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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to trim a tree?

The national price range for tree trimming ranges anywhere from $75-$1,000. Tree trimming is often done by a professional arborist who is trained to safely trim and prune trees for both the health of the tree and the safety of the residents and their property. Trying to do your own tree trimming is not advisable unless you have the proper know-how. Tree trimming companies may charge an hourly rate for their services. The hourly rate may be higher or lower for different trees to reflect the relative safety measures, skill, equipment or people power needed to handle the job. For this reason, most tree services provide free estimates.

One example of an hourly rate for professional tree trimming services is $150 per hour. Costs may be under $100 or could be higher than $300 per hour, depending on variables such as proximity to buildings, health of the tree, height and diameter of the tree, and type of tree trimming desired. Geography and regional cost of living and regional costs to do business will also play a role in your tree removal costs.

How much does it cost to cut a tree down?

When you’re ready to have a tree on your property come down, it’s time to call an arborist. The national average price range for tree-trimming costs is $270-$450. Tree removal costs can vary based on the height, diameter, location and health of the tree, and on whether you want to remove the stump. Height plays a major role in tree removal costs. Small trees, no more than 30 feet tall, are usually thinner in diameter and easier and safer for an arborist to manage. Removal of a small tree can cost anywhere from under $150 to over $450. Removal of medium-height trees, from 30 feet to 60 feet tall, could cost anywhere between $150 and $850 or more. Tall trees, typically 60 feet to 80 feet tall, may start at $500 or cost more than $1,000 to cut down. As the height and diameter increase, so does the cost.

Location is critical, too. Removing a tree in an open space is quicker and presents fewer obstacles than removing a tree that is growing flush to your house. Arborists can assess your tree and provide you with quotes based on the variables involved. For example, removing a medium-size hackberry tree that was growing too close to a home — the roots were damaging the home’s foundation — cost $1,500. This price included rope-down, house protection, tree quartering and stacking, and stump removal.

How much does it cost to remove a fallen tree?

If you need to have a tree cut down, have you planned what will happen next? Arborists often charge an additional fee to quarter and remove the fallen tree from your property, so anticipate this as part of your tree removal costs. You can elect to have the wood cut for use in your fireplace, or you may prefer to have it hauled away completely.

Tree removal costs may vary based on the height and the width of the felled tree. Size affects the labor required for removal, which will be reflected in the cost. For example, a tree service company may charge an additional $100-$120 to haul away the pieces of a felled tree. The service may cost as little as $75 in some regions and more than $150 in others. Regional labor rates, the cost of living and the cost to do business in your area will be reflected in your tree removal cost.

What is tree trimming vs. tree pruning?

The difference between tree trimming and tree pruning comes down to the intention and strategy in the two methods. Pruning often refers to the removal of branches deemed unnecessary or hazardous, and this process helps stimulate growth. Tree trimming focuses on removing overgrown branches. But this process can also help the tree receive more moisture and light. 

A professional might recommend pruning and trimming at different times of year to stimulate growth or leverage the tree’s dormant period to slow new sprouting.

If a neighbor's tree falls on my property, who is responsible for removal?

The rules for liability when a neighbor's tree falls on your property may depend on the unique details of the situation. A common outcome is that the homeowner pays for the damage and removal. Homeowners insurance may cover a tree that fell into your yard from a wind storm. Check your local laws and insurance policy to find out.

How do you remove roots after tree removal?

Getting rid of tree roots can be tricky. There are methods for getting roots out yourself, but the labor involved will take several hours and is quite intensive. For this reason, it’s best to hire a pro to remove stumps and roots. 

What do tree removal companies do with the wood?

Downed trees can have a number of different end destinations. The tree removal company may use it as firewood to sell to customers, or they may send it through a wood chipper to turn it into mulch. The tree may also wind up in a green landfill or biomass power plant. Alternatively, it could go to a lumber or chip mill. 

What are the advantages of cutting trees?

There are several advantages to responsible tree cutting. As trees age and stop producing seeds, cutting them down can prevent them from falling on valuable property like homes and cars. Additionally, cutting trees allows more sunlight to reach smaller trees below, giving them the opportunity to grow. And pruning your trees can help promote growth.

Who is responsible for cutting overhanging tree branches?

You should check your local laws to determine who is responsible for cutting overhanging tree branches on your property. If possible, make an agreement with your neighbor(s) on who is responsible to trim back tree branches that cross property lines.

Reviews for Carlsbad tree trimming professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Removed a large tree and trimmed two others plus trimming 4 palms. Work done professionally and timely. Couldn't ask for more.
GM Tree Service & LandscapingGM Tree Service & Landscaping
Julie M.
They were a pleasure to work with. I needed my trees trimmed ASAP and they did it! Thank you Laan's!
LTC Forestry, Inc.LTC Forestry, Inc.
Linda A.
Greg did a great job with our project. He responded right away to my Thumbtack request and he came out that day to do an estimate. He and his crew were here today and cut down a tree and dug out that stump and 4 other stumps we had from prior trees/shrubs. He also trimmed and laced our front tree, trimmed our hedges and trimmed and stripped several of our palm trees. He cleaned up and hauled away everything and left it cleaner that he found it! Great job GM landscaping - thank you for making our life a lot easier!
GM Tree Service & LandscapingGM Tree Service & Landscaping
Beth D.
Hector did a fantastic job trimming a very large tree and removing 3 small ones! He is very professional and fairly priced!
Hector Rodriguez TREE CAREHector Rodriguez TREE CARE
Thumbtack Customer
The team was great. They were on time, friendly, even trimmed a few extra trees which were not part of the original project. Definitely recommend them!
Rainforest Tree Service IncRainforest Tree Service Inc
Thumbtack Customer
From the introduction to the completion of the tree trimming process, this was a well thought out process. Cleanup was though row and fast. I would recommend Alfonso to everyone and certainly use his service again at our location!
Rainforest Tree Service IncRainforest Tree Service Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Extremely satisfied with Kevin and the Arbor Artistry crew. Kevin was quick to bid on the project, within hours of my request, and had the crew in the following day. He is very knowledgeable about the health of trees and gave me great feedback on some of my other trees that weren't part of the project without pushing to "up sell" more business (although I will call him back to address those trees at another time). Project was to trim and shape 4 olive trees - couldn't be happier with quality, efficiency, service, quick response and turnaround, and price. Highly recommend Arbor Artistry!
Arbor Artistry Tree ServiceArbor Artistry Tree Service
John T.
Rainforest Tree Service trimmed my 80' Sycamore tree in under 4 hours.When they left everything was cleaned properly and they left my yard better than they found it.All 3 workers were task oriented and professional which I appreciated that very much. Their price was reasonable and competititive with all the other bids. I will be using Rainforest Tree Service again for another job in a few months. I also appreciated the manner in which Alphonso handled an obnoxious neighbor much better than I would have.
Rainforest Tree Service IncRainforest Tree Service Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Greg and his crew did a fine job. His crew arrived early and sharpened their tools while Greg picked up mulch for me. They then trimmed trees and mulched my front, side and backyards--it looks great! His estimate was fair and I would not hesitate to use him again,
GM Tree Service & LandscapingGM Tree Service & Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
They were great and a what a price! They worked with me and offered advice about trimming techniques so, I knew why branches were trimmed that way. Because, I don't know? They even took the time to satisfy my discerning taste by taking a little more of several trees (without any grief). The best part was that everyone on the team spoke English as their first language so, communication wasn't a problem (like with other companies). The team was even careful about trampling my plants...
LTC Forestry, Inc.LTC Forestry, Inc.
Ed R.
Greg and his Team were absolutely amazing and fast! I had three 80-100 ft pine trees - two needed to be topped off and one completely removed. I was very concerned that Greg's team would have trouble working in such a tight spot but they were very professional in chopping these trees down and lowering the big branches safely to the ground without damaging the fence or adjacent house structure. They removed the pine tree next to the structure and grinded the stump below ground level. I was completely astonished at their skill, speed and expertise. The next door neighbor was also amazed and hired Greg's Team to trim some trees on his hill afterwards. Greg's Team left my place completely clean. I would definitely recommend Greg's service to anyone and will certainly hire him again.
GM Tree Service & LandscapingGM Tree Service & Landscaping
Joanne M.
Kevin the owner of Arbor Artistry is an actual arborist. I've had 2 other companies prune my trees and not been happy. I found hiring an arborist makes a big difference. He knew the names of the trees in my yard, made several suggestions as to how to best trim the trees. Even threw in the pruning of a couple of shrubs for free that weren't included in my original bid, just because "they needed to be done." Pedro, the worker that climbed my 3 forty foot trees is a true artist with pruning shears! All of my trees had been pruned before, but never like this. Gorgeous. I was so happy with their work, I recommended them to my Dad. They went to his home and pruned several of his trees as well as removed lots of dead brush and plant debris. My Dad is NEVER satisfied with anything. He always thinks he can do better. Not this time! He's mentioned to me several times, "These guys really know what they're doing!" They did everything they said they would do, showed up on time, were quiet, professional, and we'll be hiring them again.
Arbor Artistry Tree ServiceArbor Artistry Tree Service
Thumbtack Customer
The team from Laan's was great. They did a great job and were easy to work with. They trimmed two California pepper trees and took out 5 stumps. They were quick and careful to clean up after themselves. They even accommodated a few dogs who had to go out and take a peak every now and then! The cost was very reasonable. I will most definitely use them again and will refer them to neighbors and friends.
LTC Forestry, Inc.LTC Forestry, Inc.
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