Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Chagrin Falls?
- 2 Does the City of Chagrin Falls Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Chagrin Falls?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Chagrin Falls?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Chagrin Falls?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Chagrin Falls?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Chagrin Falls?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Chagrin Falls?
When the summer heat arrives, you want plenty of trees in your yard to provide shade. The Chagrin Falls area has homes with generous yards, many with mature trees that add to their curb appeal. In the area, we see a blend of native and non-native trees. Here are a few of the trees that we see most often:
- Red Oak
- Japanese Maple
- Pagoda Dogwood
- American Hornbeam
- Japanese Lilac
- Witch Hazel
Some of these trees grow to impressive heights, while others add a splash of color to your yard. No matter the size of the tree, it’s always hard for a Chagrin Falls homeowner to understand what went wrong when a tree needs to be removed. There are a few tree issues that we see more than others. These include:
Damage From a Hard Freeze
Each winter, the Chagrin Falls area sees more than six feet of snow, making the area a white winter wonderland. During the day, the temps hover around freezing, but at night, the temperatures plummet to the low to mid-20s.
These sustained below-freezing temperatures create a condition called a hard freeze. During a hard freeze, the moisture in the soil will freeze, leaving the trees in your yard unable to get the nutrients they need.
When spring arrives, you may find that one of your trees has perished during the hard freeze. However, your evergreen trees should be fine unless they’re young or merely saplings.
As the trees bounce back in the spring and begin to grow again, you might have a tree die a few weeks later in your Chagrin yard that initially appeared to start growing again. Typically, a section of the tree was damaged and could no longer process moisture for the nutrients. The damage spread, killing the tree.
If you think you have a tree damaged due to a hard freeze, our team can evaluate the tree and advise you of your options.
Damage From Storms and Tornadoes
When the snow melts and the temperatures warm up, the storm season begins. Chagrin Falls sees some violent thunderstorms. These storms bring lightning and high winds. While the winds can batter your trees, a lightning strike can cause damage or instantly kill a tree.
In addition to lightning and high winds, these storms can bring tornadoes. Between 1950 and 2010, the Chagrin Falls area has seen 65 tornados or an average of a little over once a year.
Depending on the category, the funnel of a tornado can bring winds of up to 300 mph. These winds can pick up your roof and move it a couple of blocks over or rip a mature tree out of the ground by its roots.
Even if your Chagrin Falls home isn’t in the direct path of the twister, the debris field can throw things into your yard that can topple a tree. The debris field can extend 50 miles behind the twister and up to a mile on each side.
Does the City of Chagrin Falls Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
When a tree is on public land, the Village of Chagrin Falls Service department takes care of maintaining and removing trees. However, the city won’t provide any assistance for removing a tree on private property, and this includes a tree in your yard unless it’s on an easement.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Chagrin Falls?
As the homeowner, you can expect to be responsible for removing a tree on your private property. However, some people have special circumstances, so we created this section to review the ones we receive questions about most often.
If you’re a homeowner?
If you’re the homeowner, and the tree isn’t on an easement, you’re responsible for removing the fallen tree. An easement is a small parcel of land on your property, where the city or a local utility company holds the right to use.
If you’re a renter?
As a renter, you might be taking care of the Chagrin Fall yard. However, this lawn maintenance doesn’t include a project as large as removing a tree. This is the responsibility of the homeowner. Of course, you want to let the homeowner know if you see any issues with a tree.
If you’re a landlord?
When you’re a landlord and the homeowner, you aren’t the person living in the home. Even if the renter takes care of the yard work, you maintain the responsibility for removing a tree from the yard. However, you should keep an open line of communication with the renter so you know about any tree issues before it falls.
If you’re a neighbor?
It would be an ideal world if a tree would fall and only land in the yard where it grew, but all too often, that doesn’t happen. So when your neighbor’s tree falls into both your yard and his, you are responsible for the portion that’s in your yard.
If the neighbor knew the tree was dead or damaged and didn’t have it removed, they were negligent. When your neighbor’s negligence causes damage to your home or yard, it leaves them liable, including paying to remove the entire tree.
Of course, you may have to live next to your neighbor for many years. Try talking to your neighbor before hiring a lawyer to maintain friendly relations.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Chagrin Falls?
The most common soil that we see in Chagrin Falls is the Miamian series, which is an excellent soil for the trees in your yard. It quickly absorbs water and drains it well, helping you avoid root rot – a fungal disease, in your trees.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Chagrin Falls?
The weather in Chagrin Falls can play a massive role in the health of your trees. The winter weather creates a hard freeze, where your trees can’t get the nutrients they need to survive. As a result, you may find in the spring that one or two didn’t make it.
Violent storms with warmer weather can bring lightning that damages or splits a tree in half. Also, tornadoes are a real concern during these storms. With winds of up to 300 mph, twisters can damage a tree beyond saving.
If there’s a tornado in Chagrin Falls, you’ll hear the town siren sound. This is your warning to seek shelter immediately. You can worry about the trees later.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Chagrin Falls?
If there’s a dead tree near a power line, it might be on an easement area owned by the utility company. An easement is an area on your property where the power company maintains the right to use, and they typically bury lines or build posts. The power company typically removes a tree in this area, so you can call them for emergency removal.
When the tree isn’t in an easement area, it’s up to you as the Chagrin Falls homeowner to remove it. This is because your land is private property. In this case, contact us for emergency services.
It’s important to note that trees and power lines don’t mix well. If you see a dead tree on a power line, walk away and call emergency service. A dead tree near a power line needs to be removed by a professional service — either our team or the electric company. When you try to remove it yourself, you run the risk of it ending up on the power line.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Chagrin Falls?
All Chagrin Falls homeowners want to know the cost of tree removal. However, we need to see the tree before we can provide you with the final cost. The cost of tree removal falls between $200 and $1,975, with an average of around $585. While the city doesn’t require tree removal permits, there are other things to consider:
We can provide additional services when we’re cutting down your tree. For example, our team can remove the stump or run your tree through a wood chipper. The resulting wood chips make great mulch around your Chagrin Falls yard.
Location of the Tree
When a tree sits close to other trees or your home, you want it removed without damaging the other trees or your home. However, this takes additional time and safety measures, which can increase your final cost.
Size of the Tree
Many homeowners believe that our team stands at the base of the tree and starts chopping. The truth is that we start at the top and remove it in sections. This ensures that there isn’t any accidental damage from falling limbs. In addition, larger trees take longer and require additional safety equipment to ensure no damage to your home or accidents with our workers.