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How Much Do Tree Services Cost in Nashville?
Nashville, Tennessee is known more for its country music and less for its urban green. While the city is trying to make up for the trees that have been lost in development and inclement weather, their residents needs to help. See what you can do to keep your trees alive and contribute to adding more to the green canopy.
How Much Does it Cost for Tree Removal?
Sometimes the best way to start is with a fresh slate. Some trees are just too ill, worn out or old to be saved. So when it comes time to take those down, tree service professionals in Nashville will quote a price between $559 and $797, with an average price of $678.
How Much Does it Cost for Stump Removal?
If all that’s left to start over and build a new tree in your yard is the stump, tree service professionals in Nashville will charge around $100 and take about three hours to either grind down the stump into wood chips or pull the stump from its roots out of the ground, then haul it away in their truck.
Average Cost of Tree Maintenance in Nashville
To keep your trees healthy and avoid having to get them or their stumps removed, calling in a professional to trim, cut or prune them will cost between $445 and $621, with an average quote of $533. This leaves out any possible circumstances like proximity to power lines and other circumstances that could make the job harder, though.
Nashville Tree Facts & FAQ
Currently Nashville only has 47% of its area covered in trees, with over 119,000 acres of open area that can have trees in them and increase the shaded regions of the city, which can help increase energy efficiency and oxygen emissions.
Best Time to Remove a Tree
The best time of year to remove a tree in Nashville is right before winter starts around October or November. Trees are going to sleep right around then, and it’ll be easier to uproot them from the ground than in the spring. It’s also a good time of year to do heavy pruning and maintenance on the trees because there’s less risk of disease or infection, and it will grow back less quickly with the tree going dormant for the winter months.
Tennessee’s State Tree
The tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) has been the state tree of Tennessee since 1947. The tulip poplar grows everywhere in the state and can grow up to 100 feet unless in the Appalachian Mountains, wherein it reaches up to 165 feet. It has a short lifespan as it grows so fast, with weak bark that reaches a dark brown color and flowers that are either pale green or yellow.
Common Trees to Plant
Native trees to Nashville are the best trees for planting, as they help bring back the ecosystem, are more resistant to regional conditions, and lower maintenance than other types of trees residents might try to plant. These trees include:
- Norway spruce (Picea abies)
- Village green zelkova (Zelkova serrata)
- Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)
- Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Fruit Trees that Thrive
The top three recommended fruit trees for the weather patterns in Nashville are apples, pears and peaches. Nashville has the right kind of air circulation and soil to support these types of trees over other kinds, which might be more difficult to take care of.
Difficult to Maintain Trees
There are several trees that residents are not recommended to grow in the Nashville area, either because they’re prone to pests and disease infections, or because they are brittle and easily break should a storm pass through the city. These trees include:
- Silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
- Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
- Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)
- Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
- Chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
- Chinese tallowtree (Triadica sebifera)
- Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
- Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
- Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana)
- Weeping willow (Salix babylonica)
Common Diseases that Affect Nashville’s Trees
Drought in Nashville in recent years have caused a lot of new diseases and pests to start affecting the trees in the area. Diseases like apple scab have caused the crab apple trees to lose their leaves. Residents should also be on the lookout for thousand cankers disease and emerald ash borer, which appeared on the eastern side of the state. Cankers is a fungal infection that can kill a tree over a period of a few years, while emerald ash borer is a green beetle that infects and kills ash trees.
Rules Regarding Trees and Overhead Power Lines
Nashville’s Electric Service (NES) performs routine inspections and maintenance on the power lines in the city to keep them free of branches. They employ branch cutting tactics laid out by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and keep residents informed of when they plan to do maintenance on trees in their power line area through mailed notices.
Plant Hardiness Zones in Tennessee
Here is the plant hardiness zones for Tennessee as provided by the USDA:
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