Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Indian Trail?
- 2 Does the City of Indian Trail Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Indian Trail?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Indian Trail?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Indian Trail?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Indian Trail?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Indian Trail?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Indian Trail?
North Carolina trees are susceptible to a number of threats including insects and diseases. When trees are compromised due to infestations and illness, leaves turn yellow out of season, limbs and branches die, the tree loses its leaves, and in severe cases, the tree dies. Some of the most common tree issues found in Indian Trail include:
Emerald Ash Borer
The non-native, invasive emerald ash borer is a metallic green beetle that can cause devastation to your Indian Trail ash trees. The ornate adult beetles lay their eggs on the bark of the tree and when the eggs hatch, the larvae begin to bore holes in the tree bark. Once inside, they continue to feed on the tissues that transport water and nutrients to the tree, eventually girdling it and causing the tree to die.
One of the main signs of an ash borer infestation is the presence of small holes in the tree’s bark. You may also note areas where the bark has fallen off revealing the trails the larvae have taken. You may even see a few adult beetles or larvae if you look well. A tree crown that’s begun to die out and get thinner is also a sign that the tree is on the decline. The only option for treating an emerald ash borer infestation is to destroy the infected tree.
Thousand Canker Disease
Caused by the fungus (Geosmithia morbida), thousand cankers disease affects walnut trees in Indian Trail. The fungus is carried from tree to tree by an unassuming insect called the walnut twig beetle. But, the damage this little pest does is extreme. The adult walnut twig beetle burrows under the tree bark to feed.
Although the beetles cause damage to the tree, it’s the fungus that they spread that does the real damage. As the beetles feed, the fungus takes over the areas they’ve been, causing dark-colored cankers to appear on the tree’s bark. As the tree’s nutrients and water supplies are cut off, the leaves yellow and wilt, then dead limbs begin to appear in the tree’s crown. Eventually, the tree gives in to the disease.
Gypsy Moth Infestation
The caterpillars of this species of moth are a very dangerous threat to your Indian Trail trees. They’re voracious eaters, able to clear branches and even entire tree crowns of leaves in short order. The obvious disadvantage for the tree is that without its leaves it cannot make energy through photosynthesis, and it becomes weak. In this vulnerable state, the tree is susceptible to disease and damage.
Some trees bounce back, producing a new set of leaves only to be attacked a second time by hungry gypsy moth caterpillars. This is almost always a death blow to the tree. If things progress to this point with any of the trees on your Indian Trail property, removal is the only option.
Trees are pruned for a few reasons. A pruned tree is aesthetically pleasing, symmetrical, and it has the appearance of healthy perfection. But proper pruning isn’t all about the way the tree looks. It’s also about preserving its health by carefully trimming branches and limbs. Poorly executed pruning can result in stunted tree growth and even tree death.
One of the most common pruning mistakes is tree-topping or hat-racking. This is the practice of taking off the crown of the tree. It weakens the tree, leaves it vulnerable to pests and diseases, and increases the chances that it will fall, potentially causing damage or injuries.
Does the City of Indian Trail Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
If you have a problem tree on your Indian Trail property, it’s up to you to take care of it. The city is not going to come over to trim your trees or to perform any tree removal services. That is unless you refuse to do so and the tree or trees in question are deemed to be a serious danger. The city will send a crew in to clean up the problem tree, but you’re going to be billed for the tree removal as well as the cost of clean up, labor, and perhaps even fines and fees.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Indian Trail?
In general, the liability for tree removal costs in Indian Trail lies with the property owner where the tree falls. That’s not a hard and fast rule, however, it’s a common way to assign responsibility within North Carolina’s negligence theory argument. In order for a property owner to be held responsible for damages to a neighboring property caused by a fallen tree or branches negligence must be present. That means the owner of the tree had to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the tree was diseased, dying, or dead and that it posed a threat. So, who’s responsible for what? This might clear up the confusion:
If you’re a homeowner?
If a tree that’s growing on your property needs to be removed, it’s your responsibility to manage it. Your homeowner’s insurance policy may well help pay for the costs of tree removal, debris clean up, and the cost of damages to your home or other structures. If you’re uninsured, however, you’ll be liable for all of the costs out of pocket, which can be substantial depending upon how large the tree is and the damage it caused.
If you’re a renter?
If you’re renting a home in Indian Trail, you’re probably not going to have to worry about the costs associated with tree removal. If something is wrong with a tree on the property, you should contact your landlord to let them know right away. In the event a tree falls and damages your personal property, you’ll want to file a claim with your renter’s insurance company to recover the costs.
If you’re a landlord?
Providing a high standard of living for tenants means taking care of the rental home and property. Professional maintenance services, along with regular landscaping and tree care are essential. If one of the trees on your rental property needs to be taken down, however, you don’t want to delay. Just like a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to call us to arrange for tree removal services to avoid damage and injury.
If you’re a neighbor?
In Indian Trail and North Carolina in general, there is no rule that says if a tree grows on your property you’re responsible for it. In fact, where the tree originated from is unimportant. If your neighbor’s otherwise healthy tree falls on your land during a storm, for example, it’s yours to clean up. If, however, a known damaged tree falls from your neighbor’s property and causes damage, they may well be held liable for the costs.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Indian Trail?
Soils in the Indian Trail area tend to have a fairly high clay content, which can be problematic for trees. When drought conditions exist, the heavy clay soil begins to dry up and crack, exposing the roots just inches below. Over time, the roots dry out as well and the tree is unable to sustain itself. On the contrary, when it rains heavily, the clay in the soil absorbs the moisture and expands, shifting and disrupting the tree’s roots making it unstable.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Indian Trail?
Although the weather in Indian Trail is generally mild, allowing trees to thrive, severe weather can affect the area. Thunderstorms that produce strong winds, heavy rains, and lightning can wreak havoc on trees that are already weakened by disease or pests. Tornadoes have been known to destroy entire swaths of trees in one fell swoop.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Indian Trail?
Be mindful of the dangers presented by dead trees that are on or near power lines. Under no circumstance should you ever attempt to remove a tree that’s anywhere near a power line, whether it’s on your property or not. Instead, contact Duke Energy to report the problem tree and to request assistance.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Indian Trail?
On average, you can expect to pay around $700 per tree to have trees removed from your property in Indian Trail. However, that’s just an average price for a medium-sized tree. Small trees can be as low as $200, while massive trees can near the $2,000 mark. Your actual costs for tree removal depend on several factors including:
Location of the Tree
It’s a fact that the more difficult it is to reach a tree, the harder it is to remove it safely. For example, if your tree is located between your house and garage, we need to take it down without damaging either structure. That’s tricky. We need to bring in special equipment, rigging, and highly-trained workers to get the job done.
Size of the Tree
Large, mature trees are usually very tall and some can be very wide as well. Removing mature trees requires that we use heavy equipment, extra rigging, and additional crew members. Additional costs will also be incurred for the clean up of large amounts of wood, branches, limbs, and debris.
Number of Trees
You might think that having one tree removed from your Indian Trail landscape would be less expensive than having several trees taken out. This isn’t really true. If you need a number of small trees removed, it’ll likely cost you less than a large, difficult to access tree.