Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Framingham?
- 2 Does the City of Framingham Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Framingham?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Framingham?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Framingham?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Framingham?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Framingham?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Framingham?
Framingham’s trees are at risk of pest infections. Species like the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorn Beetle are all troublesome in Massachusetts. So let’s take a closer look at them.
Emerald Ash Borers (EABs) or Agrilus Planipennis
As per the city of Framingham website, Emerald Ash Borers infest Ash trees. These little gemmy beasts lay their eggs between layers of bark and in crevices. A week later, larvae hatch and bore into the tree. They feed on the inner bark creating “S-shaped” galleries. Larvae continue to grow and go through stages over the winter and exit the tree as adults via “D-shaped” exit holes in May/June.
- It’s easy for homeowners to identify old infestations by the paths these insects create in the bark.
- Newer infestations are harder to detect because damage to the tree may not be apparent for a few years.
Common symptoms of EAB infestation include branch dieback in the upper crown, vertical bark splits, and excessive epicormic branching on the trunk.
EABS can damage mature communities of Ash trees and spread through a neighborhood in a matter of months.
To date, EABs have brought down millions of North American trees. So if you’re concerned about deforestation, you should be concerned about them.
Asian Longhorn Beetles (ALBs) or Anoplophora Glabripennis
The city of Framingham says The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is an invasive pest from Asia that came to the US concealed in solid wood packing material, pallets, and crates. ALBs attack and eventually kill hardwood trees like ash, maple, willow, birch, poplar, and elm trees.
- These shiny black beetles are easily recognized by their black-and-white striped antennae.
Early detection and rapid treatment response are vital! If ALBs become established here, it could be one of the most destructive and costly invasive species ever to enter the nation. It threatens urban and suburban shade trees around Framingham and forest resources valued at hundreds of billions of dollars.
Does the City of Framingham Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
No, the city of Framingham will not assist homeowners with private tree removal. Tree waste like pruned branches and landscaping waste is considered banned trash and cannot be placed on the curb for pickup by the city if they are more than 4 inches in diameter or longer than 4 feet.
However, if you suspect your trees are infested with EABs or ALBs, you should reach out to the city to report the infestation.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Framingham?
City trees — those located on parks and public lands — are the responsibility of the city. Trees that infringe on power lines are the responsibility of the power company. But trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
If a tree falls across several property lines, each property owner is responsible for the portion of the tree that is on their land. It doesn’t matter where the roots lie, who paid to install an expensive, mature tree, or who planted the tree 50 years ago.
It all looks good on paper, but we know sometimes a fallen tree can cause drama in an otherwise friendly neighborhood. Sometimes the best course of action is to speak with all the neighbors involved to split a removal cost in half, or by thirds, etc.
Let’s take a closer look at fallen tree removal in Framingham from the perspective of homeowners, tenants, and so on.
If you’re a homeowner?
When a tree falls on your property, it is your responsibility to arrange for tree removal. In Massachusetts, your homeowner’s insurance policy will typically pay for tree removal and debris cleanup if a tree were to fall onto your home or other structures.
Remember, there is always a deductible involved. So if a simple tree removal is going to cost $1,200 and your deductible is $1,000, it makes more sense to pay for the removal out of pocket. That way, you avoid creating a claims history with the insurer and driving up your price for homeowner’s insurance.
But if the tree fell onto your home and did a lot of damage, you are entitled to have that damage repaired and the tree removed, and your insurance may cover temporary living arrangements while that work is done.
If you’re a renter?
Tenants don’t have any responsibility for tree removal at a property they rent. That responsibility falls on the landlord/property management company. The odd exclusion might be a commercial property lease that designates the tenant responsible for those costs explicitly. But those leases are for big agriculture operations or industrial properties. The average residential renter has no involvement in tree removal in Framingham.
If you’re a landlord?
In Framingham, landlords are entirely responsible for the portion of the tree that lands on their property. You should act quickly, too, because fallen trees are hazardous to your tenants and their private property. No one wants to be liable for an injury!
Your commercial property policy or landlord protector policy may help pay for tree removal and pay for any damage the fallen tree caused.
If you’re a neighbor?
If your neighbor’s tree fell onto your yard, you are responsible for the part of the tree that is on your property. Sometimes the best action is to have a friendly meeting with your neighbors and split the costs.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Framingham?
Soil is vital to tree health! And the composition of bedrock in the county plays a role in soil color, soil texture, etc. But in a nutshell, Framingham soil is rich in minerals that trees love.
- Soils derived from granitic and gneissic rocks are common in Framingham.
- They can be described as sandy and includes rounded, sub-rounded, or blocky coarse fragments of bedrock, and yellowish-brown to light olive-brown parent material.
Many American hardwoods will thrive in this type of soil, including ash, beech, maple, chestnut, and the like.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) published this 535-page soil survey that includes Framingham. You can use it to identify your address and learn about the specifics of the soil at your home and you can learn all about Massachusetts soil types here.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Framingham?
Weather affects tree health everywhere. Framingham is a bit wetter than the rest of the US and gets about 49 inches of precipitation in an ordinary year. That’s well above the national average of 38 inches. The good news for homeowners is that you won’t need to spend a lot of money watering mature trees, though young saplings and new landscaping may still need a little extra attention until they’re established.
Framingham also gets considerable snowfall, about 47 inches per year. This is well above the national averages. This snowfall leads to muddy, wet, humid springs.
Too much moisture can be detrimental to trees and lead to fungal infections known as anthracnose. You’ll recognize it by spotty leaves, early dropping of leaves, reduced growth, and dieback.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Framingham?
If you see a dead tree or branches on power lines, stay far away! They are extremely dangerous and can lead to forest fires, structure fires, power outages, and more. Contact the local power company if you see dead trees on power lines or call 911 if you see sparks.
Eversource is a primary energy provider in MA and CT. Contact them if you see dead trees on power lines or contact the city of Framingham if you’re not sure which company owns the lines.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Framingham?
The short answer is that the average cost of tree removal in Framingham averages around $730. But in truth, most trees range anywhere from $180 to $1,990. That’s a significant price difference! Why?
Homeowners should know the cost to remove a tree in Framingham varies greatly from one project to the next. There are various factors involved, ranging from tree health to tree size and the location of a tree plays a key role, too. Let’s take a closer look at those issues.
It makes sense that a 125-foot monster tree will cost more to remove than a 9-foot sapling. The larger a tree is, the more human labor, fuel, trucks, and other resources it requires for removal.
The condition of a tree is a significant cost factor, too. A healthy tree is less likely to splinter or break apart. Diseased trees take longer to remove and we will need to clean all our equipment afterward because we don’t want to spread a disease like anthracnose to the next limbs we prune.
In an ideal situation, every tree would fall in the middle of a field, far from humans, expensive landscaping, roads, or waterways.
In reality, though, this is rarely the case. Instead, a tree might fall on power lines, against a home, across a busy street, or onto your tenant’s vehicle. These issues all play a part in the cost of tree removal in Framingham.