Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Norfolk?
- 2 Does the City of Norfolk Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Norfolk?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Norfolk?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Norfolk?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Norfolk?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Norfolk?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Norfolk?
Before we talk about fallen trees, we should go over the most common tree issues in Norfolk. From rot to fungi, diseased trees can become a huge problem. Sick and dying trees can fall on property and put lives at risk. They can also infect the surrounding trees. Here are some of the most common tree problems you might see.
If you notice small, dead areas start to form on the needles of your tree, followed by the needles dying, it may be anthracnose. When this starts to happen, a small black fungus eats the dead needle tissue. Anthracnose is common in Norfolk and causes large parts of the branches to turn brown as needles fall. This tree disease can be avoided by keeping the foliage dry. Try watering at the base of the tree rather than overhead.
Branch Droop is another common issue facing trees in Norfolk. This is seen when the tree trunk is straight, but all the branches look like they are drooping downward. The most likely reason is poor development due to not getting enough light. In this situation, the tree may need to be moved to another location or removed entirely. You will want to talk with our arborists before making a decision.
Another potentially dangerous disease is root rot. Symptoms that can alert you to this tree issue are slow growth and plant wilting. The roots may also be smaller than usual. If the roots look brown or black, it is a pretty good indication that your tree has root rot. You can help avoid this problem by using a pasteurized mix and maintaining the soil’s moisture. You may also need to use a fungicide to protect roots and other surrounding trees in Norfolk.
Yellowing is a micronutrient deficiency in some trees in Virginia. Green and dark green tree foliage are healthy. If your tree tips start to turn yellow, they may not be getting enough nutrients. If you suspect this is the case, you could try applying a micronutrient solution.
Does the City of Norfolk Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
If a tree is falling or dying, will the City of Norfolk help with tree removal? The answer is, maybe. There are many trees in the city and keeping up with all of them takes a considerable workforce. Norfolk estimates that out of the 200,000 trees in the city, about 80,000 are considered “street trees.” This is why the city has developed a rating system to decide the order of importance for each tree service request. On top of being put on a tree removal priority list, your tree may not qualify.
The general rule in Norfolk is that the city does not maintain trees that are clearly on private property. They may, however, make an exception if the tree falls on a public area, causes any risk to a public space, or if the tree in question could affect power.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Norfolk?
Who’s responsible when a tree falls in Norfolk? That depends on where the tree falls, who “owns” the tree, and who owns the property. The local tree ordinance can be a little complicated, so we will try to break things down a little.
If you’re a homeowner?
If you own a property in Norfolk, and a tree from your property needs to be removed, you will likely be responsible for the cost of removing it. This is especially true if the tree is diseased because the tree poses a threat to other property or lives. However, if a tree falls on public property during a storm, your best bet is to call the city because they may see it as a public safety issue and take care of it. On the other hand, if a tree falls on a neighbor’s property, you may not be entirely responsible unless neglect is suspected. The property laws in Virginia seem to fall in the “your property, your problem” category.
If you’re a renter?
If you are a renter and need to deal with tree removal, you must call the property owner. This is because you are not allowed to damage another person’s tree in Norfolk. If you have the tree removed, you could be liable for the cost of the tree or the estimated value to replace it. If a tree falls during a storm, you still need to let your landlord know so that they can take the next steps. In situations where you believe the tree to be a danger, but your landlord refuses to take care of it, call the city. If they determine the tree is unsafe, they will send a notice to the property owner.
If you’re a landlord?
If you are the property owner and you have trees, you are responsible for removal costs in most situations. If you need a tree removed from your property that fell from your neighbor’s yard, it may be your insurance that handles the claim. Another thing to note here is that tree removal and pruning in Norfolk may require a permit. There are specifics on the size and location of the tree that needs consideration before you start cutting. When in doubt, talk to our professional. We know what permits are required to do the work.
If you’re a neighbor?
If you wake up to a loud thud and find your neighbor’s pine lying in your yard, try to relax. The first step is to make sure everyone is alright on both properties. The next step is to call your homeowners’ insurance company. In this situation, they will know exactly what to do. Remember, in Norfolk, you are responsible for your property, even if the tree was not there five minutes ago. Most homeowners’ insurance policies will cover at least part of the cost for removal. It may be a good idea to make sure you have tree damage coverage before you find yourself in this situation.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Norfolk?
The soil in Norfolk contains a high amount of clay. This can make it more compact than other soils. If the soil becomes compacted, it can be difficult for your trees to absorb enough water to keep them well-hydrated. It can also cause water pooling and puddles around the trees. If the soil cannot absorb the excess water, you may start running into fungal and mold growth. If your roots have this problem, you could end up with root rot and, over time, the tree may become unstable. A good way to help keep your soil healthy is through aeration. This will allow more water and air to penetrate deeper into the soil.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Norfolk?
While most of the year is sunny in Norfolk, there are a few times a year that weather can affect the health of your trees. The first is during the early part of January when you are most likely to see snowfall. Anytime your trees have to deal with freezing cold temperatures, there is a possibility of damage. In really severe weather, Virginia has seen blizzards, Nor’Easters, and ice storms.
Norfolk is also no stranger to hurricanes. With wind speeds over 160 miles per hour, these storms can cause a lot of uprooted and partially uprooted trees. They can also drop tons of water in a short amount of time, increasing the risk of flooding. Even the strongest trees may need a checkup after a major storm.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Norfolk?
If you have a dead tree near power lines, it can be a hazard. It is best to have the situation evaluated before property damage occurs. We can help determine if the tree needs to be removed or cut back. In some cases, the City of Norfolk may help with removal costs to help avoid power line disruptions for the community.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Norfolk?
Removing a tree can get expensive in Norfolk. There are a lot of varying factors that can change the price. In some cases, the price will end up higher due to unexpected or dangerous situations. We can help get you the best quote for your unique situation. Most tree removal jobs will be in the price range of $285 to $765, but they can be significantly higher. Here are a few factors that determine the price to remove a tree:
One of the most significant factors for tree removal prices in Norfolk is urban density. This will include how close the tree is to power lines, homes, utility boxes, and other trees. It will cost more money to bring heavy equipment into smaller areas. If power and utilities need to get involved, you can expect to pay more, and it may take longer to get the job done.
The size of the tree is an important factor. First, the size will help determine the workforce we need to bring in to get the job done. Second, larger trees take a lot longer to dispose of and clean up after. In Norfolk, there is a huge variation both in the type of tree and also in size.
There are a few other situations that may reduce or increase the price of removing a tree in Norfolk. Some of these may not apply in every case, but they are important factors:
- Some trees may require a city or residential permit.
- Is the tree alive? Dead trees are prone to breaking, adding greater risk.
- Removal or grinding of the tree stump may be additional.
If you suspect a tree needs to be removed, don’t wait too long. Scheduling a tree removal with us will always cost less than if a storm comes along and creates an emergency situation.