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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.

Is it worth it to hire a professional tree trimming service?

Hiring a professional tree trimming service near you can be worth the cost. This job requires the use of specialized equipment and involves a high degree of risk for inexperienced operators.

Safety is a major reason why you might want to avoid performing this task yourself. Another factor is time. Tree trimming services have their own equipment and tools that allow them to finish the job quickly. 

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.

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. 

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 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 Los Angeles tree trimming professionals
Rene M.
Tree trimming is an art and EZ has it down!
Easy Does It Tree ServiceEasy Does It Tree Service
Edward K.
Terrific job on tree trimming my rental property. Thank you!
Greens tree & landscaping careGreens tree & landscaping care
Robert L.
Really did an excellent job trimming my trees and hedges. I would recommend them for any tree cutting needs.
Greens tree & landscaping careGreens tree & landscaping care
Mary W.
Greens Tree & Landscaping Care did a great job on trimming our large Ficus tree in our front yard. They were responsive and professional!
Greens tree & landscaping careGreens tree & landscaping care
Melinda M.
Humberto and his team did a great job skillfully trimming (not hacking!) a large oak tree in our yard and several side trees. It looks great!
Greens tree & landscaping careGreens tree & landscaping care
Thumbtack Customer
Torre's Tree Trimming was amazing! Professional, expert advise, great price, punctual, a perfect job on our 80 foot pine tree. Thank you Raymundo!!!
Torres Tree 🌳 TrimmingTorres Tree 🌳 Trimming
Andraca I.
Thank you so much! Ortega’s Jr tree service did a great job trimming my 2 overgrown trees. They were very knowledgeable and got the job done in a timely manner. Very good value and price for work done. It was not an easy task trimming one of the trees. Thank you! Process was stress free. Amazing work.
Ortega's Jr Tree ServiceOrtega's Jr Tree Service
Richon T.
All in 2 Tree Service trimmed my neglected tree in my backyard, cleaned up all of the debris, hauled it all away. I received a quote on Saturday. They stated that they would come on Tuesday morning to do the work. Tuesday morning, they arrived at the proposed time, trimmed the tree as requested, and exceeded all expectations. I’d definitely recommend their services and will keep them in mind for my next yard project.
All in 2 Tree ServiceAll in 2 Tree Service
Robert H.
I would strongly recommend Ortega’s Jr. Tree Service for ANY of your tree trimming needs. Their workers were flexible, conscientious, and respectful. Their prices are also very reasonable. I’ll definitely be using them again.
Ortega's Jr Tree ServiceOrtega's Jr Tree Service
Thumbtack Customer
Trimming of pepper tree that was out of control. Job done to my satisfaction, all branches and leaves hauled away, and blower used on driveway.
Torres Tree 🌳 TrimmingTorres Tree 🌳 Trimming
Jeani B.
The job of trimming my persimmon tree was done quickly and professionally and they did a great job cleaning up. I’ll definitely hire them again!
Easy Does It Tree ServiceEasy Does It Tree Service
Brooke R.
Best tree trimming company out there! Didn’t have to be home and cleaned up very well. Cut the tree exactly how we wanted and very professional people. I will reach out to you guys again in another 6 months!
Greens tree & landscaping careGreens tree & landscaping care
Tom G.
Excellent work. I had them trim three trees - Safeway did a GREAT job and ended up doing more trees under the same amount that was quoted. Profession, clean, punctual - everything was 100% perfect. THANK YOU! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Safeway Tree Service Inc.Safeway Tree Service Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Arnulfo did a terrific job. He works diligently, efficiently and thoroughly. I highly recommend him to anyone needing to trim their trees!! Outstanding work and clean up. :) !
Godoys Tree TrimmingGodoys Tree Trimming
Vanesha m.
Great service, I needed two trees trimmed for a good deal. Abe had a fair price, and his work was of quality. I will definitely use his services again.
Abe's Palm Tree ServiceAbe's Palm Tree Service
Tom B.
Great communication, worked with our budget and got the job done. Trimmed 3 large trees, removed 4 medium and 4 small trees. Only quibble: damage to some outdoor lighting and a decorative feature but given size of project and speed of execution, not a huge deal. Would hire again.
Greens tree & landscaping careGreens tree & landscaping care
Jo Ann P.
Roger, Oscar and the team did an outstanding job with trimming our mulberry tree. They responded quickly to my request for a quote and scheduled the job within two days. They had fair pricing and were professional, friendly and their expertise was second to none. I highly recommend Green view for tree maintenance needs.
Green viewGreen view
Luis Q.
Arrived on time and straight to work! Trimmed and pruned my big avocado tree without any hassles or issues. Very professional, fast service and great prices. Best price in town for sure.
Ortega's Jr Tree ServiceOrtega's Jr Tree Service
Kendra H.
Our experience with Best in Cali tree services was truly the best! From Veronica’s super responsiveness to our initial request for an estimate, to Edgar’s very fair pricing and excellent recommendations for our struggling birch tree along with the overall trimming of hedges and trees, we were won over. Jesus, the on site supervisor, was responsible and attentive to our questions and comments during the actual work and Hernando was an incredible tree whisperer doing hand pruning on certain trees. Clean up was also excellent. This family business cares about the work they do! We highly recommend them for any type of tree or landscaping work.
Best In Cali Tree ServicesBest In Cali Tree Services
Taylor R.
I am very happy with the results of this project. Arnulfo was quick to reply to my post and kept up with the communication throughout. I would recommend him to anyone else looking for tree trimming services.
Godoys Tree TrimmingGodoys Tree Trimming
Linda C.
I wish I could give them more stars! I was told by my home insurance company that if I didn't take care of some issues around my home that my house insurance would be cancelled. One of the issues was tree branches hanging low on my roof. I contacted Mr. Salas at Think Green Tree Care. He came to my house right away, gave me a very good estimate and immediately started trimming the trees. The next day he came back and took care of the giant pine tree in our back yard. Not only did he do a great job, he made the trees he and his crew trimmed look beautiful! They are bonded and insured and gave me a great estimate that was lower than I was expecting. They also thoroughly cleaned up all the branches and debris. Needless to say, I will be contacting them again should I need tree care in the future.
Think Green Tree CareThink Green Tree Care
Thumbtack Customer
Arnulfo was great. Fair price and he and his crew were very professional. They arrived on time, trimmed an overgrown tree in our backyard and cleaned up everything. I would highly recommend his services.
Godoys Tree TrimmingGodoys Tree Trimming
Terri m.
Devindra was a pleasure to work with. He and his crew did an excellent job not just trimming the trees, but also cleaning up after the job was done. They worked quickly and the price was very reasonable. Will definitely hire again.
Easy Does It Tree ServiceEasy Does It Tree Service
Paula G.
Thank you Greens tree & landscaping for removing my mother’s tree. You had an estimator come by and give a price to trim or price to remove. She wanted it removed. Your team were able to do it quickly and you cleaned up everything before leaving. She is very happy. Your prices are fair and competitive. Before and after.
Greens tree & landscaping careGreens tree & landscaping care
Thumbtack Customer
Set of young palm trees needed trimming and a tall older one. The owner of the properties wanted a licensed and insured professional. Raymond was very communicative, offered fair pricing and managed to squeeze us in before the holidays even when he was trying to get out of town. The trees look great. Will reach out again for future projects for sure. Recommend!
Think Green Tree CareThink Green Tree Care
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