Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Sioux Falls?
- 2 Does the City of Sioux Falls Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Sioux Falls?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Sioux Falls?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Sioux Falls?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Sioux Falls?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Sioux Falls?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Sioux Falls?
Sioux Falls is home to a beautiful tree landscape with dozens of different species. But many tree removal problems start from these core issues:
Leucostoma canker is a fungal disease that can attack almost any tree found in the Sioux Falls area. The fungus is native, so it won’t hurt healthy, native trees; but it can infect trees that are stressed by drought, other pests, and poor nutrient absorption. These cankers most commonly infect spruce trees. There is no chemical preventative for Cytospora cankers, but as long as your trees stay healthy, they can fight off the fungus.
Obstructing Tree Growth
Trees that seemed small and easy to manage grew into mature, large trees over time. Large root systems can jeopardize foundations, roofs, and windows. Trees with large crowns can also threaten power lines, which leads to potential power outages and unsafe conditions in the area. Overgrown tree branches can even block sidewalks and roads, creating poor visibility and bad driving conditions in Sioux Falls neighborhoods. Our tree removal specialists can remove the whole tree or large branches to minimize the hazards.
Trees absorb their nutrients from the soil to stay strong and produce chlorophyll for photosynthesis. However, poor soil conditions — either due to bad drainage, high alkalinity, or insufficiently accessible nutrients in the soil — can stop trees from absorbing the manganese and iron they need. Maples, oaks, and river birches are vulnerable to this condition. Residents can notice symptoms such as pale green and yellow leaves and mitigate the risks with mulching, additives, and frequent watering.
Physical bark damage is a preventable hazard. For example, when you’re mowing or trimming weeds on your property, minimize the number of rocks, sticks, and sharp trimmer string away from the tree’s trunks and roots. Wrapping your tree trunks during winter can also mitigate scalding and pest damage.
Pests like emerald ash borers and Sawyer beetles can also quickly infest and kill young and mature trees.
Does the City of Sioux Falls Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Sioux Falls has made resources to help property owners and tree owners throughout the city. As part of their 10-year Emerald ash borer response plan, the city is prohibiting and removing ash trees from residential parking strips. The city is removing and grinding the stumps of these trees without charge to the property owners. This is part of the city’s efforts to curb emerald ash borer infestations.
The city is also proactively maintaining trees to create safe driving and walking conditions through Project T.R.I.M. Through this program, Forestry Division inspectors look for low-hanging branches and obstructions so they can notify the direct or abutting property owner. As part of this program, the City of Sioux Falls offers financial assistance.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Sioux Falls?
Trees in public and private spaces are the responsibility of different owners or municipal departments in Sioux Falls. If you own, live on, or live next to a property with a fallen tree, you may not know who is responsible for removing the tree or handling any resulting damage. Here is a quick overview of who is responsible in general scenarios.
If you’re a homeowner?
Property owners, including private homeowners and commercial property owners, are responsible for removing dead and diseased trees from the property. Depending on the cause of the fallen tree, your home insurance provider may cover some or all of the costs of having the tree removed and any affected area repaired.
However, property owners can call the City at 367-8222 if there are fallen or severely damaged trees in nearby city properties. After severe storms, the City is also responsible for trees and limbs that fall in the right-of-way zone made up of the sidewalks, parking strips, and road.
If you’re a renter?
If you rent your residence, your landlord is responsible for removing fallen and downed trees. Contact your landlord as soon as possible about the tree and document any related damage to the structure and your property. The landlord is also responsible for any structural repairs.
Any damage to your belongings may be covered under your renters insurance policy. Contact your insurance provider to see what protection you have under the terms of your specific policy.
If you’re a landlord?
Just like traditional property owners, landlords are responsible for handling fallen trees that fall on their property. Your property insurance may partially or completely cover the costs of tree removal and any necessary repairs to the structure or landscape.
If you’re a neighbor?
If your neighbor’s tree fell onto your property, you generally become responsible for removing the portion of the tree that fell on your property. However, your insurance policy may cover a portion or all of the costs of tree removal and any necessary repairs. The exception to this is if the tree fell due to negligence on the part of the tree owner.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Sioux Falls?
The soil in Sioux Falls has plenty of nutrients, making it ideal for many different species of trees. However, many areas in the city have soil that is highly alkaline and can’t support the healthy growth of trees. Be careful about planting river birches and similar trees in soil that has a pH of 7.2 or higher.
Additionally, Sioux Falls is home to thick soil underneath loamy and silty topsoil. This can make it difficult for tree roots to grow and spread out. Aerating the soil and introducing new mulch and soil can help address some of the long-term problems of thick soil. However, the eastern two-thirds of Minnehaha County drain easily into the Big Sioux River.
Because of large variations in soil stability, drainage conditions, and composition, property owners should carefully choose new trees based on the exact soil conditions in the intended planting area. Provided the trees are in loamy, well-draining soil or are properly watered, they should enjoy healthy long-term growth.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Sioux Falls?
Severe storms pose a significant risk to both young and mature trees. The City of Sioux Falls has had to implement emergency plans, notably in September of 2019, to remove damaged and fallen trees, branches, and debris from wind storms and other adverse weather events.
Dry winter conditions can also damage trees and weaken their root systems and the base of their trunks. Healthy, thick layers of mulch can insulate the roots to minimize moisture and abrupt heat loss. Property owners can also protect their trees from adverse winter and weather conditions by:
- Loosely wrapping tree trunks with burlap to mitigate scalping and impact damage
- Inspecting the trees after storms for cracks, suspended branches, and raw wood
- Frequently clearing away branches, twigs, and debris from the surrounding area and paths
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Sioux Falls?
The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requires utility companies to trim trees near power lines. If you see dead trees on or near power lines, contact your local utility provider or the City to determine the next best steps. We strongly encourage you to stay away from the area and not perform any tree removal or maintenance on your own due to severe safety implications. Sioux Falls is in MidAmerican Energy Company’s service area, and their homepage has an easy option to report electrical alerts. They also recommend shuffling (rather than running) away from fallen power lines and not attempting to touch or remove trees and branches touching a power line.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Sioux Falls?
Most tree removals require our certified arborists to best ensure the safety and the protection of adjacent property. The average cost of removing a tree is approximately $700, though many different factors can impact the cost. Those factors include:
Size of the Tree
Taller and bigger trees are harder to remove than small trees, so the service comes at a higher cost. Height adds additional complications for controlling the tree and hauling it away. The tree may need to be cut into multiple trunk and branch pieces to fully remove it. Trees with full foliage are also bulky and generate a lot of debris during the removal process, leading to additional hours of work and additional charges for cleanup.
Condition of the Tree
Diseased and fragile trees can be more dangerous to remove. If the trunk is too soft due to infection or infestation, it can create unsafe conditions that require additional preparation. Infested and infected trees also need to be handled and disposed of carefully to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. On the other hand, completely healthy trees with sturdy trunks may require longer to cut.
Another key condition of the tree is if it’s currently standing. A fallen tree doesn’t need to be cut down, so our tree removal specialists can simply haul it away. But a tree that is still standing needs to be assessed and carefully cut down methodically. Rotted fallen trees are often the easiest and fastest to remove.
The final cost of removing trees from your property can be affected by the time you request the service. We are typically extremely busy following severe storms, so a fast response may cost you extra. We may also not be able to respond during adverse weather conditions except in the event of a severe emergency.