, hickory, and maples. The vast majority of the trees in Springdale are perfectly healthy and aren’t causing property owners any issues. When trees do cause a problem, though, it’s usually because of one of these three reasons:
- Diseases. Where there are a lot of trees, there will be diseases and pests that feed on them. A lot of tree diseases in Arkansas come from fungal infections, such as needle rust and anthracnose. Oak wilt is another fungal tree disease that can kill large oak trees very quickly. The best way to prevent an infection from killing your trees is to detect and treat it in the early stages. Unfortunately, though, many of these diseases spread through the tree so quickly that they can cause severe damage in a short amount of time. It may be best to have the tree removed. Removing the tree can prevent the disease from spreading further, including to other trees. It’s also a proactive way to avoid a weakened tree from dropping a large limb or toppling over in the next big storm.
- Storm damage. Heavy rains, flooding, winds, and snow, can all damage a tree. This damage can range from a few stripped branches to the loss of major tree limbs and can even uproot a mature tree. While these issues are messy and inconvenient, they can also be dangerous. Storm damaged trees can take out electrical lines, drop limbs on structures, and can be a safety risk to animals and people who happen to be passing by. Trees damaged by storms are also more vulnerable to disease and pest infestations. You should inspect your trees for damage after every storm. If there is any doubt, have them evaluated by a member of our tree removal team.
- Growing in an unwanted location. Before Europeans settled in the area, forests covered more than 80% of the state. To make room for residential, commercial, and industrial development, they had to remove trees. That’s still true today. Trees grow in abundance here, and sometimes that means they grow where we don’t want them. They might grow right where you want to start a vegetable bed or grow too close to your foundation. Removing nuisance trees can help increase your property value, give you room to develop your land, and prevent expensive issues with your foundation and plumbing.
Does the City of Springdale Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Springdale employs local contractors like Tree Triage to take care of all the landscaping on city property, including its many trees. However, these services are for trees on public property only. If you have a dispute with a neighbor over tree removal, you’ll need to resolve it through the legal system. If you have concerns about a tree on public property, you can contact the landscaping crew at the Public Works division to report it.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Springdale?
Fallen trees are not only difficult to clean up; they can cause a lot of damage depending on where they fall. A fallen tree can damage your fence, car, roof or even harm your family or pets. When it comes to fallen tree removal in Springdale, it’s essential to know who is responsible for the clean-up and the cost of any damage.
If You’re a Homeowner?
If a tree sits within your property line, then it’s your responsibility. You’ll need to care for and maintain the tree, including removing it if it falls.
What about if it falls onto your neighbor’s property? In most cases, you will not be responsible for the damage caused by the fallen tree. Arkansas courts have set a precedence that unless you knew the tree was dangerous or shouldhave known it was a potential danger, then you aren’t responsible if it falls over. Your neighbors will need to pay for the removal and damage, but they can claim reimbursement on their homeowners’ insurance.
If You’re a Renter?
Springdale has the highest percentage of renters in the region, with more than 50% of the homes being renter-occupied. So this is essential information for more than half the town: you aren’t responsible for the trees on your rented property. If a tree falls, no matter where it falls, it’s the responsibility of your landlord or your property management company to remove it. However, they may not be responsible for the damage it does unless they were negligible about its care. In most cases, you’ll want to contact your landlord or property manager about the fallen tree and make a claim on your renters’ insurance for any damage to your personal property.
If You’re a Landlord?
Landlords retain responsibility for the trees on their rental properties, even in a long-term leasing arrangement. That means you’ll need to contact us to arrange for the removal and clean-up of any trees that fall on the property. The chances are good that you won’t be liable for the damage done to your renters’ personal property, though, as long as you correctly maintained the trees and weren’t aware of any reasons, they’d be a safety concern.
If You’re a Neighbor?
If your neighbor’s tree falls onto your property, there is a good chance you can’t hold them responsible for the final bill. Under Arkansas law, they can only be liable for damages if they knew the tree was a safety risk. This is tough to prove in court, so you may be better off reaching a compromise on removing or just filing a claim on your homeowners’ insurance.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Springdale?
You can divide the soil in Springdale into two distinct types in two different regions. The first is the soil you’ll find in the highlands, those areas in the hills and above the river valleys. The soils you see here are very stony, often with large shards of the limestone prevalent in the area. These soils are ideal for timber trees, such as pine, which is why you see so many growing in these areas. This soil drains quickly, suitable for a site that receives moisture most months out of the year. The pine trees like the stony soil, too, as it allows them to send roots deep into the ground and avoid root rot.
You’ll find the other primary type of soil in the valleys and lowlands. This soil is high in silt content, which is the fine dirt that washes into the valley from flooding and rain runoff. This soil is extremely high in nutrients, which makes it ideal for farming. More delicate and ornamental trees like this kind of soil, too, because of its high nutrient content. It also retains moisture better than soil in the higher elevations.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Springdale?
Weather affects trees in Springdale in both good and bad ways. We get moisture throughout most of the year, which benefits our trees. Our summers are hot and humid, and our winters are usually relatively mild, all of which are good for tree growth. Our trees don’t often experience the freezing temperatures or wet, heavy snows that can harm them. However, when we do get the occasional cold snap or winter storm, it can cause a lot of devastation to the tree population. Other common Springdale weather conditions like flooding, high winds, and heavy rains can damage trees.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Springdale?
If you see a dead tree near your power lines, then you should contact your electricity provider. This is either Ozarks Electric or the Southwestern Electric Power Company. Both are responsible for tree maintenance along their power lines and can assist you with any concerns.
If a tree has fallen on power lines in your area, though, you should call 911 and report it. Dispatchers can get in touch with emergency maintenance crews to turn off the power in the area and safely remove the tree. In the meantime, you should stay away from the area and caution others to do the same.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Springdale?
You’ll pay anywhere from $200 to $2,000 for tree removal in Springdale. How much you’ll pay will depend on these three factors:
The bigger the tree, the more it will cost to remove it. The only way to get an accurate estimate is to have an in-person visit from our team. We consider the height, the spread, and the tree’s trunk diameter when determining an estimate, and this is best done in person. The loblolly pine, one of the most common trees in Springdale, can grow to be 100 feet tall. This height will put you at the upper end of the cost scale.
Trees that are already dead or already fallen are much easier for us to remove, so they don’t usually cost as much. Keep in mind, too, that emergency tree removal can be more expensive simply due to the demand after a storm. If the removal isn’t an emergency (meaning it has not fallen on a structure or a risk to health and safety), then waiting for demand to die down can get you a better deal.
If the tree is easy to reach, it won’t cost as much to remove. If the tree is crowded in with other trees, next to power lines, or near a structure, it will cost more to remove. That’s because our crew will need specialized equipment to remove the tree safely, and then it can take more time, too. These are often the trees causing the most problems for property owners so that the cost will be worth the result.