Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Greece?
- 2 Does the City of Greece Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Greece?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Greece?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Greece?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Greece?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Greece?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Greece?
Trees add curb appeal and provide shade for your home. We see a variety of trees in the area in all heights and sizes. This includes a selection of both native and non-native trees. Here are a few of the trees that we see most often in Greece:
- Norway maple
- Green ash
- Callery pear
- Red maple
- Honey locust
- Silver maple
- Pin oak
The maple and oak trees are impressive trees that look like they’ll last forever. This makes it harder for Greece homeowners to understand when something goes wrong with a tree, and it needs to be removed. Many homeowners ask us what happened. Here’s a look at the tree issues that we see more than others in the area:
Pest and Insect Damage
In the spring months, the warmer temperatures bring a host of insects and critters that are an important part of the ecosystem. However, they can be a real threat to the trees in your Greece yard. For the most part, they either want to live in your trees or enjoy them as a meal. This isn’t good for the tree, and an infestation can destroy an otherwise healthy tree. Here are the insects that we see more commonly in the area:
- Asian Longhorned Beetle
- European Gypsy Moth
- Asian Gypsy Moth
- Emerald Ash Borer Beetle
- European Cherry Fruit Fly
- Spotted Lanternfly
When you notice an insect infestation in one of your trees, these pests are probably hanging out in others in the vicinity. On the good news side, we can treat and possibly save a tree if you catch the infestation early enough. You need to be able to recognize the signs of pest infestation to be able to catch it early, such as:
- Areas of weakness between a tree limb and the trunk
- Holes or channels borrowed into the trunk
- Insects or other pests on the tree or swarming in the area
- Discolored or misshapen leaves
- New growth leaves and limbs that are smaller than average
- Fewer leaves or bare canopy
- Stunted growth
At the first sign of infestation, you need to act. Our team can evaluate the tree and others in the area and come up with a game plan.
Hard Freeze Damage
Each winter, the Greece area sees almost 32 inches of snow, turning the area into a white winter wonderland. The temperatures hardly ever rise above freezing and at night, they plummet in the mid-20s and the mid-teens.
Extended periods of freezing temperatures create hard freeze conditions. It’s so cold for so long that even the soil in your yard freezes, blocking your trees from getting the nutrients and moisture that they need.
You probably have a few evergreen trees in your Greece yard, and they should be fine. However, younger trees and other species might not survive such harsh conditions and the lack of nutrients.
In the spring, you expect your trees to grow and flourish. If you have one that doesn’t resume growing or dies shortly after it begins growing again, it was probably due to damage from a hard freeze.
Does the City of Greece Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
In the city of Greece, the Public Works Department offers assistance for tree removal problems on public land. This department takes care of planting, pruning, and removing trees. It will even take care of removing a tree on an easement. However, most of the trees in your yard are on private property, and they won’t offer any assistance in removing a tree from your yard.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Greece?
When a tree falls, everyone wants to know who is going to take care of it. At our Greece office, we hear a hodgepodge of special circumstances, so we put together this guide to address the most common and provide you with info on the responsible party.
If you’re a homeowner?
In Greece, the homeowner is almost always the responsible party for removing a fallen tree on their property. This is because it’s private property. There is a chance that the city or one of the local utility companies holds an easement on your land, typically close to the road. When a tree falls in this area, you can get the entity that retains the right to use the area to remove the fallen tree.
If you’re a renter?
When you rent a Greece home, you might take care of the outdoor space, mowing the grass and pulling weeds, but you aren’t responsible for removing a fallen tree. The homeowner is responsible for removing it. You should always let the homeowner know when you see a damaged or fallen tree so they can take care of it.
If you’re a landlord?
As the landlord, you’re probably also the homeowner. You’re responsible for removing a fallen tree from the yard of the house you own even when you aren’t living in it. The project is too large for a renter to be responsible for its removal.
If you’re a neighbor?
It isn’t uncommon for a large tree to fall and land in more than one yard. When your neighbor’s tree falls into your yard, you’re responsible for the removal of the section of the tree that’s on your private property.
In some rare cases, it comes to light that the neighbor knew the tree was damaged or diseased and failed to remove it. This makes the neighbor negligent in the care of the tree and liable for damages to your home including the removal of all of the tree.
It’s always a good idea to talk to your neighbor before calling a lawyer. You and your Greece neighbor might be able to work out the issue to make both of you happy, and this can help you maintain a friendly relationship with them.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Greece?
In the Greece area, the soil type that we see most often is Honeoye soil. It’s in the Alfisols of soil orders, and it’s a fine-loamy, mixed, active, mesic Glossic Hapludalfs. The nutrients in this soil help to grow greenery and crops, making it beneficial to your trees. The loamy qualities might slow down the drainage process in the soil, leaving your trees at risk for root rot.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Greece?
The weather in Greece affects the health of your trees in a few ways. The wickedly cold winter leaves your trees at risk from a hard freeze. During this period, it’s so cold that your soil freezes, and your trees can no longer get the nutrients and moisture that they need to grow. A hard freeze can damage or kill an otherwise healthy tree.
In the spring and fall, you may see thunderstorms rolling through the area. A lightning strike can damage or kill a tree in seconds. In some rare cases, lightning will strike a tree and split it in half.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Greece?
Power lines and dead trees aren’t a good combination. When you see a dead tree lying on a power line, you need to remove yourself from the area and call emergency services and Rochester Gas & Electric. A dead tree near power lines needs to be removed by a professional service for the sake of safety.
As the Greece homeowner, you’re responsible for removing a dead tree from your yard, so call us for emergency services. However, since the dead tree is near a power line, it might be on an easement owned by Rochester Gas & Electric, and you can get them to remove it.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Greece?
Most Greece homeowners want to know the cost immediately, but we won’t be able to provide a quote until we see the tree. The cost of tree removal in the area runs between $235 to $2,025 with an average cost of around $630. There are factors that affect the cost:
Tree Removal Permit
Before we can remove a tree from your Greece yard, we must first secure a tree removal permit from the city. This adds both time and cost to the project increasing your final bill.
When it comes to larger trees, our team needs to take additional time and measures to ensure it’s removed safely. We don’t want any accidental damage to your home or property as the tree is removed.
With such cold winters, Greece homeowners often request that we split the tree into firewood for use in the colder months. Another popular service is turning the tree into wood chips to be used as mulch.