Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Lima?
- 2 Does the City of Lima Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Lima?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Lima?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Lima?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Lima?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Lima?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Lima?
Lima may be famous for Phyllis Diller and Glee, but there’s so much more to the city, including the fact that the Bean has been a Tree City USA for more than 30 consecutive years. However, being known for its trees (some of which are nearly 300 years old) can have its disadvantages, including a variety of pests that can kill entire forests if left unchecked.
One of the most common tree pests in Lima is the emerald ash borer. This invasive insect feeds on the living tissue of ash trees, reducing the tree’s ability to bring nutrients to its branches and leaves. All species of ash, along with White Fringe Trees, in Ohio have been at risk since the beetle’s introduction to the United States in 2002. Because these insects bore below the bark, it can be hard to spot them until they’ve done their damage and have caused canopy thinning and crown dieback. If you want to check if trees are already infected, look for D-shaped boreholes in your trees, splitting bark, and S-shaped tunnels under the bark. Emerald ash borers are much easier to deal with before the tree dies, so don’t wait for branches to start falling before you inspect your tree.
Another invasive pest that can plague Lima’s trees is the Asian longhorned beetle. These beetles are less picky than the emerald ash borer and will eat just about any hardwood. If you see yellow or dropping leaves on your hardwood trees outside of fall and winter, pencil-sized holes, sawdust buildup in your trees, and chewed round depressions in your tree’s bark, call us to come to take a look at it.
There’s another tree issue that has nothing to do with insects: soil impaction is very common in northwestern Ohio due to our silty clay soils. Left untreated, this can choke trees and prevent them from taking up water or putting down new roots, making them more prone to diseases. The best way to deal with this is to aerate your lawn annually, either on your own or with the help of a lawn maintenance service.
Does the City of Lima Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
While the city of Lima doesn’t have any programs that specifically aid you in removing trees, you can bundle or bag your yard waste (including branches) and place it on the curb for your regular trash day. The city even provides two free rolls of yard waste bags to Lima residents who can bring their water bill to City Hall. You can also bring your yard waste to the composting facility at 1227 E Hanthorn Road. However, if a utility company removes a tree or branch, they’re obligated to handle the removal as well. If a utility company leaves tree wastes in your yard after doing maintenance in their right of way, you can call (419) 221-5165 to reach the Streets Division and report this lapse.
The city may not help you remove trees, but the Urban Forest Council of Lima is providing 50 percent rebates to people who plant trees in 2021. There are more than 60 eligible species and nearly every landowner in town is eligible. You can even get a rebate for donating a tree to a school, church, or park that needs one. More information on the rebate program is available in this flyer from the city.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Lima?
Who specifically is in charge of removing a fallen tree? The answer depends on who owns it. The general principle is the same in Lima as in most other places: if you own the tree, you’re responsible for the damage it causes if it falls. But trees tend to be large and they rarely fall neatly. Here are some potential scenarios to consider.
If you’re a homeowner?
If you own a property, you own the trees that grow on it and you’re ultimately responsible for cleaning up any disasters that happen on it. But this doesn’t mean you’re on your own: it’s likely your homeowner’s insurance will cover the removal of a fallen tree, so your claims adjuster should be your first call. Also, make sure that the tree grew on your property. Lima has a lot of trees on curb lawns and in many cases, these are covered under the city’s jurisdiction.
If you’re a renter?
If you rent your property and a tree falls, you should reach out to your landlord before anything else. It’s your landlord’s property and your lease almost certainly stipulates that tree removal is their responsibility. This is especially true if your home itself was damaged as the tree fell. If the property you own (such as your car or the contents of your house) is damaged, your renter’s insurance may cover repairs and replacement to those.
If you’re a landlord?
Being a landlord means being responsible for the entire property, including the trees. If your tenants let you know a tree has fallen on your property, you’ll be responsible for calling us to have it removed. Do note that if the tree fell due to the reckless or dangerous behavior of your tenants, you may be able to seek restitution from them.
If you’re a neighbor?
Nothing can ruin a perfectly cordial relationship between neighbors than a dispute about trees. If a neighbor’s tree falls on your property, resist the urge to tell them off; rather, be cordial and work with them to find the ideal solution to your problem. The neighbor’s homeowner’s insurance may even cover damage to your property in cases like this. Do note that if the tree falls due to negligence on your part, you may be liable for the damages regardless of who owns it. This is one of the reasons why preventative inspections of trees are one of the most important services we offer.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Lima?
Allen County is in Ohio’s soil region 3, the Blount-Pewamo-Glynwood region. The soils here were developed by glaciers and have a lot of clay and limestone. Their textures can range from fine clay to medium silt. This means our soil doesn’t drain, but it’s quite nutrient-rich. One of the issues with this soil is compaction. Make sure to keep it well aerated so your trees have room to grow.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Lima?
There are a few weather factors that can influence the health of your trees in Lima and they can range from acute and obvious to slow and insidious. A few of these weather conditions are listed below.
Ohio is famous for its volatile weather and Lima can get some massive snowstorms. The weight of the snow and ice can cause branches or entire trees to fall, especially when there’s strong wind involved. You may not be able to stop the snow, but you can save your trees by gently shaking the limbs you can reach after a snowfall. Also, native trees can cope with Ohio’s wild weather swings, so try to plant them whenever possible.
It’s hard to find a weather phenomenon more terrifying than a tornado and Ohio’s placement in the Midwest means that Lima is at risk from cyclones. While there isn’t anything you can do to prevent a tornado from damaging your trees, there are a few ways to help reduce the damage before it happens. Make sure your trees are well trimmed and remove any dead or diseased branches and trees from your property as soon as possible.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Lima?
While homeowners are responsible for clearing out trees that grow too close to the power lines that feed their home, the city of Lima regularly trims any trees that grow too large between power poles, regardless of who owns them. Also note that some trees are entirely the city’s responsibility if they were planted by the city and are on a public right-of-way (a tree curb, for example). If you notice a dead tree near a power line in Lima, you can report it to AEP Ohio online. The most important thing in these cases is to never touch the tree yourself as it can pose an electrocution hazard.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Lima?
Removing a tree can be complicated and costly and the costs of removing a tree in Lima reflect that. On average, it costs a homeowner in Lima about $1100 to remove a tree from their property. Some of the factors that can make this cost greater or smaller are listed here:
Size of the Tree
The first question we will ask when you call to have a tree removed is how tall the tree is. While taller trees need more space cleared out for them to fall on, they also require more labor and tools to remove than removing shorter trees. This principle is reflected in the average cost of removal.
- Smaller trees (less than 20 feet tall): $200-$500
- Medium trees (20 to 40 feet tall): $500-$900
- Large trees (40 to 60 feet tall): $900-$1400
- Very large trees (more than 60 feet tall): $1400 and up
There’s a reason that Lima’s tree rebate program has stipulations on how close you can plant certain trees to buildings and fences, but many older trees were planted before these regulations came into being. A tree that’s right next to a building will always be more expensive to remove than the one that has plenty of space around. A tree that’s fallen onto your roof will be harder for us to access and remove than the one that’s landed on the fence, not to mention the specialized equipment required to access the tree that’s hit a structure. Even simple placement in the front yard versus the back can play a role in the cost of tree removal if we have to fit specialized equipment through a small gate.
Supply and Demand
After a major windstorm, snowstorm, or tornado, the demand for our services skyrockets due to the number of fallen branches and trees caused by natural disasters. This can lead to increased prices, especially for urgent jobs. Likewise, our arborists in the city are going to do a lot of routine trimmings in the winter and spring, so hiring our specialists during these times can be more expensive.