Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Crestwood?
- 2 Does the City of Crestwood Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Crestwood?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Crestwood?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Crestwood?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Crestwood?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Crestwood?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Crestwood?
Trees are a beautiful addition to any yard, and they bring curb appeal and relief from a summer heatwave. We see many native and non-native trees in the Crestwood area. Here’s a look at the trees we see most often:
- Red maple
- Sugar maple
- Yellow poplar
- American beech
- Eastern red cedar
- Black gum
- Eastern redbud
- Flowering dogwood
These trees offer a variety of colors and heights. Some of these trees reach impressive heights. As a Crestwood homeowner, you look at your massive trees and think they’ll be there forever. This makes it difficult to understand when something happens, and a tree needs to be removed. Here are a few common tree issues that we see more often than others in the area.
Damage From Storms
In the spring, Crestwood is apt to see a few violent storms that bring thunder and lightning. With a direct strike of lightning, a tree in your yard can become damaged or even killed. In some cases, the lightning splits the tee in half.
Along with thunderstorms comes the possibility of tornadoes. Between 1950 and 2010, about 103 tornadoes hit Crestwood. This is an average of almost two tornadoes each year.
Tornadoes are extremely dangerous, destroying homes and tearing up yards. The funnel of a tornado can bring winds of up to 300 mph, depending on its category. The winds are strong enough to pick up cars and pull up one of your trees by the roots.
When your home isn’t in the direct path of a tornado, there’s the possibility of damage from the debris field. A tornado’s debris field can extend a mile on either side and up to 50 feet behind it. The debris field consists of all the things the funnel has picked up.
If you suspect that the storm damaged a tree in your Crestwood yard, our team is available to evaluate its condition.
Damage From Insects and Other Pests
You might love these critters in a Disney flick, but when they invade one of the trees in your yard, they can cause severe damage or even kill a tree. Crestwood sees more than its fair share of bugs and pests with humid and warm springs and summers. Some insects we see most often living in, and dining on trees in the area include:
- Emerald Ash Borer Beetle
- Asian Gypsy Moth
- Asian Longhorned Beetle
- European Cherry Fruit Fly
- European Gypsy Moth
- Spotted Lanternfly
Unfortunately, by the time you notice an insect infestation in one tree, they’re probably already infesting nearby trees. We can treat a tree and possibly save it, but you need to catch it early. There are a few signs that you need to keep an eye out for, including:
- Fewer leaves in the canopy
- Stunted growth
- Bugs on the tree or in the area
- Smaller than normal new limbs and leaves
- Bald patches on the trunk
- Holes and channels in the trunk
When you notice an insect problem, it’s time to get the tree evaluated. Our team is always ready to assess the tree and recommend a game plan.
Does the City of Crestwood Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
As part of Oldham County, the city of Crestwood uses the county to take care of trees located on public land, including planting, trimming, and removing these trees. It even covers areas of an city or county easement. When it comes to a tree in your yard, it’s on private property, and the city and county don’t provide any assistance in its removal.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Crestwood?
When a tree falls, everyone wants to know who the responsible party is for its removal. Our team in Crestwood receives many calls from people with specific circumstances and wants to know if removing the tree is their responsibility. This section covers these particular circumstances:
If you’re a homeowner?
As a Crestwood homeowner, it’s your responsibility to remove a fallen tree from your private property. In some cases, the city or a local utility company holds the right to use an area of an easement on your land. The entity will remove a fallen tree in this area.
If you’re a renter?
When you rent a home, you might take care of the yard work. However, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to remove a fallen tree, but you need to advise them of a fallen tree or any other issues.
If you’re a landlord?
We find that most of the time, the landlord is the homeowner. If this is the case, you’re responsible for removing the fallen tree even though someone else is living in your Crestwood home.
If you’re a neighbor?
Tall trees tend to land in more than a single yard when they fall, making it entirely likely that someday you’ll find one of your neighbor’s tree has fallen in their yard and yours.
Since you’re the Crestwood homeowner, it’s your responsibility to remove the part of the tree in your yard unless your neighbor knew the tree was diseased or damaged and didn’t have it removed.
When your neighbor doesn’t remove a damaged tree, they’re considered negligent and liable for any damages from the fallen tree. Yes, this includes removing the entire tree.
In this case, it’s almost always beneficial to talk to your neighbor before taking any sort of legal action. Working it out between the two of you is the best option and helps you retain a friendly relationship. The two of you might be neighbors for decades.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Crestwood?
The most common soil type in the Crestwood area is Crider soil – an excellent soil for growing trees. It drains well while holding in the nutrients, which helps to minimize the risk of root rot. However, when it rains, it might take a while to absorb all the moisture.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Crestwood?
The weather can definitely affect the health of the trees in your Crestwood yard. The violent storms that pass through the area can bring lightning. A direct strike from lightning can kill or damage a tree.
There’s also the chance of a tornado that has a funnel with high sustained winds. These twisters can cause massive damage to your home and yard in a few minutes.
While the winter temperatures tend to be moderate in the Crestwood area, there is almost always a couple of weeks of below-freezing temperatures. This hard freeze can freeze the moisture and nutrients in your soil.
Most of your trees will bounce back after a hard freeze, but you might find one that’s died from a lack of nutrients in the spring.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Crestwood?
You want to be careful around dead trees close to a power line. A professional needs to handle the removal to ensure the dead doesn’t end up lying on the power line.
When you see a dead tree lying on a power line, it’s a possible life-threatening situation. You need to call emergency services and stay far away from the tree and the power line.
As the homeowner, you’re responsible for removing a dead tree from near a power line unless it’s on an easement. If the power company owns an easement on your land, and the dead tree is in that area, they will handle removing the tree. If not, call our team for safe removal.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Crestwood?
Most homeowners ask this question first. We can’t give you an exact cost unit we see the tree. However, the cost of tree removal in Crestwood runs between $200 and $2,115, with an average expense of around $610. While the city and county don’t require a tree removal permit, there are other cost factors to consider:
Condition of the Tree
Sometimes, a tree begins to decay in an area but remains standing. As we cut the tree down into sections, we need to make sure these areas don’t crumble, resulting in an uncontrolled fall. This takes additional time and equipment to brace these sections.
Size of the Tree
If you have an incredibly tall or wide tree, you can expect it to cost more to remove. We cut down a tree into sections, starting at the top. With large trees, we need to take more time and safety precautions.
Many Crestwood homeowners want additional services when we remove a tree. Usually, it’s removing the stump or running the tree through a wood chipper. The resulting wood chips make excellent mulch around your yard.