Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in East Amherst?
- 2 Does East Amherst Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in East Amherst?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in East Amherst?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in East Amherst?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in East Amherst?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in East Amherst?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in East Amherst?
There are several variables in assessing the health of a tree and how best to treat it. First, our arborists have to make sure that any diseases are treated, pests removed, tree growth regulated, roots pruned, and soil fertilized.
Assessing Tree Health
Every tree needs nutrients specific to its type. Only a trained arborist like us can determine and identify what nutrients would help your tree stay healthy.
Many illnesses can affect trees in East Amherst. Let’s discuss some of the most common in the area.
Armillaria Root Rot (often called oak root fungus, mushroom root rot, or shoestring fungus rot) is a fungal disease that attacks tree roots. Symptoms of Armillaria Root Rot start with the tree’s foliage losing its color; soon, branches will start to die and show signs of wilt, and then any fruit will begin to die off as well.
Cedar Apple Rust is another fungal disease that attacks apple trees. It is one of several fungi from the genus Gymnosporangium. It is a unique disease because it needs both cedar and apple trees to complete its life cycle. The disease starts in cedars and then spreads to apple trees.
Anthracnose is a fungus that causes black lesions called cankers on most of the tree’s foliage. The word means “ulcer-like sore” and is diagnosed by the symptoms rather than a specific fungus that causes it. The trees most often affected are sycamore, ash, oak, and evergreen elms trees. It is widespread all over New York due to the amount of moisture that the state gets.
Ridding a Tree of Pests
Various pests plague the trees of East Amherst, including Gypsy Moths and the Emerald Ash Borer.
Gypsy Moths were discovered in the United States in 1889 and made their way to New York sometime in the 1980s. Gypsy Moths feed on hundreds of different trees and shrubs, making them a more dangerous pest than most invaders, limiting themselves to certain tree species. Gypsy Moth populations tend to go dormant for a while before exploding all at once about once a decade.
A common beetle is the Emerald Ash Borer; it bores holes in ash trees to lay eggs. When the eggs hatch, the larvae interfere with the tree’s circulate of water and transport nutrients. Finally, the beetle starves the tree, and it dies.
Regulating Tree Growth
Fast-growing trees need special root support to keep the tree structure strong. Early intervention by our team can ensure this support keeping the tree from toppling and increasing its immunity to diseases.
When space is premium, tree roots can curl in on themselves, killing the tree. Root pruning prevents this from happening.
Deep Root Fertilization
Different trees need different minerals and nutrients. By analyzing the soil composition, the proper nutrients and minerals can be added to keep your trees healthy.
Does East Amherst Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The East Amherst Town Code states: “Town trees that are not dying or dead will not be removed because of sidewalk intrusion.” It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain their sidewalks as described in the Town Code.
The Highway Department will grind Town tree roots in the Town’s right of way under the following conditions:
- The property owner must give the department at least 2 days’ notice to request a root removal.
- The property owner must remove any obstacles that cover or could prevent our equipment from removing the roots. This could be sidewalk slabs or driveway surfaces.
- The property owner will be responsible for removing all the grinding material; this will not be done by the Town.
- The department will only remove roots in the Town’s right of way, not private property.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in East Amherst?
Unless a tree is a hazard or in the way of the Town, any tree of private property is the homeowner’s responsibility. The homeowner may also be responsible for any damages the falling tree causes to anyone else’s structure or vehicle.
If you are a homeowner?
If you are a homeowner, not only do you have to remove fallen trees that are on your property, but you are also responsible for any damage that they cause. Most homeowners, however, have insurance, and depending on the policy, some expenses may be covered by the insurer; however, this coverage rarely covers the tree removal costs itself.
If you are a renter?
Suppose you rent in East Amherst, NY, and a tree has fallen in the property. In that case, the property owner is responsible for tree removal and any damages the tree might have caused if it fell. If a fallen tree damaged your private property, you might also be eligible for compensation.
If you are a landlord?
Any tree removal, trimming, pruning, or otherwise maintenance of a tree or shrub on any rented property in East Amherst is the responsibility of the person or persons who own the property. If you own more than one property, then you are responsible for those as well. It is the landlord’s or property owner’s responsibility or to maintain all trees, shrubs, bushes, lawns, and other types of landscaping.
If you are a neighbor?
Our arborists can be called in to determine whose property the damaging tree came from, and they will be financially responsible for any damage it caused when it fell. If the tree was healthy, removal will fall on the homeowner where the tree fell, not where it grew.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in East Amherst?
The soil in East Amherst is a mix of sandy, clay, and sandy loam, depending on where you live in the city. Each soil type has a different effect on the trees that grow there.
Water passes through sandy soils easily, making it very stable. Instead of expanding, the sand absorbs moisture and contracts as it dries out; sandy soils maintain a fairly consistent volume and density. However, these soils tend to have iron deficiencies and deficiencies of other micronutrients such as copper, zinc, and manganese. This often stunts the tree growth of trees in this soil.
Soils rich in clay and silt h absorb water easily, expanding in volume as they become more saturated. Trees in this soil are prone to diseases such as Armillaria Root Rot.
Loamy soils are usually very stable soils that show little change with increasing or decreasing moisture temperature. Trees grow well in this type of soil, and most fruit trees can be found to have this soil as their foundation.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in East Amherst?
The weather in East Amherst strongly affects the trees that grow there. Weather in this part of New York tends to have a lot of rain, making fungal diseases a constant problem in the East Amherst area. The winter brings diseases like bud blight, and the summer brings diseases like Leaf; therefore, our arborist will have to treat your trees differently depending on the time of year.
Seasons are crucial in this part of New York, and different seasons will have different challenges for trees. The fall tends to get a lot of moisture, and all the fungal diseases found in this part of New York love moisture. You have to be extra cautious about the health of your trees after a prolonged bout of rain.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in East Amherst?
The Forestry Service is responsible for ensuring that dead trees that are near power lines are removed. However, they are only responsible for trees near generators or high voltage lines. Low voltage lines that go into private residences are still the responsibility of the owner. If you need to contact them, you can click here. If the tree is near your service line, contact us for emergency services.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in East Amherst?
Tree removal in East Amherst typically falls between $220 and $1,811, with an average cost fo around $650. Remember, tree removal is labor-intensive and dangerous. You are not just paying for the tree to be cut down; you also pay for the labor, danger, and time it takes to do the project.
Naturally, some factors can affect the price, making them higher or lower (sadly usually higher), and it’s helpful to know what these factors are before you decide to have your tree removed.
Generally, the easier a tree is to get to, the less the price will be. For example, if the tree is in your front yard, well away from other trees, and has space available for a truck to park, it will be cheaper than a tree in your backyard surrounded by other trees with no available space for our trucks. What heavy equipment we will need to remove the tree also affects cost as the equipment often has to be rented at your expense.
The size of the tree matters. The bigger the tree, the more expensive it will be to remove and the more dangerous the job is. If the tree is big enough, you may end up paying the maximum to have it cut down.
- Shorter than 30 feet: up to $360
- Between 30 and 60 feet: $360 to $720
- Taller than 60 feet: $1,020 to $2,200+
Usually, healthy trees are good, but not when they are being removed. You can expect to pay much more for removing a healthy tree than a dead tree. Dead trees tend to be lighter, bringing down the price considerably.