Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Finksburg?
- 2 Does the City of Finksburg Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Finksburg?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Finksburg?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Finksburg?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Finksburg?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Finksburg?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Finksburg?
When it comes to your outdoor space, you want a variety of trees to provide shade and offer natural curb appeal. Here, we see a combination of native and non-native trees of all shapes and sizes. Here are a few of the trees that we see most commonly in the area:
- Eastern White Pine
- Loblolly Pine
- Virginia Pine
- Eastern Hemlock
- White Oak
- Chestnut Oak
- Black Oak
- Northern Red Oak
The oak and pine trees can grow to impressive heights and fill out with abundant leaves and branches. When an imposing tree needs to be removed, the Finksburg homeowner struggles to understand what happened to it. Here’s a look at the tree issues that we see more commonly than others:
Damage from a Hard Freeze
During the winter months, Finksburg sees an average of almost two feet of snow each year. The daytime temperatures hover above the freezing point, but at night, the temperatures plummet to the low-to-mid 20s.
When there are periods of freezing weather, the area experiences a hard freeze. It’s so cold for so long that the soil freezes, cutting off your tree’s access to the nutrients and moisture it needs to grow.
Your trees need sunlight, moisture, and nutrients to be healthy. The evergreen trees in your yard will do fine during a hard freeze unless it’s a sapling. Other trees might not survive so easily.
In the spring, the trees should begin growing again. If one of your trees doesn’t, it might have become damaged and perished during the hard freeze. There is a chance that one of your trees appears to bounce back in the spring and then dies.
This happens when a portion of the tree was damaged, but it didn’t die. The damaged portion isn’t able to process nutrients and eventually, the damage spreads throughout the tree, killing it.
Insects and Other Pests
While Pixar and Disney have adorable critters, these pests are a danger to your tree. They will use your tree as a home or a food source. You might see a healthy tree become damaged in a short amount of time from an insect or other pest infestation. The insects that our team sees most often in Finksburg include:
- European Gypsy Moth
- Asian Gypsy Moth
- Asian Longhorned Beetle
- Spotted Lanternfly
When you see an infestation in one tree, the bugs are probably infesting others in the immediate area. You can treat an insect infestation and possibly save the tree, but you need to catch it early. To do this, you need to be able to recognize the signs of an infestation. These are:
- Discolored or misshapen leaves
- Smaller than normal leaves and limbs
- Bald patches on the trunk
- Fewer leaves in the canopy
- Sudden lack of growth
- Sunken and decayed areas
- Holes and channels dug into the trunk
- Critters crawling on the tree or flying insects swarming around it
When you notice one of these signs or more, it’s time to act if you hope to save the tree. Our team can evaluate the tree in your Finksburg yard and help you formulate a game plan.
Does the City of Finksburg Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
When a tree needs to be removed from public land, the city of Finksburg takes care of removing it. This can also include a tree issue on an area of an easement owned by the city. However, they won’t assist in removing a tree on private property, and most of your yard is considered private property.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Finksburg?
Everyone who calls our Finksburg office wants to know who is responsible for removing a fallen tree. There are a variety of situations to consider, so our team assembled this section to look at a few of the most common ones and to help you understand the responsible party.
If you’re a homeowner?
When you’re the Finksburg homeowner, you can expect to handle the removal of the tree in your yard in almost every situation since it’s on private property owned by you. There is an exception, though. On your property close to the road, the city or a local utility company might own an area of an easement. When a tree needs to be removed from this space, you can get the entity that owns the easement to remove it.
If you’re a renter?
When you rented the house, you might have agreed to take care of the yard. However, this doesn’t include a project as large as the removal of a fallen tree. The homeowner is responsible for removing the tree. You are responsible for letting the homeowner know about any issues with a tree or when you see one that has fallen.
If you’re a landlord?
As the landlord, you’re probably also the Finksburg homeowner. Even if your renter takes care of the outdoor space and you don’t live in the home, you’re responsible for removing the fallen tree from the yard.
If you’re a neighbor?
With tall pine trees and lush, full maples in the Finksburg area, it isn’t unusual for us to get a call from a homeowner whose neighbor’s tree has fallen into both yards. It’s your responsibility to remove the section of the tree that’s in your yard.
In rare cases, we discover that the neighbor knew the tree was damaged or diseased and didn’t act. This means that your neighbor was negligent in the care of their tree and liable for any damages, and yes, this includes removing the entire tree.
It’s always a good idea to try to work it out with your neighbor and come up with a solution before taking legal action. If you can come up with a solution, it’s easier to maintain a friendly relationship.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Finksburg?
The soil that we see most often in the Finksburg area is sassafras. This is nutrient-rich soil that helps your trees grow healthy and strong. It also absorbs and drains water well, so it reduces the risk of root rot, a fungal disease that can damage or kill a tree.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Finksburg?
Yes, you can expect the weather in Finksburg to affect the health of your trees. The extreme winter temperatures leave your trees at risk during a hard freeze. A hard freeze deprives your trees of the nutrients and moisture they need to grow.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Finksburg?
The combination of power lines and dead trees is a potentially life-threatening situation. When you notice a dead tree that’s lying on a power line, you need to go inside and call our emergency services. Even a tree that’s only near a power line is a dangerous condition. You don’t want to risk any damage by removing it yourself. You need to hire a professional service like Tree Triage to safely remove it.
If a dead tree is near a power line, it’s entirely possible that the tree is on an easement owned by the power line, and you can get the power company to remove it for you. Otherwise, it’s your responsibility as the Finksburg homeowner to remove the tree including making the arrangements and footing the bill.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Finksburg?
Our Finksburg team often gets calls asking how much it’s going to cost. We can’t give you an exact price until we come to your home and evaluate the tree and its location. The cost of tree removal in the area ranges from $260 to $2,160, with an average cost of about $660. Some factors help to determine your final cost, and these include:
Both pine and oak trees grow to massive sizes and dizzying heights. When our team removes a tree, we start at the top and remove it in manageable sections to ensure there isn’t any damage to your home or other trees. With bigger trees, it takes longer and requires additional equipment to safely remove.
In some cases, sections of a tree decay before the entire thing dies. These decayed areas might crumble in on themselves. When we’re removing a badly decayed tree, we need to brace the decayed sections to ensure the tree doesn’t tumble down in an uncontrolled fall.
Sometimes, we’re asked to remove a tree that sits close to your home or other trees. We need to remove the tree without damaging your home or property, which requires additional time and equipment.