Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Ivins?
- 2 Does the City of Ivins Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Ivins?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Ivins?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Ivins?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Ivins?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Ivins?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Ivins?
Adding trees to your Ivins yard has upped your curb appeal and added a little shade for your home in the summer heat. In the area, there are many yards with native trees and plants. Here are a few of the trees that we see most often in the area:
- White Fir
- Rocky Mountain Maple
- Bigtooth Maple
- Netleaf Hackberry
- Mountain Mahogany
- Desert Willow
You probably have your yard looking the way you want it, especially if you’ve lived in your home for a few years. When a tree becomes damaged or diseased and needs to be removed, you want to know what happened. These are the most common tree issues that we see in Ivins:
Damage from Drought Conditions
When people think about Utah, they imagine snow as far as the eye can see, but Ivins is located in a desert area. In the summer months, the temperatures shoot through the roof, and on average, there are only 4 days from June to August that receive any rainfall.
Trees need 3 things to survive – water, nutrients from the soil, and sunshine. When you live in Ivins, it’s a constant struggle to give your trees enough moisture and the nutrients it absorbs with it.
You might notice one of the trees in your yard begins to wither and die. When this happens, you need to start watering it. As part of Washington County, Ivins homeowners need to abide by the watering restrictions.
Our team is always ready to help you evaluate a tree and determine ways to get it the moisture and nutrients it needs.
Damage from Pests and Insects
While critters are adorable in Pixar and Disney movies, they are a real threat to the trees in your yard. Insects and pests will use the trees in your Ivins yard as a food source or a place to live. They can do a lot of damage or even kill an otherwise healthy, mature tree. The insects that we see most commonly in the area include:
- Asian Gypsy Moth
- Asian Longhorned Beetle
- Emerald Ash Borer Beetle
- European Cherry Fruit Fly
- European Gypsy Moth
- Spotted Lanternfly
The bad news is that by the time you notice an insect infestation in one tree, they’ve probably infested several trees. On the positive side, if caught early, we can treat your tree and possibly save it. You need to know the signs of an insect infestation to catch one. You need to look for these signs:
- Patches of bark missing on the trunk
- New growth of limbs and leaves that appear smaller
- Thinning of the leaf canopy
- Insects on the tree or swarming around it
- Areas of weakness between the limbs and the trunk
- Discolored or misshapen leaves
- Leaves with holes or chunks missing on the edge
- Areas that appear sunken due to decay
At the first sign of an infestation, it’s always a good idea to seek help. Treatment might save your tree. Our team is always able to evaluate an insect infestation in the tree in your Ivins yard.
Does the City of Ivins Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
Typically, the City of Ivins will only assist with tree removal on public land. This might include an area of easement on your property. As the homeowner, it’s almost always your responsibility to handle the removal of a tree from your yard, since it’s private property.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Ivins?
In Ivins, it’s usually up to the homeowner to remove a fallen tree from their property. Trees on public land are removed by the city when they fall. Some cases seem special, and we get many phone calls asking, what if. We’ve created this section to explore these circumstances.
If you’re a homeowner?
When you’re the Ivins homeowner, it’s your responsibility to remove a fallen tree from the private property you own. Sometimes, there’s a small area on your land known as an easement, where the city or a utility company holds the right to use it. In this area, the entity with the right to use it would remove the fallen tree.
If you’re a renter?
When you rent a home in Ivins, you might take care of the yard work. However, when a tree falls, it’s up to the homeowner to remove it. You do need to communicate any issues on the property to the homeowner, so they can take care of them.
If you’re a landlord?
When you’re a landlord, you’re a homeowner who doesn’t live in their home. However, you’re still the responsible party for removing a fallen tree.
If you’re a neighbor?
It happens more often than you might think. One of your neighbor’s trees falls, and it ends up landing in both yards. As the Ivins homeowner, you’re responsible for removing the portion of the tree that’s in your yard even though it grew in your neighbor’s yard.
However, if your neighbor knew the tree was damaged or dying and didn’t take steps to have it removed, they’re negligent. This makes your neighbor liable for removing the entire tree and any damages to your home or property.
This puts you in a precarious position. You need to live next to this person for many years to come, but you want them to take responsibility for removing the tree. You might consider talking to them to see if you can work out a solution before hiring an attorney.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Ivins?
In Ivins, 7 soil types are most prevalent. These are:
Generally speaking, most of the soil is beneficial for trees in the city. Before we can tell you how the soil affects the trees in your yard, we must first run a soil test to determine the type. Our team can conduct this test whenever you’re ready to learn more about the soil in your yard.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Ivins?
The weather in Ivins can affect the health of your trees. The lack of rain during the summer months is traumatic for your trees and might damage or kill one. Washington County and the State of Utah have water restrictions and offer guidelines for watering. Before watering your trees, it’s always a good idea to check the current restrictions to avoid issues.
The area only sees around two inches of snow each year, and the daytime temperatures are moderate. However, at night, these temps plunge to the 20s. There are always periods when the temperatures remain below freezing for several days.
These cold snaps can lead to a hard freeze. A hard freeze can deprive your trees of the moisture and water they need, leaving them at risk of damage or death.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Ivins?
A tree that sits close to a power line might be located on an easement owned and used by the utility company. If that’s the case, then you can ask the power company to remove the dead tree. Otherwise, the dead tree is on your private property, and as the Ivins homeowner, you’re responsible for contacting us to schedule its removal.
When you see a dead tree on a power line, go inside your Ivins home and call emergency services. You shouldn’t get near the tree or the power line until power is turned off to the line.
A dead tree near a power line needs to be removed by a professional electric company to avoid a tree on a power line. There’s too much that can go wrong when removing a tree, and you don’t want to chance an emergency.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Ivins?
The cost of tree removal in Ivins ranges between $175 and $2,270 with an average of around $1,050. Fortunately, the City of Ivins and the State of Utah only require tree removal permits for Christmas trees, but there are other cost factors:
Many Ivins homeowners want us to turn the tree into wood chips to use as mulch around their yards and trap nutrients, so trees do better in drought conditions. This takes extra equipment and time and will cost a bit more.
Some trees have areas of decay. We need to be careful when cutting down the tree that these areas don’t crumble and collapse the tree. This takes extra time and braces for the decayed areas.
When we cut down a tree, we start at the top cutting it down into sections. Larger trees require more time and safety equipment to remove.