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

In Denver, winter is the best time to trim deciduous trees. This reduces the risk of damaging the tree’s health, as most trees are dormant during this period. Pruning in the summer months makes the trees vulnerable to insects, mold and disease. 

But keep in mind it’s okay to trim dead, dying branches at any time of the year — especially if it’s a safety hazard. Also, some tree species may need to get pruned or trimmed during different seasons.

Consult with best tree trimming professionals in Denver to confirm the best time of year to trim your trees.

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 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 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. 

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 Denver tree trimming professionals
Debra S.
Great job trimming the trees and cleaning up.
Scott Parry Certified Arborist LLCScott Parry Certified Arborist LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Did an excellent job trimming a large Locust tree.
Above and Beyond Services, LLCAbove and Beyond Services, LLC
Matt K.
I was not present for trimming and when I viewed the tree afterward there was more trimming required. They came back no questions asked and trimmed to my liking. Very professional.
Green Arbor Masters Llc.Green Arbor Masters Llc.
Christian K.
Mike did a fine job with my tree trimming and clean up.
Green Arbor Masters Llc.Green Arbor Masters Llc.
Sunny Y.
Very professional and punctual. My trees were cut and trimmed nicely.
Springing Forth Landscaping LLCSpringing Forth Landscaping LLC
Ross A.
Everyone was so great to work with. Did an excellent job trimming my tree.
Leaf Life Tree & Service CompanyLeaf Life Tree & Service Company
Nathan H.
5 trees removed 1 trimmed, they were cool,quick & clean. Very courteous, if i had more trees I'd call again! Thanks!!
Leaf Life Tree & Service CompanyLeaf Life Tree & Service Company
Thumbtack Customer
I was impressed by Steven Fletcher's description of which branches would benefit being trimmed on my old Silver Maple tree so that the branches left could grow toward safe & aesthetically pleasing angles; and how careful trimming would cause the tree to be healthier and reduce the chance of broken limbs in future. They did a very thorough job and cut the branches needing trimmed appropriately so the tree would not be overly stressed. They cleaned up afterwards. I feel much safer now and my tree looks much nicer as well.
Complimentree ColoradoComplimentree Colorado
Maddi D.
Josse did an amazing job! This tree created a blind spit pulling out of our driveway and was in desperate need of a trim. Gems tree service will always be our go to! 1st Pic - Before 2nd Pic - Just Started To Trim 3rd & 4th - All done!
Gems Tree ServicesGems Tree Services
Thumbtack Customer
Tree removal and trimming. Everything I needed done got done and cleaned up nicely.
That Tree Guy LLC.That Tree Guy LLC.
Tom B.
Devora Tree Service was excellent to work with. The communications were prompt and cordial. They arrived ahead of schedule and worked very hard trimming my large tree. The crew cleaned up the job sight and consulted with me on trimming certain branches. Im impressed and would recommend them.
Devora Tree ServiceDevora Tree Service
Susan P.
Beetle busters were all around great. Very responsive to my request for tree trimming. Demonstrated professionalism and expertise with the trees and suggested best approach keeping the health of trees in mind. Did a nice job trimming some large trees on our property and even came back to tend to a few more limbs that I was concerned about and did so with no extra charge. I will definitely use them again.
BeetleBusters llcBeetleBusters llc
Mar T.
I had Big Ash tree in my front yard, the storm damaged my tree , I contact Sheldon from Thumbtack, Sheldon came and give me and estimate and he removed and trimmed my tree next day, he did an excellent job, after he finished he clean of the debris, I am very happy, I will use Sheldon again when my tree needs trimming, He price is very reasonable also,
S.F.P. Enterprise LLCS.F.P. Enterprise LLC
Olga D.
Guys did a great job trimming the trees and bushes on the front and back yards. Would recommend and hire them again.
Arbor DynamixArbor Dynamix
Michael G.
I was not on site. My neighbor asked Sheldon to come back and trim the trees more. When I was finally able to visit the property, the trees were not sufficiently trimmed and branches were still very close to the electrical lines. A late or early snow could cause the branches to break and pull the power lines down.
S.F.P. Enterprise LLCS.F.P. Enterprise LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Cova Tree Trimming was AWESOME! They did an outstanding job, had the best price of anybody AND made tree stump seats for our patio!! They were on time and VERY respectful. I HIGHLY recommend them.
Mark M.
Great experience. Came promptly to provide a quote, work done within a week. Trimmed one 30ish foot tree in cramped backyard, removed and disposed of all debris. Will be using this pro regularly for both my trees!
S.F.P. Enterprise LLCS.F.P. Enterprise LLC
Joe K.
Needed 3 trees removed and a big Ash tree trimmed up. The guys showed up on time, collaborated with me along the way and did a great job. I would have no issues hiring them again.
The Timber Axe, LLCThe Timber Axe, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They were professional did excellent job of trimming trees. Spent long time cleaning yard after cutting. Would recommend Complimentree.
Complimentree ColoradoComplimentree Colorado
Mike P.
Alex was easy to work with and did an amazing job! I plan to continue having him trim my trees for many years to come!!
Leaf Life Tree & Service CompanyLeaf Life Tree & Service Company
Mad M.
Adame’s Tree Service removed 4 trees and trimmed one. They arrived on time. The final product was exactly as we had discussed and I was very happy with the results. They cleaned up and were very friendly the entire time.
Adame's Tree ServicesAdame's Tree Services
Brad H.
These guys came in and trimmed a tricky tree on a rental property. They were timely and professional and were flexible with their pricing. Can’t ask for much more.
Leaf Life Tree & Service CompanyLeaf Life Tree & Service Company
Mitch G.
TK and his team were great to work with! Very professional and easy to work with. He had a lot of insight to the health of the trees and trimmed to ensure longevity.
The Timber Axe, LLCThe Timber Axe, LLC
Bonnie T.
Alex was very friendly and professional. He did a really nice job of trimming my crab apple tree, and he cleared the yard really well afterwards.
Leaf Life Tree & Service CompanyLeaf Life Tree & Service Company
Susan W.
Amadeo and his crew showed up as planned, completed the work well, and charged a fair price for the work done (one tree trimmed and one cut down).
Adame's Tree ServicesAdame's Tree Services
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