Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Johnson City?
- 2 Does the City of Johnson City Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Johnson City?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Johnson City?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Johnson City?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Johnson City?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Johnson City?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Johnson City?
Eastern Tennessee’s trees thrive in the hot summers and cool winters here, but they aren’t the only life that thrives. Often trees can encounter problems from common pests and diseases that also call the Appalachians home. Watching out for these issues can let you know when your tree needs care before it’s too late. Infestations and sicknesses can turn a healthy tree into a fallen tree quickly, so if you notice signs of poor tree health, call our experts quickly.
The diverse collection of poplars, dogwoods, oaks, and many other trees that thrive in Johnson City also bring many hungry insects that feed on these trees. Insects like the Asian Long-Horned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, and Gypsy Moth can infest trees, diminishing their health over time. It’s essential that you deal with infestations as soon as you see the signs of them. As a tree’s health diminishes from an infestation, it can lose structural stability quickly as its roots die. Losing trees not only robs your land of its natural beauty and value, but falling trees can pose a serious hazard to buildings, people, and other trees around them.
Illnesses like Sudden Oak Death and Thousand Canker Disease can prey on trees in the area and rapidly spread between trees. Often internal diseases will not be noticed in trees until it’s too late. Regular maintenance on your trees by one of our professional arborists can prevent the weaknesses that these diseases exploit to gain a foothold while also identifying any existing problems in their early phases while there’s still time to take action.
Does the City of Johnson City Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
While Johnson City won’t help remove fallen trees on private property, they will be responsible for removing any trees growing on public property that fall on private lots. Johnson City does provide regular brush collection if the brush for disposal is cleanly piled and in less than ten-foot lengths. This is only to be used for regular trimmings and maintenance by the property owner themselves, so professional arborists like us are always ready to haul off any brush that comes from tree removal that we do in Johnson City.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Johnson City?
Tree law is not a simple thing. Complex exceptions and precedent have been established over centuries in our legal system that creates many nuances about tree rights and ownership, so there could always be extenuating circumstances where you’d need to seek legal advice.
Typically, in Tennessee, the landowner on which the tree grew is responsible for its removal. This could get incredibly complicated with “border trees,” which two adjoining landowners both claim as theirs, but if the tree was entirely in your yard, it’s likely your responsibility to have it removed, even if it fell onto someone else’s property. Failure to remove a fallen tree that is your responsibility could result in fines, lawsuits, or a neighbor or the city doing the work and billing you (probably more than you wanted to pay) afterward.
If you’re a homeowner?
For homeowners, you bought the trees when you bought the land. A fallen tree will be your responsibility to remove when it comes down, and you may even be liable for damages it causes if it falls onto someone else’s property. While healthy trees that you could have had no reasonable suspicion would fall, often damages are considered no-fault. If a tree clearly needed care or removal, you will likely be liable for the damages it causes after falling if you didn’t take the steps necessary to remedy the situation.
If you’re a renter?
If you’re a renter, you usually have no obligation to remove trees that have fallen on the property unless that responsibility was spelled out in your lease. Your landlord does typically have an obligation to remove dangerous obstructions like fallen trees from your yard, though, so if they fail to, your only recourse may be to have it done yourself and pass the invoice to them or seek legal recourse.
If you’re a landlord?
Usually, tree care does not fall on tenants even though yard maintenance is usually considered a tenant responsibility in leases. Unlike your lawn, your trees are viewed as long-term investments or assets. Tenants aren’t usually responsible for trees other than for repairs on the house with potentially costly implications for your investment. Even if tenants were responsible for removing fallen trees and care of living trees on your property, you wouldn’t want them to. Healthy and gorgeous trees can greatly appreciate the value of your property, and you wouldn’t want to leave it in the hands of someone who has no vested interest in the long-term value of your investment.
If you’re a neighbor?
If you’re a neighbor of someone with a fallen tree in their yard–or worse, your yard– it’s the tree owner’s responsibility to remove it. While the neighborly thing to do may seem like rolling up your sleeves and helping them get it taken care of, the tree owner should be the one paying for the removal. If a neighbor doesn’t remove an eyesore tree that has fallen, you may want to seek help from Johnson City Code Enforcement. They will advise whether it’s an issue that their officers can mediate or whether you should take action yourself and seek compensation through legal channels.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Johnson City?
The soil is incredibly fertile in the Valley-and-Ridge area of the Appalachians, where Johnson City resides. The soil contains large amounts of heavily weathered shale, sandstone, siltstone, and limestone. While native trees thrive in undeveloped areas surrounding Johnson City, developed land can regularly have soil that acidifies over time, resulting in soil that can be harmful to the long-term health of trees.
Every kind of tree has a preferred pH range. The lower the pH rating, the more acidic the soil. While natural, untouched Tennessee soil tends to have pH in the vicinity of 5.5, newly cleared and developed land will regularly test around 4-4.5 pH, which is over ten times acidic. This is due to chemical reactions from the disturbance of the natural ecosystem and can be compounded by pollution from surrounding areas that settles into the valleys in the Southeastern reaches of the Appalachians.
Proper tree health in Johnson City means paying close attention to your soil’s acidity and what trees will do best on it. The introduction of fertilizers and other chemicals can drastically affect your pH, and balancing the acidity of your soil can be very difficult. Arborists are experts in ensuring that soil promotes long-term tree health, so consult with one of our experts before adding potentially harmful chemicals and additives to your soil.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Johnson City?
Johnson City’s weather can affect trees in starkly different ways depending on the season. With heavy rainfall in the summers, trees can thrive in the warm weather and abundance of water. Healthy trees love to grow, but overgrowth can be a serious problem as smaller trees can be obstructed from the sun or choked by tree roots growing out of control. Heavy storms during our rainy season could exploit the top-heaviness of overgrown trees, causing dangerous collapses during windy conditions.
Johnson City’s winter is cool with moderate snowfall, but temperatures frequently below freezing and sometimes below zero could easily cause ice buildup on trees, causing them to be unable to support the weight pushing down on their trunk. Ice storms can regularly cause branches to off larger trees and regularly bring down weaker trees like redbuds that catch a lot of ice and snow on top and don’t often have the trunk strength to handle the extra weight.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Johnson City?
Trees near overhead power lines can pose serious problems as they grow. Johnson City has even outlined what types of shorter trees are preferable on city property for use near power lines to prevent serious problems and interruptions in the power grid. While trees shouldn’t be allowed to grow rampantly to overtake power lines, it sometimes happens and can pose a serious problem.
Johnson City’s power utility specifies that trees shouldn’t be planted within 25 feet of distribution lines and 50 feet of transmission lines. Failure to abide by these regulations could result in the power company removing your trees and sending you a bill. If dead trees are threatening power lines on your property, coordinate with our arborists and the power company and see how best to proceed.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Johnson City?
Tree removal in Johnson City can depend on several factors. While preventative and regular maintenance is typically very affordable in Johnson City, every tree and every situation is unique. Full tree removal may have a huge range of potential costs from $200 to $2000 or more for larger jobs.
Accessibility and Complexity
If the tree is hard to get to, it will require a lot more delicate work from our arborists to remove it. This can include trees clustered with several nearby trees, trees on an incline or slope, or trees very close to structures or homes. Trees that are dead very close to one or multiple homes can be very complex for removal, as our arborists will have to ensure that felling the tree will not cause damage to homes.
Bigger trees are bigger jobs. A small tree may wind up a quick removal without a lot of planning or danger, but removing a large tree will require extensive planning to ensure it falls safely. Bigger trees will also take longer to process into manageable pieces and remove as well. A large tree can be exponentially more work and hazard for our arborists, so it will likely have a higher cost.
Even if a tree is already dead, the overall health of the trunk, branches, and roots of a tree can influence the cost of its removal. A rotted or diseased tree may be far less structurally stable and thus require a lot more planning for safe removal. Splintering branches and unreliable support will require much more cautious action to remove and take a lot longer to ensure that they don’t cause any damage to nearby trees, people, or structures on their way down.