Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Waunakee?
- 2 Does the City of Waunakee Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Waunakee?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Waunakee?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Waunakee?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Waunakee?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Waunakee?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Waunakee?
While you enjoy plenty of snow in the winter, there are days in the summer when the heat soars. On these days, you’re always happy to have the trees to provide shade. Some of the most common trees we see in Waunakee yards include:
- Silver maple
- Norway maple
- Sugar maple
- Green ash
- White ash
- Thornless Honeylocust
- Red oak
- Paper birch
These trees grow tall and strong in the area. However, sometimes, a tree gets sick and needs to be removed. As a homeowner, you take excellent care of your yard, so you wonder what happened to the tree. Here are a few of the most common issues that we see in the Waunakee area.
More than likely, many of the trees in your Waunakee yard are evergreens that allow them to survive the harshest winters. The average winter temperatures in the area hover around the low-teens at night.
These low temperatures can create a hard freeze, where all the moisture in your soil freezes. The tree roots can no longer access the water or nutrients. Your mature evergreen trees will roar back to life with fresh greenery as the temperatures warm up in the spring.
However, young trees and saplings might not survive the extreme temperatures even if it’s an evergreen tree. Some other trees might appear to return to normal in the spring when a part of the tree has actually died and no longer processes nutrients. Eventually, this tree will stop growing and need to be removed.
If you think a tree isn’t growing properly in your Waunakee yard, we can come out to check and create a treatment plan.
There are certain diseases that can develop in trees that cause them to slowly wither and die. In many cases, when a disease strikes one tree in your yard, it affects the others, as well. There are treatment options for a diseased tree if it’s caught early.
We see a variety of diseases affecting trees in the Waunakee area, including:
- Root rot
- Needle rusts
- Needle casts
- Pine Needle Blight
- Leaf Rusts
- Leaf Spots
- Tar Spots
- Powdery Mildew
- Leaf Blister
It’s always a good idea to check on the health of your trees as you complete routine yard work. Our team can always evaluate the health of a tree that you think might be sick. It’s a good idea to recognize the possible signs of disease in your trees:
- Sudden stunted growth
- Leaves becoming discolored
- Misshapen leaves
- Patches missing in the bark
- Dead branches
- Sunken areas on the tree
- Weakened areas where the branch comes off the trunk
A disease in trees isn’t always obvious, so you need to keep your eyes open for any issues.
Damage From Insects and Pests
While they might appear cute in Pixar movies, bugs are a menace to the trees in your Waunakee yard. These pests can burrow into a tree, making it home or an afternoon snack. The most common insects that we see in the area include:
- European gypsy moth
- Asian gypsy moth
- Asian longhorned beetle
When you catch a pest infestation early, there are options for treatment and saving the tree, so keep your eyes out for the signs. Some bugs are easily spotted on a tree while others leave holes or channels in the tree trunk. You might notice that one of your trees seems to stop growing. Another common sign of an infestation is discolored or damaged leaves.
Does the City of Waunakee Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
While the city of Waunakee doesn’t provide any assistance with tree removal, they do pick up tree limbs and branches. The city also maintains all the trees on public lands. In some cases, there might be an easement on the front of your property that the city is responsible for taking care of the trees. Otherwise, it’s the responsibility of the homeowner to remove the tree.
Who Is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal in Waunakee?
The Waunakee homeowner isn’t almost always responsible for the fallen tree removal. The city will pick up tree limbs and branches, but they don’t remove trees on private property.
You may have a small area of easement on your property that’s owned by the city or a local utility company. It’s typically an area around the street side of your property. A tree that’s fallen here is the responsibility of the easement owner.
If you’re a homeowner?
As the homeowner, the city of Waunakee expects you to arrange for and finance the removal of any trees in your yard. This is considered private property. Sometimes, a dead tree that once grew on an easement falls. The area of easement is usually the responsibility of the city or one of the local utility companies. If you think the tree is in an area of an easement, contact the city first.
If you’re a renter?
When you rent a home in Waunakee, the landlord might make it part of the lease that you need to take care of the yard. However, this doesn’t include fallen tree removal. It only includes routine maintenance chores, such as raking leaves and mowing the grass. If a tree in the yard looks like it’s sick, or it’s stopped growing, you should notify the homeowner.
If you’re a landlord?
As the landlord, you’re also the Waunakee homeowner, so you’re responsible for removing the tree. Although your tenant might take care of the yard work, this wouldn’t include a task, such as removing a tree. If the tree sits on an easement, you can probably get the city or the local utility company to take care of the problem.
If you’re a neighbor?
Sometimes, trees don’t fall in a single yard. They’ll fall into your yard and your neighbor’s yard. If the tree grows in your yard, it’s your responsibility to remove it. Otherwise, the neighbor should have it removed. You want to maintain a pleasant relationship with your neighbor, so it’s beneficial to talk to them when a tree falls into two yards.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Waunakee?
The most common soil type that we see in Waunakee is silt loam. This type of soil is good for growing trees and other greenery, but not the best. It drains water better than sandy soil, but not as quickly as you might want it to drain. This can lead to root rot when the snow melts and inundates the soil.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Waunakee?
Yes, the weather in Waunakee can have a great effect on your tree’s health. The winter temperatures can dip below freezing for weeks on end, creating a hard freeze. You may find that younger trees perish under these harsh conditions. Some trees might appear to grow in the spring when, really, part of the tree has died.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Waunakee?
A dead tree on a power line is dangerous and requires a call to emergency services. However, if the dead tree is only close to the power line, then it’s almost always the Waunakee homeowner’s responsibility. However, if the tree is going close to a power line, it might be on an easement. You can consider checking with the local power company before taking action.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Waunakee?
All Waunakee homeowners want to know the cost of tree removal before we even arrive at their house. We can’t tell you exactly how much it will cost to remove your tree because every situation is unique.
However, we can tell you that the cost of tree removal in the area typically ranges between $530 and $719 with an average of $624. Your cost depends on a variety of factors and could exceed $1,800 in some cases or be as cheap as $200.. The factors that we see most affect the final price are:
When you have a towering tree that’s so wide you can’t wrap your arms around, it’s going to cost more to remove. We don’t remove a tree by chopping it down at the base. Our crew cuts it down into sections, starting at the top. Taller and wider trees require more time and safety measures to cut down.
When cutting down a tree, it’s essential that we don’t damage your Waunakee home with stray branches or endanger other trees. It takes more time and care to cut down a tree close to your home or one that sits in a group of trees. This cost factor can alter your total cost.
When we remove a tree, we find that Waunakee homeowners often want a few added services. The two most popular are stump removal and chipping the tree. Our team can take the tree and run it through a wood chipper so that you can use the wood chips as mulch around your property.