Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Madras?
- 2 Does the City of Madras Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Madras?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Madras?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Madras?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Madras?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Madras?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Madras?
Thousand Cankers Disease
Walnut twig beetles carry this fungal disease and infect trees by tunneling through their bark and trunks. Each time a beetle creates a hole, a canker is formed and the tree is injured. As the disease progresses, the tree’s flow of nutrients is disrupted and the tree is further weakened. Eventually, a walnut tree will succumb to this disease and die. If you notice tiny holes in your tree’s bark or if the tree looks unhealthy, have our arborists check it out at the first sign of trouble.
Bronze Birch Borers
These destructive beetles lay their eggs on the bark of birch trees, and when the larvae hatch, they burrow into the tree and feed off of the tissue inside. This disrupts the flow of nutrients inside the tree and causes significant damage. It’s hard to spot these pests since they spend most of their time inside birch trees, but early symptoms include wilted leaves and branch dieback. If left untreated, bronze birch borers will kill a tree very quickly. We’ve found specific pesticides to be very effective in combating these kinds of infestations so you can get your tree back to health in no time.
Dutch Elm Disease
Early symptoms of this disease include yellowing and wilted leaves. Eventually, the leaves will die and fall from an infected tree. This fungal disease is carried by bark beetles and it can spread to nearby elm trees very easily. If you notice signs of this condition, call our arborists right away. Early intervention includes pruning away infected branches and treating the infected tree for the bark beetles that have infested it.
Elm Leaf Beetles
These beetles feed off the leaves of elm trees and can quickly defoliate an entire tree. An infested tree is easy to spot because the beetles chew around the veins of leaves, causing them to look like little leaf skeletons. Without intervention, the tree’s leaves will be destroyed and it will be vulnerable to other infestations and disease. Pesticides are very effective at treating this condition.
Does the City of Madras Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
If you have a tree on your property that needs to be removed, you will need to call our arborists to get the job done. The city does not provide assistance for tree pruning or tree removal on private property.
If your street trees are in need of care, you can either wait for the city to manage the problem at no expense to you, or you can apply for a permit to do it yourself. Street trees are the trees that are between the sidewalk and the street, and they are owned by the city of Madras. In order to prune, remove or plant a new tree in this area, you’ll need to apply for a permit with the Public Works Department. If you have questions, you’re encouraged to call the Parks Supervisor and ISA Certified Arborist at (541) 475-2622 ext. 11.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Madras?
When a storm blows in and trees are uprooted, things can get a little complicated. Let’s explore a few scenarios so you’re ready to clean up the mess if a tree falls in your yard.
If you’re a homeowner?
Homeowners own their property and all the trees within their property lines. That means you should be regularly maintaining your trees by pruning them and assessing them for signs of disease or infestation. If a tree should fall, your insurance will step in to pay for its removal. You will only be responsible for paying your deductible.
If you’re a renter?
Renters do not own their property so they’re free from the responsibility of maintaining their home or trees. If a tree falls, your landlord will take care of the cleanup and any expenses ensued. If your personal property (like your car or bike) is damaged in the fall, let your landlord know. Their insurance should cover the replacement fees.
If you’re a landlord?
Landlords are responsible for maintaining all the buildings and trees on their rental properties. If a tree falls during an unforeseen event, your insurance will pay to have it removed. You will only need to cover the deductible. If your insurance company believes you had knowingly neglected a hazardous tree, your premium will go up.
If you’re a neighbor?
The state of Oregon clearly states that your insurance company will take care of a tree that falls into your yard – even if the tree belonged to your neighbor. And if your tree should fall into your neighbor’s yard, their homeowner’s insurance will take care of its removal. If your insurance company can prove that your neighbor had neglected the tree that fell, they may go after your neighbor’s insurance company for payment.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Madras?
The soil in Madras is a sandy loam. This means that your soil has lots of sand in it, allowing for water to drain freely. This type of soil is excellent for gardening and planting many kinds of trees, but if it drains too much, your plants can suffer. Since the sand particles allow water to flow through the soil, tree roots are sometimes unable to get enough water before it washes away. If you have this problem, you can easily amend it by adding compost to your soil. This addition will disperse the sand and will help the soil to hold moisture long enough for your tree’s roots to soak it up.
Mulch can also help your soil to retain moisture. Add a layer of mulch around your tree’s base that is three to four inches in depth. The mulch will act like the forest floor, both protecting your tree’s vulnerable roots from the elements and helping the soil to retain moisture.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Madras?
Madras trees face very cold winters that bring ice and snow to the area and the city is prone to severe droughts. Native trees have adapted to such conditions, but they can quickly succumb to the elements without proper care. Here are the most common weather conditions that affect Madras trees.
Snow and Ice
Winters in Madras are long and cold, and trees are exposed to freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, and ice storms. If your trees aren’t prepared for the long winter, they can be at risk of dropping branches or even falling onto your home. Snow and ice accumulate on tree branches, adding weight and stress to the tree. Healthy trees can handle the extra weight, but sick, infested, or dead trees will break under the pressure.
You can prepare your trees for the winter by pruning away dead branches and checking your trees for signs of disease or infestation. A healthy tree is much more likely to survive winter storms, firmly rooted in the ground.
Madras faces extreme drought conditions that can wreak havoc on plants and trees. During a drought, make sure you’re watering your trees regularly. Don’t water around the base of your tree since that can cause fungus to grow, but water around the tree’s drip line and water deeply. Trees are happiest when they’ve received enough water to soak at least 12 inches into the soil.
You can also protect trees from drought damage by adding mulch around the base of your trees. A thick layer of mulch will help moisture to stay around your tree’s roots long enough for them to soak up the water, feeding your tree and keeping it strong.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Madras?
Madras homes receive electricity from two different companies. Both Pacific Power and Central Electric Cooperative, Inc are responsible for pruning tree branches that interfere with the main power lines throughout the city. Their crews will also remove any hazardous trees that are encroaching on power lines in their area of service. If they need to remove a tree, Pacific Power crews will contact the homeowner for written permission before they begin the job. Additionally, the company will provide the homeowner with a coupon for tree replacement at a local nursery.
The electric companies are not responsible for pruning branches around your service line. This line is located between a pole and your home and is your responsibility to maintain. If branches are interfering with the line, call our arborists for emergency services. The electric company will temporarily shut off the power so we can get the job done safely.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Madras?
Tree removal in Madras costs, on average, around $600, but prices fluctuate between $190 and $2,100. Since trees come in all shapes, sizes, and in all kinds of locations, your price can vary greatly. When you call for a quote, we’ll consider several factors. Some of them include:
Our arborists will measure your tree’s height and the diameter of its trunk. These measurements will probably be the biggest factor in determining the price of your specific job. Large trees with lots of foliage require more time, effort, and manpower, and that causes the price rates to go up. If your tree is relatively small, you can expect to pay less to have it removed.
If your tree is located near your home or other obstacles like power lines or other structures, we’ll have a more complicated job on our hands. Our arborists work very carefully to remove trees and keep the surrounding area safe, but these added safety measures take more time and consideration. If you have obstacles located around your tree, you can expect to pay more to have them removed.
Our arborists don’t usually include stump grinding in the cost of tree removal, but we can add it on as an additional charge. If you want to have your stump ground, we’ll just tack it on to your final bill. The good news is that you’ll pay less for our arborists to grind your stump than you’d pay to rent a machine to do it yourself.