Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Dewey?
- 2 Does the City of Dewey Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Dewey?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Dewey?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Dewey?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Dewey?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Dewey?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Dewey?
Trees are beautiful additions to our landscapes, making them more vibrant and welcoming. However, like other plants, they are susceptible to pests and diseases. Knowing different tree issues and how they present themselves can help you detect them early and take measures to prevent the spread. Here are some of the common tree issues in Dewey:
Tree species in Dewey that are susceptible to root disease fungi include aspen, oak, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, fir, and spruce trees. Root disease spreads from the roots of diseased trees to those of healthy ones. They start in a tree or stump and spread outward in all directions, resulting in a slowly enlarging group of dying and dead trees. Generally, root diseases decay and kill roots, heartwood, and sapwood of both conifers and hardwoods. Bark beetles commonly attack trees weakened by root disease infection.
This disease blocks water movement from the roots to the foliage, which causes the leaves to wilt and die. The symptoms tend to develop in the spring or fall, when the temperatures are moderate. The infection typically spreads through the root system, but can infect plants aboveground if wounded plant tissue is exposed. Magnolia, maple, elm, boxwood, golden rain tree, buckeye, and barberry trees are especially vulnerable to verticillium wilt.
Anthracnose is a fungal disease that primarily affects the leaves, but it also affects the stems of hardwood trees, such as sycamore, dogwood, maple, hickory, walnut, birch, oak, and ash trees. Heavy infections can cause partial or complete defoliation of infected trees, reducing growth and causing scattered dieback of twigs and branches. The most common symptom of this disease is dead areas or blotches on the leaves.
This is one of the most common tree diseases in Dewey and is easily recognized. White spots or patches with a talcum powder appearance characterize this disease. Most powdery mildew fungi attack all kinds of fruit trees and broad-leaved shade and forest trees, such as elm, catalpa, lilac, and oak trees. Powdery mildews are severe in warm, dry climates such as our Arizona climate. This is because the fungus does not need water on the leaf surface for infection to occur. Several practices will reduce or prevent powdery mildews, but chemicals are most effective when combined with cultural controls.
These are small insects, about the size of a grain of rice, that feed by tunneling between the bark and wood of a tree, mainly conifer trees in Dewey. They typically prefer weakened or stressed trees; however, they can also attack healthy trees. A tree that has succumbed to bark beetles will have foliage or needles the color of straw to red.
The sooner these tree issues are detected and treated, the better the outcome is for your trees. We can help you keep a close eye on your trees to make sure they stay healthy.
Does the City of Dewey Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The town of Dewey doesn’t provide any assistance with tree removal problems on private property. However, the town is responsible for maintaining trees on public property, such as parks and streets.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Dewey?
Tree removal can be a costly process, and that’s why knowing who’s responsible is crucial. Every situation is different, but here are some guiding principles:
If you’re a homeowner?
Generally, your Homeowner’s Association (HOA) is responsible for maintaining trees in common areas. However, as the homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining the trees on your private property. Most insurance companies will cover the claim as long as they deem it an act of God because a reasonable person could not have anticipated this situation.
If you’re a renter?
When it comes to tree removal responsibilities for a tenant, the lease agreement is the guiding document. Unless your lease explicitly states that you’re responsible for tree removal, it’s legally and financially the landlord’s or property management company’s responsibility. Renters insurance often covers the damage caused by the fallen tree.
If you’re a landlord?
In Dewey, landlords are responsible for maintaining trees on their property, which includes trimming and removing trees. Your insurance will likely cover the cost of tree removal and any damage caused to the property or your tenant’s property.
If you’re a neighbor?
If your tree falls onto your neighbor’s property and the tree was well maintained with no sign of disease or rot, its removal and any damage caused will be your neighbor’s responsibility. The same applies if your neighbor’s tree fell onto your property. However, if the fallen tree wasn’t healthy and there’s a record of you having warned your neighbor about it, your neighbor may be held liable for the tree removal and any damage caused by the tree.
In the rare case that the tree trunk lies right in the middle of the boundary between you and your neighbor, then it will be a mutual responsibility to take care of the tree and remove it, no matter which side of the fence it falls onto.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Dewey?
Most soils in Dewey are heavily compacted and alkaline, with a pH of between 7 and 8.5. While native trees such as boxelder maple, Arizona cypress, catclaw acacia, Arizona ash, desert willow, netleaf hackberry, desert ironwood, and Arizona walnut are adapted to these soils, adding organic matter to your soil can allow your trees to thrive.
Compacted soil doesn’t allow the necessary air circulation and water infiltration into the root zone. A lack of sufficient water, nutrients, and oxygen to the roots cause declining tree health or death. In addition, soil compaction causes waterlogging during wetter periods and drought conditions during drier periods, limiting root development. Organic matter aids in reducing compaction, serves as a reservoir of nutrients in the soil, and increases water infiltration into the soil.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Dewey?
The desert climate in Dewey can present challenges when it comes to tree health. In Dewey, the summers are hot and mostly clear, and the winters are very cold and partly cloudy with an average of 12 inches of snow. Weather changes can have an impact on your trees, especially when they’re young and growing.
To keep your trees hydrated so that they last the season, try watering deeply and low to the ground. Watering during the coolest parts of the day (before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.) can help ensure that trees absorb most of the moisture. When it gets cold during winter, trees can get dehydrated, so be sure to water them.
You should also add a layer of mulch to protect your trees from temperature changes and help the ground around the trees stay cool during summer and warm during winter. However, remember to keep mulch away from the tree base to avoid rot, and avoid pruning your trees to decrease the risk of diseases and pests.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Dewey?
Dead trees that grow too close to a power line must be removed to prevent power outages and ensure the public’s safety. Dead trees are unstable, and a minor storm or high winds can topple them, causing them to fall over power lines. A qualified professional is the safest option to remove a tree in this precarious situation, to avoid electrocution.
The electric utility company usually sends their arborist to assess the trees along the power lines, and if they find a dead tree, the arborist will recommend removal. However, trees are not removed without a property owner’s permission. If the dead tree is near street power lines, the utility company will just cut them when they do the rounds. However, if it’s near the service line to your house, you will need to contact us for removal.
The one exception is if a dead tree falls onto one of the overhead power lines. If this happens, it’s considered an immediate safety hazard. The power company will then take care of this issue at no charge to the owner. If you’re choosing to plant a tree directly under power lines, select a tree that will remain below the power line at its mature height. You can also consult the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management’s right tree, right place handbook on planting trees near power lines.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Dewey?
As much beauty as trees add to your landscape, they sometimes need to be removed. Diseased or decaying trees, dead trees, trees with compromised stability, and invasive root systems can all pose a risk to your house and your foundation.
While it may be tempting to DIY your tree removal, this a project better left to professional tree removal experts like us. There are risks from falling branches or debris, rotted or dead branches, and sharp tools. Aside from that, if your house or public utilities are damaged as you remove a tree, you would be responsible for any repair costs. We have the expertise and equipment to safely remove your tree and carry liability insurance to cover any accidents that may occur.
The average cost of tree removal is around $740 in Dewey, with totals ranging from $200 to $2,200 for a typical project. Emergency tree removal usually costs more. Like any rush job, you’ll have to pay more for urgent service. On average, you can expect to pay an extra $80 to $100 for emergency tree removal.
Size is the most significant consideration when it comes to tree removal. The bigger the tree, the more you will pay. Removing a large tree poses more risks and safety hazards, takes more time to cut down, and requires special equipment. Small trees (30 feet or less) are easier to remove and dispose of, so those tend to be the least costly. On average, Dewey homeowners spend $100-$500 for small trees, $200-$950 for medium trees (between 30 and 60 feet high), $400-$1,400 for larger trees (between 60 and 100 feet high), and $1,000-$2,200 for extra-large trees (between 80 and 100 feet high).
Additional Services Needed
Another consideration that affects tree removal costs in Dewey is the additional services you may need. We often provide other services such as stump removal or grinding, root removal, wood chipping, and log splitting. On average, stump removal in Dewey costs between $150 and $500, depending on the stump size, while chipping ranges from $65 to $150. Splitting the logs for firewood costs an additional $25 to $75 per tree.
Inaccessible trees increase the price by 25% to 50%. For example, if you live in a remote location, you may be charged a travel surcharge of $50 to $200, since we will need to drive heavy machinery out to your property. Additionally, the tree’s location on your property affects the overall price. Cutting down a tree sitting comfortably away from any structures or power lines takes less time and preparation than cutting a tree right next to your house, in between two structures, or with power lines weaving through the branches. We will have to use special equipment, more manpower, and take more precautions to remove such trees.