Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Pleasant Grove?
- 2 Does the City of Pleasant Grove Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Pleasant Grove?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Pleasant Grove?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Pleasant Grove?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Pleasant Grove?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Pleasant Grove?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Pleasant Grove?
As Utah’s City of Trees, Pleasant Grove has trees wherever you look. This lush greenery provides shade and adds curb appeal to all the homes. We see a variety of trees growing in local yards. Some of the most common trees we see include:
- White Fir
- Rocky Mountain Maple
- Bigtooth Maple
- Netleaf Hackberry
- Mountain Mahogany
- Desert Willow
Some of these common trees can grow to towering heights and stand above your home. When one of these massive trees becomes damaged or diseased, Pleasant Grove homeowners always wonder what happened. Here are the most common tree issues we see in the area:
Damage from a Hard Freeze
Pleasant Grove enjoys a white wonderland with an average of 42 inches of snow and nighttime temps in the mid-to-low 20s. This sustained freezing weather leaves the area under a hard freeze.
A hard freeze leaves the soil in your yard frozen and the trees unable to get the moisture and nutrients that they need through their root systems. A tree must get nutrients to continue growing and to remain healthy.
Evergreen trees stand up to a hard freeze well, but a younger tree of this type might not survive the winter. Other types of trees in your Pleasant Grove yard might struggle as well.
In the spring, all of your trees should come roaring back to life as the weather warms up and the snow melts, pushing moisture into your soil. A tree that doesn’t bounce back probably died due to the hard freeze conditions.
Every once in a while, we see a tree that starts growing again in the spring and then suddenly stops. These trees were damaged during the hard freeze and only part of them was able to process nutrients. The damage eventually spreads, killing the entire tree.
If you think a tree in your Pleasant Grove yard was damaged during a hard freeze, our team can evaluate its condition for you.
Damage from Insects and Other Pests
When the weather warms up in Pleasant Grove, the bugs arrive. While they play an important role in the local ecosystem, they can destroy an otherwise healthy tree. These pests usually set up housekeeping or a bark buffet. 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
When you see insects swarming around a tree, they’re probably infesting more than a single tree. You can treat an insect infestation in the trees in your Pleasant Grove yard if you catch it early enough. To do that, you need to be able to recognize the signs that include:
- Visible insects on the tree
- Missing patches of bark
- New leaves and limbs that are smaller
- Sunken areas of decay
- Sudden stunted growth
- Misshapen or discolored leaves
- Holes or channels bored into the trunk
When you notice the signs of an insect infestation, it’s always better to act quickly to try and save the tree. Our team can evaluate the tree and help you decide on the best treatment plan.
Does the City of Pleasant Grove Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
While the city of Pleasant Grove takes care of the trees on public land, they don’t offer assistance for trees on private property. The trees in your yard are on private property unless there’s an easement. When the city needs to place lights or a sidewalk, or a utility company needs to run lines and cables, they claim an area of an easement in your yard to do it. A tree in one of these areas is the responsibility of the appropriate entity.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Pleasant Grove?
When it comes to the responsibility for removing a fallen tree from a Pleasant Grove yard, we get all sorts of questions. There are a variety of circumstances to consider. We’ve put this section to review the most common:
If you’re a homeowner?
When you’re the Pleasant Grove homeowner, it’s your responsibility to remove the fallen tree about 95 percent of the time. Unless the trees on an easement or another party are liable, it’s your job to contact us to remove the tree.
If you’re a renter?
As a renter, you might have a lease that holds you responsible for the yard work. However, when it comes to a fallen tree, it’s up to the homeowner to remove it. You need to let them know when you see a fallen tree.
If you’re a landlord?
The landlord is the homeowner, too. This makes you responsible for removing the tree, even if you have a tenant living in your Pleasant Grove home. The tenant should let you know when they see an issue with a tree.
If you’re a neighbor?
With so many tall trees in the Pleasant Grove area, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see your neighbor’s fallen tree lying in both of your yards. The homeowner is expected to remove the portion of the tree that is in their yard.
In some cases, your neighbor may have known that the tree was in poor condition and about to fall. If that’s the case, and they didn’t have it removed, your neighbor is negligent and liable for damages to your home and yard.
You might need to hire an attorney in this situation, but consider talking to your neighbor first. If the two of you can work out a solution, it’s better for everyone and allows you to remain friendly with each other.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Pleasant Grove?
The soil in your Pleasant Grove yard can affect the health of your trees. There are seven soil types that we see most often:
Generally, these soils are beneficial to most local trees and other plants. Our team can run a soil test on your yard and tell you how your specific soil composition affects your trees.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Pleasant Grove?
Yes, the weather in Pleasant Grove can play a role in the health of your trees. The winter weather blankets the area in snow and the below-freezing temperatures create a hard freeze. The hard freeze keeps your trees from getting the moisture they need and can damage or kill a tree.
During the summer months, there is only an average of eight days when it rains. This can leave your soil parched and your trees unable to access the nutrients they need.
You might need to water your trees and lawn to keep them healthy. The city of Pleasant Grove has a strict watering schedule. It’s always a good idea to check for the most current schedule before turning on your sprinklers.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Pleasant Grove?
When a dead tree sits near a power line, it’s entirely possible that it’s on an easement. You can get the utility company to remove a dead tree from the easement. Otherwise, it’s your responsibility as the Pleasant Grove homeowner to contact us to remove the tree and pay the removal bill.
If you see a dead tree that’s lying on a power line, you need to move a safe distance away and call Pleasant Grove emergency services to take care of it. Even if the tree is only near a power line, it presents a dangerous situation. You need to hire a professional like Tree Triage to remove a dead tree so it doesn’t fall on the power line.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Pleasant Grove?
This is the question that our team hears most often, but we need to see the tree before we can give you an actual cost. In the Pleasant Grove area, the cost runs between $180 and $1,955, with an average cost of around $565. While the city doesn’t require a permit to remove a tree, there are other costs to consider:
Sometimes, a tree becomes decayed in small or large areas, and it’s at risk of crumbling in on itself. When we remove a badly decayed tree, it takes us more time, and more equipment is needed to ensure it doesn’t fall down uncontrolled.
It takes more time and safety equipment to remove a taller or larger tree from your Pleasant Grove yard. When our team removes a tree, we start at the top. This way, we can remove sections without any accidental damage to your home or other trees.
Many Pleasant Grove homeowners want additional services. We can remove the tree stump or turn the tree into wood chips that you can use as mulch in your yard.