Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Yonkers?
- 2 Does the City of Yonkers Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Yonkers?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Yonkers?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Yonkers?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Yonkers?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Yonkers?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Yonkers?
Located by the Hudson River just a few miles from Manhattan, Yonkers is one of the most populous cities in New York. Despite being such a large metropolitan area, however, Yonkers is also home to a variety of beautiful tree species. Understanding how to spot potential diseases within these trees can help you keep your trees healthy and prevent the problem from spreading. Here are just a few of the tree issues we commonly see in New York.
Black Knot Disease
This disease primarily impacts landscape trees such as apricot and cherry. It has existed in this region for at least 200 years, and it appears as black growths on the twigs, branches, and trunks of impacted trees. These growths kill the areas of the tree that they encircle, and if left unchecked, will spread to the entire tree and surrounding plant life.
Needle Cast Disease
Yonkers has plenty of beautiful pines, but these trees are at risk for needle cast disease, which can impact nearly every local species of the evergreen tree. Needle cast disease causes the infected tree to shed its needles, making it appear dead. Fortunately, when caught early, this disease can be treated and the pine can be protected from future infections. Needle cast disease can be identified by the yellow or purple color of infected pine needles.
Phytophthora Bleeding Canker
This disease is caused by a type of mold that easily grows and spreads in wet soil. If a tree is splashed with this moldy soil, its outer bark can become infected and will develop visible cankers that ooze a dark sap — hence the name “bleeding canker.” This disease can impact a wide number of trees, including birch, oak, and maple. In this area, however, phytophthora bleeding canker most commonly affects European beech trees.
Does the City of Yonkers Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
If you have fallen branches on your property, you can collect these branches into 3 x 3 ft bundles and the city of Yonkers Sanitation Department will collect them on the second pickup day of every week. You can also report fallen trees or tree limbs if they are in a park or blocking a public street — simply call the Public Works Action Center at (914) 377-HELP. Additionally, your local electric utility company is responsible for removing any dead trees located near power lines, which we will discuss in depth later on.
For any type of larger removal on private property, however, Yonkers will not typically provide assistance. If the tree in question is on your own property, it will be your responsibility to call us to arrange for its removal. If there is a tree near your home that is technically on city property and you would like it to be removed, you will need to file a work order with the Yonkers Public Works department. The city arborist will then come out to inspect the tree to determine if it is dead, diseased, or posing some other safety threat. If the tree is deemed to be a hazard, you will be permitted to arrange for removal at your own expense.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Yonkers?
While the city may handle tree removal on public property, fallen trees on private property are a different story altogether. Here’s how to determine who is responsible for fallen tree removal in your situation.
If you’re a homeowner?
Generally, responsibility for fallen tree removal falls on the owner of the property. This means that if you’re a homeowner in Yonkers and one of your trees falls, you will be the one who needs to arrange for its removal. As long as the tree did not fall due to negligence on your part, your homeowner’s insurance will likely be able to cover any of the damage caused to your personal property.
If you’re a renter?
If you are renting your home, it will usually be your landlord’s responsibility to deal with issues like this. However, some leases may include a clause stating that the tenant is responsible for landscape maintenance. If this is the case, you will be responsible for removing the fallen tree from your yard. Otherwise, you should contact your landlord to arrange for removal. If the tree damaged any of your personal property when it fell, your renter’s insurance may also be able to reimburse you.
If you’re a landlord?
Even if you aren’t living on your property, it is your responsibility to maintain the building and the surrounding land, including the trees. If a tree falls due to natural causes, your insurance may be able to help you cover the cost of removal. On the other hand, if a tree falls because you did not care for it properly, you may be held responsible for the costs. As a landlord, it’s very important for you to continually maintain the trees on your property so that you can be confident that you are not at fault if they fall.
If you’re a neighbor?
If your neighbor’s tree falls into your yard, you will, unfortunately, be responsible for its removal. The only exception is if you can prove that the tree fell because your neighbor did not properly care for it, in which case you can make the legal argument that they should be the one who pays to remove it. Even if the tree did not fall due to negligence, your neighbor may still be willing to help pay for its removal, especially if the two of you have a friendly relationship.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Yonkers?
The predominant type of soil in New York is Honeoye soil, which covers about 500,000 acres of the state. This is excellent news for the trees in Yonkers, as Honeoye soil is incredibly fertile and drains well. It supports a wide range of trees, including:
- Red and white oak
- Sugar maple
- White ash
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Yonkers?
Yonkers weather is ideal for the growth of deciduous trees due to its warm summers and chilly winters. We are able to determine what trees will thrive in varying climates by taking a look at the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which divides the country into 13 different zones based on the average annual winter temperature of each location. Yonkers is in zone 7a, meaning that it has winter temperatures that typically range from 0 to 5° F. This climate is ideal for growing a wide array of beautiful trees, including:
- Sugar maple
- Silver maple
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Yonkers?
Dead trees near power lines pose a serious safety risk because they can bring the power lines down with them if they fall. If you see a fallen power line make sure that you do not approach it, as there is a strong danger of electrocution. Because the trees near power lines are such a significant hazard, it is the responsibility of your electric utility company to continually monitor local power lines and trim or remove trees that may pose a safety risk.
In Yonkers, Con Edison is the utility company responsible for monitoring power lines. If their specialists have been working in your area and have observed that a tree on your property may be a hazard, they will contact you to let you know. The utility company will not remove a tree on your property without your permission. However, if you provide your written permission, they will trim or remove the tree for you.
If you notice that a tree on your property may pose a risk to nearby power lines, you can contact Con Edison by email and request that they send an arborist to inspect your tree. If the arborist deems the tree a hazard, you may be able to have it removed free of charge. Even if you are not eligible for free removal, it is a good idea to contact Con Edison if you are planning to have a tree trimmed or removed due to its proximity to a power line. The utility company can improve your safety by ensuring that the nearby power line is not energized while the tree is being removed.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Yonkers?
The average cost of tree removal in Yonkers is typically around $1,090. This price can range from as low as $400 to as high as $1,780, depending on the specifics of your situation. While it is impossible to fully predict how much a tree removal will cost without first examining the site, here are a few factors that will influence the ultimate cost of removal.
Size of the Tree
Larger trees are more challenging to remove, as they require us to bring in a larger crew and more equipment. These trees are also prone to leaving higher amounts of debris during removal. Because of this, the bigger the tree is, the more expensive it is to remove. On the flip side, trees that are smaller and younger are much easier for us to remove, which will bring costs down considerably.
Health of the Tree
If a tree is in good shape, the process of removal is typically fairly straightforward. However, things can get complicated if the tree is fragile or suffering from an infection. When trees are diseased, we need to remove them more carefully to make sure that we do not risk spreading the disease to nearby plant life. As such, unhealthy trees tend to be more expensive to remove.
Ease of Access
Finally, the cost of removal is strongly influenced by how easily we can access the tree. If a tree is near power lines, close to a building, or on a hill, it will be more difficult for us to safely remove. Trees located in flat, open spaces are the most affordable to remove, as they are easy for our crew to access.