Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Canton?
- 2 Does the City of Canton Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Canton?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Canton?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Canton?
- 6 What if Dead Trees are Near Power Lines in Canton?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Canton?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Canton?
One species that threatens trees in Georgia and elsewhere in the United States is the Southern Pine Beetle which, as its name suggests, attacks all species of southern yellow pines in Georgia, including white pines. These beetles slowly kill the trees when their egg galleries destroy the tissues that carry nutrients throughout the tree. There are several signs of possible infestations of Southern Pine Beetles that are important to keep an eye out for. These include pitch tubes and boring dust caused by the beetles entering the tree, as well as the yellowing and browning of needles. Southern Pine Beetles kill an average of over $7 million worth of pine trees every year in Georgia, so they are a serious problem that you’ll want to be aware of.
Another challenge to Georgia trees in recent years has been the spreading of littleleaf disease, which has been called the most serious disease of shortleaf pine in the Southeast. The disease results from various factors, including the invasion of a nonnative fungus, low soil nitrogen, and eroded soils. Infected trees often die within 12 years of showing symptoms.
Root rot diseases are also quite common in Georgia. Wet soils with limited drainage contribute to this problem, and these sorts of soils can be particularly common in the State of Georgia where red clay soil is prevalent. Various types of fungi can also contribute to root rot. Symptoms of the disease include stunted growth, yellowing and decaying of leaves, and brown, soft, and decayed roots.
Should you have a tree that you suspect is diseased or otherwise damaged, you can call us here at Tree Triage, and we’ll be happy to assist you in assessing and dealing with the situation.
Does the City of Canton Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Canton has a Tree Commission in place that provides the overall municipal framework for tree planting and maintenance. The Commission “regulates the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees and shrubs in public places; provides for the pruning and removal of trees on private property which endanger public safety; and works to improve the general welfare and health of the people of the city and county.” The Commission can recommend the removal of trees on both public and private property if they are deemed to represent a threat to public health.
Should a Canton resident wish to remove a tree from their property, they must file an application with the city’s Planning and Zoning Department. The application must clearly state and document the reason for the removal.
Who is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Canton?
A general principle in issues related to trees is that a tree is yours to deal with if it is on your property. As a result, if your tree were to fall over due to disease or storm damage, you would be responsible, as the landowner, for having it removed. Of course, life is never quite as simple as we would like it to be, so there may be other factors to consider when it comes to tree responsibility. Homeowners, renters, and neighbors may all have different views of the subject.
If you’re a homeowner?
As mentioned previously, homeowners can generally expect that if a tree on your property falls over, you will be responsible for paying for its removal. Nevertheless, it never hurts to check your homeowners’ insurance policy to see whether it might assist with your costs in that regard. Many insurance companies cover at least part of the costs of tree removal, particularly if your house has been damaged, although you would also want to consider things like deductibles before deciding whether to take advantage of any insurance assistance.
If you’re a renter?
Renters in Canton should not expect to bear the cost of removing any fallen trees at their homes. That is the responsibility of the landlord since he or she is the property owner.
However, there is one possible exception that is worth noting – if the renter is the person responsible for damaging the tree in the first place, and the landlord can demonstrate this fact in court, the renter may be held liable for the costs of removing the tree, as well as any other damages that the court deems appropriate.
If you’re a landlord?
Because they are the property owner, a landlord will be expected to pay for the removal costs of any tree rooted on their property that has become diseased or has died. As mentioned previously, an exception to this rule may occur in the case that the renter was the person responsible for the destruction of the tree.
If you’re a neighbor?
Things get most complicated when tree issues cross property lines. Who is responsible when a tree rooted in one property falls on another? The University of Georgia Extension program has prepared a rundown of legal issues related to tree ownership in Georgia that can help sort some of these questions out.
Do keep in mind that if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, communication will be key. Particularly if you expect to be in your home for any length of time, maintaining a good relationship with your neighbor will go a long way toward making your time in your home more pleasant.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Canton?
Georgia has primarily clay soil, which, as previously mentioned, can affect drainage. As a result, trees that are moisture-tolerant generally grow best in this type of soil. One advantage of clay soil is that it tends to attract positive nutrient ions such as calcium, magnesium, and ammonia, and can store large amounts of these nutrients. Plants may grow quite well in this environment. Clay’s main drawback, however, is that it can bind water and nutrients so tightly that they don’t reach the plant’s roots. Thus, property owners dealing with clay soil will want to be aware of this possibility and may wish to plan accordingly.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Canton?
In addition to the above tree diseases, residents of Canton also have to contend with severe storms with some regularity, particularly during the spring and summer. These storms have even been known to produce tornadoes. Severe storms can damage trees or cause them to fall onto power lines and homes, creating another type of hazard for Canton residents.
Drought in Georgia has also been known to affect trees. When trees do not receive the water that they need to thrive, they can begin to wither and weaken, and may eventually even die.
What if Dead Trees are Near Power Lines in Canton?
Canton’s severe storms can blow trees into power lines with some frequency, causing power outages and the potential for life-threatening injury. Should you see dead trees on or near power lines, the best thing to do is to contact Georgia Power. They have skilled arborists who know how to properly trim or remove trees that are in danger of interfering with power lines. This is certainly not a task that you would want to undertake yourself.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Canton?
As with many costs associated with homeownership, tree removal can be pricey. In Canton, the average cost to remove a tree is $587, although many factors can make this either more or less expensive. A typical range for tree removal cost in Canton is anywhere from $497 to $678, but your total can be significantly higher. While this may seem like more than you’d like to pay, the alternative could be even worse. Dying trees have the potential to fall on your home or someone else’s and, in the worst cases, could end up injuring other people. In these cases, you could be on the hook for much greater, more unpleasant costs. It’s always best to deal with such problems before they create larger ones.
If our specialist needs to spend extra time or use extra technology to reach the tree in question, it will of course end up costing the customer more. After all, time is money! If a tree that you want removed is already on the ground in an easily accessible spot (near the road, for example), you are much more likely to end up with a lower bill than if your tree is up a steep hill behind your home, or if our arborist has to work around many other trees in trying to remove the one you’ve called about.
In the case of tree removal, it’s not necessarily true that bigger is better. The more work it is to remove a tree, the more it is going to cost the homeowner. Thus, if you have a large tree to remove, make sure that you budget accordingly.
Some other factors that may contribute to increased costs include:
- Active power lines around the tree
- Emergency and after-hours requests
- Heavy equipment is required
Now here are some things that might decrease the price:
- The tree turns out to be smaller than anticipated
- You have provided a good deal of advanced notice to us
- The tree is easy to access
- No heavy equipment is required