Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Douglas?
- 2 Does the City of Douglas Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Douglas?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Douglas?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Douglas?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Douglas?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Douglas?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Douglas?
Located in southern Georgia in Coffee County, Douglas is the center of the Douglas Micropolitan Area. Micropolitan areas are the younger and smaller siblings to metropolitan areas. It is home to the Broxton Rocks Preserve, a natural waterfall with ancient rocks that has been named one of Georgia’s Hidden Treasures. There are also many protected trees in the area which require special consideration and permits before any trimming or removal. Trees here also face challenges from severe weather.
Douglas is one of the warmer areas of Georgia with around 75 days during the year where the temperature is over 90 degrees and only around 26 days during the year where the temperature drops below freezing. However, Douglas sees a significant number of severe thunderstorms as well as tornadoes throughout the year, which can uproot and damage trees.
Some well-known tree diseases that are common in the state include Dutch elm disease and oak wilt. Generally, tree diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria, and nematodes that can just cause unsightly damage in the form of leaf spots. Other times, however, these diseases can greatly harm or even kill plants and trees.
Root rot occurs when soil is poorly drained and water accumulates in a particular area. This can sometimes be due to proximity to gutters and downspouts. Pathogens in soil cause root and crown rot diseases that can lead to poor growth, foliage discoloration, wilting, and eventually, death.
Does the City of Douglas Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
Generally, the city of Douglas does not assist in the removal of trees on private property. Trees that are considered hazardous, such as trees that are near power lines or blocking public roads, are typically taken care of by either the city or the utility company. Additionally, for any trees that are considered protected, a permit is required from the city. The city does remove yard debris but it specifically states that they are not responsible for materials from land clearing projects or trees cut by a contractor.
Protected trees include any native trees that have a diameter of 6 inches or more as well as trees that have achieved 50 percent or greater of the expected diameter for that species, which are considered historic
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Douglas?
Who is tasked with the responsibility of removing a fallen tree can vary from situation to situation and is not always clear. If a tree falls into the street or as a result of a storm, is the city responsible? Likewise, if a tree falls into your neighbor’s yard, are they responsible or are you responsible? If you are renting your home, is it your landlord’s responsibility or is it yours? And what about shared trees that are planted on the property line? Let’s find out.
If you’re a homeowner?
For trees that fall into your yard, removal and cleanup are generally your responsibility, wherever the tree falls from. If one of your trees falls onto the street, it is still your responsibility, unless it is blocking the street or poses a danger. Regardless of where it fell, if there was an existing problem that caused the tree to fall that you neglected to take care of, removal and any damage will be your responsibility. Most homeowners policies will not pay for removal or any damage in this situation. If your tree falls into your neighbor’s yard, it might not always be your responsibility, but it is always nice to offer to help your neighbors.
If you’re a renter?
As a renter, it is generally not your responsibility to remove a fallen tree, provided your rental agreement does not state otherwise. Most of the time, your renters insurance will cover most, if not all, of the costs related to any damage that is caused by a tree falling, provided it was not your fault the tree fell. You should call your landlord as soon as possible to let them know about the tree and any potential damage. And if you did do something that caused the tree to fall, your landlord will most likely request that you pay for the damages and/or removal of the tree.
If you’re a landlord?
Because you are the owner of the property, it is almost always your responsibility to remove any fallen trees, unless there is a stipulation in the rental agreement that states otherwise or your renter did something that caused the tree to fall. Either way, you should promptly communicate with your renter to assess the damage and help facilitate removal. And if it turns out your renter did something that caused the tree to fall, it is completely reasonable to require the renter to pay for removal of the tree and any damage that was caused.
If you’re a neighbor?
Unfortunately, even if it is not your tree, if it falls into your yard, it will generally be your responsibility to have the tree removed, unless you can show that your neighbor knew about an existing problem and refused to address it.
The vast majority of the time, your homeowners policy, minus any applicable deductible, will pay for any damages as well as any cost associated with removal. If you have any concerns about any trees on your neighbor’s property or any trees that could be considered shared trees, it is a good idea to talk with your neighbor sooner rather than later, to prevent any serious damage.
However, unless the tree is dangerous, if they do not want to, your neighbor is not required to remove it. If it is a shared tree or some branches are on your property, you can typically prune or trim those branches, provided you can do so without damaging the tree, but total removal will almost always require permission from both you and your neighbor.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Douglas?
The soil in Douglas is composed mostly of sandy loam and loamy sand with areas of silty clay. The permeability of the soil ranges from slow to moderate to rapid, depending on the type of soil. For example, Carnegie soil has moderate permeability, while Surrency soil has rapid permeability. The drainage of the soil varies as well. Carnegie and Tifton soils are both well-drained and formed from loamy and clayey marine sediments. Surrency is very poorly drained and is usually ponded, while Chastain is poorly drained. Loamy sand, which is sand mixed with a majority of silt and clay, is ideal for trees since it generally retains nutrients well and allows for good drainage. Sandy loam, which has higher concentrations of sand, can drain water quickly, but will generally not hold enough to provide nutrients.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Douglas?
The city of Douglas sees an average of 47.7 inches of annual rainfall, both of which are below average compared to other areas of Georgia. There are a fair number of thunderstorms and tornadoes, both of which can be detrimental to trees. Because Douglas is farther inland, the area does not generally see hurricanes, but often sees remnants of hurricanes as they move farther inland.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Douglas?
Dead trees that are near or have fallen on power lines are very dangerous, and you should never try to remove them. Douglas sees a lot of thunderstorms and tornadoes every year, so it is, unfortunately, common for trees and tree branches to fall onto power lines, particularly if not properly maintained. According to Georgia Power, which maintains power lines throughout the state of Georgia, they monitor and maintain trees that are close to company power lines. This includes performing preventive pruning and removal of trees across downed power lines. Property owners are responsible for maintaining trees that are near service lines that run from the main line to their home, but should contact Georgia Power before any trimming near service lines.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Douglas?
In general, because several factors influence cost, there are not any set prices for tree removal. In Douglas, on average, it costs $561 to remove a tree. Occasionally, your homeowners insurance may cover some or all of the cost, minus a deductible, but it will depend on why the tree is being removed. You also need a permit for some tree removal if the tree is considered a protected tree, which adds to the cost of removal. Our team will know if your tree is located in an area that requires a permit and will either already have the needed permits or know how to easily obtain them.
Larger trees require more time and resources to remove due to both height and circumference. Because larger trees require more resources, they also cost more to remove. We typically employ a top-down method, which is the safest method to use for larger trees. This method involves, as the name implies, starting by cutting sections at the top of the tree and working your way down. While it is the safer method for larger trees, it also requires multiple people and is not a quick process.
The cost of tree removal can be increased depending on where your tree is located and if there are buildings or power lines nearby. For example, if you live in a neighborhood where the homes are closer together, the cost to remove a tree will be higher. Additionally, if the tree is near power lines, the cost is higher, and if a crane has to be used to remove the tree, this will further increase your costs. Even in more rural areas where there are no neighbors or other buildings nearby, if it is difficult for one of our tree trimmers or arborists to reach your property, your costs can potentially increase as well.
Oftentimes, trees that have already fallen are easier and generally less expensive to remove. However, this is strictly related to the actual tree removal costs and does not include any damage that may have been caused when the tree fell. Trees that are partially decayed, or even dead, can be more expensive because more planning has to be done prior to removal. Being able to control how a tree falls is one of the most important factors in safely removing a tree, and a tree that is decaying could potentially fall unexpectedly and cause more damage, which makes removal that much more difficult.