Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Fuquay-Varina?
- 2 Does the City of Fuquay-Varina Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Fuquay-Varina?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Fuquay-Varina?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Fuquay-Varina?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Fuquay-Varina?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Fuquay-Varina?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Fuquay-Varina?
The trees in Fuquay-Varina face many common pests and diseases as well as the threat of inclement weather. Here are a few of the most common issues your trees will face as well as some tips on how to take care of them.
Emerald Ash Borer
These beetles are devastating to ash trees across the country. Female beetles lay their eggs under the bark of mature trees, and when they hatch, the larvae feed on the tissue underneath. The damaged tissue quickly weakens trees, leaving them susceptible to other pests and diseases, and they become at risk of falling. It’s hard to see these little pests, but the trees are treatable if you catch the problem early. Call us at the first sign that something may be wrong with your tree and get a proper diagnosis from our professionals.
Before they transform into moths, the caterpillars feed on the leaves of many trees, including oak, birch, elm, and maple varieties. The result of a gypsy moth infestation is a weakened tree with empty branches. If left untreated, your tree can die, and the moths can spread to other trees nearby.
These fungal infections cause oak, maple, ash, walnut, sycamore, and dogwood trees to develop green or brown spots that quickly spread. Although it doesn’t kill trees, anthracnose symptoms are not appealing and can spread to other trees rapidly. The best way to avoid this issue is by pruning away any affected areas as soon as you notice a problem.
This parasitic plant attaches itself to many different trees by growing through the bark and into the tree’s vascular system. Once mistletoe has attached itself, it can take water and nutrients from the tree itself. Although lovely to look at, mistletoe can weaken healthy trees and spread very quickly. Combat this parasitic plant by having your trees pruned by our professionals that know how to control its spread.
If pests and diseases weren’t enough to worry about, Fuquay-Varina’s trees also experience several extreme weather conditions. From snow and ice in the winter to hurricanes in the summer and fall, they need to remain strong and healthy year-round. Make sure you regularly prune your trees and keep an eye out for signs of infestation or disease. If you notice a problem, get them treated quickly, so your trees are strong enough to withstand any weather that blows in.
Does the City of Fuquay-Varina Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
If you have a tree that you need to remove on your property, it will be your responsibility to call our professionals to do the job. The City’s municipal code does require residents to follow several rules regarding the trees on their properties. Some of them include pruning tree branches, so they are at least six feet away from street lights, strategically planting trees horizontally across your yard in an evenly spaced manner, and even a minimum number of trees that you need to plant.
Some trees in Fuquay-Varina also fall into the category of “heritage trees.” The City protects these trees, and you will likely need additional permission to alter or remove a heritage tree. For more information about tree removal, contact the city directly via the online form.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Fuquay-Varina?
When a storm blows in, trees can fall across property lines, leaving homeowners at odds about where the responsibility lies. Here’s a breakdown of accountability so you can prepare yourself if a tree should fall.
If You’re a Homeowner?
As a homeowner, you are responsible for all the trees on your property. Your responsibility includes regular maintenance and additional tree care if it becomes sick. If one of your trees falls unexpectedly, your insurance will take care of the costs. You will only be responsible for paying the deductible.
If You’re a Renter?
By definition, a renter doesn’t own their property or anything on it. That includes any trees that may pepper the landscape. If a tree falls, your landlord’s insurance will cover the cost of removal as well as the cleanup.
If You’re a Landlord?
Landlords are responsible for all the trees on each of their rental properties. If one falls during a storm or other unforeseen event, your insurance will step in and cover the cost of the tree’s removal. You will only be responsible for paying the deductible.
If You’re a Neighbor?
Things can get messy when a tree falls across property lines. As a general rule, if a tree falls onto your property, your homeowner’s insurance will pay for the tree to be removed. And if a tree falls onto your neighbor’s property (even if it was a tree that belonged to you), their insurance will cover the cost. If your insurance can prove that your neighbor’s tree had fallen onto your property due to neglect, they may go after your neighbor’s insurance for payment. Either way, it’s best to avoid these issues ahead of time to the best of your ability. Take care of your trees and be a good neighbor by keeping an eye on the neighborhood trees as well. Your neighbor will likely appreciate it if you point out a hazardous branch or two that they can easily prune.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Fuquay-Varina?
North Carolina is home to over 400 different types of soil. In Fuquay-Varina, the ground is mainly composed of Cecil soil, the unofficial state soil of North Carolina. This soil is well-drained, deep, and made of metamorphic rock and other minerals. It covers over 1.6 acres of the state and is excellent for growing corn, tobacco, and cotton, as well as a variety of native trees.
In Fuquay-Varina, the Cecil soil is incredibly fertile and is a deep red. The Cecil soil in Fuquay-Varina also contains more clay, which helps the ground hold nutrients for feeding plants and trees. Luckily, homeowners don’t need to amend their soil very much since the fertile soil already contains many nutrients that help trees thrive. If you’re concerned about your tree’s growth, have our arborists test the soil in your yard. They will tell you if something crucial is missing and can give you ideas about how to mix it into your soil.
One way to help protect your trees and enrich the surrounding soil is by adding a layer of mulch at the base of each tree. Mulch mimics the protection that a forest floor provides native trees. The layer of organic mulch locks in moisture and protects the tree’s roots from the elements, especially when temperatures change in the winter. As a bonus, your mulch will break down and seep rich nutrients into the soil that your tree’s roots will be happy to soak up.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Fuquay-Varina?
Fuquay-Varina experiences all four seasons, and the native trees have learned to adapt to the many challenges that come with the changing seasons. Here are a couple of weather conditions to look out for and ways you can help your trees to remain firmly rooted.
Winters in Fuquay-Varina are not as frigid as in the northern states, but they do get cold. Ice and snow are not unheard of, and the trees can suffer if they aren’t prepared. The best way to help your trees through the winter months is by protecting them before the temperatures drop. Make sure to prune your trees regularly, especially during the dormant season. If ice accumulates on dead or dying branches, they can easily break, posing a hazard to you and your home. You can also prep your trees for winter by adding a thermal layer of mulch around the base to protect the roots from shock.
Hurricane season brings the threat of high winds and flooding to Fuquay-Varina each year. Often, the storm-damaged trees and branches that fall were already dead or dying. We rarely see healthy trees fall during a storm. Regularly prune away weak branches and make sure you stay on top of your tree’s health. Enlist the help of our arborists at the first symptom of pests or disease so you can help your tree prepare for any storm that blows in. A weak or damaged tree is much more likely to be uprooted, causing severe damage to your home and posing a risk to your loved ones.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Fuquay-Varina?
Duke Energy provides a great visual for homeowners to reference regarding tree pruning around power lines. In short, they will only prune away branches that interfere with primary power lines. If you notice tree branches that are growing near your primary lines, submit a tree trimming request online, and they’ll get back to you shortly.
The company’s website also explains that homeowners are responsible for trimming branches that interfere with service lines that connect to the house. If you need to trim branches around your service lines, make sure you contact Duke Energy so they can shut off the power temporarily.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Fuquay-Varina?
According to our arborists, tree removal in Fuquay-Varina typically range anywhere from $250 to $1,000, but some tree removal services can cost you up to $1,500. That’s an extensive range, but there are many factors to consider when calculating the price. If you need to have a tree removed in Fuquay-Varina, call us for a quote. We’ll consider the following factors:
Our arborist will measure your tree’s height as well as the diameter of its trunk. These measurements will determine how much time, resources, and equipment we will need to remove the tree safely. Bigger trees, in general, cost more to remove than smaller ones.
If your tree is near power lines or other structures like your home or garage, we will need to take additional measures to remove it safely. The last thing anybody wants is a limb falling onto your home or power lines, and we’ll make sure that doesn’t happen, but it will likely cost you a little more.
Trees that are hard to access will make your bill a little higher. It takes more work to get all of our equipment to those hard-to-reach trees, but with a bit of extra effort, we’ll get the tree removed safely.