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- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Silverdale?
- 2 Does the City of Silverdale Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Silverdale?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Silverdale?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Silverdale?
- 6 What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Silverdale?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Silverdale?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Silverdale?
Located in the center of the Kitsap Peninsula, Silverdale is along Dyes Inlet in Puget Sound and has numerous trails that meander through wetlands, a salmon habitat, and remnant forests. Silverdale has a growing urban area, but is also home to some of the most beautiful trees and landscapes in Washington. Even though Silverdale is an unincorporated community, the residents are committed to maintaining existing trees and encouraging tree growth, but there are still some problems trees face in the area.
Drought and bark beetles cause damage to Douglas fir trees, which are found in Silverdale and across Washington State. With recent summers that have been hotter and drier than normal, leading to drought-like conditions, there have been more infestations of these beetles. Bark beetles are particularly sneaky, breeding on dead or downed tree branches and then preying on areas where the bark has thinned due to root rot, fire, or drought.
These areas are designated by Kitsap County and include wetlands and conservation areas. Generally, trees in these areas can only be removed if they are determined to be hazardous. Additionally, because Silverdale is still surrounded by many forest areas, some of which are being developed, there are very specific regulations for tree removal. For example, if you wish to remove trees on your property to enhance your view, you need to have a site evaluation done first by the county.
Does the City of Silverdale Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
Because Silverdale is an unincorporated community, it is governed by Kitsap County. The county does not typically assist in tree removal, and property owners are responsible for trees on their property including those that are adjacent to a street. Trees that fall in the street, across power lines, or other critical infrastructure are usually removed by either Puget Sound Energy or, occasionally, the Washington State Department of Transportation. Additionally, most tree removal, even on private property, requires a permit from the county, and in some areas, a permit from the Department of Natural Resources. Trees that are in designated critical areas, such as Wildlife Habitat Conservation areas and any areas near shorelines or wetlands, require evaluation prior to removal and are typically only removed in the case of imminent danger.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Silverdale?
Determining who is responsible for removing a fallen tree can be difficult and can even be contentious. Is responsibility determined by where the tree came from or where the tree fell? If you rent your home, is this even something you need to worry about or will your landlord handle everything? Let’s take a look.
If you’re a homeowner?
If a tree falls in your yard, the vast majority of the time you will be responsible for having it removed. Trees that fall into the street are often your responsibility, but if it is blocking the road or is a danger, you can contact Kitsap County for assistance. Also, if the tree that fell is diseased or is already dead before falling, and you were aware of this, you are responsible and the majority of the time, your homeowners policies will not pay for removal or any damage if you were negligent. Trees that fall into your neighbor’s yard are generally not your responsibility, unless you were aware that the tree was dangerous or the tree could be considered a shared tree. But either way, it is never a bad idea to offer to help your neighbors.
If you’re a renter?
Unless there is a stipulation in your lease stating that you would be responsible for removing any fallen trees, it is usually not your responsibility to remove a fallen tree if you are renting your house. Also, a lot of the time, your renters insurance will help cover costs related to damage to personal property that is caused by a tree falling. However, you still need to call your landlord right away if a tree falls on your house, a neighbor’s house, or anywhere else on the property. And if you did something that caused the tree to fall, it is very likely and not unreasonable for your landlord to come to you to pay for any damages and/or removal of the tree. And in this case, your renters insurance is not likely to cover any of the costs.
If you’re a landlord?
Similar to a homeowner, as landlord and owner of the property, it is your responsibility to remove any fallen trees unless prior arrangements have been made. You should arrange removal and assessment of any damage with your renter as soon as possible. If your renter did something that caused the tree to fall, it is not unreasonable for you to seek payment from your renter for damages and removal of the tree.
If you’re a neighbor?
Unless your neighbor was aware of problems with the tree and did nothing to take care of it, unfortunately, it will be your responsibility to have the tree removed. Oftentimes, your homeowner’s policy, minus any deductible you may have, will cover the damage and costs of removal. However, it is a good idea to proactively discuss any concerns you have about trees on your neighbor’s property before something happens. But, unless there is something wrong with the tree that makes it a danger, they are not required to remove it.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Silverdale?
The soil in Silverdale is mostly composed of very gravelly, sandy loam that formed in glacial till. It is moderately well drained with slow to moderately rapid permeability. Some areas have slow runoff with a slight risk for erosion; other areas have more moderate runoff and a higher risk of erosion. The surface soil is generally moderately acidic, with deeper layers being less acidic. This soil provides nutrients and promotes growth, but it needs to be maintained to ensure the continued growth and support of your tree. Some areas can also become oversaturated and are more susceptible to heavy rain and wind.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Silverdale?
The weather in Silverdale can be very temperamental due to its location along Puget Sound. Silverdale sees a moderate amount of rainfall, around 43 inches annually, which is above the national average of 38 inches. The temperature is also fairly moderate, with summer temperatures in the high 70s and winter temperatures in the mid-30s. It is one of the warmer places in Washington. There are still storms, usually in the spring or fall, which can cause heavy rain and wind. More recently, there have been summers that are warmer and drier, and that can have a negative impact on tree health. Monitoring trees for signs of disease or pests is even more important during these unusual summers.
What if Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Silverdale?
Trees that fall on or near power lines are very dangerous even if the tree is dead, and you should never attempt to remove them on your own. Downed trees or branches on power lines, unfortunately, can be common during fall and spring storms. Puget Sound Energy is responsible for monitoring and maintaining trees near power lines. PSE has a schedule of preventative trimming on their website, so you know when they will be trimming trees in your neighborhood. If they have to remove a tree on your property that is a danger to power lines or other infrastructure, they will work with other agencies to try and replace it. Unless the tree has to be removed on an emergency basis, they will contact you before they remove trees on your property, and if they are unable to contact you, they will leave a note explaining why the tree was removed.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Silverdale?
Every tree removal is different, and because of this, there are not usually any set prices. In Silverdale, on average, it can cost between $181 and $1,787 to remove a tree, with an average of $540. Depending on why a tree is being removed, your homeowners insurance, minus any deductible you might have, may cover some or all of the cost. Kitsap County requires a permit for the majority of tree removals, so this can also increase the cost. Our arborists and tree trimmers know exactly which permits are needed and how to easily obtain them.
Trees that are taller and wider require more time and resources to remove. Due to this, the taller and wider a tree is, the more expensive removing the tree tends to be. Our tree trimmers typically employ a top-down method of cutting which involves cutting sections of the tree starting at the top and working down, which, as you might have guessed, is where the name comes from. While this is absolutely the safest method for tall trees, it also requires multiple people and is not a quick process.
If you live in a more rural area, it is often easier to facilitate tree removal, particularly if there are no buildings or other types of hazards, such as power lines, nearby. While Silverdale still has many rural areas, the urban areas are growing rapidly, which can cause tree removal to be more expensive. Additionally, if the tree is near power lines or a crane has to be used to remove the tree, or if the location is difficult for our crews to reach, the cost will also increase. Trees that are in designated critical areas are also more expensive, due to their protected status, as well as being in areas that are more difficult to access.
Because many areas in Kitsap County require permits before tree removal, this can increase your costs. Additionally, if you are harvesting trees for lumber or firewood, there are special permits, and you may need one from the Department of Natural Resources in addition to permits from Kitsap County. You may also need a permit to remove a stump. For example, under the county’s danger tree permit regulations, you are only able to remove a tree that must be determined to be dangerous, and you need a separate permit for the stump.