Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Browns Summit?
- 2 Does the City of Browns Summit Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Browns Summit?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Browns Summit?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Browns Summit?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Browns Summit?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Browns Summit?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Browns Summit?
In the Browns Summit area, some impressive trees offer shade when the weather gets hot. There’s a variety of native and non-native trees dotting the yards. Some trees that our team sees most often in the area include:
- Loblolly Pine
- Red Maple
- Yellow Poplar
- Leyland Cypress
- Bradford Pear
- Crepe Myrtle
- River Birch
- American Beech
If you’re lucky enough to have a few of the trees in your yard, then you likely enjoy the growing season with its gorgeous colors and sweet-smelling flowers. The pine trees can grow to soaring heights. When a large tree needs to be removed, many Browns Summit homeowners wonder what they did wrong. The answer is typically nothing. Here are the most common tree issues that we see in the area.
Damage From Winter Weather
With an average yearly snowfall of around 28 inches, the Browns Summit area enjoys an occasional white winter. While the average daytime temperatures hover in the low 40s, at night, these temperatures plunge into the mid-20s.
An extended period of freezing weather, such as a week with heavy snowfall, and the area experiences a hard freeze. It’s so cold for so long that even the soil freezes in your Browns Summit yard.
With the soil frozen, the trees in your yard struggle to get the moisture and nutrients they need to grow. The evergreens, such as your pine trees, can handle these extreme conditions. However, not all of your trees will do as well.
As spring arrives, you might find that a tree in your Browns Summit yard doesn’t grow new leaves. It’s died during a hard freeze. In some cases, you might see a tree flourish, only to die in a few weeks or months.
This tree was probably damaged during a hard freeze, and the area of damage could no longer process moisture and nutrients. Slowly, the damage began to spread throughout the tree, and it stopped growing.
Damage From Violent Storms
Browns Summit sees its fair share of violent storms when the temperatures change in the spring and the fall. With these storm fronts, thunder and lightning usually make an appearance.
Lightning can easily damage a tree or its root system. In some cases, it can even kill a tree in a matter of seconds. A direct lightning strike to a tree in your Browns Summit yard can leave it split in half, even some of your larger trees.
These violent storms also bring the chance of a tornado. In the years between 1950 and 2010, 55 tornadoes touched down in the Browns Summit area, an average of about one a year.
Depending on the tornado’s category, the funnel has wind speeds of up to 200 mph that pull items up to the top of itself. This wind is strong enough to pull a tree up by its roots or a car out of your driveway.
Even when your Browns Summit home isn’t in the direct path of a tornado, your house and yard might still sustain damage from the wind and items that are expelled from the funnel. The funnel has a debris field that extends up to 50 miles behind it and a mile on both sides.
If you think you have a tree that’s been damaged by winter weather or storms, our team can assess it for you and make a recommendation for its care or removal.
Does the City of Browns Summit Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Browns Summit and Guilford County take care of tree removal on public lands. Tree removal includes an area of an easement. However, the trees in your yard are on private property, so the City and County won’t provide any assistance in removing them.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Browns Summit?
When there’s a fallen tree in a Browns Summit yard, there are questions about who is responsible for removing it. Our team gets a call from a variety of people with varied situations. We’ve put together this section to review those situations and identify the responsible party.
If You’re a Homeowner?
When you’re the Browns Summit homeowner, you’re responsible for removing a fallen tree from your private property. However, if the tree is on an easement, it’s public land, so you can get the city or appropriate utility company to remove it.
If You’re a Renter?
When you rent a Browns Summit home, the homeowner is responsible for removing a fallen tree. However, you do need to let them know when you see a damaged or fallen tree so that they can handle it.
If You’re a Landlord?
When you’re the landlord, you’re probably the homeowner responsible for removing the fallen tree from the yard, even when you have a renter living in the house.
If You’re a Neighbor?
It doesn’t often happen because the Browns Summit yards tend to be more spacious, but occasionally, we get a call from a homeowner whose neighbor’s tree has fallen in their yard. It’s up to each homeowner to remove the section of tree that’s in their yard.
Sometimes, it comes to light that your neighbor knew they needed to remove the tree and failed to do it. They were negligent in their care of the tree and are now liable for damages to your yard, including removing the tree.
If you can avoid it, you don’t want to battle it out in court. It’s a good idea to talk to your neighbor first and see if you work it out between yourselves.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Browns Summit?
Cecil soil is the most common soil that we see in the area. It’s a moderately permeable soil type, so you might need to water your trees in the summer to ensure they’re able to soak up nutrients. This soil type drains well, so root rot isn’t prevalent in the area.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Browns Summit?
The weather can affect the health of the trees in your Browns Summit yard. The freezing temperature throughout much of the winter can create a hard freeze. This condition can damage or kill trees in your yard.
Temperature variants bring violent storms to the area, and your trees are at risk from a lightning strike. When there’s a direct strike to a tree, it might kill the tree. Also, there’s a chance of a tornado, which brings high winds and flying objects that can damage your trees.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Browns Summit?
It’s important to note that a dead tree on or near a power line is a dangerous situation. When you see a dead tree that’s lying on a power line, move away and call emergency services. Until power is cut to the line, there’s a chance of severe injury or death. A dead tree near a power line requires a professional service to remove it to ensure it doesn’t fall onto the line.
When a dead tree is near a power line, there’s a chance that it is on an easement. An easement is an area of land that the City or a utility company holds the right to use, even when it’s in your yard. A dead tree on an easement is the responsibility of the entity that has the right to use it. Otherwise, as the Browns Summit homeowner, it’s up to you to get it removed.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Browns Summit?
As a homeowner, cost matters to you. We can’t give you an exact cost until we see the tree, but tree removal in the area ranges between $485 and $665, with an average price of $575. While the County doesn’t require a tree removal permit, there are other factors to consider.
Some Browns Summit homeowners ask for additional services. The two most common are stump removal and running the tree through a wood chipper. These services take more time and other equipment.
The pine trees can grow to dizzying heights, and removing a larger tree takes additional time and precautions. We always strive to remove the tree without damaging your home or other trees.
Condition of the Tree
Sometimes, a tree begins to decay in places before it dies. The tree needs to be carefully removed to ensure the areas of decay don’t crumble, creating an uncontrolled fall. Controlling a tree’s fall takes extra time and equipment.