Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Daytona Beach?
- 2 Does the City of Daytona Beach Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Daytona Beach?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Daytona Beach?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Daytona Beach?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Daytona Beach?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Daytona Beach?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Daytona Beach?
With 23 miles of white, sandy oceanfront Daytona Beach is known as the World’s Most Famous Beach. It’s also one of the largest cities in Volusia County, home to more than 547,000 residents. But the beautiful sandy beaches aren’t the only thing making Daytona Beach an amazing place to live.
The hundreds of tree species such as Sabal palm, pine trees, willow trees, bald cypress, Sabal palmetto, cedar trees, Brazilian pepper trees, tree of heaven, redbay trees, and oak trees significantly contributes to the beauty of this city. In fact, one of the unique areas for trees in the state can be found in the heart of Daytona Beach at Tuscawilla Park, a 90-acre woodland preserve characterized by a forest of mature hardwood trees such as oak, hickory, and cabbage palms.
Various issues plague Daytona Beach’s lush, exotic and colorful trees but the worst offender endangering our native trees is the Laurel wilt disease. Laurel wilt is a deadly disease of the redbay trees which comprise 25% of the tree canopy in Daytona Beach, avocado, and other trees in the laurel family. This disease is moved from tree to tree by a small exotic beetle. Laurel wilt stops water flow causing the tree’s leaves to droop and turn reddish or purplish. The leaves eventually turn brown and remain on the tree for up to a year or more. There’s no cure for Laurel wilt.
Citrus greening is considered one of the most devastating citrus diseases affecting citrus trees in Daytona Beach. In fact, this disease has all but decimated Florida’s citrus industry. The greening bacteria, spread by the citrus psyllid insect, causes the tree to die because the roots and the parts of the tree that carry nutrients clog with the bacteria. Yellowed blotching or mottling, yellow shoots, enlarged, corky leaf veins, and fruits that are small, with green ends and filled with small, dark aborted seeds and bitter juice are the most common symptoms of citrus greening. While there’s no known cure for this disease, we can apply bactericides to help slow down the bacteria that causes citrus greening.
Apart from diseases, pests also pose a threat to Daytona Beach trees. The coconut rhinoceros beetle is one of the most common pests affecting coconut palm trees. It attacks coconut palms by boring into the crowns or tops of the tree, damaging growing tissue, and feeding on tree sap. The damage can significantly reduce coconut production and kill the tree. You’ll notice V-shaped cuts in the crown of palms, large holes at the base of the palm fronds, and visibly sick or dying palm trees if the coconut rhinoceros beetles have infested your palm trees.
Does the City of Daytona Beach Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Daytona Beach considers tree removal in private property to be the owner’s responsibility. So if you have a fallen, diseased, or dead tree on your property, you’ll need to call us to come and remove the tree. However, trees in public places such as streets and parks are the city’s responsibility.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Daytona Beach?
Trees are a great part of the landscape. They add beauty, cool you down during the hot summer months, and provide privacy. However, no tree stands forever; it’s a simple fact of life. If a tree falls because it was diseased and died or a storm uproots it, having it removed quickly is extremely important, as it can be a safety hazard to you and your family. Since tree removal can be costly, knowing who’s responsible for the fallen tree can save you hundreds of dollars.
If you’re a homeowner?
Homeowners are responsible for removing fallen trees on their property, but if the fallen tree is in a public area, such as the street, the city is responsible for its removal. Your homeowner’s insurance may cater for the cost of tree removal as well as any property damage sustained as a result of the fallen tree.
If you’re a renter?
Tenants may have landscaping responsibilities depending on the provisions, such as watering, mowing, and weeding the lawn in their lease agreement or landscaping lease addendum. However, major tree maintenance, including trimming and removal, should be handled by the property owner or landlord. So if you’re a renter in Daytona Beach, you’re not responsible for tree removal unless your lease specifically outlines tree removal responsibilities.
If you’re a landlord?
As a landlord in Daytona Beach, you own the trees on your property and are responsible for their maintenance and removal. Apart from tree removal costs, you could also be held liable for property damage caused by a fallen tree, especially if the tree was damaged or diseased, but you did not address the issue.
If you’re a neighbor?
In Daytona Beach, if your neighbor’s tree falls onto your property, you’re responsible for its removal. The same applies to your neighbor if your tree falls onto their property. However, you might be liable for the tree removal cost and even property damage if you were on notice the tree was dead, but you didn’t trim it or have it removed. Making matters worse, since you had actual notice of the dead tree and the danger it posed before falling, your insurance carrier will likely not cover the claim. The stump location often identifies tree ownership – the tree is yours if the stump is on your side of the fence.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Daytona Beach?
Good, nutritious soil is the basis for any tree’s success, but the fine “sugar sand” soil we have here in Daytona Beach doesn’t hold water or nutrients very well. Daytona Beach soils are a mixture of sand, marl (weathered limestone), and a lot of limestone, which is alkaline with a pH of about 7.8 to 8.4. The high pH is the most troublesome characteristic of our soil because it makes it difficult or impossible for many of our trees to get some of the micro-elements they need. Adding organic matter through mulch and compost is your best bet to help your trees get what they want despite the high pH and sandy soils.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Daytona Beach?
Daytona Beach has two distinctive seasons – wet and dry. From late May through the end of October, Florida’s wet season (hurricane season) brings about 68% of the state’s total rainfall for the year. Showers and thunderstorms frequently happen, if not daily, and humidity levels peak. The dry season which runs from November to April brings significantly less humidity and reduced precipitation.
During the wet season, hurricanes can wreak havoc on tree health. In addition to flooding, hurricane-force winds, which can reach speeds of 156 mph or more, can pull and stretch tree roots, causing them to snap and fall over. Strong winds can also knock off tree leaves and branches. While leaf loss doesn’t necessarily kill trees, it temporarily impairs their ability to photosynthesize and makes them less capable of surviving stressful periods like other storms, drought, or excessive heat.
Planting trees that are more resistant to wind damage can help mitigate the effects of hurricanes on tree health in Daytona Beach. According to research conducted by the University of Florida, sand live oaks are the most resistant to wind damage. Other trees that less likely to lose limbs or blow over during hurricanes include southern magnolia, live oak, tulip trees, crape myrtle, bald cypress, and sabal palmetto.
Daytona Beach’s dry season can also affect tree health negatively, from short-term damage such as leaf scorch, defoliation, and wilting, to long-term damage such as branch die-back, stunted growth, and death. To help your tree stay healthy during the dry season, provide slow, consistent water, add mulch to keep the ground from losing moisture during dry, hot days, and avoid trimming. During drought, your tree needs to conserve all of its resources. Trimming your tree can cause it to lose precious water and nutrients.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Daytona Beach?
When trees grow into or near power lines, they can cause power interruptions to you and your neighborhood. In fact, overgrown trees are a top cause of power outages. That’s why electric companies often perform tree line clearing to protect trees’ health while helping them grow away from power lines.
But if there are dead trees near power lines, the utility company will remove them. Dead trees are highly unstable and can fall on power lines, not only causing outages but can also cause fires. If your tree requires removal, the power company will inform you ahead of time, typically by leaving you a notification card with a scheduled work date. The power company will cater to the tree removal cost since it’s their responsibility to maintain their equipment.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Daytona Beach?
In Daytona Beach, the average tree removal is around $740 (range from $270 to $1,210 or more). Whether you want to get rid of a single tree or you have multiple trees you want off your property, what you’ll pay for tree removal services in Daytona Beach is reliant on many factors. Here is everything you need to consider while estimating the cost of tree removal.
The most significant factor to consider is safety. When it comes to tree removal services, heightened danger always translates to higher probabilities of a workers’ compensation claim. The first thing we will do is evaluate your tree and assess all the risks involved in removing it. The higher the risk, the higher the removal costs are going to be.
Some of the most crucial safety concerns include hazardous location, such as a tree sandwiched between two structures, proximity to utility lines, and poor tree conditions like hollow trunks, a dead tree, or one with multiple dead branches. Dead or diseased trees aren’t stable and can be unpredictable. You’ll also have to pay more if the tree has a pest infestation as that would pose a danger to our arborists. These safety concerns would require specialized equipment and highly experienced and trained tree removal experts, resulting in increased costs. Luckily, we have the specialists required to handle these problematic trees.
Naturally, the taller and bulkier the tree, the more difficult and time-consuming its removal will be. For instance, if a large tree towers over its surroundings and is in a location that is difficult to reach, a crane will be necessary to remove it. The average cost to remove a tree based on height in Daytona Beach ranges:
- 20-foot tree: $200 to $340
- 40-foot tree: $400 to $680
- 60-foot tree: $600 to $1,020
- 80-foot tree: $800 to $1,360 or more
When our experts cut down a tree, they normally reduce it to the size of a stump after removing the main trunk. The above prices are inclusive of this process and take into account the machinery required during the process.
Additional Services Needed
We offer more than services than just tree removal, such as stump removal and tree root removal. However, these additional services will cost you extra. For example, if you need stump removal, you should expect to pay slightly more – about $80 to $150 for average-sized tree stumps and up to $250 or more for stumps of larger trees, 80 to 100 feet tall. We can grind out the stump or dig the stump out.