Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Redlands?
- 2 Does the City of Redlands Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
- 3 Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Redlands?
- 4 How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Redlands?
- 5 Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Redlands?
- 6 What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Redlands?
- 7 How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Redlands?
What Are the Most Common Tree Issues in Redlands?
There is a lot of natural beauty in Redlands, CA, extending through natural landscapes like our Prospect Park and Wildwood Canyon State Park to our Caroline Park and San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, where there are no shortage of beautiful trees, shrubs, and plants not to mention the wildlife that thrives in it.
All of these wonderful sights to see are all made possible because the trees, plants, and wildlife are all accustomed to Redlands’ long hot and dry summers and cold winters (although rarely below freezing). This is why it is so important to plant native deciduous and evergreen trees like Western Sycamore, Coastal Live Oak, California Juniper, and of course, the California state trees — Coastal Redwood and Giant Sequoia.
With that being said, even the most acclimated trees to Redlands’ climate are vulnerable to tree diseases that are also accustomed to the habitat. For Redlands, CA, the most common tree diseases to watch for are the following:
Huanglongbing is a citrus greening disease considered to be the most destructive to our fruit trees and plants. It’s spread by the Asian Citrus Psyllid and is identified by symptoms like psyllid sightings/droppings, ripe fruit that is green, yellow shoots, diebacks, leaf discolorations, and scattered foliage.
After a citrus tree in the City of Colton returned positive for Huanglongbing in early 2020, the CDFA has put out a citrus quarantine to prevent and reduce the spread. Unfortunately, there is no known cure, and treatment will help it last 5 years at best.
Following the announcement, the City of Redlands sent out a notice requiring that residents do the following:
- Spray the citrus trees on residential property.
- Within quarantine areas, consume homegrown citrus fruit at home and do not transport homegrown citrus or citrus plants out of the area.
- Keep it local, and don’t move citrus plants, leaves, or foliage into or out of the quarantine area or across state or international borders.
- Cooperate with agricultural officials placing traps, inspecting trees, and treating for the pest.
- If you no longer wish to care for your citrus tree, you should remove it so it does not become a host to the pest and disease.
Pest Infestations in California Trees
Pests will always be a problem for our trees but how much of a problem depends on our ability to take preventative measures like spray treatments and trunk injections, detect infestations early by looking out for symptoms, and going through with treatments when it is evident there is one needed.
Fortunately, the USDA APHIS has a list of pests suitable to the California habitat for you to reference:
- Asian Gypsy Moth — they attack North American tree and shrub species.
- Asian Longhorned Beetle — they attack hardwood trees and national forests.
- Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle — they attack palm trees, including coconut, date, and oil palm.
- Emerald Ash Borer Beetle — they attack ash trees.
- European Cherry Fruit Fly — they attack honeysuckle and dogwood.
- False Codling Moth — they attack plants, fruit trees, and field crops.
- Spotted Lanternfly — they attack fruit, ornamental, and woody trees.
It also reported that these hungry pests in California are currently under federal quarantine: the Asian Citrus Psyllid, Imported Fire Ant, Light Brown Apple Moth, Mexican Fruit Fly, Sudden Oak Death, and Citrus Greening.
Does the City of Redlands Provide Any Assistance in Tree Removal Problems?
The City of Redlands does not provide any tree removal assistance for private property owners. Residents are required to work with a professional contractor for those kinds of services. However, the city should always be contacted if it’s a public tree you want to be removed.
With that being said, the City of Redlands is very proud of the 53,900 tree sites distributed through city right-of-ways and public properties and the 46,900 street trees lining streets in our city. For this reason and environmental reasons, our city does require that you get approved for a Public Tree Encroachment Permit if you want to trim, plant, or remove any tree in a city easement.
Who Is Responsible For Fallen Tree Removal in Redlands?
When a tree falls, it’s inevitable for all parties involved to start pointing fingers. Fortunately, we have the breakdown for you on who is responsible for what is in Redlands under common fallen tree circumstances.
If you’re a homeowner?
If a tree falls onto your property from your property, it is fully your responsibility to take care of its removal and any damages that happened as a result. However, if a healthy tree falls due to natural causes and lands on multiple properties, all property owners are responsible for the portion up to their property lines including the city if it makes its way to public property.
For more scenarios, take a look at the ‘neighbor’ section.
If you’re a renter?
You can relax if you’re a renter because the responsibility of a fallen tree, no matter where it originated or where it fell, is not on you. It is your landlord’s responsibility to take care of, maintain, and remove trees on the property they own. However, we suggest that you keep in close contact with your landlord and let them know if you notice signs of any dead, dying, or declining trees to ensure your safety.
If you’re a landlord?
As a landlord, you are just as responsible as a homeowner for removing fallen trees from your property. However, you do have the added responsibility of your tenants to think about, so you should still contact us to keep up with regular maintenance, care, and removal checks to ensure there aren’t any unexpected falling that could have been prevented.
If you’re a neighbor?
As a neighbor, the state of the fallen tree plays a big role with who is at fault and responsible for removing the fallen tree. For instance, if the tree that fell onto your property from your neighbor’s property is healthy and falls after a natural disaster then it is your responsibility to remove the tree. However, if the tree that fell was dead, dying, or declining in health, it is your neighbor’s responsibility to remove it.
How Does the Soil Affect Trees in Redlands?
The soil in Redlands is very important to the health of our trees. This is because trees live off of water and proper nutrients like minerals. Our soil is what stores that nitrogen and minerals (dissolved, of course) into the water, where our trees then absorb the water from our soil via a process called osmosis. The type of soil and how well it retains water and nutrients for your trees depends on the area.
Our state soil in California is San Joaquin, a soil series described as “well and moderately drained; medium to very high runoff; very slow permeability. Some areas are subject to rare or occasional flooding.” This means that water transmits through our soil slowly, allowing it to retain most moisture and give our trees all the nutrients. However, this also means that heavy rainfalls are likely to flood the area or ‘run off’ before the soil can soak it up.
Does Weather Affect Tree Health in Redlands?
Although our native trees in Redlands are primarily safe when it comes to our weather, there will always be some risk to their health. This is because something as common as heavy rainfall or a windy day can break leaves and branches from a tree (in worst cases, the whole tree), not to mention the more uncommon natural disasters that still hit California.
In fact, Redlands has the potential to experience earthquakes (more so than the California average and well over the U.S. average), volcanoes, tornadoes, thunderstorm winds, strong winds, wildfires, droughts, floods, and more. All of which can not only weaken the health of our trees but kill them almost instantly.
What If Dead Trees Are Near Power Lines in Redlands?
If you notice that dead trees are near power lines in Redlands, CA, you should contact your local electric company immediately. You should never take on the job yourself to maintain, trim, or remove trees 15 feet or close to power lines as it is very dangerous and can cause major outages.
According to Southern California Edison, the reason you should call your electric company and not just any local tree trimming professional is that “only specially trained tree trimmers can work near power lines. Homeowners who hire their own tree trimmers to prune or remove trees near wires must first notify SCE. This includes work on any tree within 10 feet of SCE lines or trees that could come in contact with wires or equipment if they fall.”
How Much Does Tree Removal Usually Cost in Redlands?
In Redlands, CA, residents pay $645 on average or anywhere between $245 and $2,150. With that being said, you should not make plans with only these numbers in mind, as it can be changed substantially by the following cost factors.
Hourly rates are one of the first factors to consider when calculating how much you will pay for a service. Jobs that take us longer to complete because of complications like proximity to your home will naturally cost more.
You should also consider the height of your tree when determining your final costs. For example, a standard, still-standing 30-foot tree removal service in Redlands will cost on average $450, but you can expect about $20-30 additional for every foot of height above 30. This is because the taller your tree, the more difficult the job — it will take us more workers, tools, equipment, and time.
On the other hand, a tree that has already fallen will likely cost you much less since most of the job is already complete.
While purchasing additional services is never required, it’s always helpful to consider your options. For example, most residents in Redlands take advantage of additional services like tree protection and land and lot clearing when they get a tree removal. Tree protection consists of spray treatment (about $150) and injections (about $60) that protect the rest of your landscape from what may have taken down your tree.
Land and lot clearing, however, is a bigger expense — although it saves you a lot of time and hassle. It can cost more than a thousand more and consists of our professionals clearing your lot of yard waste and disposing of it appropriately (according to laws and regulations).