Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Mooresville?
- 2 Does the City of Mooresville Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Mooresville?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Mooresville?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Mooresville?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Mooresville?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Mooresville?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Mooresville?
There’s no denying that Mooresville has its seasonal range about it — meaning we all know that the weather isn’t just primarily warm or primarily cold, but rather a bit of both throughout the year. It’s not perfectly sunny all the time, and temperatures rarely go above 95 and below 20 but can hit anywhere in between.
More than anything, the rain and storms are plenty. Our trees see so much of it that the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) has a step-by-step Post Storm Assessment Guide to Evaluating Trees along with several others.
Trees that crave the sun and don’t like the rain do not typically survive Mooresville. Fortunately, the following usually thrive in our climate:
- Red Maple
- American Beech
Unfortunately, even the most accustomed trees in Mooresville can’t survive the diseases that also thrive in our landscape. Some of the most common tree issues in our area include the following:
Southern Pine Beetle Infestation
Considering the state tree for North Carolina is Pine, it’s no surprise that one of the most dangerous diseases to hit the area would be one specific to Pines. Southern Pine Beetle, in particular, is the attack of Southern Pine Beetles on our most precious Pines. The damage is done on the inner bark when the insect and its offspring take over the entire tree, introducing a fatal disease the tree will not survive.
The most common Southern Pine Beetle infestation sign is hundreds of resin masses spread through the tree’s bark. Other symptoms include discoloration and signs of decaying health and life.
Annosus Root Disease
The Annosus Root Disease is another common tree disease in Mooresville. The problem with this disease is it starts at the roots underground, so it’s typically much harder to detect early enough to save the tree. Nonetheless, signs do eventually appear, and there can be ways to preserve the tree for a limited amount of time until you can replace it with other trees.
Some signs to keep an eye out for are decaying roots, infected stumps, chalky white pores, and when pulled out of the ground – you will notice roots are soft and brown instead of white and firm.
Sudden Oak Death
While most people think of pine trees when they think of North Carolina, oaks are another common tree species in Mooresville. Unfortunately, with a wide range of oaks in our landscapes, also comes several Sudden Oak Deaths. An invasive plant pathogen causes this disease, and it slowly spreads throughout the oak tree.
Early detection and treatment is always the most effective way to combat SOD. So, look out for common signs like leaf spots, shoot diebacks, and call us for guidance if needed. This disease is rarely fatal as long as you take care of it.
Does the City of Mooresville Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
When it comes to tree removal on your private property, The City of Mooresville does not provide any assistance in any way. You would have to call our removal specialists for help.
However, if you find that your tree has fallen onto City property or in a right-of-way, you should immediately contact The City of Mooresville to take care of the portion on their end.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Mooresville?
It’s not common for trees to fall in Mooresville, but it certainly does happen on occasion. When the rare occurrence makes its way closer to home than you’d like, it’s essential to know who is responsible for the tree and removal to avoid any misunderstandings.
However, before anyone can consider tree removal or ‘land-disturbing activities’ of any kind, they first must obtain a tree removal permit. Deliberately damaging a protected tree or failure to obtain a permit before removal can both lead to a warning at first — but $100 the second time, $250 the third, and $500 on the fourth.
If You’re a Homeowner?
Like most things around your home and property, taking care of tree removals on your private property is the homeowner’s responsibility. This is the case for most circumstances, with tree portions outside your property line put on the shoulders of those whose land it’s on (i.e., city or neighbor).
If You’re a Renter?
The wonderful thing about being a renter is big responsibilities like tree removal, foundation, roof, and more are all responsibilities given to your landlord and not you. However, it is in your best interest and safety to inform your landlord if you think your tree is deteriorating or becoming a danger to anyone around you.
If You’re a Landlord?
As a landlord, tree removal responsibilities are just like that of the homeowner. Renter’s monthly rent payments go to the landlord to live there and contribute to the home’s upkeep. For this reason, the landlord is responsible for any damages, maintenance, and removal that are associated with the tree on their property.
If You’re a Neighbor?
Determining who’s at fault for a fallen tree between neighbors can get a little trickier. This is because the property owner where the tree originated is not technically liable unless the fallen tree results from neglect and came after many concerns.
On the other hand, if the tree fell from natural causes, it is up to the property owner whose land the tree fell on to take responsibility. In some cases, the tree may even be on half your property and half your neighbors. When this happens, property owners only pay for the portion on their property or may choose to split the costs.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Mooresville?
Believe it or not, the soil in Mooresville is as diverse as the climate and often caters to different types of trees and vegetation in the area. Soil type ranges from sandy to heavier clays (with some areas with minerals). This type of soil variety means that Mooresville (and North Carolina) can harness various tree species.
In the sandier soils, trees like red oak, white cedar, and pine do well because the water drains quickly, so they don’t often get over-watered (despite our heavy rainfalls). As for the heavier clays, you’ll find oaks, elms, and Dogwoods thriving in this area.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Mooresville?
Even the tree native to Mooresville can be affected by the weather on occasion. While they often enjoy the Mooresville rainfall, heavy rainfalls can collect on big leaves and cause them to either lose main branches or entirely fall over.
As for cold weather, snowfall may be slim to none in our area, but low nighttime temperatures often hit below freezing. Freezing temperatures can lead to some trees being frost-killed or significantly damaged by the unexpected change in temperature. However, this isn’t a common occurrence, so not all trees will be unable to recover from below-freezing temperatures.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Mooresville?
According to Dominion Energy, dead trees pose many threats to power lines in the area, and they need to remove them before the tree can hit surrounding powerlines. For this reason, they typically take the entire thing down (but not always).
Depending on the size and type of debris, Dominion usually leaves cleanup to the property owner. In some cases, may clean up after maintenance trimming or removing dead/dying trees. However, larger limbs and trunks are always left up to the property owner to get rid of.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Mooresville?
Believe it or not, the average tree removal cost in Mooresville is much lower than most other cities — sitting at $740, with ranges typically around $200 and $800 depending on the circumstances.
The average number depends mainly on the specific details of the job. Some cost factors you can expect to influence pricing include the following:
One cost factor that can dramatically influence the cost of your service is tree height. The reason is that trees that are much higher than the average tend to be more challenging to complete and pose a greater danger for the people and things around them.
Nonetheless, the job can still get done. For as much as $9.50 (or somewhere in between $7 and $12) per foot of your tree’s height after 30 feet. The trees that range on the smaller side are typically between $100 and $400, while medium trees can be $800.
Position — Fallen or Still Standing
It’s also important to consider whether your tree is still standing or has already fallen over. Many homeowners don’t know that a still standing tree often costs more than one that has already fallen because the job takes more time and is much more difficult.
Assuming the tree is approximately 30 feet in height — average costs for even a small standing tree are around $396 (or between $350 and $440), while a tree that has fallen costs on average $225 (ranging from $200 to $250).
Land and Lot Clearing
Land and lot clearing consist of clearing your private property of trees, branches, stumps, brush, and more. Many people don’t know that some specifications go along with land clearing, including proper disposal methods that follow laws and regulations.
For this reason, having our professionals take over these processes is a popular decision because it can often be an added hassle owners don’t want to deal with (and it can also be considerably expensive). If you choose to add this service to your bill, you can expect to pay as much as $2,360+ more per acre.