Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Fort Pierce?
- 2 Does the City of Fort Pierce Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Fort Pierce?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Fort Pierce?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Fort Pierce?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Fort Pierce?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Fort Pierce?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Fort Pierce?
There’s nothing more beautiful than the Fort Pierce weather (on most days) and the natural appeals to attractions like Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, Blind Creek Beach, Jetty Park, and our Heathcote Botanical Gardens. Even though summers can be considerably hot and oppressive, Fort Pierce is one of the best cities to be in if you don’t want to experience ‘winter’ all year around.
Unfortunately for most trees — the long, hot, and wet summers can also be problematic. Some native trees with the best chances for survival in Florida’s Treasure Coast are:
- Jamaican caper
- Green/ silver buttonwood
- Spanish stopper
- Southern juniper, southern red cedar
- Red maple
- Paurotis palm
- Gumbo limbo
- Southern Magnolia
- And of course, the state tree — Sabal palmetto
Despite being the most acclimated to the area, these prominent Fort Pierce trees can also fall victim to the area’s most common tree diseases. To help you keep a lookout for early detection and sometimes treatment/prevention, here are the most common tree issues in Fort Pierce.
Florida Tree Insect Infestations
A significant number of invasive insect species in the Florida area attack our trees and cause them to be weakened, leading to death or dying portions. Some of the most prominent insects include the Asian Gypsy Moth, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, European Cherry Fruit Fly, European Gypsy Moth, False Codling Moth, Khapra Beetle, Light Brown Apple Moth, Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Mexican Fruit Fly, Oriental Fruit Fly, and the Spotted Lanternfly.
On top of that, APHIS reports that there are at least three pesky insects under federal quarantine for their danger to plants, crops, and trees. They include the following:
- Asian Citrus Psyllid
- Giant African Snail
- Imported Fire Ant
Although typical palm disease in Fort Pierce can easily be maintained and prevented by having our experts provide regular fertilization services, they’re still a disease that often plagues the palm trees that don’t receive such care.
The most common tree issues for palms include:
- Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD) — caused by a fatal systemic bacterial disease, TPPD is often spread by insects and threatens palm species like the Sabal Palm, Cabbage Palm, Canary Island Date Palm, and more.
- Fusarium Wilt — caused by a leafhopper, the insect infects the tree and immediately causes wilting and other signs of a decline in its health. General signs depend on the insect that infects it.
- Ganoderma Butt Rot — caused by a tree fungus called Fusarium Oxysporum, the water-conducting tissue is blocked, and wilting begins. This can lead to the fatal death of your tree and often shows up in the oldest and weakest part of the tree. Spreading is also rather quick and easy, so be careful of gardening tools that can help with the spread.
Does the City of Fort Pierce Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Fort Pierce does not provide any assistance in tree removal problems to private property owners unless the tree is on public property or at risk of falling on one (i.e., alleys, right-of-ways, stress, etc.). They take care of the portion on their part if the tree is on both your private property and City property.
Furthermore, a tree removal permit is required before the service. According to the City of Fort Pierce Code of Ordinance, “No person shall, directly or indirectly, cut down, substantially alter, destroy, remove, relocate, damage, or authorize any such act involving a protected tree situated on land within the city, without first obtaining a tree removal permit.”
They also state that “a non-refundable administrative fee established by the city commission by resolution to offset the cost of evaluating the application and trees shall be paid to the city upon filing of an application.” It is also only valid for six months following approval and may require new applications and reproval in areas where conditions have changed since the first permit (i.e., natural disasters, tree growth, etc.).
On the other hand, trees like the Australian Pine, Melaleuca, and Brazillian pepper are not considered ‘protected’ and may be removed without a permit, as stated under section 123-64. Permit required (b).
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Fort Pierce?
Legal talk and jargon can get confusing sometimes, especially when it comes to sorting out who is responsible for what and when. According to the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension, the following is how landowner responsibility is broken down by typical parties and scenarios.
If you’re a homeowner?
If you’re a homeowner, then you’re responsible for all trees on your private property — standing and fallen. It is your responsibility to not only take care of them and keep them healthy but to remove any dead, dying, and fallen portions from your property.
Additional scenarios that may change this responsibility are discussed in the ‘neighbor’ section. Still, it should be noted that if your healthy tree falls onto another’s property, you are only responsible for the portion on your property – this includes if the tree is partially on City property (the city takes care of their portion).
If you’re a renter?
As a renter in Fort Pierce, you do not have to worry about big home and property responsibilities like tree removal. You do, however, need to inform your landlord of any dead, dying, or health declining trees to ensure they have enough time to take care of the situation before any cost/damages could occur from a fallen tree.
If you’re a landlord?
As a landlord, you have all the same responsibilities as a homeowner, including the obligations and liabilities of a fallen tree and its removal. The only difference is you are also responsible for all your renters and must keep up with regular tree maintenance and care to ensure their health and safety. Otherwise, you may be subject to lawsuits and payouts.
If you’re a neighbor?
As a neighbor, responsibility can get a little more complex. However, it’s pretty straightforward for the most part. For instance, if a healthy tree falls onto your property from your neighbor’s property, you are responsible for damages and removal (and vice versa). If the tree was damaged, dead, or dying, however, your neighbor is responsible for the damage and removal costs of the fallen tree.
Trees on a property line are split in responsibility.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Fort Pierce?
According to Soils 4 Teachers, Florida is made up of primarily Myakka fine sand soil series — a soil that without a doubt affects the trees in Fort Pierce but not in a bad way. In fact, it’s considered a deep, somewhat poorly drained, acid soil, but our native plants thrive quite easily. Other plants may find the soil texture less fruitful considering its inability to thoroughly keep water and nutrients.
Likewise, the report found that Myakka can also have a host of limitations attached to it. For instance, they state, “A Myakka soil can be a very wet, acidic, and sandy soil. Because Myakka soils tend to be poorly drained and have high water tables, they often need some kind of modification to control water before being used for agriculture. The surface layers of the Myakka soils are also very sandy, which limits their use for recreation and urban development.” This means even native plants can use some stepping for additional watering.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Fort Pierce?
There isn’t an area in the United States where the weather doesn’t affect the health of your trees somehow. This remains especially true in Fort Pierce, where the weather can get extremely hot and wet. The extreme heat can dehydrate your plants, while the rainfall can often be fierce and heavy — causing healthy (or even trees in recovery) to prematurely fall due to the weight.
Another common problem in the area is hurricanes, hence why we are the “Hurricane City.” In fact, It’s not uncommon for a range of our trees to get wiped out from a hurricane or two. For your safety in these circumstances, check out The City of Fort Pierce’s Hurricane Preparedness section.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Fort Pierce?
When it comes to a dead tree near power lines, it is up to professionals to take care of the situation to ensure the safety and health of the homeowner. However, the homeowner should be the one to contact their electric company to inform them of this shall it happen and go unnoticed by their experts. You should also know that the electric company does have the authority to step in and take care of a tree that runs any risk of coming in contact with a power line — even without the property owner’s consent.
FPL provides a significant amount of tips and resources for preventing trees from becoming a power line problem, maintaining and taking care of your trees, line caring programs, and more.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Fort Pierce?
Before we dive into the average cost of tree removal in Fort Pierce, residents must know that the estimated costs are only that — estimations. They can be influenced exponentially by cost factors like tree height, land, lot clearing, and expert hourly rate.
With that being said, the average cost of a tree removal service in Fort Pierce is $553, with many residents in the area paying a minimum cost of $250 and a maximum cost of around $2,100.
Tree height is a cost factor that plays a big role in your final costs. This is because a tree that is much taller in length will be harder for our experts to remove and require more time, effort, workforce, and equipment to take care of than one that is under 30 feet tall. On average, this can add on (or take off in some cases) $10 to $20 per foot of height.
Likewise, there is also a difference between a tree that is either standing or fallen. For similar reasons, a fallen tree can cost you half as much as a still-standing tree because most of that difficult job is already done.
Land and Lot Clearing
Land and lot clearing is an additional service that most residents in Fort Pierce take advantage of, yet many forget to factor it into their original budgeting plan. This service refers to our professionals cleaning up all the trees, debris, shrubs all over your property for building or landscaping features.
It is a responsibility usually left up to the homeowner but can be difficult or complex given there are rules and regulations to the proper disposal of these items (not to mention the hard work). The only downside to the service is it can add more than a thousand dollars more to your final bill.