Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Smyrna?
- 2 Does the City of Smyrna Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Smyrna?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Smyrna?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Smyrna?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Smyrna?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Smyrna?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Smyrna?
When you first drive into the city of Smyrna, it is astounding to think that the bright lights and busy lifestyle of Atlanta are a mere 20-minutes away. It is like stepping into a new world. You get the feeling that you are leaving cement and asphalt behind for a little serenity and nature. You barely even notice that you are just off The Perimeter.
We love the history of Smyrna, but more than that, we love the way that nature fills the city no matter where you look. In every yard, along busy streets, and commercial properties, nature is abundant in the form of trees, shrubs, and other plant life.
What does it take to keep Smyrna beautiful when there is such an abundance of green so near the big city? Surprisingly, it takes quite a bit of effort since there are several things in Georgia that can negatively impact trees. They include:
- Fire Blight Disease, which presents itself as a kind of scorched-looking tree. It is transmitted by wildlife, water, and even gardening tools.
- Powdery Mildew, which is a fungus that may grow on trees. It causes the trees and other plants to develop what appears to be whitish-colored mildew.
- Anthracnose, which is a fungus that can turn healthy green leaves to black. It is transmitted mostly by wildlife and dirty gardening tools.
- Slime Flux, which typically means there are bacteria in water-soaked wood.
- Root Rot, which can occur because of poor drainage.
- Drought Damage, which may cause a tree’s anchoring roots to stop growing.
- Heart Rot, which presents itself with mushrooms on branches or the tree trunk. By the time you see the mushrooms, there may already be substantial damage to the heart of the tree.
Does the City of Smyrna Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
If you have a tree that you want to be removed, you will likely have to pay for its removal without assistance. In Smyrna, there aren’t any dedicated programs available that will help you with the cost of tree removal services.
However, if you have a tree that poses risk to you, your home, or your neighbor, you may want to consider contacting emergency resources for Smyrna. Some resources listed offer help with housing or utilities for those in need and may provide assistance if you have a tree emergency.
For instance, the United Way and Salvation Army may both be willing to help with a variety of different basic needs, including utility assistance. Tree removal may qualify, but there is no guarantee. Even if they aren’t able to help, they may be able to tell you about other places that may offer the assistance you need.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Smyrna?
Trees are a big deal in Smyrna and all of Cobb County. The county works hard to maintain trees on public properties. Property owners are encouraged to do the same. Therefore, a fallen tree poses some questions. Who is responsible for it? If the tree is on public property, then you will want to contact the city of Smyrna or the tree board.
If you’re a homeowner?
In general, property owners are responsible for the things on their property. This includes removal, replanting, and caring for trees that are located there. In the event that you do not remove a diseased or dying tree, you could receive a notice from the city to remove it or have it looked at by our arborists. If you fail to comply, the city will address the issue, even on private property, at full cost to you.
If you’re a renter?
In private, single-family rentals, you have a contract or lease agreement with your landlord. If your lease does not specifically say that you are in charge of landscaping or upkeep, then your landlord will be responsible for removing fallen, dead, or dying trees. If it states that you are responsible, then the responsibility falls to you.
If you’re a landlord?
Property owners are expected to take care of the property that they own, even if you do not live there. For this reason, a fallen tree is your responsibility. You will also be required to replace the tree if necessary to meet the standards of the Smyrna Tree Ordinance.
If you’re a neighbor?
In the event your neighbor’s tree falls on your property, you will be responsible for removing the tree up to the property line. If their tree damages your personal property, you may be able to get assistance for the repairs through your insurance or through the courts.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Smyrna?
Cobb County has overall good soil for growing trees. However, in many areas, the ground is sloped which can raise concerns for erosion potential. This is a big reason why trees are so important in Smyrna. In general, you will find clay soil in the northern part of Georgia. Clay is sticky and wet soil that may make it hard for trees and other plant life to grow well.
Therefore, when it comes to planting trees on your property, you may want to look first at trees that are native to Smyrna. It will increase their chance of survival. Tree types may include:
This is not a full list of trees that may grow well in Smyrna, but it should give you an idea of the variety of trees that you can plant in the area.
Another piece of advice would be that if you have clay soil in your yard, you may want to apply mulch or organic matter to the base of your tree. This will help the soil to dry and absorb rather than run off quickly. Our professionals recommend that you dig down a few inches, place the organic matter, and cover it with your topsoil.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Smyrna?
The weather in Smyrna is relatively mild throughout the year. There is normally a good amount of rain, so you do not have to worry about trees not getting enough water. The problem is, you may have to worry about whether the water stays close to them if you have clay soil.
There may still be concerns, though. With nature, consistencies are questionable. Weather can change unexpectedly. If you have new trees or trees with new growth, special care may be needed for sudden, hard freezes.
If you want to know that you are doing the best for your trees, you can add mulch to the base and choose plants that are native to the area. This will ensure that they are hardy trees and will thrive no matter what the winter and summer bring to them.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Smyrna?
You are encouraged to avoid planting or removing any tree that is near a power line. Section 7 of the Tree Conservation and Replacement Ordinance states that if a tree is growing where it may affect power lines, you should contact your local electric company.
If there is an immediate danger you may also call 911 to report the issue and have someone come out to handle the emergency.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Smyrna?
In Smyrna, you can expect to pay between $470.00 and $640.00 for most tree removals, but your total may be significantly lower or higher. On average, most homeowners pay $555.00. The price you will have to pay is going to be based on several factors. They include:
Difficulty of Removal
There are some situations where tree removal is easier or harder to do. If your tree is small or in the middle of an open space where there is no risk to structures or safety, then you will pay less for the tree removal. It is a simple job that will be completed quickly, so there is going to be less labor cost involved.
If you have a tree that is large or near a structure, your price for removal may increase. Special equipment, having more professionals on the job site, etc. may be required of us in these situations, and you will have to pay for it. This is not something that can be predicted before we have visited the site.
Things happen and problems can arise at any time. A summer storm can cause tree issues that are unforeseen and unavoidable. However, a tree removal that requires attention on weekends and holidays will cost more than those that can be done during normal business days. This is because we charge a little more for our labor if it takes our arborists away from their day off with family.
The easiest way to save yourself from this possibility is to know that you only have healthy trees in your yard.
If you have a tree that is larger than 24-inches in diameter or 4ft tall, you will be required to get a permit to complete the removal. The fee for this is $100.00, even if multiple trees are removed on the same property. Beyond that, in some situations, you will be required to replant a tree of a similar species within 60-days of the removal. If you opt-out of replanting a tree, you will likely have to pay $400.00 to the city’s “Tree Bank”.
A dead or dying tree will still require a permit, but the permit fee is often waived.
If you choose to remove a tree without a permit, the penalty will be that you either have to plant two tree replacements or pay $800.00 to the Tree Bank.
It is important to note that any tree planted will have to be inspected before the permit is closed by the city of Smyrna. If you fail the inspection you may have to potentially pay more, so you want to make sure you get it right the first time. We can handle all permitting issues for you to make your removal more straightforward and stress-free.