So, you have a dead or dying oak tree that needs to be excavated ASAP. Or that maple is leaning a little too far into your neighbour’s yard, and you do not want diplomatic relations to go downhill. Maybe that towering evergreen has gotten a bit too big, and now your beautiful view is fully obstructed. Regardless of your reasons, the cost of your tree removal is not always as clear cut as a stump. Many factors contribute to the cost of tree removal and the steps that must be taken to complete it.
Costs for tree removal can range from hundreds to thousands, with the average at around $650. All fees are conditional on a relatively standard set of criteria including diameter, height, location, and condition. Some companies charge by the foot, while others offer a set contract price. Regardless, the rule of thumb is that the larger the tree, the bigger the bill. If the trunk needs to be cut into portions, that will also add to the bill.
Tree care companies typically group trees by the following heights:
- 30 feet or less (like a crabapple)
- 30-60 feet
- 60-80 feet
- 80 feet or taller (like red oak)
While tree removal can be a fussy process, there are a few constants you can count on. These include:
- Cutting the tree down to a stump
- Segmenting the trunk into smaller, easier to manage pieces
- Removing and hacking the branches and debris
- Hauling the parts away (Some companies charge extra for this service whether it is for the branches, bits of the trunk, or both. Make sure to confirm with the company in advance).
One major thing you should consider is that tree stump removal is always extra. Whether your contractor uses a grinder or digs it out, the cost will depend on the diameter of the stump and other factors. Roots, as well, are usually not covered in tree removal estimates. Although, roots that are exposed can often be easily removed if you opt for the stump grinding service.
Other conditions to keep in mind when arranging for tree removal:
- Health – Dead and dying trees are risky. While their frail nature can make the removal of smaller trees easier, larger trees can be hazardous, especially if the arborist needs to do some climbing.
- Location – If your tree is growing near power lines or other trees, those hazardous obstructions can add to the bill. If your tree is not easily accessible (i.e. backyard instead of front), that can also contribute to the time and effort it takes for removal. Trees that have already fallen cost significantly less to remove.
- Equipment – Trickier jobs may require specialized equipment, like ropes and pulleys to secure branches and limbs before their removal safely.
Tree removal is a job that should only be handled by professionals because of dangers ranging from falling branches to thrown debris. Arbor Care Tree Services has an experienced team that can do the job well. We have reasonable prices, our team is fully licensed and insured, and our workmanship is unmatched. Call us today to schedule an appointment.