Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Scranton?
- 2 Does the City of Scranton Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Scranton?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Scranton?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Scranton?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Scranton?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Scranton?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Scranton?
When our arborists look at a tree, they assess the health of a tree and how best to treat it. They also rid trees of pests, treat abnormally large trees, and prune and fertilize tree roots.
Assessing the health of a tree:
Every tree needs nutrients specific to its type. Only a trained arborist like ours at Tree Triage can determine and identify what nutrients would help your tree stay healthy.
Treating a tree that is ill:
Many illnesses can affect trees in Scranton. The most common include:
Apple Scab is a fungus that attacks cultivated and wild apple trees. It causes brown lesions to appear on the leaves, slowly killing them off. In the worst cases, the fruit itself can become infected, rendering it inedible.
Cedar Apple Rust is another fungal disease that attacks apple trees. It is one of several fungi from the genus Gymnosporangium. It is a unique disease because it needs both cedar and apple trees to complete its life cycle. The disease starts in cedars and then spreads to apple trees.
Anthracnose is a fungus that causes black lesions called cankers on most of the tree’s foliage. The word means “ulcer-like sore” and is diagnosed by the symptoms rather than a specific fungus that causes it. The trees most often affected are sycamore, ash, oak, and evergreen elms. It is widespread all over Pennsylvania due to the amount of moisture that the state gets.
Verticillium Wilt is a fungal disease common in deciduous trees. It causes early production of smaller than normal seeds and browning leaves. If you look at the bark of your tree and it is becoming streaked, that is a clear sign of Verticillium Wilt.
Powdery Mildew gets its name from the powdery residue it leaves on an infected tree’s surface. As the mildew works its way into the tree, thousands of spores attack the tree leading to leaf yellowing and the destruction of the tree’s foliage.
Fire Blight is known to attack 75 species of plants in the rose family. It can also occur commonly on flowering pear trees. The disease can kill blossoms, fruit, shoots, limbs, and even tree trunks in fruit trees. Fire Blight causes leaves to be brown and causes cankers on the tree’s limbs.
Thousands Cankers Disease is caused by fungus carrying Walnut Twig Beetles. Over time, the cankers halt water and nutrient flow to the tree, killing it from the inside.
Ridding a tree of pests:
Various pests plague the trees of Scranton, including:
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid causes needle yellowing and needle drop, followed by drying on the branches and a thinning crown. Limb dieback occurs in approximately two years, followed by the tree’s death in four to ten years.
Cooley Spruce Gall Adelgid causes pineapple-like formations on Spruces harming the growth of the tree.
Gypsy Moths were discovered in the United States in 1889 and made their way to Pennsylvania sometime in the 1980s. Gypsy Moths feed on hundreds of different types of trees and shrubs, making them a more dangerous pest than most invaders, limiting themselves to certain tree species. Gypsy Moth populations tend to go dormant for a while before exploding all at once about once a decade. Many counties participate in an annual gypsy moth suppression program to keep potential devastation as low as possible.
A common beetle is the Emerald Ash Borer; it bores holes in ash trees to lay eggs. When the eggs hatch, the larvae interfere with the tree’s ability to circulate water and transport nutrients. Finally, the beetle starves the tree and it dies.
The Spotted Lanternfly, native to Southeast Asia, is an invasive species here in the United States, where it has become a growing problem in many Northeastern states. This is especially true in Pennsylvania, where 13 counties have been affected. Matured Spotted Lanternflies can be recognized by their vibrant red wing pads with black spots. In their younger forms, Spotted Lanternflies are typically black with white spots. These invasive pests can be detrimental to the health of trees and other plants, particularly during heavy infestations.
Regulating tree growth:
Fast-growing trees need special root support to keep the tree structure strong. Early intervention can ensure this support keeps the tree from toppling and increasing its immunity to diseases.
When space is premium, tree roots can curl in on themselves, killing the tree. Root pruning prevents this from happening.
Deep Root Fertilization:Different trees need different minerals and nutrients. By analyzing the soil composition, the proper nutrients and minerals can be added to keep your trees healthy.
Does the City of Scranton Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Scranton has Tree Ordinances that cover trees that become a threat to human life or property. Any problem with trees in public parks will be taken care of by the Scranton Department of Parks and Recreation.
However, any trees that are on private land are the responsibility of the owner of the property, section 434-5 of Scranton ordinances, specifically states that any tree on private land is the responsibility of the owner even in cases where the tree must be removed for public health reasons.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Scranton?
If a tree falls on private property in Scranton, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to remove the tree. They also may be responsible for any damages the tree caused when it fell. Dead and dying trees must be removed efficiently for this very reason. Otherwise, the owner of the property may be responsible for thousands of dollars in damages. Naturally, the responsibility of a fallen tree has different consequences depending on if you own or rent the property.
If you’re a homeowner?
If you are a homeowner, not only are you responsible for the removal of the tree, but if the tree fell of its own accord, you are responsible for any damages it caused when it fell. Most homeowners, however, have insurance, and depending on the policy, some expenses may be covered by the insurer. Before you contact us to remove a tree or pay for damages for a fallen tree, check with your insurer to see if you are covered.
If you’re a renter?
Suppose you rent in Scranton, PA, and a tree has fallen. In that case, the property owner is responsible for tree removal and any damages the tree might have caused if it fell. If a fallen tree damaged your private property, you might also be eligible for compensation.
If you’re a landlord?
Any tree removal, trimming, pruning, or otherwise maintenance of a tree or shrub on any rented property in Scranton is the responsibility of the person or persons who own the property. If you own more than one property, then you are responsible for those as well. It is the landlord’s responsibility or property owner to maintain any trees, shrubs, bushes, lawns, and other types of landscaping.
If you’re a neighbor?
Sadly, every case is different and it can be difficult to determine whose property the tree came from and who is responsible for the damages. All claims are very different; an arborist can give you an idea of whose property the tree was originally on, but it may be a good idea to consult with a lawyer to understand better how your situation stands.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Scranton?
Scranton is the county seat and largest city of Lackawanna County in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley. Parts of the city sit on both the Pocono Mountains and the Endless Mountains. Its terrain is topographically complex. The Lackawanna River, bordered on the southeast by the Moosic Mountains, bisects the county northeast-southwest. Recreational areas include Archbald Pothole State Park, Lackawanna State Park, and State Forest.
Scranton’s soils are on broad flats of the Coastal Plain. They formed in sandy Coastal Plain sediments. The principal use of Scranton soils is forests or planted pines. The natural vegetation is dominated by longleaf pine, slash pine, sweetgum, and wax myrtle. Trees grow well in this soil but are limited by root depth imposed by the fragipan.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Scranton?
Climate change has begun to affect trees in Scranton. In a report by the Associated Press, they noted, “Changing conditions will disrupt existing ecosystems. The optimal habitat for some important tree species will shift to higher elevations and latitudes. Many bird, wildlife, and fish species may see their habitats shrink. Invasive species could flourish.”
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Scranton?
Dead trees knocking over power lines can be hazardous, but who is responsible for trimming or cutting down the trees? Scranton power won’t prune or remove trees around the service wire between your house and the utility pole. But they’ll be happy to de-energize the wire and lower it to the ground for you at no cost so that our team can remove the tree safely. Please call 1-800-342-5775 at least 5 business days before we begin work.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Scranton?
Tree removal is expensive no matter what you do. Even the easy jobs are dangerous and labor-intensive, and you pay for those difficulties. Even worse, there are often unforeseen difficulties in tree removal, making the final price, on average, almost always more than the estimate. The minimum price of removing a tree in the area is about $200, with a maximum of about $2,200, and an average price of around $850.
Naturally, some factors can affect the price making them higher or lower (sadly usually higher), and it’s helpful to know what these factors are before you decide to have your tree removed.
Location of the Tree
Some trees are readily accessible and can be removed without any heavy equipment. Some trees, however, are near power lines or near fragile structures and require special equipment to remove safely. When this is the case, your cost will be much higher than average. Not only will you be paying for the ordinary labor and danger but also for the heavy equipment needed to remove the tree; it also matters if the tree is accessible to the truck used to haul the tree away. You will pay more if we need to carry the heavy tree farther.
Size of the Tree
The size of the tree matters. The bigger the tree, the more expensive it will be to remove, and the more dangerous the job is. If the tree is big enough, you may end up paying the maximum to have it cut down.
- Cost to remove a 20-foot tree – $200 to $500
- Cost to remove a 40-foot tree – $600 to $800
- Cost to remove a 60-foot tree – $900 to $1,500
- Cost to remove an 80-foot tree – $1,700 to $2,200+
Condition of the Tree
Usually, healthy trees are good, but not when they are being removed. You can expect to pay much more for removing a healthy tree than a dead tree. Dead trees tend to be lighter, bringing down the price considerably.