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Tree and HOA’s

If you are thinking about getting tree work done you should consider HOA regulations. Restrictions and requirements by Homeowners Associations vary for trimming, removal, replacement and new planting. Many differentiate between what can be done in the front of the house versus the back. Where HOA permission is required, this is generally done by submitting an application. Application approvals may be done on a monthly cycle when the corresponding committee meets. It is best to be familiar with your HOA guidelines before doing any tree work.

 

Most HOAs allow, encourage, or even require basic trimming as a matter of good maintenance.  Removing dead, diseased and hazardous trees is generally allowed, but often requires approval, and sometimes supporting documentation. Often it is required to replace trees that have died or have been removed. Sometimes there are specific guidelines as to the size and species of the replacement trees. For example if a maple tree in your front yard (a “street tree”) dies, the HOA will usually allow replacement with another maple tree without asking permission. A different species of “canopy tree” may be allowed with an application for modification. There may also be a size minimum such as “2 inch caliper”.

 

Working with an arborist who has experience dealing with associations can help. Ashburn Tree has assisted homeowners with hoa issues in Broadlands, Brambleton, Loudoun Valley Estates, Ashburn Farm, Ashburn Village and other local communities. Get in touch with Ashburn Tree for a free sales consult to begin the process of planning your next tree work project.

Tree Trimming

Tree trimming (or pruning) is an important aspect of property maintenance, whether you are a homeowner, or manage commercial property. Improper pruning can negatively impact the health, appearance, and safety of a tree. If you wish to prune your own trees, be sure to learn proper techniques and avoid taking on jobs that are too big. Otherwise, contact an arborist who can perform the job safely, in accordance with Tree Care Industry standards.

 

When engaging with an arborist to trim your trees, be prepared to communicate your objectives. You may have concerns about space, appearance, safety, or the health of the tree.  After assessing current conditions and with knowledge specific to each species of tree, your arborist can guide in forming a plan for your tree trimming project.

 

Contact Ashburn tree for a free sales consult with an arborist if you may need your trees to be trimmed in the Ashburn area.

Tree Killing Pests

This year we have seen many trees recede and die from a few Pests.

The Emerald Ash Borer has plagued large Ash trees in this region for more than a decade. However this year seems to be the worst yet. HOAs are particularly beset with this, as they have inherited stands of mature trees. There is no practical treatment for very large trees. Removal should not be put off in many cases, as the timber will quickly become very brittle.

Honey Locusts are popular neighborhood street trees. The mimosa webworm has ravaged this species from late summer on. The hardest hit will not recover, and should be removed. Many, however, will recover by next year if the webworm does not return with the same veracity.

Spruce trees are suffering from rust fungus throughout the region. Trimming, treatment, and other maintenance can help many of these to recover.

Get in touch with Ashburn Tree for a free sales consult if you think you may need your trees removed, trimmed or treated.