Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Ocean County?
- 2 Does the City of Ocean County Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Ocean County?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Ocean County?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Ocean County?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Ocean County?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Ocean County?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Ocean County?
The climate here in Ocean County, New Jersey, has muggy summers and frigid and windy winters. Having winters like this doesn’t always make for a good mix with local trees in this region.
Still, the populace here takes trees seriously. Here in New Jersey, the Township of Ocean County explicitly regulates plants, plans, and cares for trees on all city streets.
This kind of commitment by the City still can’t stop certain diseases and insects from wreaking havoc on trees in every local neighborhood. As much as even arborists try to prevent tree diseases from permeating, some are impossible to stop.
Some notorious examples are Beech Leaf Disease, Sudden Oak Death, Bacterial Leaf Scorch, Beech Bark Disease, Oak Wilt, and Thousand Cankers Disease.
Insects are just as vicious and include the Spotted Lanternfly, the Southern Pine Beetle, the Gypsy Moth, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, the Eastern Pine Looper, and the Emerald Ash Borer as just some.
These continue to go after some of the most prominent trees in the area, like various Maple species and valued oak trees. In many cases, these species can also be afflicted by more than nature. Human beings often cause just as much destruction.
We see far too many cases of locals who accidentally crash their cars into trees. Or, construction crews continue to disrupt older trees by simply digging up the ground and disrupting the root systems.
Does the City of Ocean County Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
As mentioned earlier of Ocean County, the Township is responsible for tree removals and new plantings within the city. Members are all accountable for advising the City about tree plantings, plus make recommendations about removing trees posing a hazard to public safety. It also means requiring a permit before we can do any work on a tree. It’s otherwise against the law to remove a tree here without paying for the permit.
On occasion, this means working with private property owners if a tree on the land poses a risk to local citizens. Usually, this means a diseased or dead tree that looks like it could fall over any day.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has to confirm approval of working with someone on private property to remove a dangerous tree. For the most part, though, private landowners are the ones who have to remove the tree in question.
Once in a while, we’ll work directly with Ocean County to help cut down a diseased tree on a city street. Sometimes it might also mean working with local utilities if the tree poses a risk to power lines or other utility equipment.
Full responsibility for removing a tree differs, though, depending on particular situations.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Ocean County?
Property lines can sometimes pose confusion for residents of Ocean County on whether they’re responsible for removing a dead tree. It’s because of this that it’s essential to show where responsibility lies with certain residents. Much depends on if they own the land, rent, or lease property to others.
When it comes to nearby neighbors and their trees, legal complications can sometimes apply in a particular situation.
If You’re a Homeowner?
Any homeowner here in Ocean County is primarily responsible for removing their trees if they pose a risk to anyone. Any homeowner has personal responsibilities to keep up their yard to avoid any dangers to visitors or neighbors.
Only in the above scenario where the Township of Ocean County requests a resident to cut down a tree would this differ. Still, the resident has to pay for that tree removal if the City requests it.
When a fallen tree falls on the homeowner’s house, the resident may not have to pay for it if they have a homeowners’ insurance policy. Not everyone does, but it’s something to consider investing in if large trees permeate a homeowner’s property.
Other times, a legal complication might occur. If a diseased tree exists right on the line between two properties, the owners of each property have to agree to split the cost of removing the tree mutually. It can’t be done by either one until that consent takes place.
If You’re a Renter?
It pays to carefully read your rental agreement to see what it stipulates from the property owner on who takes care of dead trees. In most cases, it’s the responsibility of the landlord since they own the land.
This may not always be the case if the original agreement was for the renter to take care of the yard. Another provision may be that if a renter plants a tree on the property, they’re responsible for cleanup if it falls over.
If You’re a Landlord?
Homeowner responsibility applies to landlords as well since they own the land where a diseased tree might be. Most landlords take care of tree issues on their properties simply as a preventative measure to avoid legal issues if a tree falls on someone’s property or someone.
We work with landlords fairly often here in Ocean County to ensure that diseased or dying trees are adequately cared for or removed safely.
If You’re a Neighbor?
Things can get complicated if a neighbor’s tree falls on another neighbor’s property. It all comes down to whether the tree that fell was truly diseased or not. If it was, and the other neighbor warned the resident about the tree posing a danger, a negligence lawsuit might occur.
If the tree owner can prove the fallen tree was an Act of God, then the neighbor where the tree fell would become entirely responsible for cleanup.
Our team frequently sees neighbor disputes like this. These cases often go to trial and become an expensive legal quagmire. Rather than go through legal repercussions, every Ocean County resident needs to take time to have their trees inspected if they pose dangers.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Ocean County?
Any resident who’s never taken time to test their soil should do so as a way to know how to care for trees on that land properly. According to the official soil survey here, Ocean County has sandy and acidic soil. Most describe it as a sandy loam.
This type of soil can have some significant advantages and disadvantages. Sandy loam soil is a type that isn’t easy to dry out, thanks to the loamy texture. Sand alone can undoubtedly dry out during drought periods, though simple watering of trees during hot summers takes care of any dryness.
Compared to more dominant clay soils elsewhere, loamy soil can warm up easier in the spring. Best of all, this type of soil is very fertile and excellent for tree growth.
Sandy loam is also suitable for proper drainage to avoid any excess flooding overwhelming trees. And, small amounts of clay are sometimes found in sandy loam here. One thing to remember about any type of clay in the soil is it can quickly expand or contract based on temperature extremes.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Ocean County?
Based on the extremes of weather occurring here from summer to winter, weather can harm trees more than we want to see. During our hot summers, droughts can kill trees from lack of irrigation.
In the wintertime, things are often worse. Due to excess rain and wind during the winter months, we see far too many trees topple over. TIME Magazine declared Ocean County the most dangerous county in the U.S. due to the frequency of natural disasters here.
We’ve indeed seen everything from tidal surges to being hit by hurricanes. Also, hitting the area every summer is wildfires, wiping out a swath of trees in mere hours.
Hurricanes, of course, are the worst since strong winds can bring down the area’s oldest trees, leaving a huge mess to clean up afterward.
There isn’t much anyone can do about these natural disasters other than taking care of local trees the best we can. We can help keep local trees healthy, so they withstand at least some better-controlled natural disasters.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Ocean County?
When hurricanes hit, things often get chaotic within the city. It usually means felled trees everywhere, including many falling on local power lines. Ocean County’s local power utility (Atlantic City Electric, among others) is generally responsible for trees falling on their utility equipment.
During these cleanup events, work can become overwhelming for the utilities, requiring them to turn to services like us to help. We frequently work with ACE and other local Ocean County electric utilities to speed up the process.
Unfortunately, we see too many residents who become impatient and try on their own to remove tree debris over power lines. You should never do this due to the obvious electrical dangers. Most risky is not knowing whether the utility turned off the power.
Whenever we work to clean up tree debris over power lines, we make sure the power is always off before work takes place for the safety of our crew.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Ocean County?
There isn’t any way to give a definite figure on what a resident might pay here in the way of tree removal. Too many variables are involved, including more than just the weather.
On average, expect to pay anywhere from $545 to $738 for most average jobs. Prices might be less or more depending on these particular factors:
How big is the tree being removed? Ocean County’s oldest trees can sometimes be as tall as 100 feet. Any tree under 30 feet is usually the cheapest, but expect to add $100 for every 10 feet.
Diameter of the Trunk
Yes, the thickness of the tree also matters. Trunk diameter is measured by chest height, and some can be as big as a small car. Prices increase the bigger the trunk width.
Cutting or Chipping the Branches
During tree cleanup, we’re sometimes asked to cut up the branches or trunk of the tree to give to the owner as firewood (or to use as mulch). An added charge is always applied to do this.