Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Webster?
- 2 Does the City of Webster Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Webster?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Webster?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Webster?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Webster?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Webster?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Webster?
Trees in Webster are constantly under threat from pests and diseases. While some pests and diseases are merely unsightly, others can cause significant damage to your tree, reducing productivity and even killing the tree. Drought, overcrowding, and damage to stem or roots can compromise a tree’s defenses, reducing its ability to fight off diseases and pests. Luckily, there are many treatment options, ranging from traditional foliar sprays to soil treatments to systemic trunk injections. Consulting our certified arborists could put your trees on the path to being healthy and sustainable. Let’s look at some common diseases and pests you’re likely to encounter in Webster.
Common Diseases in Webster
- Beech leaf disease:This disease affects American beech, European beech, and Oriental beech and causes premature leaf drop and thin canopies, and also makes the trees more susceptible to other pests. It damages a tree’s leaves, leading to reduced vigor, and can eventually lead to tree mortality. Symptoms of this disease are seen in the leaves and include striping, curling, and leathery texture—eventually, the affected foliage withers, dries, and yellows. Beech leaf disease can kill mature beech trees in 6-10 years and kill younger trees even more quickly.
- Dutch Elm disease: It’s a vascular wilt disease caused by a fungus and spread by elm bark beetles, which invades and blocks the water-conducting systems of trees. This results in the wilting and death of the tree. The earliest external symptoms of infection are often yellowing and wilting (flagging) of leaves on individual branches. These leaves often turn brown and curl up as the branches die, and eventually, the leaves may drop off. Highly susceptible trees often die in a single year, but others may linger for several years.
Common Pests in Webster
- Emerald ash borer: This invasive species gets its name for its bright, metallic green color and preference for burrowing inside white or green ash trees. It lays its larvae inside of the bark, which then grows and feeds on the tree’s vascular cambium, causing the plant great long-term stress. Ash trees with crown dieback from the top down and yellowing foliage are typically infested with the emerald ash borer.
- Gypsy moth: The gypsy moth is notorious for defoliating trees in Webster. As leaves emerge in the spring, the moths leave masses of eggs which hatch into hungry larvae. The moth’s larvae defoliate hardwood trees, especially oak, birch, elm, and maple. Damage can range from leaf damage to complete defoliation. Look for yellowish, teardrop-shaped egg masses on tree trunks in the spring.
- Hemlock woolly adelgid: This invasive pest feeds on hemlock and spruce trees by sucking the sap at the base of the tree’s needles. This disrupts the flow of nutrients, slows tree growth, and causes the tree’s dark green needles to discolor and turn grayish-green, eventually falling off. You can easily spot the wooly adelgid by looking for white woolly masses lining branch stems at the base of needles. Infected hemlock may die in 3-5 years without control treatment.
- Asian longhorned beetle: They’re large, conspicuous insects, readily recognized by their horns or antennae. This beetle was first reported in Worcester in 2008, and since then, nearly 30,000 trees have had to be cut down in the city to stem the outbreak. It feeds on maple, poplar, horse chestnut, birch, hackberry, sycamore, ash, katsura, London plane, willow, and elm trees. The female beetle will chew a dime-sized oval groove into the bark to deposit her eggs. The larvae damage the tree by eating the layer beneath the bark, creating hollow galleries in the wood. As the larvae mature, they enter the tree’s heartwood, destroying the quality of the wood and eventually killing trees by girdling them. Yellow or drooping leaves, pencil-shaped exit holes, and sawdust buildup near the tree’s base or branches may indicate an Asian longhorn beetle infestation. Moving firewood or wood debris from host trees can spread the pests.
Noticing the signs and symptoms of these tree diseases and pests can help save your trees from death or prolonged injury. If you suspect your tree is diseased or pest-infested, reach out to our arborists as they can identify the causal agent and provide treatment and control recommendations.
Does the City of Webster Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The city of Webster is responsible for maintaining and removing public trees, such as those on streets or parks. So if a tree is located between your street and your sidewalk, it is typically owned by the city, and it will be their responsibility to remove it if it fell or became damaged. However, trees that fall elsewhere on your property are your responsibility. But if the tree is a boundary tree, meaning it is half on your property and half on public land, you may be able to get the city to pay for at least half of the removal. In some cases, they will remove the whole tree and not bother you for payment.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Webster?
Trees are always welcome in a home landscape, but sometimes removal is the only option when a tree becomes diseased or severely damaged. But since tree removal can be costly, it’s important to know who’s responsible.
If you’re a homeowner?
In Webster, all homeowners are obliged to maintain the trees on their property, including removing fallen trees. Your homeowner’s insurance often covers the cost of tree removal, so you may not incur any tree removal costs.
If you’re a renter?
Your lease agreement is the controlling document when it comes to tree removal as a renter in Webster. There is no statutory duty for tenants to maintain the trees at a rental property, so unless the lease states otherwise, all lawn and landscaping maintenance, including removing a fallen tree, is the landlord’s responsibility. Renter’s policies typically cover damage caused by fallen trees, so if a tree falls on the house or apartment you are renting and causes damage to your personal property, you are likely covered.
If you’re a landlord?
As a landlord, you own the trees on your property, and as such, are responsible for their maintenance and removal should they fall. You may also be liable for any damage caused by the fallen tree, but homeowner’s insurance often covers this. However, if you manage the property but don’t own it, you aren’t liable for the damage or its removal.
If you’re a neighbor?
Tree ownership in Massachusetts is determined by the trunk location, even if the branches cross onto another property. If a tree is directly on the boundary line, the tree is owned by both property owners. According to Massachusetts law, a neighbor shouldn’t be held liable for a fallen tree that was healthy and properly maintained. So if your neighbor’s tree falls onto your property, you are responsible for the removal. On the other hand, if the neighbor’s tree was diseased or decayed, was known to be at risk of falling, and the neighbor ignored it, there could be negligence and liability, and your neighbor will be responsible for its removal.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Webster?
Soil should contain about 50 percent solid materials and about 50 percent pore space, filled by air and water. If drainage is not sufficient, pore space becomes filled with water for too long, not allowing enough airflow to the roots. According to the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Webster has three different soils:
- Merrimac-Hinckley-Windsor Soils – can be found along the banks of the French River, Mine Brook, and all along the shoreline of Webster Lake. This soil type is suited to northern red, black, white, scarlet, scrub oak, eastern white and pitch pine, eastern hemlock, and gray birch trees.
- Canton-Montauk-Scituate Soils – this soil category covers a portion of Klebart Avenue/Lake Parkway land between the French River and Webster Lake. This soil category also covers the majority of the eastern half of the town, excluding Webster Lake. Northern red oak, white oak, and occasionally yellow poplar, eastern white pine, red pine, sugar maple, beech, and birch can grow in this type of soil.
- Chatfield-Hollis Soils – these soils are moderately deep, shallow, and somewhat excessively drained. They are found along either side of Route 16 in the eastern portion of town. Trees that do well in Chatfield-Hollis Soils include white and northern red oaks, sugar maple, beech, eastern hemlock, eastern white pine, eastern red cedar, and shagbark hickory.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Webster?
In Webster, the summers are warm, the winters are freezing, and it’s partly cloudy year-round. The town also has its share of extreme weather, prone to severe thunderstorms and winter storms that can crack, split or break tree trunks, limbs and branches, and topple trees. On the other hand, the hot summer months cause wilting, leaf scorch, defoliation, and stunted growth. It’s important to take care of your plants to mitigate the adverse weather effects. Watering properly, adding organic matter to your soil, pruning regularly, and removing dead and weak branches can help your trees stay strong and healthy throughout the year. You should also consider planting native tree species as they’re more tolerant of our weather. This includes red and sugar maple, river birch, American beech, sweetbay magnolia, black gum, hemlock, white oak, eastern red cedar, and green ash trees.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Webster?
Fallen trees and branches are one of the primary causes of electric power outages in Webster. That’s why electric utility companies often perform vegetation management to prevent trees from growing into power lines. When possible, branches and limbs are just cut back from the lines, but when offending trees (especially dead trees) are located within 20 feet on either side of the utility line, the utility company will prefer to remove the tree to eliminate the hazard. The company will pay for the cost of the tree removal.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Webster?
The cost of tree removal in Webster varies widely, but on average, you can expect to pay around $600 (ranging between $262 and $2,163). Our arborist will assess your tree and provide you with an estimate that factors in several factors such as:
The size of your tree will have the most significant impact on your overall tree removal cost. Our specialists will factor in the height and diameter of the tree. A small tree with a narrow trunk will be quicker and easier to remove than a tall tree with a wide trunk. Small trees (up to 30ft) cost $100-$450 on average, and medium trees (30-60ft) range between $175-$950, while large trees (60-80ft) will set you back around $900 to $2,100.
The tree’s location will affect your overall cost. A tree located in a precarious area such as in between buildings, near power lines, or in your backyard, which is inaccessible by heavy machinery, will cost you more to remove.
The tree type or species also plays a major role in the overall removal cost. Each tree has its characteristics, which affect the price. For example, an oak tree with huge long branches will be much more challenging for our crew to remove than a palm tree which is essentially a trunk with a few leaves at the top.