Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in League City?
- 2 Does the City of League City Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in League City?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in League City?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in League City?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in League City?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in League City?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in League City?
With our moist, yet warm subtropical climate, there are plenty of ailments that prey on trees around here. We’ve seen all sorts of interesting problems pop up with trees in League City over the years, but there are definitely some problems that folks around here run into more often than others.
- Mushroom Root Rot
- Bacterial Leaf Scorch
- White Rot
- Dutch Elm Disease
- Oak Leaf Blister
- Powdery Mildew
Does the City of League City Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
League City doesn’t offer any assistance to problems with tree removal, unfortunately. In fact, you may even have to get a permit from the City Arborist to remove a tree within the city limits, even on private property. The program was originally developed by the city during our massive population boom to prevent clear-cutting by land developers. Fortunately, any tree removal on the property of a single or multi-family home that is necessitated by tree health will not require a permit.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in League City?
Under Texas law, in most cases, the owner of the land the tree originally grew on is responsible for its maintenance and that includes its removal once it’s fallen. No matter where a fallen tree winds up, it’s still the landowner’s responsibility to remove it. If someone else has to remove it, the owner of the tree should pay compensation for the cost incurred during removal.
Fallen trees usually don’t carry any liability for the owner for damages caused, but there are cases in which they could. If the owner of a tree had adequate forewarning that the tree was unhealthy and at risk of falling from a neighbor or the city, for instance, then that landowner may be held responsible for any damage caused by neglecting to deal with the issue. In the case that a tree unexpectedly falls, typically, insurance views this as a no-fault accident on both sides.
If you’re a homeowner?
If you’re a homeowner here at League City, the trees on your property are an essential part of the value of your investment. Your trees can add appeal, shade, and privacy to your property, but also come with maintenance responsibilities that include their removal once they’ve fallen. Fallen trees should be removed from your property promptly so they don’t harm the health of other trees on your property or create an annoying eyesore which could reduce the value of your property instead of bolstering it like trees normally do.
If you’re a renter?
If you’re a tenant at a rental property here in League City, chances are the responsibility for maintenance and removal of your trees falls on your landlord and not you. Tenants are commonly responsible for basic land upkeep like lawn care, but trees are a far more permanent fixture of the property than simple grass that can be regrown easily. Your landlord should have the final say on what happens to any trees on the property since they are the owner and the one with a vested, long-term interest in what happens to the land. As a result, your first call when fallen trees need to be removed should be to them. They may want you to deal with the tree and compensate you afterward, or they could want to contact us themselves. Either way, it’s your landlord’s call to make when it comes to the trees on your property.
If you’re a landlord?
If you own a rental property in League City, even though you may have your tenant take care of issues like lawn care and simple property upkeep, the responsibility of maintaining trees still falls on you. Unless it’s specifically spelled out in your lease agreement that tenants are responsible for tree care, the upkeep of trees is generally considered a landlord’s responsibility in line with the maintenance of buildings. The law generally considers trees as permanent structures on your property and so it’s your duty to maintain them.
As an owner of an investment property, you’ll want to remove fallen trees from your property as soon as possible when needed. Failure to act quickly when trees need to be removed could result in you running afoul of the Texas rental code or could result in the health of other trees on your property being adversely affected.
If you’re a neighbor?
If one of your neighbors in League City has fallen trees on their property that need to be removed, it’s their responsibility to remove them before they constitute a public nuisance. Even on an adjoining property, fallen trees can create a breeding ground for diseases and pests that might be harmful to all the trees in the area. Having a good relationship with your neighbors is always important, so try to coordinate with the neighbor first and see what their plan is to deal with the fallen tree. If you can’t resolve anything though, reach out to League City Code Compliance as your neighbor may have a responsibility to remove the tree under the League City code.
If a neighbor’s tree falls onto your property, then it’s still their responsibility to remove it. If you were forced to remove it before they got to it, then they’ll owe you compensation for your costs. Unless the tree that fell across your property line was a previously known problem, chances are homeowners insurance will fully compensate you for any damage caused by the tree.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in League City?
Our soil around here tends to be incredibly sandy and often excessively drained. While our soil drinking up water rapidly is great for root systems that can take it, it could pose problems for trees that are less suited to the specific environment around here. Our soil runs very deep and is rapidly permeable. This means that large trees can build massive root structures to support their growth. As moisture rapidly drains downward, however, it could easily slip away from smaller root systems that can’t reach as deep. This may mean that saplings planted in our soil require extra attention and planting medium to give them a head start navigating the local soil.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in League City?
Here on the coast, we don’t usually have to worry about the arid conditions that plague other parts of Texas. In League City, we typically see around 50 inches of rain a year which is more than enough to keep most trees happy and healthy. We do tend to have problems with heat, another famous feature of the Texas climate. There are hotter parts of Texas to be sure, but with temperatures regularly in the 80s and 90s half the year, trees not suited to a warm climate may struggle here in League City.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in League City?
Trees should never be planted anywhere where they can threaten the right-of-way of power lines and utility workers and should be actively trimmed and maintained to stay clear of this vital utility infrastructure. If, however, you have dead trees that could potentially encroach on the space of utility lines, you need to immediately call your power company. Only specially trained technicians from the utility company should ever work near power lines. In addition to the risk of electric shock, obstructing lines could potentially put millions out of power, or worse, start a dangerous fire.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in League City?
Tree removal can be quite affordable around here, averaging around $575. However, the price range is wide, around $250 to $1,950 or more. That having been said, no two trees are exactly alike and every tree removal is a unique situation and a unique job. There are several key factors that could play a big role in determining the cost of any given tree removal job.
When it comes to tree removal, size seriously does matter. Big trees pose a lot of logistical challenges for removal. We have to put extra planning in for the biggest of trees to ensure that nearby structures, trees, and people are as safe as possible during removal. Big trees carry a lot of force and can pose a serious hazard to our arborists as we work to remove the tree. We’ve removed our share of giants over the years, but the big ones do take extra planning and precautions to make sure we can do the job the right way.
Type of Tree
Different species of trees can call for incredibly different removal methods. Conifers like firs and pines, for instance, are rarely difficult to remove as they grow in extremely regular shapes and are regularly top-heavy. Hardwood giants like oaks, however, can pose a real challenge for removal, even for sophisticated tools that we use. With oaks especially, the cost may be higher, as they are considered protected trees by League City Ordinance and will require an inspection and permit to be able to remove them.
The specific circumstances under which a tree has grown can sometimes make it a little more difficult to get it removed. For trees that are surrounded by healthy trees and other vegetation, it may take a little extra work to plan how to remove the tree without damaging nearby growth. When trees are growing next to structures, this can also complicate things as unexpected problems during removal can cause damage to a structure if safety precautions are not put in place. Also, some trees are just plain hard to get to. If we can’t easily access the tree that you need to remove with our trucks and tools, then it will likely take a lot more effort for us to remove it.