Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Statesboro?
- 2 Does the City of Statesboro Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Statesboro?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Statesboro?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Statesboro?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Statesboro?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Statesboro?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Statesboro?
If there’s one thing you can rely on in Georgia, it’s the Georgia heat. Statesboro’s summers are incredibly hot (sometimes unbearably so), and our winters are typically quick and considerably cold (at least for us). The temperature rarely goes below freezing. This makes our area great for residents and vegetation that enjoy the sun and don’t mind the rain.
Out of the 250 trees native to Statesboro, the following are a handful of medium to large trees:
- American Beech
- Scarlet Oak
- American Holly
- Bald Cypress
- Slash Pine
- Southern Magnolia
- Hickory species
- Yellow Buckeye
- White Ash
- Red Maple
While these trees and the couple of hundred others are nicely acclimated to our Statesboro area, there are other insects, fungi, and bacteria that also live comfortably in our landscapes. This often leads to poor tree health and, in the worst cases, death. The most common tree issues to look out for in Statesboro are the following:
Bacterial diseases often make their way into your tree via its weakened and damaged state after, say, an insect continuously fed and burrowed into it, leaving multiple location points for infection vulnerable to bacteria. Some common signs of infection include cankers, oozing, curling, galls, polysaccharide slime, leaf discoloration, and poor overall growth.
According to UGA Extension, the best management strategies are to:
- Promote leaf drying as described in the general disease management strategies section. Do not overhead irrigate plants.
- Destroy severely affected plants. Remove all plant debris beneath plants.
- Copper fungicides may help protect plants from bacterial infection, but they must be used along with a strict sanitation program for effective control.
- Consult the Georgia Pest Management Handbook for fungicide recommendations.
Several types of fungi can harm your trees, and they often do so much damage that they slowly but surely take down their structure bit by bit. This becomes especially problematic for our landscapes, because structurally sound trees will do much better against natural disasters and winter’s cold temps than those beaten down all summer and are now vulnerable to everything.
They also spread too easily, moving with the wind and splashing rain or even through garden tools that haven’t been properly sanitized. Some of the most common fungi diseases include:
- Canker tree diseases
- Sooty mold
- Apple scab
- Oak wilt
- Powdery mildew
- Root rot
Insect infestations are nearly unavoidable when it comes to outside landscapes. There are several different kinds, and they’re on the lookout for survival, too—particularly at the expense of our native trees. Measures like tree trunk protection injections and spraying insecticides can limit exposure and slow down the decline of trees already exposed.
APHIS reports that the following are most commonly suitable to our Statesboro habitat (and what they attack):
- Asian Gypsy Moth – North American tree and shrub species.
- Asian Longhorned Beetle – hardwood trees, national forests.
- Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle – palm trees, including coconut, date, and oil palms.
- European Gypsy Moth – trees and shrubs.
- False Codling Moth – plants, fruit trees, field crops.
- Spotted Lanternfly – fruit, ornamental, and woody trees.
Additionally, they add that the Asian citrus psyllid and imported fire ant are also common in the area, and they’re in federal quarantine for their danger to the U.S.’s landscapes.
Does the City of Statesboro Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Statesboro does not provide any assistance to private property owners looking to get trees on their property inspected, taken care of, or removed. However, they provide some assistance with yard waste, given the property owner puts it out by the street at the scheduled time.
They state on their site, “If you have a question regarding the schedule for yard waste removal or to report a fallen tree or limb, please call Public Works at 912.764.0681.”
However, it should be noted that they only remove yard waste from properties inside the city limits. If your property is outside the city limits, you should contact the Public Works (or similar division) in your area.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Statesboro?
A fallen tree is hassle enough. The following sections will help you determine who is responsible for what and when, so the problem can be taken care of properly and promptly.
If you’re a homeowner?
As a homeowner, you receive the full responsibility of managing and removing the trees on your private property. There are a few scenarios where you may not have full responsibility, like when it is on multiple properties — each owner is expected to take care of their potion up to their property line (including the City if some are on public property).
Other scenarios are discussed in the ‘neighbor’ section.
As for clearing the yard waste after removal, the City of Statesboro adds, “The owner of [the] property on which trees are fallen or cut down is required to promptly remove all tree trunks, logs, limbs, tops, or other debris resulting therefrom that is in excess of the provisions of Section 66-49.”
If you’re a renter?
As a renter, you do not have the responsibility of tree removal on your hands. This is because it is not your property. However, we do advise that you discuss any potential declines or tree deaths with your landlord to prevent fallen trees when possible.
If you’re a landlord?
Landlords have the same responsibility as homeowners when it comes to managing and removing trees from your property. The only difference is, you are also responsible for the people on your property, so it’s essential that you keep up with regular tree care and maintenance measures to avoid damage and injuries caused by dead trees falling.
If you’re a neighbor?
Here’s where it sometimes gets a little more tricky. If a healthy tree falls onto your property from your neighbor’s property, then you are responsible for its removal (and vice versa). On the other hand, if the tree was dead, damaged, or dying at the time of it falling onto your property, your neighbor is then responsible for its removal and any expenses associated with damage and injuries.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Statesboro?
As the state soil of Georgia, the Tiften series plays a significant part in the health and growth of the trees and plants in our landscapes. These soils are generally deep and well-drained, making for less saturation and overwater but also contributing to more drought-like problems.
Soils 4 Teachers describes the soil series as “three separate size fractions called sand, silt, and clay, which makes up the soil texture,” with “higher concentrations of ironstone” present.
They also add that the major importance of the soil in our area is that its well-drained and loamy textures make it conducive for plant and tree growth. Although Tifton is well suited for most agriculture, forestry, and recreational use, its “presence of a high water table during some time of the year (i.e., the wettest months)” can cause saturation and over-watering in native landscapes.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Statesboro?
Tree heath in Statesboro is absolutely affected by our weather, especially since we cannot control the severity of weather or even protect our landscapes from its wrath. Even something as common in Statesboro as the sun or rain can hurt the health of our trees if they get too much of one or the other.
Statesboro, GA, in particular, is also vulnerable to common natural disasters in Georgia like severe storms, tropical storms, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and more. These are dangerous to our trees because while we can run inside and take cover during these disasters, our trees can easily be taken down, thrown from the ground, and burnt to a crisp—and there’s not much we can really do about it but maybe reduce the severity.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Statesboro?
By no means should any property owner ever personally maintain, manage, or remove a tree that is dangerously close to a power line. Instead, you should always call your local electric company to inform them of the danger and allow them to take care of the problem for you.
Georgia Power explains that “tree limbs that come in contact with power lines are a major cause of electrical outages, and limbs that touch electric power lines can become energized or even break and fall, bringing the lines down with them.” For this reason, they do regular pruning and tree trimming, but if the circumstances call for it, they will also remove the tree if need be.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Statesboro?
In Statesboro, tree removal costs are a touch cheaper than many other cities and states, sitting at around an average of $810 and ranging from $300 to $1,850 in most cases. Beware, however, that the following cost factors can influence that number to either increase or decrease significantly, depending on the company you work with and the circumstances of your service.
When trying to determine your overall costs, one of the most important factors to consider is how tall your tree is. This is because a tree that is much taller will require us to use more people, work longer hours, and utilize more tools and equipment to get the job done compared to one much smaller and simpler to take care of.
The average cost per additional foot of height on your tree in Statesboro is about $20 each foot after 30.
In the same sense, a tree that is still standing will likely also cost double the amount of one that has already fallen over because most of the job has already been done for us.
Trees that are located near your house, shed, fence, or other personal property will always be more challenging for our teams to remove, and must be treated with greater care. As such, we will spend a longer time removing these trees, and our total rate will be higher based on how long it takes us.
Land and Lot Clearing
Another factor to consider when budgeting is any additional services you may want to take advantage of. For instance, a very useful and commonly requested service is land and lot clearing. In this service, we would clean up all the yard waste on your property after a storm or in preparation for land development and correctly dispose of it.
While the average cost of this service runs for about $2,215 per acre in Statesboro, most residents take advantage of it because it’s hassle-free and there are so many rules and regulations that go along with disposing of yard waste.