Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Plymouth?
- 2 Does the City of Plymouth Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Plymouth?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Plymouth?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Plymouth?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Plymouth?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Plymouth?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Plymouth?
As a Plymouth homeowner, you know that trees add beauty to your property and offer shade during warmer weather. There’s a diverse selection of trees in the area. Some of the most common trees we see in the area are:
- Boxelder maple
- Japanese maple
- Sugar maple
- Red maple
- Silver maple
- Ohio buckeye
- River birch
- Eastern redbud
- Eastern white pine
- American pine
It isn’t uncommon for our team to see trees that are as tall as 60 to 100 feet. These are impressive and majestic. When one of these trees needs to be removed, the homeowner always wants to know what happened to it. Here are a couple of the most common tree issues in the area:
Pest and Insect Infestations
Critters and creepy crawlers might haunt your dreams, but they can also infest the trees in your Plymouth yard. Insects and other pests will make your tree into their homes or dine on them. This can damage or even kill an otherwise healthy tree. Here are a few of the most common insects that we see in this area:
- Emerald ash borer beetle
- European gypsy moth
- Asian gypsy moth
- Asian longhorned beetle
- European cherry fruit fly
- Spotted lanternfly
Unfortunately, insects don’t stick with just a single tree. By the time you notice a problem, there might already be several trees with insect infestation. You can treat and possibly save a tree in your Plymouth yard if it has an infestation, but you need to catch it early. Here are a few signs that you might have an issue:
- Insects on the tree or in a swarm around it
- Weak limbs
- Bald patches of missing bark
- Smaller than normal limbs and leaves
- Shrinking or spotty leaf canopy
- Sunken areas
- Holes and channels in the trunk
- Discolored or misshapen leaves
- Stunted growth
When you spot a sign, our team can evaluate the tree and make recommendations for treatment or removal.
Winter Weather Damage
With an average snowfall of 39 inches each year, Plymouth enjoys a white winter wonderland. The winter temperatures hover around the freezing mark during the day and then drop to the low 20s and below at night.
Extended periods of extreme cold can create a condition known as a hard freeze. This condition includes freezing the nutrients and water in the soil, which your tree needs to survive and thrive.
When your trees don’t get nutrients, there’s a chance that they could perish over the winter months. The evergreens in your yard will probably do fine during a hard freeze, unless they’re young or only a sapling.
During the spring, you expect your trees to start growing again. A tree that doesn’t start growing again might have perished due to the hard freeze conditions. Occasionally, a tree in your yard appears to start growing again.
After a few weeks or months, the tree dies suddenly. It could be that a part of the tree died during a hard freeze and could no longer process the nutrients. As time went by, the damage spread to other areas of the tree, eventually killing it.
If you think one of the trees in your Plymouth yard was damaged during a hard freeze, our team can evaluate it and determine its viability.
Does the City of Plymouth Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The city of Plymouth takes care of any trees that grow on public land, and this includes an easement in your yard. However, the rest of your yard is considered private property and the city doesn’t provide any assistance for removing trees. You’re expected to have the tree removed and cover the costs.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Plymouth?
As the Plymouth homeowner, you can almost always expect to tackle the responsibility of removing a tree in your yard. However, we often hear people with special circumstances, so we wanted to address them:
If you’re a homeowner?
When you’re the Plymouth homeowner, you’re expected to remove the tree. You need to make the arrangements and pay the bill, unless the tree grew on an easement. An easement is almost always a small parcel of land that abuts the street, and the city or local utility company retains the right to use it and will remove any fallen trees from this area.
If you’re a renter?
As a renter, you aren’t responsible for the removal of a tree. The homeowner is responsible, although you need to let them know about any potential problems with trees.
If you’re a landlord?
If you’re the landlord, you’re the homeowner, too. This makes it your responsibility to remove a fallen tree from your yard.
If you’re a neighbor?
So one of your neighbor’s trees fell and landed in your Plymouth yard. This happens when the trees grow as tall as they do in this area. We see it frequently. In almost all cases, you need to handle the removal of the portion of the fallen tree in your yard.
However, if a neighbor knew of an issue with the tree and failed to take care of the problem, they were negligent with that tree. This makes your neighbor liable for the entire tree’s removal and any damage that was done to your home or property.
It’s always a good idea, in these situations, to talk to your neighbor before taking any legal action. In many cases, the two of you can work it out and maintain a neighborly friendship.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Plymouth?
The most common soil type in Plymouth is clay soil. This is problematic for the trees in your yard. Clay soil absorbs a lot of water, but it can’t drain it as quickly as some other types. This increases your chances of having a tree develop root rot, a fungal disease that damage and kills them.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Plymouth?
In Plymouth, the weather can definitely affect the health of your trees. The winter months can bring a hard freeze that leaves a tree damaged or dying. Also, violent storms in the spring can cause problems.
The area is prone to violent thunderstorms that bring lightning that can kill a tree with a direct strike or leave it damaged. These types of storms always bring with them the chance of a tornado. Plymouth sees an average of two tornadoes each year.
The winds in a twister can whip around at up to 300 miles an hour, pulling trees out of the ground and depositing them miles away. The debris field of a tornado can also cause damage to your home, even if it isn’t hit directly.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Plymouth?
You don’t want to handle a dead tree near a power line by yourself, and you don’t want to get anywhere near a dead tree on a power line. These are dangerous, and at times, life-threatening situations. You need to call Plymouth emergency services if you see a dead tree lying on a power line. You need a professional service to remove a tree near a power line so you don’t run the risk of knocking the tree onto a power line.
You might find that a dead tree near a power line is actually on an easement owned by the utility company. In this case, the company will remove the tree. If the tree is in your yard, it’s your responsibility to contact us to remove it.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Plymouth?
The cost of tree removal in Plymouth runs between $200 and $1,820 in most cases, with an average cost of around $710. There are a few factors that decide your final cost. These include:
Location of the Tree
When a tree sits close to your Plymouth home, our team needs to take extra time and employ additional safety measures to cut it down safely. We want to ensure that it doesn’t damage your home or another tree in the removal process.
Removing a taller or wider tree takes extra time and safety equipment. When our team cuts down a tree, they start at the top and cut the tree into sections to ensure there isn’t any damage to your home. The size of the tree can play a large role in the final cost.
Tree Stump Removal
With the tree gone, you don’t want to see a stump in your yard. We can remove it, but it’s considered an additional service because it takes additional time and equipment to remove.