Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Snohomish County?
- 2 Does Snohomish County Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Snohomish County?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Snohomish County?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Snohomish County?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Snohomish County?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Snohomish County?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Snohomish County?
With lush, dense forests surrounding much of the state, common pests and tree issues unfortunately follow. Read on for a list of the usual suspects.
Invasive pests are all throughout Washington. From gypsy moths that eat leaves on trees and shrubs to mountain pine beetles that attack and kill various pine trees, the Pacific Northwest is home to many deadly insects.
Other pests often found in the area include:
- Douglas fir beetle
- Fir engraver
- Douglas fir tussock moth
- Balsam Wooly Adelgid
- Western pine beetle
Bacteria, viruses, and fungi are often the cause of tree diseases throughout Snohomish County. All parts of the tree can become infected and the disease can easily spread to other parts of the forest. Since there are a large number of fir trees throughout the Cascade Mountains, diseases relating to conifers are abundant. Here’s a list of some common diseases throughout Snohomish County.
- Swiss Needle Cast
- Annosus Root Disease
- Black Stain Root Disease
- Douglas fir Dwarf Mistletoe
Does Snohomish County Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
According to the Snohomish County Planning and Development Services, significant trees, those with a caliper of 10 inches, should stay put. However, if the tree poses a hazard, meaning it could fall or break and cause property damage, injury, or power outages, the tree can be removed. It is up to the property owner to make arrangements for proper removal and the corresponding cost.
If a tree is located in a Native Growth Protection Area (NGPA) or Critical Area Protection Area (CAPA), approval to remove the tree is needed from Snohomish County. However, if the tree poses a hazard and requires removal, it’s necessary to replant to maintain the ecological benefits associated with the former tree.
While the county does not provide assistance with tree removal, it can issue a citation for illegally removing a significant tree. This fine can range upwards of $5,000.
The only time Snohomish County claims responsibility for fallen trees is if it’s on a county right of way. At that time, contact the Snohomish Public Works office for the right of way status and more information regarding removal.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Snohomish County?
With all the rainy weather in Snohomish County, a tree can uproot without warning. If that happens, who’s responsible for it? Let’s take a look at a couple of different possibilities.
If you’re a homeowner?
The homeowner bears the responsibility for tree maintenance and removal. If a tree falls on the homeowner’s property, their insurance should cover any damage, as long as they pay the deductible.
If you’re a renter?
Renters aren’t responsible for repairs to their rental property. Should a tree fall, the landlords would be liable for any damages and tree removal. However, if the renter’s personal property incurred damages, their own renter’s insurance should cover it.
If you’re a landlord?
The landlord is ultimately responsible for a tree that falls onto their property, even if tenants are living there. Their insurance generally will help pay for any damages and even a portion of tree removal. However, if you’re a property manager who doesn’t own the property, you’re off the hook for any of the costs. That falls to the property owner.
If you’re a neighbor?
Things can get tricky if your tree falls onto your neighbor’s lot. You’re most likely responsible for any damage to their property and cleanup. However, if the tree is on both sets of properties, both you and your neighbor are responsible and it’s a good idea to work out a fair way to remove it.
In Snohomish County, if a hazardous tree is on a subdivision community tract, open tract, NGPA, or CAPA, contact the Homeowner’s Association (HOA) for more guidance. Usually, the lot owners of a subdivision have an interest in the tract, with it regulated by the HOA.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Snohomish County?
The majority of the soil surrounding Snohomish County is made up of Tokul, a unique ash cap formed from the many volcanic eruptions throughout the state. This rich soil is prime to grow crops and support forests. Fir trees, Hemlocks, and Cedars all flourish with this soil as their base.
This fertile soil, and the trees that grow because of it, gave Washington its nickname — The Evergreen State. Tokul supports forest and agricultural growth because it’s well-draining, has a super-rich organic layer due to coniferous and other forest debris, and has a sub-layer formed from glacial till and volcanic ash.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Snohomish County?
Although it’s touted as The Evergreen State, Washington and Snohomish County do experience drought from time to time. The State Department of Natural Resources issued its 2019 report and noted that much of Washington had a drier than normal start to the year. Combine that with a rare east wind pattern and conditions were ripe for wildfires.
While droughts are possible, Snohomish County also experiences frequent rain, about 50 inches on average. The rainfall, heavy at times, can knock down trees and produce flooding. Fast-moving water and flash flooding can harm the bark and vascular tissue of the trees. It’s possible for the soil to erode, which leads to instability and possible uprooting.
In addition to the rain, Snohomish County is often pounded with wind storms. High winds are no friends to trees. Strong winds can pull and stretch tree roots, often disrupting root and soil contact. This can lead to a decrease in water absorption and cause the tree to face severe water stress.
Although most of Snohomish County doesn’t experience much snowfall in the winter, the Cascade Mountains in its western part sure do. Coniferous evergreens can bear the weight of heavy snowfall better than other trees, but their branches can still face damage from winter storms. Wet snow, often found in the spring, is usually heavier and more apt to bend and break branches or completely uproot the tree.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Snohomish County?
Snohomish County isn’t a stranger to wind storms that down trees and power lines, block traffic patterns, and cut power to local residents. The Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has its own team of tree trimmers that scour the area for downed branches on power lines or right of ways or threaten to do so.
If a tree should fall and take a power line with it, PUD encourages local residents to contact them first. Because of the potential danger of electrocution, PUD has its own team of certified arborists to safely remove downed trees. Ultimately, homeowners are responsible for keeping the service line area clear. However, PUD stresses that calling them first to set up an on-site visit is the best option. The team has been known to remove trees interfering with power lines that aren’t on PUD property and even replacing it with a more suitable one — all on their own dime.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Snohomish County?
Tree maintenance allows yards to look neat and helps avoid hazardous situations like fallen branches and downed power lines. So how much does tree removal cost? The short answer is — it depends. On average, customers around the Snohomish County area spent anywhere from $200 to $1,820 for tree removal services, with an average cost of around $700. Several factors affect how much it costs, here are a few examples.
Type of Service
What you pay depends on the service you’re looking for. Do you want to completely remove the tree or attempt to salvage a damaged one? Trees that are dying or leaning will require more care, meaning more visits and extra costs. However, tree removal often doesn’t include eliminating the stump. There’s usually an added cost for stump grinding — just another factor to consider.
Size of the Tree
Obviously, a smaller ornamental tree is cheaper to fell than a large evergreen. However, another thing we consider is the removal process. Can we cut the tree from the base and let it fall? Do we need a team of climbers to scale the tree and cut it into sections? Is there room on the ground for the fallen pieces? Do we need a crane to haul larger trees?
All of these factors affect the bottom line. The size and number of trees determine how many of our crew members are needed and how much labor is involved.
Oftentimes, hauling away the excess debris caused by tree trimming or complete tree removal isn’t factored into the original estimate. Some customers might rather have the limbs chipped and kept on the property instead of paying additional fees. Chipping is an added cost.
The bottom line is that the more you want to be done, the more you’ll pay. For example, splitting wood adds to the price as well.