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In this guide, we cover common questions including:

  • How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost?
  • Does The City Provide Any Assistance?
  • Who Is Responsible For Fallen Trees?
  • How To Save Your Lawn Before And After Tree Service?
  • What About Trees Near Power Lines?
  • And Why Tree Triage Is The Best Tree Removal Company For You!
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What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Valrico?

Valrico, or “rich valley” in Spanish, is a wonderful area to be in if you like your weather hot and wet most of the year and occasionally cold (Florida cold, that is sitting around 50 degrees) for a short period of winter. It inhabits great attractions like the Alderman’s Ford Nature Preserve and Valrico Lake with its floating islands, making it not only a great place for us to live but often our trees as well — as long as they prefer the Valrico climate too. 

According to the University of Florida, the following trees thrive best in our climate:

  • Brazilian pepper tree
  • Punk tree
  • Mahogany
  • Bald Cypress
  • Live Oak 
  • Pine trees
  • Southern Red Cedar
  • Southern Magnolia
  • Buttonwood

Unfortunately, even the most accustomed trees also fall victim to fatal diseases in the area. After all, where trees thrive, tree diseases are also likely to thrive. Here are the most common ones in Valrico, FL.

Brown Spot Needle Blight

The Brown Spot Needle Blight is a tree disease that affects Valrico trees with needles – like our popular pine trees. The disease survives in weakened or dead needles that have fallen and then spreads through its spores in the spring, finding new needles through rain splashes, wind, etc. 

Signs include yellow/brown spotting on tree needles, dead and browning needle tips, and black bumps (fungal spores). You’ll see Brown Spot Needle Blight signs more in younger trees after a hot and wet summer — weather we are far too familiar with here in Florida.

On a positive note, your trees can be protected from Brown Spot Needle Blight by using a fungicide provided by our tree experts, and/or you can reduce the risk of the disease by allowing more air circulation in your landscape, keeping the pine needles dry.

Fusiform Rust

This fungal disease can best be recognized by two symptoms: galls or witches’ brooms. Galls are those unnatural swellings in your trees that can be caused by a number of things: fungi, bacteria, mites, wasps, and more. Witches’ brooms refer to a cluster of twigs in one spot, giving the appearance of a broom.

Fusiform Rust needs both oak and pine (can’t go from pine to pine, or uses oak as its medium) trees to finish its cycle. Since these two trees are prominent in Valrico, this tree disease can be deadly in our area’s landscape.

In fact, the UF School of Resources and Conservation (UF-SRC) says this disease causes millions of dollars in losses per year in Florida. 

Laurel Wilt

Laurel Wilt is a disease that infects and damages woody trees in the Laurel family. It is spread by the redbay ambrosia beetle (which was transferred over to the U.S. from Asia) and is most notably found in Florida, including the Valrico area.

Signs include wilting, drooping, red/purple discolorations, and typically shows up on only a part of the crown (although it will eventually take over the entire crown).

There isn’t as much information and resources regarding this disease, but genetics research is regularly studying some options for preventative measures and treatment. 

Does the City of Valrico Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?

The City of Valrico takes care of trees (trimming, removal, etc.) if the tree is on city property (right-of-ways, alleys, public strip, etc.), they do not take care of trees on private property, although the city may order you to if they deem it unsafe or in danger of falling. 

Whether a permit is needed or not depends on the size of your tree. However, you should also consult the Hillsborough County Land Development Code to ensure your property still has its required lot number of trees – you may have to re-plant following the removal. 

Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Valrico?

It can be a headache scrambling around trying to figure out who is responsible after a tree falls unexpectedly or even needs to be removed before it does. No worries, here’s the breakdown in Valrico.

If you’re a homeowner?

As a homeowner, it’s no secret that the cost and upkeep of your home and property can get expensive. Unfortunately, tree care and removal are added to that responsibility when you purchase the property. 

The only scenario where it may not be your full responsibility is if it is on multiple properties, in which case everyone (including the city) would take care of their own portion of the tree. More scenarios are explored in the neighbor section.

If you’re a renter?

The wonderful advantage of renting is responsibilities as big as this one (tree removal) are not put on the renter, but rather the landlord. However, it is important to bring this issue to a landlord as soon as possible to avoid any damages or injuries that could’ve been prevented. 

If you’re a landlord?

Much like a homeowner, a landlord also has all the big responsibilities associated with owning property – including tree removal. The biggest difference is that landlords are also responsible for the safety of all their tenants and should be vigilant in tree care to avoid any damages/injuries to their renters (liable to get sued).

If you’re a neighbor?

Neighbor responsibility primarily depends on the health of the tree that has fallen over and/or caused any damages. If a healthy tree was originally on your property and fell onto your neighbor’s property (or vice versa), then it is your neighbor’s responsibility to take care of its removal and damage costs. However, if the tree is dead, the property owner who the tree originally resided on is responsible for all damage costs and removal fees.

Trees that sit on the boundary line are split in cost and responsibility between neighbors. 

How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Valrico?

The most common soil in Florida and Valrico is Myakka (our state soil), which is unfortunate because it’s not the greatest for planting. Nonetheless, we have our select natives that thrive in it. Soil Series defines it as “very deep, very poorly or poorly drained, moderately rapid or moderately permeable soils” and is “formed in sandy marine deposits.”

When determining your land’s soil series for plants and tree health, it’s best to consider your soil type by checking out the provided map of your area for your county (Hillsborough for Valrico). Noting the right series is important because native trees to Valrico require a certain soil to maintain health and a longer lifespan.

Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Valrico?

Short answer – yes. If there’s one thing Florida is known for, it’s the array of natural disasters that make their way into the area — ranging from wildfire and floods to tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes. Even with being accustomed to the area, trees can’t always survive a nearby tornado or hurricane when it sweeps it up.

In fact, Florida Health states that “Florida has been no stranger to hazards and disaster events, enduring 65 major presidential declarations and 12 declared emergencies since 1953.”

What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Valrico?

Your electric company is responsible for all trimming and pruning of trees near electric lines, as it is not safe for residents not licensed and qualified for the job to do so. However, Tampa Electric does say that it is the responsibility of homeowners to ensure vegetation does not get planted near power lines. 

Sometimes it is already the case, though, and when that happens, and the tree dies, Tampa Electric (through a third party) may request a tree removal to ensure safety and power line protection. It is unclear whether that will come as a charge to the property owner or electrical company.

How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Valrico?

Before jumping into tree removal costs, it’s important that you note the need for either a permit and/or other documentation before the service. In fact, Hillsborough County gives 5 things every resident should know about a bill that just passed in 2019, affecting Florida Tree Law:

  1. Property owners must obtain proper documentation from an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture or a Florida licensed landscape architect that the tree presents a danger to the property. Luckily, our arborists are all certified!
  2. A tree devoid of green foliage is considered a dead tree and is most likely to pose a danger. Dead trees do not require a permit in unincorporated Hillsborough County but retaining a photo or two is encouraged.
  3. Unless otherwise exempted by the Land Development Code, permits are required to remove healthy, non-dangerous trees on residential and non-residential properties for all tree species.
  4. Property owners are no longer required to replant a tree that was pruned, trimmed, or removed as a result of it posing a danger to the property.
  5. Mangrove tree protections remain unchanged by this new law.

Failure to get a permit when required will result in paying $65.00* per diameter inch for the tree that was removed (for instance, removing a 20″ DBH tree without a permit will result in a fine of $1,300.00).

With that being said, the 3 following cost factors are the ones that most commonly impact Valrico tree removal cost.

Additional Services

Something that can significantly change the tune of your final costs are the added services you seek when removing your tree. These services can add up quickly. 

For example, a service like Tree Protection can be applied to other trees on your landscape and/or a replacement tree for the one you’re removing. Either way, it typically runs between $55 and $60 per trunk injection.

Stump removal may also add between $100 and $300 to your total.

The Height of Your Tree

How tall your tree is can also influence the price – and that factor you nearly have no control over. It’s simply much harder of a job for us to take on when removing a taller tree and typically requires much more time, effort, technology, manpower, etc. 

The average cost of removing a 30-foot tree is around $420, but that number changes when it gets higher or lower — with shorter trees sitting at around $300 and larger trees going as high as $2,140.

Your Tree’s Position

You should also note the position of your tree when getting it removed. What many homeowners don’t consider when budgeting for the removal is that a tree that has fallen already will cost nearly half as much as one that is still standing.

The reason for this is actually quite simple — it takes us so much more time, workers, and equipment to take a tree down compared to one that did most of the job for you.

No matter which cost factor applies to you, our professionals are trained and qualified for the task ahead — this includes the proper licensing.


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