Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Jackson?
- 2 Does the City of Jackson Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Jackson?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Jackson?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Jackson?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Jackson?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Jackson?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Jackson?
Jackson is a township that is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. It was incorporated in 1844 and named after President Andrew Jackson, just one year before his death. We like how different it is. How beautiful it is in comparison to some other places, even those in New Jersey. Most of all, we like knowing it is a hidden gem of nice homes, tree-lined streets, and a very country feel. In short, we like that it is the total opposite of what most people imagine.
When most people think of New Jersey, they picture a smaller New York. They picture traffic trying to get to New York. They don’t picture the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area or the Butterfly Bogs Wildlife Management Area. Really, they do not think of anything “nature”. It is only the residents of Jackson that know Six Flags Great Adventure is just one single part of this township.
The other side of it is that with all this nature, there are several common issues for our trees and plant life. These insects and diseases are:
- Spotted Lanternfly
- Southern Pine Beetles
- Gypsy Moths
- Needle Cast
- Beech Leaf Disease
- Woolly Adelgid
- Ash Borers
- Sudden Oak Death
- Leaf Scorch
- Bark Disease
- Oak Wilt
- And Others
Some of these issues affect only specific tree species and others can be fatal to all types of trees.
Does the City of Jackson Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
Unfortunately, the only tree removal program in Jackson or Ocean County is for Christmas Trees when the county will pick them up along with other garbage during the month of January. Ocean County does offer a Shade Tree Committee that helps with planting, regulations, and more if you need help with it.
However, if you have a tree that is diseased or dead, you will need to have it removed. Then you will have to pay for it to be replaced in most situations. Otherwise, you could face a fine of up to $2,000.00 for each offense.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Jackson?
In New Jersey, the city is responsible for trees within the city. Therefore, it should be assumed that homeowners are responsible for trees on their own private property. Does it change when the tree falls? It may ultimately depend on your ownership of the tree.
If you’re a homeowner?
You will be the owner of a tree if it is located on your property. You are responsible for permits and/or payments if you choose to remove a tree, even one that is abutting city property. If a tree falls, you will be responsible for it. Permits for removal may be waived if the tree falls because of extreme weather. You may even escape liability if it falls and damages your neighbor’s property. Their insurance may have to cover their property damage, yours will cover your damages.
However, if your tree is diseased or dead and falls, your neighbor’s insurance company may come after you for the cost of repairs. The risk of this increases if your neighbor has told you that the tree was becoming a problem for you.
If you’re a renter?
New Jersey laws state that you have the right, as a renter, to live in a safe, habitable home. This means that your landlord must provide you with a home you can feel safe in. Your obligation to your landlord includes paying your rent on time and caring for the property as though it was your own for as long as you live there. You should avoid intentionally damaging the property. You are not authorized to do anything to the property that may change it permanently. This extends to trees.
If you have a tree that needs to be removed from the property, you should contact your landlord. A tree that falls should be reported to your landlord so that they can clean it up, repair damages, and replace the tree when necessary.
If you’re a landlord?
Your obligations extend to both being a property owner and a landlord. Your responsibility is to provide your tenants a safe place to live and to keep the property maintained. If a tree falls on the rental property, you should clean it up. If it damages the property, you should repair it. There are no exceptions, even if the renter is behind on their rent.
If you’re a neighbor?
A tree can be both good and bad for properties. If your neighbor has a tree, you can legally trim the leaves back to the property line if it is interfering with your own land. The catch is, you are not legally allowed to cause damage to the tree. If you trim it and the tree dies from your effort, then you may owe the tree.
In general, you will be responsible for cleaning up your property if a tree falls, even if it belongs to your neighbor. This changes if you have noticed that the tree is unhealthy, told your neighbor to have it checked out in writing, and they have not done so. A dead or dying tree may make it possible for your insurance to get reimbursed for damages from that tree.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Jackson?
The primary soil type in New Jersey is Downer soil. This soil is made of gravelly or loamy fluviomarine deposits. In general, this soil is good for agricultural uses, which is helpful for all the trees. Beyond Downer soil, you will find:
- Atsion Sand
- Berryland Sand
- Evesboro Sand
- Galloway Loamy Sand
- Hammonton Sandy Loam
- Lakehurst Sand
- Lakewood Sand
- Manahawkin Muck
- Woodmansie Sand
Ocean County’s loamy soil is a good mixture of clay, sand, and silt. It is ideal for growing all types of plants, including trees because it is able to hold moisture and nutrients. Many of the soil types above have loamy soils mixed in. This makes it ideal for growing:
- Hazel Alder
- Sweet Birch
- Flowering Dogwood
- Black Spruce
- Red Oak
- And Other Tree Types
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Jackson?
A great thing about Jackson is the way the seasons change. Winters are quite cold, with temperatures dropping into the 20s at night and 40s for highs. The summers will have averages of lows in the 60s and highs in the 80s. Precipitation falls consistently throughout every month of the year, with snow during the months of December and January.
With the reasonable temperatures and changing seasons, there are some risks for extreme weather conditions. These situations may impact not only your enjoyment of Jackson, but the trees that are in your yard. They are:
- Heavy Snow
- Strong Winds
- Winter Storms
- And Tropical Storms
Each of these weather events may damage trees and make it so that even healthy trees fall sometimes.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Jackson?
The township of Jackson is responsible for trees that are near power lines. However, if you notice that there is a tree that was missed and is now dead, near a power line, you will first want to contact the power company for your area. You can easily report tree issues or contact First Energy.
If you feel that the tree is near a power line, and you feel that there is an immediate risk to yourself, your family, or others, you can call 911 to get help to keep the area clear. You should never, for any reason, go near a dead tree that is near a power line.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Jackson?
In Jackson, the typical cost of tree removal is going to be between $150.00 and $1,950.00. Most homeowners pay an average of $650.00 per tree. However, this does not mean that your tree removal cost will be this price. There are several factors involved that may raise or lower your out-of-pocket cost.
Circumstances of the Tree
You are required to have a permit for tree removals in Ocean County. The cost for this is $10 for new and existing lots, plus $25 for an inspection of the tree. There is a cost for tree replacements. This is not figured into a price estimate from us.
A tree near a power line or other structures may increase your cost since there are extra risks involved with removing it. It may require us to bring in more equipment and more manpower to bring it down safely.
Dead trees will be more costly because they are unstable. This makes them difficult to remove.
Tree size does matter when it comes to its removal. Not only is it based on the height, but how big around it is. The larger-sized trees will generally take longer to remove and have a root system that can make it difficult. We may have to remove it in sections, in order to remove it, without causing risk to personal safety and property.
The price of labor is often one of the most complex cost factors. The higher the risk and the harder the removal, the more your cost may increase. Easier jobs will cost less.
You can expect to pay a little more for labor if the removal comes because of an emergency situation. A sudden storm that makes your tree riskier to your personal safety on the weekend or holidays, will make the price of the removal increase. The tree removals that can happen as a scheduled removal will decrease your price.
If several of our tree professionals are required for the tree, you will have to provide labor costs for each person there while they are working on the tree. If it only requires two people, your cost will be less.
As you can see, there are many variables when it comes to tree removal costs for you. Most of them are unavoidable and most will work well in your favor.