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- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Anne Arundel County?
- 2 Does Anne Arundel County Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Anne Arundel County?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Anne Arundel County?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Anne Arundel County?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Anne Arundel County?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Anne Arundel County?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Anne Arundel County?
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
These pests suck the sap from the base of a hemlock or spruce tree’s needles. When this happens, the tree is unable to get the nutrients it needs and the needles can become discolored and will eventually fall off. If left untreated, these white, fuzzy pests will kill your tree and will spread to other nearby trees as well. We’ve found that with early intervention, certain insecticides can be very effective in eliminating an infestation.
This fungal disease can cause leaves to develop brown spots. The leaves can curl and will eventually fall from the tree as the infection spreads. Although it is not usually fatal, Anthracnose can weaken trees, causing them to be susceptible to other diseases or infestations. Anthracnose is easy to treat with the right fungicide so your tree can remain healthy and strong.
Bacterial Leaf Scorch
This disease has no cure and is eventually fatal to the trees it infects. Leaves begin to turn brown early and fall from the tree. In the following spring, leaves will appear, but a few more branches will have leaves that turn brown early once again and will defoliate. Each year, more branches will be affected until the leaves on the entire tree turn brown prematurely and the entire tree defoliates. Lab tests can be done to diagnose this disease, but there is no cure. We’ve found success in prolonging a tree’s life by providing injections near the tree’s base. You can also prune away dead branches each year. The good news is that bacterial leaf scorch is spread by insects, but it doesn’t seem to be incredibly contagious. If you think your tree has this condition, you may want to have our arborists out to help you decide on the best plan for your tree. If it’s a hazard to your home or other people, you may want to let us remove it.
Does Anne Arundel County Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
If you have a tree that needs to be removed from your private property, the city will not help pay for it. You will be responsible for calling an arborist to take care of the job. If the county notices that your tree needs to be pruned because it’s interfering with traffic lights or signs, they will notify you so you take care of the problem.
Your street trees, on the other hand, are owned by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). They will trim and remove trees as needed along the street at no cost to you. If a tree needs to be removed, they may leave the stump as long as it is not interfering with the sidewalks nearby. If you think one of your street trees needs to be assessed, you can contact the appropriate road district during regular business hours.
Additionally, if you want to replace a street tree, you’ll need to contact the DNR and apply with Anne Arundel County for a Street Tree Project Permit.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Anne Arundel County?
If a tree falls, it’s important to be confident about where your responsibilities lie. Let’s look at several common scenarios so you’re prepared in case a storm blows in and uproots a tree.
If you’re a homeowner?
As a homeowner, you are responsible for caring for all the trees on your property. You should be regularly pruning away dead branches and checking your trees for signs of disease or infestation. If a tree falls during a storm or other unforeseen event, your homeowner’s insurance will pay to have it removed. You will only be responsible for paying the deductible.
If you’re a renter?
As a renter, you get to enjoy the freedom from responsibility when it comes to your home and property. If a tree falls, your landlord will take care of the cleanup and expenses. If the tree damages your personal property on the way down, their insurance will also compensate you for the cost. If they decide to be stingy, you may need to call a lawyer to help you receive the money you’re owed.
If you’re a landlord?
You are responsible for the maintenance of all the homes and trees on your rental properties. This includes providing regular maintenance on all of your trees. If a tree falls, your insurance will cover the cost of its removal. You’ll just need to cover the deductible.
If you’re a neighbor?
Neighbors have long disputed issues regarding property lines and fallen trees are no exception. Luckily, the law makes it pretty clear. If a tree falls onto your property, your insurance will pay to have it removed. And if a tree falls onto your neighbor’s property, their insurance will cover the cost. Insurance companies aren’t concerned with the tree’s ownership unless they can prove that the tree had been neglected and was hazardous. If that’s the case, they’ll go after your neighbor’s insurance for payment.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Anne Arundel County?
Anne Arundel County is covered in Sassafras soil, the state soil of Maryland. The county had one of the earliest soil surveys on record in the United States. The county’s Sassafras soil is very deep and well-drained so it’s ideal for gardening and growing large, healthy trees. Labeled a Prime Farmland Soil, Sassafras is rich in nutrients and warms quickly in the spring so seeds can germinate and plants can grow.
Many native and non-native trees thrive in the soil conditions throughout Anne Arundel County with very few amendments needing to be made. That said, it’s always a good idea to add 3 to 4 inches of mulch around your tree’s base as a layer of protection from the elements. It also adds additional organic matter that will eventually feed your tree.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Anne Arundel County?
Anne Arundel County trees are tough and they’ve experienced their share of natural disasters. Hurricanes and tropical storms blow through the county, uprooting weakened trees, and winters bring occasional snow and ice storms that can weigh down branches, causing them to snap. To ensure that your trees are strong enough to withstand severe weather, it’s important to provide preventative care so they remain healthy. Regularly prune away dead branches and check your trees for signs of disease or infestation. If you notice any issues, have our arborists come out to assess your tree right away.
When we are called to remove a tree that has blown over in a storm, it’s usually one that was already dead or dying. Healthy trees have strong roots and branches that keep them upright when wind gusts blow through. Trees that are weakened by diseases and pests, on the other hand, are sick and can become a major hazard to your home during a tropical storm.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Anne Arundel County?
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, or BGE for short, provides tree trimming services along Anne Arundel County power lines. The company works in a 4-year trimming cycle, so if you notice branches that are interfering with the main power lines in the meantime, you can contact BGE at 1-800-685-0123. You can also contact the Maryland DNR if the trees involved are street trees.
As a homeowner, you are responsible for calling us to prune branches around your service line. This line is the one that connects a power pole to your home. If we need to have the power turned off while we work, we will contact BGE and they’ll do it at no cost to you.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Anne Arundel County?
Tree removal in Anne Arundel County can cost you anywhere from $200 to over $2,000. We’ll help you narrow down your price by considering several factors that apply to your specific tree. Some of the biggest factors include:
When calculating a quote for tree removal, we’ll measure your tree’s height and the diameter of its base. The tree’s size will likely be the biggest factor in determining your price so it’s important to have accurate measurements. A large tree with lots of foliage will take a lot more of our workers and time to remove so you can expect to pay more if your tree is big. For example, a 20-foot tree will cost under $500 to remove, but a tree over 80 feet tall can cost you over $2,000.
If your dead tree is near your home, we’ll need to take additional measures to keep your house safe from falling branches. If power lines are nearby, we’ll need to take additional measures to keep our arborists safe from danger. In either case, we’ll need to tack on time and workers to get the job done safely and effectively. If you’ve got obstacles near your tree that need to be removed, you can expect your price to reflect the extra work needed to get the job done.
Our arborists typically don’t include stump grinding in the cost of tree removal so if you want to have your stump taken care of, we’ll need to add it to your bill. Generally, it will cost you less to have your stump taken care of by our arborists than if you were to rent a stump grinding machine to take care of it yourself. You can also choose to leave the stump if it isn’t interfering with anything else on your property.