Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Garner?
- 2 Does the City of Garner Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Garner?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Garner?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Garner?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Garner?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Garner?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Garner?
When it comes to Garner, NC, there are many great things to do, but you must do it on one of our hot and muggy summer days and/or in one of the few cold winter periods. The weather is more often than not hot and wet — with rain taking up at least three months of the year, primarily between May and August (but mostly July!).
This leaves just enough time to cater to our native trees’ needs before the short winter takes over and spring makes its appearance again. The best native trees for our Garner area are the following, according to The Town of Garner:
- Florida Maple or Southern Sugar Maple/Red Maple/Sugar Maple
- River Birch
- Common Hackberry
- American Yellowwood
- Common Persimmon
- American Beech
- White Ash/ Green Ash
- Maiden Tree
- Sweetgum/Black gum
- Tulip poplar
According to the North Carolina Forest Service, the following tree diseases are only a handful of the tree diseases that can take of your landscapes. However, they are among the most common.
Pest infestations have always been a problem for trees because they typically burrow, damage, and weaken them by introducing holes and bacteria into their outer layers – leaving them vulnerable to just about anything in the area.
Below are the most common pests to look out for in Garner, NC:
- Asian Longhorned Beetle — these beetles are dangerous to hardwoods, in particular (oak-hickory, pine, cypress, etc.), and are known to have taken down millions of acres of hardwoods in the U.S. There is no known cure to their infestation, so the best thing to do is keep a lookout for them and prevent the spread.
- Asian Gypsy Moth — these species are known for breeding as many as hundreds of eggs at a time, introducing caterpillars that will feed on more than 500 trees and shrubs in the area.
- European Cherry Fruit Fly — our wonderful cherries are at risk when this fly comes to the area. It often leads to 100% in tree loss if the infestation goes uncontrolled and is typically transported through the soil, fresh cherries, and other plants growing in the area.
- Spotted Lanternfly — these little buggers are a threat to our fruit crops and trees. They are often feeding on various fruits and ornamental and woody trees. The real concern with these pests is for grapes, orchards, and logging industries.
These types of diseases are particularly common in North Carolina, including Garner. This is because they thrive in wet and cool weather (much like our winters), eating away at our tree’s leaves by the time summer comes around.
APHIS says that the most common foliage in our Garner area includes broad leaves on hardwoods and needles on conifers. In most cases, your tree will only suffer short-term damage, but a few diseases can get into the main portions of the tree and wreak havoc on its health. Some of the most common types of this disease include:
- Leaf blister
- Brown spot
- Dogwood Anthracnose
- Hypoderma needle cast
Sudden Oak Death
Sudden Oak Death is a water mold that can be significantly dangerous to our oaks in Garner, but it isn’t uncommon for the disease to take over some of our other species, as well. The signs and symptoms of this tree disease differ by species, but for the most part, you can see a gradual decline in your tree’s health (i.e., browning, wilting, premature leaf loss, etc.), or it can be a sudden death.
Either way, there’s no known cure for the disease, so it’s always better to spot it early and take quick action to ensure the safety of the rest of your Garner landscape.
Does the City of Garner Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
In a sense, yes, the City of Garner provides some assistance in tree removal problems, but it is only when a dead or dying tree is “near public rights-of-way and easement, including streets, sidewalks, bikeways, and greenways, [and] constitutes a potential hazard to pedestrian or motor traffic.” However, under section 6-23, the property owner must pay the cost and can be subjected to fines if it is not.
As for tree removals specific to private properties, assistance is not provided to you from the city, with the exception where the tree is on both your property and public property (in which case, the city takes care of the portion on their property).
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Garner?
We know it can be a hassle searching through laws and vetting government sites to determine who is responsible when a tree has fallen and needs to be removed. For this reason, we have the breakdown for Garner as follows.
If you’re a homeowner?
As a homeowner, you are responsible for all things to do with your home and property, including removing your fallen tree. There are scenarios in which you may not be responsible, but that is further discussed in the neighbor section.
If the tree that has fallen is on multiple properties, all owners (including the city if relevant) are responsible for taking care of the portion on their property. A tree on a property line is split between owners.
If you’re a renter?
If you’re a renter, the responsibility of removing any trees on the property is not left up to you. This is because the landlord technically owns the land and is in charge of any big responsibilities that contribute to the safety and health of the property and the renters on the property. However, you should always inform your landlord if you suspect or know a tree is dying or dead.
If you’re a landlord?
As a landlord, you are given the same responsibilities (including tree removal) as a homeowner, except it comes with more liability because you must ensure the safety of all your renters on your property.
If you’re a neighbor?
This part can get a little trickier, but it’s still pretty straightforward. If a healthy tree falls from your neighbor’s yard onto your, then it is your responsibility to remove the fallen tree (and vice versa). However, if the tree was dead or dying, the fallen tree is your neighbor’s responsibility to take care of (including any damages r injuries that may have occurred).
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Garner?
The most common type of soil in Garner, NC, is Cecil soil. They occur on over 1.6 million acres or 5% of the State, are great for farming, and are considered extensive and essential soils to North Carolina.
The series is defined as “Cecil sandy loam-forested” and “consists of very deep, well-drained moderately permeable soils.” And although the clay can sometimes decrease permeability, Cecil is generally great for our trees because it is made of kaolinite clay that is well-drained and doesn’t shrink and swell as much as other clays.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Garner?
North Carolina weather is sure to affect tree health in Garner. This is because no matter how accustomed to the rain, sun, heat, etc., our trees are, there’s no surviving some of the more dangerous weather conditions — tornados!
North Carolina gets its fair share of tornados, and when they hit, trees don’t have a chance. In fact, NC averages 31 tornados a year, with one in the late 80s staying on the ground for as long as 83 miles! The damage to trees and other plants in the landscape was tremendous.
Tornado activity isn’t as common in Garner as in other cities in the state. However, it is still vulnerable to the natural disaster – and once it does hit, even the strongest trees don’t always have a shot at surviving.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Garner?
If a dead tree is near a power line in Garner, property owners are strongly encouraged to inform their electric company immediately to get it safely removed. You may be wondering why since your electric company will use a third-party tree service anyway, but the reason is that they can ensure the execution is done safely – protecting the people around the area as well as the power lines.
Now, homeowners can object in certain cases if they really don’t want the tree taken down. However, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) makes the final decision, and the law allows an electric company to trim or remove a tree without the property owner’s permission (given the circumstances call for it).
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Garner?
Before determining the costs of removing a tree in Garner, it’s important to start with the city’s requirements. The City of Garner, for instance, requires a permit from the Town of Garner Planning Department before any forestry activities are performed. Failure to do so will result in not only a fine of up to $500 at that time but a new fine every day leading up to a permit being obtained. We can always handle permits for you!
With that being said, the average cost of tree removal in Garner is about $775, with a general range between $200 and $2,000. Your total varies when you consider the following cost factors commonly included.
The Height of Your Tree
For a good reason, tree height places a big role in the overall cost of your tree removal service. This is because the bigger the tree, the more difficult the job is for us (and more people and equipment required).
The Position of Your Tree — Still Standing/Fallen Over
Another cost factor often overlooked when budgeting for an upcoming project is the position of your tree — meaning, is it still standing, or has it already fallen over? This is important because a still-standing tree is likely to cost as much as 50% more than one that has already fallen over since the job is mostly done if it is no longer standing.
In Garner, the average cost to remove a fallen tree is on average around $215.
Additional Services (Land and Lot Clearing and/or Tree Protection)
You should also consider additional services that can be added to your tree removal service. In these cases, there are land and lot clearings and tree protection options, but there are also several more.
Tree protection, for example, is a small job that is usually around $50 per tree injection and ensures the safety of your replacement and/or surrounding trees in the area.