Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Nipomo?
- 2 Does the City of Nipomo Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Nipomo?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Nipomo?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Nipomo?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Nipomo?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Nipomo?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Nipomo?
San Luis Obispo County is, in many ways, a throwback to “Old California,” with its magnificent landscapes of oak woodlands, chaparral, and grassland. We are also home to 10 types of oak trees as well as buckeye, madroño, redwood, and Sequoia and an abundance of conifers. These gorgeous trees give us a fantastic view all year round. They also cause considerable trouble when a storm blows through and knocks one on your car. Nipomo trees suffer from the below insects, diseases, and weather issues.
Sudden Oak Death
This fungus typically affects oaks, but also bay and madroño trees. It can quickly kill a tree before it can even be treated if it isn’t spotted early. There was a near catastrophe of California forestry in the early 2000s when sudden oak disease decimated whole forest ranges.
Lace bugs eat broad-leaved evergreen trees in droves. They stick their mouthparts, which resemble tiny needles, into the flesh of the leaves to gather the nutrients. Their activities leave the greenery mottled with yellow spots. A healthy tree can typically withstand the damage of a season of lace bugs, but a heavy season of feeding can cause early death.
Spider mites are drawn to citrus and conifer trees, but pose a serious threat to many other types of trees as well. The damage is first detectable as tiny yellow spots on the top of foliage. A heavy infestation of spider mites causes the leaves to turn yellow and the tree to stop growing and eventually die. Spider mites are small and are barely conceivable with the naked eye. They look like tiny, moving dots of pepper and are easily identified by their silky web masses.
Anthracnose is a fungal disease that usually affects flowering trees, but also a variety of plants and shrubbery. It resembles a powdery substance on the foliage in spring and summer. It leaves dark brown lesions on stems, leaves, and flowers.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
This beetle is native to Asia and the Pacific Northwest. It has become established in the Eastern United States and has killed thousands of trees.
Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer
This dark brown beetle is a semi-recent pest to the California landscape. This beetle bores into trees, creating cubicles where it feeds and lays eggs. Their activity disrupts the flow of nutrients. The polyphagous shot hole borer is especially damaging because it deposits a pathogenic fungus that kills trees quickly.
Does the City of Nipomo Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
Nipomo assists in tree removal in specific conditions. When a city tree falls on public property and damages private property, Nipomo is responsible for tree removal, cleanup, and repairs. For instance, a storm could push through and knock a tree over the fence and into your yard. If the tree was on public property, the City of Nipomo will remove the tree and make any repairs.
Another instance when Nipomo may assist with tree removal is if your tree is a public threat or nuisance. It might be hanging into the street and blocking the view of passing drivers, or it could be hanging precariously close to power lines. If your tree is posing a threat to public welfare, Nipomo may help you remove it.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Nipomo?
Responsibility for a fallen tree boils down to who owns the property. That seems pretty easy to understand, but when it comes to property managers, landlords, renters, and neighbors, it can get confusing quickly. Here’s a simple guide to responsibility when a tree falls in your Nipomo neighborhood.
If you’re a homeowner?
Homeowners carry the burden of the responsibility when a tree falls. If it falls on your property, you are liable, unless it fell from public property. Any tree on your property that falls anywhere is your responsibility. Most homeowners insurance policies will have a clause for fallen trees.
If you’re a renter?
Renting takes all the responsibility out of things like repairs and yard work, including trees that die and fall over or are injured by something external. The landlord will be the one to take care of the tree.
If you’re a landlord?
If you’re a landlord, you’re likely on the hook for tree removal. In the case of property managers who don’t own the land, they might have the job of the manual labor of cleanup, but unless there is some specific agreement, property managers are not responsible for a fallen tree or tree damage unless they own the property.
If you’re a neighbor?
If you’re a neighbor, you’re in luck. Unless it’s your tree, you aren’t going to be held responsible. Someone’s insurance will foot the bill for any repairs you need.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Nipomo?
Nipomo soil is very deep, but somewhat poorly draining. It is mainly sandy and loamy in most areas of the city. Keeping lawns, gardens, and landscaping healthy means conditioning the soil by mixing topsoil with grass clippings and compost a few times per year; a backbreaking job, but one that will keep your trees healthy and beautiful. Once you’ve conditioned the soil, test for pH value each planting cycle. Knowing the pH value of the soil allows you to alter it to suit the needs of your trees before you set them in the ground.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Nipomo?
The weather in Nipomo definitely affects our trees. There are fault lines on either side of us, which means we can have an earthquake if conditions are right. Earthquakes damage tree roots and can even break limbs and snap trunks in half. We get some pretty high winds, especially off the ocean. This causes several issues with the trees. Leaning, breakage, and salt burn are all byproducts of high winds.
Heatwaves are another problem around here. When temperatures are high, water evaporates faster, and trees can be left in drought. Without proper hydration, the leaves will discolor, fall off, and the tree dies. Flooding and hurricanes destroy trees just as quickly.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Nipomo?
There are a variety of tree ordinances in Nipomo. These ordinances regulate the use and maintenance of trees. They also set the groundwork to protect citizens and property from trees that pose a safety risk. If you own a tree that is hanging near a power line, the City of Nipomo will cut the overhanging limbs. If you are particular about the way your trees look, you should call us to cut them before the city has to.
Power lines are dangerous things. Never attempt to cut a tree near a power line alone. Always call the Nipomo Community Services District to report it at (805) 929-1133.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Nipomo?
Tree removal is a skill. A layperson cannot suddenly have the skill and experience to fire up a chainsaw and bucket truck and remove hanging limbs or chop up a fallen tree. Like with any trained profession, it isn’t cheap. The price of our tree removal services in Nipomo really depends on a couple of factors. On average, typical costs are $180 for very small trees, and as much as $2,500 for larger or more complicated removal jobs. Much of the final cost depends on the extraneous factors around the job.
Let’s take a look at some contributing factors in the cost of Nipomo tree removal.
Where a tree falls has a lot to do with the costs to clean it up. Major equipment, like bucket trucks or cranes required to complete the clean-up, will be reflected in the final bill. A tree that falls over in the middle of nowhere with nothing around will be a piece of cake for our crews to remove. Another factor in pricing is whether the tree falls onto another structure like a garden shed. Costs will be higher to clean up the additional mess.
Tree Stump Removal
Tree stumps aren’t removed for free. Sometimes a tree snaps at the base, or if it has to be cut down, you may not want the stump to stay in your yard. We can dig them up and remove them or grind them down. It is not a service that is usually included in the price of tree removal, so unless you have plans for that stump, you’ll have to pay to get rid of it.