Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Pasadena?
- 2 Does the City of Pasadena Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Pasadena?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Pasadena?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Pasadena?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Pasadena?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Pasadena?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Pasadena?
Pasadena may be famous for its strawberries, but it also has thousands of trees growing within its city limits. No place is immune to tree problems and some of the most common ones are listed below.
Citrus Greening Disease
Citrus greening is a bacterial disease spread by an invasive insect called the Asian citrus psyllid. As its name suggests, this insect was originally imported from southeast Asia, and while the bugs themselves don’t pose much hazard to trees, the citrus greening bacteria (also called Huanglongbing or Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus) is capable of completely ruining entire citrus groves in a short period of time. If you see any of the following symptoms on your citrus tree, call us immediately to diagnose the problem and discuss your options:
- Waxy insect droppings
- Lopsided fruit with small, dark seeds
- Fruit that stays green even when it’s ripened
- Blotchy yellow leaves and shoots
- Stunted growth
- Flowering out of season
Oak Wilt is a fungal disease that impacts oak trees in Central Texas, but it’s been confirmed to exist in Harris County, so if you have oak trees it’s definitely something to watch out for. This fungus can kill red oaks in as little as four to six weeks, and live and white oaks in three to six months if left untreated. It’s spread by many insects as well as connected root systems, so the best way to keep on top of the problem is to know the symptoms. These are:
- Yellow or brown veins or tips on oak leaves
- Fungal mats under the bark of red oaks
- Dropping leaves in midsummer
- Dead leaves at the crown of trees
If any of these happen on an oak tree you own, call us and we’ll be glad to assess the situation.
Southern Pine Beetles
Not all threats to Pasadena’s trees are introduced; some of them are natives. The Southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) is native to the southern United States, including Harris County, and is a burrowing beetle about the size of a grain of rice. Symptoms of pine beetle infestations can include:
- Whitish-yellow resin tunnels on the bark of pine trees
- Reddish sawdust on and around trees
- Small exit holes that have been bored into a pine
- Yellowing or browning of pine needles
This insect can be controlled with pesticides, but in extreme cases, removal of the tree may be necessary. If you suspect Southern pine beetles on your property, contact us and we can help you decide what options are available to you.
Does the City of Pasadena Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The city of Pasadena doesn’t intervene when a tree needs to be removed: the onus is on the owner of the property to have the tree removed quickly and safely. However, for smaller jobs (such as fallen limbs), the city has dedicated bulky-item trash pickup days. For more information about what days you’re eligible to have your larger yard waste removed, see the city’s website.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Pasadena?
The same rule applies in Pasadena as in everywhere else: if you own the tree, you’re generally responsible for picking it up if it falls. There are a few exceptions to the rule, which we’ll cover here.
If you’re a homeowner?
If you own your home and one of your trees falls, you’re responsible for having it removed. This applies even if it falls onto a neighbor’s land or onto the street. (Do note that if it falls onto a street or sidewalk, you’ll need to have it removed as soon as possible, as you can’t have it blocking a public right of way.) Your homeowner’s association, if you have one, may also have preferred procedures for tree removal. But before you decide that owning trees is too much of a headache for you, consider that your homeowner’s insurance will likely cover any damages caused by the tree, as well as the cost of removal, as long as the loss of the tree wasn’t due to malice or negligence on your part.
If you’re a renter?
If you rent, your lease probably doesn’t allow you to make substantial changes to your property. This includes removing trees, even if they’ve already fallen. Your first point of contact in these cases should be your landlord: they need to know about what’s happened. Your renter’s insurance may cover damages to property you own (such as your car or the contents of the home). You should be familiar with the terms of your lease, as that will tell you who is specifically responsible for what.
If you’re a landlord?
If you’re a landlord who has trees on the property you lease, it’s critical to keep up with the maintenance of said trees. This means doing regular inspections and trimming to reduce any hazardous conditions that may come up. If one of your trees falls due to negligence on your part, your tenants may be able to seek reimbursement from you for their damages. If your tenants caused the tree to fall, however, they may be liable for the damages. Either way, your first call should be to us, as we can assess the damage caused and figure out what it takes to have the tree removed.
If you’re a neighbor?
Trees, especially large trees, don’t often fall squarely within property lines. If a neighbor’s tree falls onto your lawn, resist the urge to assign blame. You and your neighbor have a common goal here: removing the tree safely and efficiently. Keep the lines of communication open, contact your insurance company for advice, and have your neighbor do the same. Doing it like this makes a stressful situation better and makes you much more likely to come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Pasadena?
The soil in Pasadena is flat and heavy in clay, which means it’s rich in many nutrients but also has some negative impacts on tree health. Here are some soil factors to watch out for.
Because there’s so much clay in Pasadena’s soil, it’s considered a “clay loam“. These soils have a tendency to compact over time, which can cause a variety of issues. The first of these is the lack of drainage that clay soils provide; especially during heavy rainstorms, be careful of standing water around the base of your trees. The compaction of the soil can also prevent root growth, slowly starving a tree. The best way to prevent these issues is to keep your lawn well aerated and consider adding some sand to it if you’re doing a project that requires lots of digging anyway.
The soil in Pasadena tends to be low in iron, meaning trees in the area are at risk of chlorosis. This is especially common in the alkaline soils that are common to the area. If you notice yellowing leaves on your trees, especially on new growth, this may be a symptom of iron chlorosis and you should call us to have it treated. There are a number of different treatments available, including spraying liquefied iron on the tree.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Pasadena?
The major weather issue that impacts tree health in Pasadena is the same one that makes our summers so muggy: humidity. It’s very humid throughout Harris County and high temperatures can routinely skyrocket above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cause heat stress in trees. In the short term, this stress can manifest as wilting of leaves; longer periods of heat can slow tree growth and open the trees up to bacterial and fungal infections. Since we can’t control the weather, the best way to deal with this is to plant trees that are capable of handling the heat and humidity in Pasadena.
Because the soil in Pasadena is full of clay, heavy rainstorms can pose another threat to the health of your trees. Be sure the area around any trees you own drains water easily, to prevent fungus and rot from setting in near the roots.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Pasadena?
The first thing to remember if you find a dead tree near a power line is to avoid touching it or going near it. Even completely dry trees can conduct electricity, so getting too close to a downed tree near a power line can pose an electrocution hazard.
The process of getting a dead tree removed near a power line is slightly more complicated in Texas than in other states, because of the way the Texas electrical grid is set up. There are dozens of power companies in the city, each of which is responsible for a portion of the power provided to the area. They all work together with ERCOT (the Electric Reliability Council of Texas) to deal with these shared infrastructure hazards, however, so regardless of where the dead tree is, you can call the emergency reporting line of your power company to report the hazard.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Pasadena?
Removing a tree in Pasadena costs generally less than the national average, but nothing in life is free. In general, you can expect to pay between $200 and $2,200 for tree removal in the city. There are a number of factors that can influence this average cost, which are detailed below.
Size of the Tree
“The bigger they come, the harder they fall” is an idiom particularly well-suited to tree removal, as larger trees will always cost more to remove than smaller trees. A small tree (less than 20 feet tall) will need less surrounding space to fall onto and need less specialized equipment to haul off, so it will cost you closer to the $200-$600 end of the spectrum. Taller trees need more equipment and pose a greater risk, so expect the cost of removing these to be significantly higher.
There are a lot of considerations when getting to the tree that needs removal. Will we have to get it through a small backyard gate? Is it near a fence or a building? If so, you’ll likely have to pay more to have the tree removed. On the other hand, trees that are easy to access and have lots of space around them will generally be less expensive.
Some trees will require specialized equipment to remove, no matter what or where they are. This is especially the case when a tree has already fallen onto a structure, as this often requires us to bring in bucket trucks or other heavy equipment in order to remove it without causing further damage to your property. Other trees that may need specialized equipment to remove are ones that are limb-locked with other trees, and trees with some contagious diseases.