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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

When is the best time of year to trim trees in San Francisco?

In San Francisco, the best time of year to trim deciduous and evergreen trees is during the cold months (usually from December to February) when the trees are dormant and not actively growing. Avoid pruning during the spring and summer months.

However, you may need to trim your tree and remove dead or damaged branches at any time of year — especially if the branches are a safety hazard or if they put your tree’s health at risk. Also, the best time to prune or trim your trees can vary by the species. But, generally, the best time to prune is when your trees are not producing new leaves.

When in doubt, ask an expert to help you determine the best time to prune and trim your trees. Contact the best tree trimming professionals in San Francisco today.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a landscaper or lawn care professional during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up an appointment or consultation call with a lawn care professional or landscaper during the COVID-19 pandemic, take advantage of digital technologies to avoid face-to-face exposure. When searching for lawn mowing, landscaping and lawn care companies online, ask if they’ll do a video call to assess the job and give you an estimate. You can also go over strategies for completing the job and conducting virtual payments to stay safe.

How can I find out if a landscaper or lawn care professional is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To consult national guidelines on essential COVID-19 service providers and see whether a lawn care professional qualifies, visit a page on CISA’s website called Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. This website contains 16 categories of critical infrastructure sectors that you can search through. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure so you should also check your city or state’s government website.  

Can I use digital payments to pay for outdoor landscaping and design, lawn mowing, tree trimming and other similar services?

Many outdoor landscaping and design, lawn mowing and tree trimming companies will likely accept some form of digital payment instead of cash or check. The COVID-19 pandemic will likely causing more businesses to adopt digital platforms like Zelle, PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash and Google Pay.

Search professionals’ online profiles to see if they list digital payment services, and ask them about their payment policies during a consultation call.

Does a landscaper or lawn care professional need to enter my home?

Because landscaping and lawn maintenance take place outdoors, it is unlikely that these professionals will need to enter your home.

To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, practice social distancing at all times -- even with professionals doing work outside. You can minimize exposure during a consultation by using a video chat service. And when you pay, you can use a digital payment service like PayPal. Discuss strategies with any lawn mowing, landscaping, tree trimming and lawn care companies you may be considering.

Do landscapers or lawn care professionals offer remote or virtual services?

Landscapers and lawn care professionals generally do not offer remote or virtual services. But if you come across a profile that states the landscaper is offering remote services, it’s best to contact them to see what type of remote work is offered. 

Typically, lawn care and landscaping professionals can perform many of their duties without coming into physical contact with clients. Message local lawn mowing, landscaping, tree trimming, and lawn care companies near you to schedule a video call and inquire about remote services.

How much does it cost to trim a tree?

The national price range for tree trimming is $270-$450. 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.

Reviews for San Francisco tree removal services
D. G.
RH Tree Service removed a pine tree that was on a steep slope and cleaned up the work areas like they were never there. I would recommend them to anyone who needs tree trimming and/or removal.
RH Tree ServiceRH Tree Service
Heike P.
Henry and his team did an excellent job when removing a large tree from our small courtyard. Will hire them again for pruning our other trees.
All Stars Tree ServiceAll Stars Tree Service
Nick C.
Needed to get front shrubs removed, along with some small trees in the backyard; fast, furious and at a great price.
Angele's Tree ServiceAngele's Tree Service
Jason R.
Great work removing the two trees in our backyard, super clean finish, and would definitely recommend again!
Sean Heskett Urban ArboristSean Heskett Urban Arborist
Thumbtack Customer
Sean made it fast and furious :) he removed the big tree from our backyard and trimmed some other trees. We still need his help to proceed after construction is done! Highly recommended. Thanks Sean!
Sean Heskett Urban ArboristSean Heskett Urban Arborist
Roy F.
We contracted RH to remove a very tall Acacia that started leaning in the last storms, and to prune two others in a cluster. They were quick in getting us a quote, which was very reasonable, came out shortly thereafter to do the work. The leaning trunk was removed very quickly, and they did an excellent job pruning the other trees, including reducing the height of the trees without making them appear topped. The trees look great. They left our yard and the neighbors' in a clean condition. They are a very hard working crew, and we highly recommend them.
RH Tree ServiceRH Tree Service
Thumbtack Customer
I needed two palm trees and one yucca cleaned up. One palm tree and the yucca are very tall. Juan Angeles showed up as scheduled and completed the job in around three hours. All three trees were trimmed as discussed. There were lots of palm fronds and yucca spikes that had to be removed and due to the house's configuration had to be taken through the house to the street. When completed the house was spotless as was the back yard. The trees and yucca look great. Very happy with the job that was done by Angeles Tree Service.
Angele's Tree ServiceAngele's Tree Service
James T.
Sean removed two trees in my backyard and trimmed one. His communication was great, and he did the work for the exact price he quoted. I would definitely hire him again.
Sean Heskett Urban ArboristSean Heskett Urban Arborist
Tyler H.
Miguel was able to remove an overgrown palm tree from our home front planter, which was no small task. In doing so, he was able to preserve the brick lining of the planter and left the area ready for new planting. After he was done, he cleaned the area including the windows to be sure it was clear of all debris. Great work! Before and after photos below. Sorry to get rid of a tree, but it was starting to do damage on the surroundings.
Martinez's Gardening & LandscapeMartinez's Gardening & Landscape
Tac L.
Jose was quick to respond over email and text then jumped on a video call the next morning to evaluate the job and provide a quote. He was available the next day to remove the banana trees whose roots were dislodging bricks in our foundation. He solved our problem quickly and efficiently.
Jose Torres LandscapingJose Torres Landscaping
Shirley L.
I had 3 companies come out to give me a quote on trimming a 25 foot and removal of a dead tree. Juan Angele was the the most friendliest and most professional one. He gave me the most reasonable financial quote that I can afford. He was on time and cleaned up after crew very well. I would definitely use this company again and would highly reccomend him.
Angele's Tree ServiceAngele's Tree Service
Leigh S.
Sean helped me remove about 8 diseased cypress trees from my small SF backyard. The job ended up being more difficult than originally anticipated (more established roots and proximity to fencing, irrigation, and power lines), but he stuck with it and honored the original quote despite the extra time it took. My backyard looks much more open and he took the time to clean everything up afterwards as well.
Sean Heskett Urban ArboristSean Heskett Urban Arborist
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