Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Kalamazoo?
- 2 Does the City of Kalamazoo Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Kalamazoo?
- 4 How Does The Soil Affect Trees in Kalamazoo?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Kalamazoo?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Kalamazoo?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Kalamazoo?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Kalamazoo?
Kalamazoo, Michigan takes its trees seriously right along with the rest of the state. But with all of those trees that occupy those 20 million acres, there are going to be a few downed trees every year. Some of the common tree issues residents of Kalamazoo deal with are:
Michigan bamboo, also known as Japanese Knotweed, is an invasive species of plant that causes structural damage to pavements and buildings. It spreads easily through cut crowns, stems, or rhizomes and grows at an exponential rate. It’s difficult to control and eradicate once it has spread. It outcompetes the native flora surrounding it.
The Michigan bamboo’s seeds are sterile but it can vegetatively reproduce, meaning it can make copies of itself when pieces of it break off. These pieces can grow where they rest. Should Michigan bamboo grow near a Giant Knotweed, they can create a hybrid plant called Bohemian Knotweed that has all the characteristics of both plant species in addition to having fertile seeds.
It is not illegal to have Michigan bamboo growing on your property, nor are you required to report it if it is. You are also not obliged to remove or treat it. However, you must ensure:
- The Michigan bamboo doesn’t spread to other people’s property or they may take legal action against you.
- Encourage the spread or plant it outside of your property.This includes incorrectly handling and transporting plant cuttings and contaminated material or moving contaminated soil from one place to another.
If you have Michigan bamboo growing on your property, do not try to take care of it yourself, as you may inadvertently cause the plant to spread. Instead, call us immediately so we can help you get rid of it.
Needlecast disease is caused by two types of fungus: Stigmina/Mycosphaerella and Rhizosphaera. The fungus infect the needles on shoots and when the infection progresses, the needles die and are shed by the infected trees, usually within one year of infection.
If you notice dead, brown needles on your pine trees, your trees may be suffering from tip blight. Tip blight affects all types of pine trees and also spruce, and is caused by a fungus called Diplodia pinea. Once the fungus enters through a pore in the tree’s needle, a few hours later, it can grow into the twig.
This disease is common in Kalamazoo because there are many pine trees here, and does the most damage on weakened or old trees. If you notice a few branches on your tree showing tip blight, it’s best to prune right away when the tree is dry to help contain the disease. Should fertilization and applying fungicide not improve the tree’s health, call our tree professionals so we can apply a pesticide or fungicide correctly and effectively.
Cankers are caused by fungi that grow between the tree’s bark and wood. If you notice that your tree has sunken areas that ooze resin, your tree may have a canker disease. Individual branches may die when cankers develop and restrict the branches’ ability to get nutrients and water.
It doesn’t matter how much the people of Kalamazoo try, there are those recurring diseases and invasive pests that threaten their trees regularly. Because of this, Kalamazoo implemented tree ordinances, as well as tree services, to assist you should your Kalamazoo tree need to be removed.
Let’s look at Kalamazoo’s ordinances regarding the tree population in this city.
Does the City of Kalamazoo Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The Public Services Forestry Division of Kalamazoo offers a wide range of services that pertain to trees in the greater Kalamazoo area. This division is responsible for the care and maintenance of all City Trees (trees located in a City Park, on the City Right of Way, or trees on any City Property). Some of the issues that this Division deals with are:
- Broken limbs
- Hanging limbs
- Fallen limbs
- Dead trees
- Dying trees
- Tree trimming along streets and sidewalks
- Planting new trees
In addition to these tree services, Kalamazoo also offers
- Brush pick-up. The City of Kalamazoo offers an annual Spring Clean-up every year in April as well as a monthly brush pickup service throughout the year.
- Free firewood and wood chips in the summer months
- Annual Christmas tree drop-off locations
- Fall leaf collection.
While the City of Kalamazoo offers several services to its citizens concerning trees and trees that need to be removed on public property, they do not provide assistance for tree removal if the tree is on private property.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Kalamazoo?
If you have a tree that has come down by natural causes or the City has come to look at the tree and deemed it as being a hazard to humans, the City will foot the bill for the cleaning up of the tree. But what about those property line disputes where one neighbor accuses the other neighbor of violating his or her space with a tree that is perfectly healthy?
These types of situations have caused neighbors to sever lifelong relationships. Don’t let this happen to you and your neighbor. Keep the lines of communication open and come up with a tree removal plan that will benefit all parties involved. If this sounds like a situation you are facing, take the most proactive approach possible and contact the Public Services Forestry Division to see if the City can either remove the tree if it is a threat or perhaps offer you some advice on removing the tree. The law states that whoever owns the property where the root system of the tree is will be responsible for the tree removal costs. Another thing to consider is, when you first move into a Kalamazoo home, immediately confer with your new neighbors about such issues. If a tree is on the property line between the two, consider having it removed then, as opposed to waiting several years and allowing the tree to become a nuisance.
If you’re a homeowner?
If you are the homeowner in Kalamazoo, then the tree in question belongs to you provided the roots of the tree are on your side of the property line(s). If you have a downed tree, contact the City of Kalamazoo to see if they can assist you with the clean-up. The City offers a monthly brush pick-up service, and they can guide you if a tree has fallen and you need it gone. You may also want to contact your homeowners’ insurance carrier to see if there is any coverage for this in your homeowners’ policy.
If you’re a renter?
If you are renting a home in Kalamazoo and you have a tree down in your yard, contact the person that owns the home and tell them what has happened. If this tree has fallen because of natural causes, then relax. There will be someone along as soon as possible to aid you in the clean-up process. If you just want a tree gone because, for whatever reason, you just don’t like it, you will be responsible for the cost of removal provided the homeowner agrees to this. If it is a perfectly healthy tree you must first contact the City of Kalamazoo. Never just go out and start cutting down trees without first contacting the City of Kalamazoo. They will send out a certified arborist who can see if the tree needs to be removed. If it is healthy and there is nothing wrong with it, but both parties have agreed to bring it down, the City of Kalamazoo will then allow you to apply for a tree removal permit.
If you’re a landlord?
If you are the landlord of a piece of rental property in Kalamazoo, chances are you are also the property owner. This would make you responsible for any expense related to the removal of a tree. If the tree is perfectly healthy, contact the City of Kalamazoo before you start cutting down the tree because you will need a permit.
If you’re a neighbor?
Whoever owns the root system of the tree is responsible for the costs associated with cutting it down. If your tree has fallen right on the property line and needs to be removed to clear both driveways, then by all means contact the City of Kalamazoo and let them know that a tree is down and blocking your driveway.
How Does The Soil Affect Trees in Kalamazoo?
The soil in Kalamazoo is both healthy and dangerous for the sake of trees. According to this soil survey, Kalamazoo soils contain a high amount of loamy soils that are under-layered with sand and gravel. Loamy soil refers to a condition in which the soil is very healthy, carries a balanced set of nutrients, and has the ability to properly shed water (given there is enough slope), but on the other hand, nothing will grow out of gravel.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Kalamazoo?
Out of approximately 20 million acres of trees and densely packed forests, the number of trees lost due to high winds and possible tornado activity far outweighs the number of new trees that are planted every year. The state of Michigan, in general, is in a geographical ‘sweet spot’ where weather patterns can affect areas, such as Kalamazoo, from the normal activity of the jet stream bringing in weather anomalies to weather rolling in from the Great Lakes. The tree population where the sandy soil and gravel persist usually see the most number of downed trees due to weather since these types of soil cannot sufficiently anchor them down.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Kalamazoo?
If there is a tree, living or dead, that has come down on a power line in your immediate area, contact Consumer Energy as soon as possible. Consumer Energy has a rather efficient tree trimming system in place to protect the flow of electricity both in and around the greater Kalamazoo area, and should you need their services for the removal of a tree on a power line, they will be happy to come out and remove it to restore the flow of electricity to your home.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Kalamazoo?
Tree removal expenses usually run rather high. Based on the removal of a medium-sized tree, the average costs for tree removal are as follows:
- Average lowest cost: $585
- Average highest cost: $793
- Average price paid: $689
These averages are simply a reference to a starting point of what your tree removal could cost you. There are some factors that might cause your tree removal project to be a bit more or less. Note that these figures do not include any permits from the City of Kalamazoo. There are certain rules regarding trees and the associated permits, so check with the City before you ever start a tree project.
How Big Is the Tree You Are Having Removed?
The above figure represents the average price for removing a medium-sized tree. If your tree is over 60 feet tall, expect to pay more accordingly.
Can Your Tree Removal Project Be Completed in One Day?
Those average figures above include the average cost for Kalamazoo labor for one day. If your tree removal is going to take more than one day, expect a dramatic increase on your final bill.
Is the Tree Down Already?
If the tree isn’t down yet and our tree removal expert has to take it down in sections, expect your bill to increase with every section that comes down.