Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Paso Robles?
- 2 Does the City of Paso Robles Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Paso Robles?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Paso Robles?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Paso Robles?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Paso Robles?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Paso Robles?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Paso Robles?
Trees always provide additional beauty and character to a yard. They can also bring shade or a quiet place to toss down a blanket and enjoy a book. In the Paso Robles area, you see a variety of trees. The ones we see most often include:
- California sycamore
- California black walnut
- Fremont cottonwood
- Oregon ash
- Gray pine
- California white alder
Some pine trees and others grow tall and majestic. When one of these trees dies and needs to be removed, we hear many homeowners wonder what they did wrong. The answer is almost always nothing. Here are a few of the most common trees issues we see in Paso Robles:
Damage from Drought Conditions
Paso Robles sees very little rain each year with an average of only 18 inches. From June to August, the area doesn’t have any substantial rainfall, leaving the soil parched.
Trees need sunlight, water, and nutrients to grow and thrive. While Paso Robles offers plenty of sunshine, it doesn’t offer a lot of the other two needs. With daily temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s, the area is hot and dry during the summer months.
You may need to offset the dry weather by watering your trees. The city of Paso Robles has some strict water restrictions, and you might not be able to water your trees during the daytime hours.
The trees in your Paso Robles might begin to wither and die in these drought conditions. You always need to check with the city before watering. The water restrictions might change in long periods of drought to conserve water for drinking and other essential uses.
Damage from Pests and Insects
Pests and insects are important to the ecosystem, but a problem when they decide to infest a tree in your yard. These flying and crawling nuisances can turn your tree into a home or a food source. Either way, this isn’t good for your tree because of the damage it causes. The most common insects that we see in the Paso Robles area include:
- Asian Citrus Psyllid
- Asian Gypsy Moth
- Asian Longhorned Beetle
- Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
- Emerald Ash Borer Beetle
- European Gypsy Moth
- False Codling Moth
When you notice an insect infestation in one tree in your Paso Robles yard, it’s a good bet that other trees in the immediate area also suffering from one. We can treat and save a tree with a pest problem if it’s caught early. To do this, you need to know the signs of an infestation:
- Bugs on the tree or flying around it
- Holes and channels in the trunk
- Bark missing in patches on the trunk
- Leaves that appear misshapen or discolored
- Limbs and leaves that grow in smaller than normal
- Sudden stunted growth
- Fewer leaves in the canopy area
- Decayed areas where the trunk has sunken in on itself
When you notice a problem, our team can evaluate the condition and review your options with you.
Does the City of Paso Robles Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The city of Paso Robles takes its oak trees very seriously, and there are city ordinances outlining the treatment of them. The city will take care of pruning and removing any trees on public land. However, a tree in your yard is on private property, so the city won’t provide any assistance in removing it.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Paso Robles?
Most homeowners in the area are responsible for removing a fallen tree from their yards. Although this is the case, we always receive field calls from people who feel they have special circumstances. Here are the responses to some of the most common ones:
If you’re a homeowner?
Unless a tree has fallen on an easement owned by the city or a utility company, the tree removal responsibility is the homeowners. This is because your yard is considered private property, and you must make arrangements and bear the financial obligation of removing the tree.
If you’re a renter?
When you’re a tenant in a rental home in the Paso Robles area, you may have signed a lease agreeing to take care of the yard work. This would not include a project as large as removing a tree. The homeowner needs to have the tree removed. However, you do need to let the homeowner know about any tree issues before the tree falls on its own.
If you’re a landlord?
When you’re the landlord and the homeowner, you need to take responsibility for tree removal in the yard of the Paso Robles home. You might have a renter living there but you can’t hold them responsible for a project of this scope and size.
If you’re a neighbor?
You go outside to find a fallen tree in your yard and realize it’s your neighbor’s tree in both yards. Unfortunately, as a homeowner, you’re responsible for removing fallen trees from your yard so you need to remove a portion of the tree.
There are times when a homeowner discovers that their neighbor knew there was an issue with the tree and did nothing about it. This means that your neighbor was negligent, and they’re now liable for damages to your home and property. This includes the tree’s removal.
You might be tempted to go ahead and call a lawyer; however, it’s better for future relationships to talk to your neighbor first. The two of you might be able to work it out.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Paso Robles?
We can’t tell you the exact soil type in your Paso Robles yard because there are four soil types that we see most often in the area:
- Clay loam
- Clay loam adobe
- Clay adobe
Our team is ready to run a soil test in your yard to determine the exact composition of your soil. However, most of these soils don’t drain water as well as others, which is a bonus in the high drought area because it’ll keep the limited moisture locked in longer.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Paso Robles?
Yes, the weather in Paso Robles affects the health of your trees. This area has hot dry summers that see only a fraction of the national average of rainfall each year. This creates drought conditions.
Depending on the length of the dry spell, you might need to water your trees to keep them alive. Of course, with so little rainfall in the area, the city of Paso Robles works hard on water conservation.
You may find that the most current water restrictions make it hard to water your trees. If the heat and lack of moisture get bad enough, you might find that your trees wither and die. Our team is always available to access the condition of a tree and advise you on possible treatments.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Paso Robles?
Power lines and trees can create a deadly combination. Not under any circumstances should you approach a dead tree that’s on a power line. Call emergency services and stay far away until the power is cut off to the line. If you have a dead tree that’s near a power line, you need a professional service to remove it to ensure it doesn’t end up on the power line.
You may find that a dead near a power line is actually on an easement owned by the utility company, and they will remove the tree. Otherwise, it falls to you, as the Paso Robles homeowner to contact us to remove the dead tree.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Paso Robles?
All homeowners in the area want to know how much tree removal is going to cost. In Paso Robles, the tree removal cost runs between $175 and $1,915 with an average cost of around $615. Certain cost factors that affect your total:
Tree Removal Permit for Oak Trees
The city wants you to secure a permit before removing any oak trees. This can add both time and money to the project and increase the total cost of tree removal.
When cutting down a tree, many Paso Robles homeowners want us to turn the tree into wood chips, which requires specialized equipment. These wood chips make great mulch that can help keep moisture near the roots of your tree during times of drought.
Taller and thicker trees are harder to cut down than other trees. It requires additional time and equipment to remove the tree safely and avoid damage to your home.