Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Moreno Valley?
- 2 Does the City of Moreno Valley Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Moreno Valley?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Moreno Valley?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Moreno Valley?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Moreno Valley?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Moreno Valley?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Moreno Valley?
Moreno Valley is home to numerous tree species. Among them are ash, cottonwood, cypress, elderberry, oak, palm, redwood, sycamore, walnut, and willow. In addition to supporting the ecosystem, they shade the city giving it picturesque views, especially during the fall season.
However, from time to time, the trees suffer, and some succumb to different stressors. But the most common issues include harsh weather, pests, diseases, and invasive plants.
Warmer climates are increasingly changing weather patterns not just in Moreno Valley but across the nation. For instance, the region has been experiencing repeated droughts over the years. As much as trees are more resilient to dry weather than other plants, like food crops, they still suffer when the dryness prolongs. Decreased soil moisture dehydrates them and causes root system damage. As a result, the damaged roots fail to absorb nutrients and water effectively, weakening the plant.
Again, flash floods often hit the area, sweeping away trees, especially those with weak root support. Flooding also increases the probability of root diseases such as root rot. Similarly, trees with poor support are more susceptible to being blown away by winds.
Besides floods, winds, and droughts, Moreno Valley is also prone to wildfires, which sweep hundreds of acres of land whenever they start. For example, the recent Davis fire that swept across the valley left droves of burnt trees fighting for survival.
Diseases and Pests
Generally, local authorities encourage planting trees with higher resistance to drought, heat, and cold damage. Disease and pest-tolerant trees are also recommended. However, extreme weather conditions do have some effect on trees, no matter how sturdy they are. This makes them more susceptible to pest infestation and disease attacks.
For instance, there has been an invasive beetle, polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB), which invades the trunks of several trees. PSHB bores holes through the barks of avocados, maples, oaks, sycamores, willows, among other trees, thereby interrupting nutrient and water supply. Besides, it’s a carrier for a deadly fungus that causes Fusarium dieback, a vascular disease that also hinders the flow of nutrients and water up the tree.
Asian Citrus Psyllid is another common pest among citrus trees. The insect spreads a disease-causing bacteria that infect the trees with Huanglongbing (HLB) disease. The condition is also known as citrus greening disease and usually hinders the infected fruits from ripening properly. HLB is fatal and can destroy the affected tree within three to five years.
Usually, invasive species are highly tolerant plants that survive most of the conditions affecting the other trees. Moreover, they grow and multiply rapidly and often end up depriving the trees of food and water. Some common invasive plants in Moreno Valley include salt cedar, giant reed, and scarlet wisteria.
Does the City of Moreno Valley Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
In Moreno Valley, maintaining trees is the responsibility of the tree owner. Particularly, the city is responsible for maintaining street trees, i.e., park and public right-of-way trees. This includes planting, pruning, and removing hazardous trees.
Note that the city does not permit the removal of public trees by private landowners. However, it has the right to prune trees on private property if they encroach the public right-of-way. It may also cause the removal of hazardous trees, such as those interfering with utility lines, are dead, diseased, or pest-infested.
All the same, private landowners are responsible for trees on their property, including removing those that pose a safety hazard.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Moreno Valley?
In Moreno Valley, fallen tree removal responsibility rests on the property owner. That is, the city is responsible for removing fallen public trees, while private landowners are responsible for trees on their property. Where a tree grows on a boundary line, such that the trunk sits on adjoining properties, the owners are responsible for its removal in case it falls.
However, the removal responsibility may shift to an insurer if a tree destroys insured property. In summary, the responsibility applies to different homeowners and occupants as follows:
If you’re a homeowner?
As a homeowner, the removal responsibility depends on where you live. If your home is in a managed community, you should consult the HOA by-laws first, as some associations restrict tree removal. Otherwise, you’re responsible for the costs thereof, unless the tree damages insured property, in which case, the compensation caters to the expense.
If you’re a renter?
Generally, your landlord is responsible for maintaining trees on the property, including seeing to the removal of fallen ones. However, if a fallen tree destroys your personal belongings or your car, you should pursue your insurer for compensation. If you have renters insurance, it comes in handy in such situations as it covers damages like those caused by a fallen tree.
If you’re a landlord?
As a landlord, you’re responsible for maintaining your property, including trees growing in it. Hence, removing fallen trees is your duty. But if the rentals are in a managed community, you should talk to the community manager first to avoid violating the HOA by-laws.
If you’re a neighbor?
As much as your neighbor’s tree belongs to them and thus, has a duty to maintain it, you’re partially responsible for its maintenance. For instance, if leaves or branches fall on your property, it’s up to you to clear them. You also have a right to prune any encroaching branches. But you should do it responsibly in a way that doesn’t harm the tree.
That said, if the neighbor has been maintaining the tree well, but it falls on your property following a storm, an earthquake, or flash flood, they are not responsible for any damages it may cause. If it destroys insured property, you should follow up with your insurer for compensation. In this case, part of the homeowners’ insurance compensation usually covers the removal costs.
However, if you live in a managed community, ensure you inform the community manager to guide you on tree removal regulations.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Moreno Valley?
Soil offers support to trees and stores nutrients and water, which they use to process their food. Generally, trees thrive best in deep, well-drained soils with balanced textures.
Soil texture depends on the quantity of clay, silt, and sand content. For instance, clay soils usually have a fine texture as they contain high clay content. On the other hand, sandy soils are coarse due to the high content of sand, while loam soils have a balanced mix of clay, silt, and sand.
Clay soil is poorly drained as its fine grains do not allow water to flow through. Due to its compact nature, it binds up nutrients, hindering their uptake by the roots. As such, trees planted in predominantly clay soils may have stunted growth. Excessive water in the clay soil also causes a pH imbalance, which hinders optimal tree growth. As much as different tree species prefer varying soil pH, most trees do well in neutral conditions.
On the other hand, predominantly sandy soils also discourage healthy plant growth. This is because they are overly drained, leading to the loss of water and nutrients. Loamy soils are in the middle and offer the best conditions for tree growth. The soils are well-drained, which helps regulate the moisture. Again, their balanced texture allows smooth uptake of water and nutrients.
Moreno Valley soils exist in different variations of clay, loamy, and sandy soils. As different tree species prefer unique soil conditions, we often recommend conducting a soil test before planting. Once you identify your soil type, you should do further research on the trees that do best in that particular soil.
However, note that different soil types can be improved through treatment. For instance, adding organic matter to sandy soils can improve their nutrient and water retention ability. In the same way, liming clay soil helps increase its pH.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Moreno Valley?
Weather is a crucial factor in tree health. Conducive weather contributes to optimal tree growth, while adverse conditions may result in poor health. Moreno Valley’s climate is usually temperate, with wet and cold winters, and sunny and hot summers. Most months are dry, with the wet season lasting for only four to five months.
However, owing to the climatic changes witnessed globally, Moreno Valley has been experiencing severe droughts, which impact tree health negatively. In the face of excessively dry landscapes and strong winds, wildfires have also been prevalent, such as the recent Davis fire.
On the other hand, the city also receives flash floods once in a while accompanied by thunderstorms. These usually destroy trees and leave some too weak to withstand pest and disease attacks.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Moreno Valley?
The City of Moreno can mandate the removal of hazardous trees on both private and public property, such as dead trees near power lines. But generally, utility companies are responsible for maintaining vegetation along their lines.
For example, Southern California Edison conducts regular maintenance of vegetation near their lines, including trimming and removing hazardous trees. This promotes power reliability by preventing outages and also helps enhance public safety.
If there are dead trees near power lines, you can call the respective utility company for removal. Southern California Edison can be reached through their customer support line at 800-655-4555.
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Moreno Valley?
Tree removal cost in Moreno Valley depends on its condition, location, and size. Mainly, the quote covers tree cutting and clearing, which can range between $200 and $2,100. But the average job costs around $800. Stump removal is often a separate cost and varies depending on the stump diameter and root depth.
If you’re requesting removal service for a tree that has fallen, the quote will depend on where it’s lying. Where a tree has fallen on the open ground, we charge much lower than one on top of a building. In the latter case, we require using special equipment to remove the tree safely without causing further damage to the structure. Additional equipment increases the overheads, hence a higher quote.
In the same way, removing a healthy tree is cheaper than a diseased or dead tree. Again, equipment (bucket truck or crane) is needed to remove the latter, as it’s too risky for our crew to climb up. Any additional equipment translates to more project costs.
We usually calculate quotes depending on a tree’s location. This includes the distance our crew will cover to the site, where the tree is situated and the accessibility of the location. That means, if the location is near our dispatch center, you get a lower quote than a faraway customer. In the same way, if the area is hard-to-access such as a slope, or the tree is near a building or overhanging a power line, we charge a higher fee for the extra equipment required.
Lastly, the quote may vary depending on your tree’s size. If your tree is tall, say, 60 feet and above, you should expect to pay more than a shorter 20-foot tree. The crown size also determines the cost as the work involved (cutting and clearing) increases depending on how much bulkier and wider the crown is.