Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Cleburne?
- 2 Does the City of Cleburne Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Cleburne?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Cleburne?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Cleburne?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Cleburne?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Cleburne?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Cleburne?
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 can determine and identify what nutrients would help your tree stay healthy.
Treating a Tree that Is Ill
Many illnesses can affect trees in Cleburne. The most common include the fungal diseases that affect specific trees including:
- Seiridium Cankers – which affect cypress trees.
- Brown Rot – a fungus caused by excessive moisture that attacks Pome Trees
- Fire Blight – which affects trees that produce pit-centered fruit
- Oak Wilt – which has destroyed millions of trees all over Texas. It is the most persistent problem that oak trees face in the area.
Some funguses are deadly to all trees including:
- Anthracnose – which eventually kills everything it touches.
- Ganoderma – also known as heart rot, which causes large mushrooms to grow at the tree base. Ultimately, this fungus will devour the entire inner structure of the tree if left unchecked.
Bacterial diseases and soil malnutrition can also be deadly for trees. Illnesses like this include:
- Leaf Spot – a bacterium that can cause black spots to appear on a tree’s foliage
- Chlorosis – a disease caused by low iron in the soil causing leaves to turn yellow and die
- Bacterial Slime Flux – identifiable by the terrible odor it causes. This disease causes a viscous liquid to seep from trees streaking the bark with slime.
Ridding a Tree of Pests
Six main pests in Texas can damage or kill your tree, including:
- Bagworms – which hide in small cones damaging pine trees.
- Aphids – which suck the nutrients from leaves, harming your foliage.
- Web Worms – which not only spread unsightly webbing all over your branches, but feed on tree foliage.
- Emerald Ash Borer – which are beetles that attack ash trees and destroy them from the inside.
- Wood Borers – bore through the bark and carve maze-like holes through trees.
- Scale Insects – which cause ugly bumps all over your trees.
Regulating Tree Growth
Fast-growing trees need special root support to keep the tree structure strong. Early intervention can ensure this support keeping the tree from toppling and increasing its immunity to diseases.
When space is at a 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, our experts can add the required nutrients and minerals to keep your trees healthy.
Does the City of Cleburne Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Cleburne does have tree ordinances in place that covers trees that become a threat to human life or property. Any problem with trees in public parks will be taken care of by the Cleburne park service.
However, any trees that are on private land are the responsibility of the owner of the property. Section 96.06 of Cleburne ordinances says, “If a dead or diseased tree constitutes a hazard to life and/or property, or harbor insects or disease which constitute a potential threat to other trees within the jurisdiction of the City, the City may order the immediate removal of the tree or cause the tree to be removed and charge the cost of the removal to the property owner.”
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Cleburne?
Suppose a tree has fallen on private property in Cleburne. In that case, the tree must be removed by the owner of the property from where the tree originated. They are also responsible for any damages the falling tree may have caused when it fell. That is why it is essential to make sure that trees are removed quickly to stop them from falling and causing damage. Naturally, the responsibility of a fallen tree has different consequences depending on if you own or rent the property.
If you are 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 pay to remove a tree or pay for damages for a fallen tree, check with your insurer to see if you are covered.
If you are a renter?
Suppose you rent in Cleburne 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 are a landlord?
Any tree removal, trimming, pruning, or otherwise maintenance of a tree or shrub on any rented property in Cleburne is the responsibility of the owner of 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 all trees, shrubs, bushes, lawns, and other types of landscaping.
If you are 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, so it is a good idea to consult with a lawyer to get a better picture of how your situation stands.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Cleburne?
Cleburne, Texas is in Johnson County. Half of the county is a part of the Grand Prairie, which features a soil type that is alkaline loam over limestone. About one-third of the county has acid soils that are loamy with clay subsoil and sandy with loamy subsoils. The rest of the area to the east has deep clayey, alkaline soils. The Grand Prairie area supports grasses with cedar and mesquite, while The Eastern Cross Timbers is a post oak savannah.
So, how does this affect the trees in Cleburne? The Cleburne Times-Review writes that you’d be better off in the area of Cleburne that has sandy soil than the area that has clay soil as sandy soil somewhat slows fungal growth. Still, either way, fungal problems are just part of having trees in Cleburne.
As mentioned above, Chlorosis is a significant problem with trees in Cleburne, and this is due to the low iron content of the soil. A soil survey of Johnson County noted that iron deficiency causes chlorophyll not to form as quickly or as much as it should. As a result, trees have trouble absorbing sunlight and supplying proper nutrients and water throughout their system. Chlorosis is a significant problem due to the soil content of Cleburne and must be dealt with right away, or the tree will suffer.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Cleburne?
As a suburb of Fort Worth, there are two types of problems in Cleburne – too much water and not enough water. When trees get too little water, they begin to whither. But if they receive too much, fungus grows on their roots. As mentioned above, Cleburne trees are especially susceptible to fungal diseases of all types. Too much water can also cause powdery mildew to grow on a tree’s foliage, damaging the aesthetic beauty of the tree.
Winter usually does not prove to be a problem, but a harsh winter can be tough on trees. Ice loads can cause trees to topple, and freezing temperatures can cause the cell walls of leaves to burst. In their annual report, the Texas A&M Forest Service said that “pine species, longleaf, and slash seem to have less tolerance for freeze than loblolly. Shortleaf pines are more resistant to freezing temperatures and seem to be less affected than the other pine species.” Trees on the edges of properties can also be more damaged than trees protected by other trees or by the house itself.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Cleburne?
Dead trees knocking over power lines can be hazardous, but who is responsible for trimming or cutting down the trees? As it turns out, in Cleburne, it depends on which power lines they are. If they are the low-voltage power lines running into your house, you are responsible for calling us to remove dead trees on the line. If, however, the dead trees are near high power lines or transformers, you can call (888) 313-6862, and the city will pay to remove the tree.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Cleburne?
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 of removing a tree in the area is about $300, with a maximum of about $1,900, and an average price of between $500 and $700. Any way you look at it, it will be expensive.
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 by our crews 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.
Size of the Tree
The size of the tree matters. The bigger the tree, the more expensive it will be for us 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. Here are a few examples of tree removal costs based on a tree’s height.
- 20-foot tree: $300 to $450
- 40-foot tree: $450 to $800
- 60-foot tree: $800 to $1,500
- 80-foot tree: $1,400 to $2,000 or more
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.