Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Midland?
- 2 Does the City of Midland Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Midland?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Midland?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Midland?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Midland?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Midland?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Midland?
Midland trees face threats from pests and diseases alike. Here are the most common issues that we encounter on Midland trees.
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
This insect is a white, fuzzy little bug that sucks sap from the base of needles on hemlock and spruce trees. As they eat, these pests upset the tree’s flow of nutrients and cause needles to become discolored. Once an infestation has taken hold of a tree, its needles will fall and the tree can die within two to three years. You can spot these white, wooly pests at the base of your tree’s needles. If you spot them, call our arborists right away to rid your tree of these insects.
Beech Bark Disease
This fungal disease is caused by scale insects that pierce and suck nutrients from the bark of beech trees in Midland. Once infected, the tree’s bark can become weakened by the fungus and vulnerable to other diseases and pests. If left untreated, your tree can become a fall hazard. If you notice damaged bark on your beech tree, it’s important to contact us quickly or else your tree may not survive.
Oak wilt has become such a serious threat in Michigan that the state has declared each May to be Oak Wilt Awareness Month. This fungal disease attacks oak trees by causing leaves to wilt and turn brown. It is fatal to red oak trees, but it is detrimental to all oak varieties. The fungus can spread to nearby trees in two different ways. The roots of an infected tree can share spores with nearby tree roots, causing the nearby tree to become infected as well. Beetles can also spread this disease by carrying spores to healthy trees. If your oak trees show any sign of wilt, have our arborists check it out right away. The disease is very contagious and is wiping out mature oak trees across the state.
Does the City of Midland Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The city of Midland is responsible for the street trees within the city limits. They send crews out to prune branches and assess tree health at no charge to you. If you notice a tree issue on one of your street trees, you can fill out a form and submit it to the city. They will send an arborist out to take care of the problem at no cost to the homeowner.
If a tree needs to be removed, the city will cover the cost and will replant a tree in its place. The tree’s trunk will be cut and left on your property as firewood and an arborist will eventually come out to grind the stump. The city does ask homeowners to be patient since stump grinding services have a long waitlist, and their arborists only come around during the warmer months.
When the city decides to replant a tree, they will give you the instructions and tools needed to properly water your tree. It will be your responsibility to give the young tree extra attention so that it grows and thrives.
If you have a tree that needs to be removed from your property, you will need to call an arborist like Tree Triage yourself. The city only provides their services for the trees that line your street.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Midland?
When a storm blows through and trees are uprooted, neighbors can be left with a lot to sort through. Here’s a simple breakdown of responsibilities so you can be confident about when you need to pay.
If you’re a homeowner?
As a homeowner, you own all of the trees on your property. That means you are responsible for pruning and maintaining these trees so they remain healthy and strong. If an unforeseen event causes a tree to fall, your homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of removal. You will only be responsible for paying the deductible.
If you’re a renter?
As a renter, you do not own anything on your property, including the trees. Therefore, if a tree falls, you do not need to worry about cleanup. Your landlord will take care of the expense. If the tree damages your personal property, your landlord’s insurance should cover the cost. Sometimes they can be stubborn about these things, so you may need to consult with a lawyer to get the payment you deserve.
If you’re a landlord?
Landlords are responsible for all of the buildings, trees, and landscaping on their rental properties. You should be regularly pruning and caring for your trees so they remain healthy. If one is uprooted during a storm or other unforeseen event, your insurance will pay for the tree to be removed. You will only need to pay your deductible.
If you’re a neighbor?
In most states, including Michigan, tree removal responsibilities fall on the shoulders of the homeowner where the tree fell. It doesn’t matter if the tree belonged to you or not. If a tree falls onto your property, your homeowner’s insurance will step in to pay for the tree to be removed. In the same way, your neighbor’s insurance will pay for a tree that falls onto their property. Things can get messy if your insurance company can prove that your neighbor’s negligence had caused a tree to fall. In that case, your insurance will go after your neighbor’s for payment.
In order to avoid these disputes, keep an eye out for dead branches in your neighborhood and give your neighbors a heads up if you notice a tree that needs to be pruned.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Midland?
The soil in Midland is made of moderately well-drained sandy loam. That means that your soil has lots of sand in it that helps water to move freely through it. This kind of soil is excellent for plant and tree growth. Some homeowners may benefit from adding compost to their soil to provide extra nutrients for their tree’s growth. You can also add a thick layer of mulch around your tree’s base to add support and lock in moisture near the roots.
Midland’s soil is at risk of erosion and the city has created a Soil Erosion and Sediment Control plan. If anyone within the city limits plans on disrupting more than an acre of soil, they need to obtain a permit with the city. The only exception is made for homeowners who are tilling the land for farming or planting a garden.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Midland?
Midland receives over 40 inches of snow each winter. That’s a lot of weight for healthy tree branches to hold and dead or dying branches will break under the pressure. When we are called out to remove trees in the winter, it’s usually because they’ve broken under the pressure of heavy ice or snow and the trees were usually not healthy to begin with. In order to help your trees survive Michigan winters, it’s important to provide preventative care. Prune away dead or dying branches during the spring and summer. Call our arborists at the first sign of infestation or disease since both can weaken a tree, leaving it unstable when winter sets in.
Spring and summer in Midland also bring severe storms. Just like with winter weather, trees need to be healthy and strong to survive high winds and excessive rain. Properly maintain your trees so they’re ready to face any weather that blows in.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Midland?
Consumers Energy is responsible for pruning and removing trees that are hazardous to power lines. If you see a tree with a blue dot on it, you can expect to see their workers pruning away branches and if you see a big blue “X,” then the tree has been marked for removal. They will do all of this work at no cost to you and will leave the branches on your property for use as firewood. If a storm causes power outages, workers will cut away tree debris to repair the lines and will leave the branches on your property for disposal.
The workers at Consumers Energy only prune away branches that interfere with the primary voltage line. In this illustration, you can see that a homeowner’s responsibility lies in pruning away branches that interfere with your service line -– the line that runs from a pole to your home. Consumers Energy will take care of everything else. If you notice an electrical emergency, call (800) 477-5050.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Midland?
On average, it costs around $600 for tree removal in Midland, with extreme prices ranging from $175 to $2,200. That said, your price will greatly be determined by considering several factors. Some of those factors include:
Size of the Tree
When quoting your tree removal price, our arborist will measure the tree trunk’s diameter and height. Large trees with lots of foliage make for bigger jobs and they’ll cost you more to have them removed. This will likely be the biggest factor in determining your price.
Location of the Tree
When you call about tree removal, our arborist is going to ask about your tree’s location. What’s nearby? Do you have a home, garage, or power lines close to the tree? If so, we’ll factor these obstacles into your cost. Our arborists take extensive safety measures to work around your property so that your home and our workers are safe, but this takes extra time, planning, and effort to get it done, and our arborists will be expected to be paid for their hard work.
Accessibility to Tree
It takes a lot of heavy equipment to remove a tree and we’ve got to find a way to get it all to the worksite. If your tree is off the beaten path, your price will probably be a little higher. It’s going to take our arborists more time and planning to access the tree so they can bring it down effectively.