Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Newark?
- 2 Does the City of Newark Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Newark?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Newark?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Newark?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Newark?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Newark?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Newark?
There are several invasive non-native insect species that are spreading throughout Delaware, including the Newark area. The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicata) is a destructive threat to many types of trees, including ornamental and fruit trees. It lays its eggs in large masses along with the bark of trees, typically along with the upper canopy. When the eggs hatch, the hungry insects feed off of nearby trees, piercing through the bark and eating the sap. The spotted lanternfly secrets a sweet substance when it feeds that encourages mold growth within the tree, killing it.
Many species of local trees are at risk, including apple, walnut, poplar, willow, maple, oak, pine, and many others. If you notice the upper canopy of a tree dying, or see weeping sap holes or egg masses it’s important to call in a tree expert right away. If caught in the early stages, it is sometimes possible to combat the spread of this insect by destroying its eggs.
The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is another invasive insect that is responsible for killing tens of millions of ash trees throughout the United States and is currently a threat to Delaware’s trees as well. This insect is a threat to all 16 species of ash trees. It burrows inside the trunk and branches, creating a D-shaped exit hole. Once inside, it eats the tree from the inside, leaving hollow passageways and disrupting the tree’s ability to transport nutrients and water.
Smaller trees that have been infested with the emerald ash borer can die in as little as two years, while larger ones can take up to four. Signs to look for include a dying crown, increased woodpecker activity, splitting bark, or tunneling marks under the bark. If you notice any of these signs you can take photos and share them with our local tree experts or call the USDA Emerald Ash Borer Hotline at 1-866-322-4512.
Does the City of Newark Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The city will collect large, bulk items by appointment and this includes tree trunks and limbs. The city will charge a removal fee, which depends on the size of the branches. If a tree is located within ten feet of a power line, the city Public Works Department will arrange for a professional to remove it. However, the resulting tree limbs and debris will be left as the responsibility of the property owner to dispose of. Additionally, the city is responsible for trimming, maintaining, and removing all trees located in public parks and right-of-way areas, such a street trees.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Newark?
It can be difficult to determine who is responsible for fallen trees. In most situations, a fallen tree needs to be removed by the person who owns the land where the trunk of the tree was growing. This is true even after storms where tree damage involves power lines. In Newark, if a tree falls as the result of a storm, the city will not remove it. Trees that fall near power lines will be cleared so that the power line can be fixed, after which time the property owner is free to have them removed. Let’s look at who’s responsible for tree removal in some other situations.
If you’re a homeowner?
As the property owner, homeowners are responsible for the financial costs associated with removing trees located on their property. This is true even if the tree falls onto a neighboring property or into the public right of way. If a tree has fallen as the result of a storm, it’s worth checking with your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if removal costs are covered. In some cases, adding storm-damage coverage to your policy is only a small extra monthly fee, which could be worthwhile if you have several large trees on your property.
If you’re a renter?
Renters are not responsible for the costs associated with tree removal. Only landlords or property owners are legally accountable for dealing with these situations. The only occasion where a renter would be responsible for removing a tree is if the renter caused damage to it.
If you’re a landlord?
As the property owner, landlords must pay for the costs associated with the removal of trees whose trunks are located on their property. As we discussed with homeowners, it’s worth looking into your insurance policies and seeing if you are currently covered for tree removal costs, or if they could be added to your policy for an additional cost.
If you’re a neighbor?
If a neighbor’s tree has branches that overhang onto your property, you are legally allowed to trim them as long as doing so doesn’t harm the overall health of the tree. If a neighbor’s tree has fallen onto your property, they are still responsible for the financial costs associated with removing it. If you live in a neighborhood with a local homeowners association and notice a dead or dying tree in your neighborhood, you can always report it to get the situation handled more quickly.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Newark?
One area can experience several soil types, and in Newark, as well as throughout New Castle County, the primary type is silty loam soil. Loam soils contain a balanced amount of sand, clay, and silt. Silty loam soil specifically contains an excellent amount of nutrients needed to support plant growth. Silty loam soil is generally well-draining, allowing tree roots adequate time to absorb water without it lingering too long and causing rot issues. Several species of maple and ash trees thrive in these soil conditions, as well as poplar.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Newark?
Newark experiences a mild, temperate climate, with a significant amount of rainfall. Newark experiences four seasons, with freezing temperatures in the winter. With the amount of rainfall typically seen in this area, saplings and older established trees don’t have to suffer through drought periods. However, this area tends to get regular seasonal thunderstorms with high winds that can cause trees to become uprooted, or branches to snap off. Trees that have been affected by pests and disease are particularly in danger of falling during storms, as their weakened inner structure makes them more susceptible to wind damage.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Newark?
If you notice a dead or dying tree within ten feet of a power line, you should contact the city of Newark’s municipal department. The city will have the powerline de-energized and arrange for a professional to come and trim the tree. They will leave all tree trimmings on the property, and it is the responsibility of the property owner to dispose of these.
Even if you decide to hire a private contractor like us to handle this situation, the city still needs to be notified in advance of all trimming that occurs within ten feet of a power line. If prior notification was not given, the city may charge a fee. If a tree is further than ten feet from a power line, homeowners can trim and remove these trees themselves.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Newark?
Several factors influence the cost of tree removal, including which part of the country you live in. In Newark, the cost of tree removal varies between $181 and $2,120 with $625 being the average cost. Let’s examine what factors determine these costs so that you can get a better idea of what to expect from your removal job.
It makes sense that the larger a tree is, the more expensive it would be to remove, but did you know that one of the first things our experts will look at when determining your tree removal cost is the trunk diameter? Tree trunks can be very difficult to cut through, as well as challenging to dispose of. The thicker the trunk of the tree, the most costly removal will be. It’s even possible for a short tree with a particularly wide trunk to cost more to remove than a taller, narrower tree.
When a tree is located near a city street, public right-of-way, homes, or vehicles, removal must be performed more carefully. In Newark, many trees are near fences or buildings, which typically means removing them requires special rigging and equipment. It’s important to ensure the trees fall correctly without causing any damage to nearby structures. In situations like these, it will cost more to remove a tree than if there is nothing nearby it is in danger of harming.
After a storm, there can be lots of local demand for our tree removal services. Spring and summer are other busy times when lots of people start noticing dying trees that need to be removed. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you need a tree removed right away, it will cost you more than if you can schedule an appointment several weeks in advance. Sometimes that’s just not possible, such as if a tree has fallen across your driveway or onto your home. In these types of situations, urgent removal is necessary.