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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 DC?

Generally, the best time to trim deciduous trees in DC is the late fall or winter. However, this may vary with the species. But for most trees, the late fall or early winter is ideal because the tree is dormant and there’s less risk for disease or insect infestation.

Keep in mind you should trim your tree if it's damaged or if it's a safety hazard — no matter what time of year it is. 

Chat with an expert to confirm the best time for pruning your trees. Contact the best tree trimming professionals in DC today.

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.

Reviews for Washington tree trimming professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Super fast and thorough. Trimmed a large tree in our front yard, and it looks great!
Lauren S.
Very professional and efficient! This team knows how to cutdown and trim trees 🌲. Great price too!
Lynda L.
Except experience My trees were professionally Trimmed all the debris was removed and the area was left immaculate
Lucas Tree & LandscapingLucas Tree & Landscaping
Highly recommend TA Tree Service. They did an excellent job trimming the under carriage while keeping the beauty of the tree. Very professional and cleaned up after the job. Very satisfied.
YA Tree Service IncYA Tree Service Inc
Sam C.
Maurice was extremely responsive at all times and provided prompt and excellent work with his team in trimming our trees.
Patriot Tree ExpertsPatriot Tree Experts
Lillie T.
Sean did a fantastic job of cutting back an overgrown fig tree and trimming and redirecting the growth pattern of a weeping Blu Atlas evergreen.
Johnson & Sons Landscaping LLC.Johnson & Sons Landscaping LLC.
Chetan A.
We died Rueben to trim 2 trees in our backyard. He was extremely responsive and came immediately when contacted. Although they gave me an estimate of 2 days they finished the job in a day. His team were extremely professional tidy and very careful. They were a pleasure to work with. I would hire him in a heartbeat fit any tree trimming jobs.
Ruben GonzalezRuben Gonzalez
Alfred N.
Great communication and scheduling ease. Crew was exceptionally professional and trimmed my trees with surgical precision to ensure healthy growth. Would hire again and would definitely recommend.
Rios-Osorio's Services Inc.Rios-Osorio's Services Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Antonio did an excellent job trimming my Holly tree and hauling away the debris. He is a pleasure to work with and very accommodating. Thanks so much! CP Chase
Lovie J.
The tree trimming work was fine but at the end of the job he tried to change the price on me that he had quoted when he showed up for the estimate. Not professional at all!
The three American boys tree serviceThe three American boys tree service
Maurita N.
Ruben and his team were very professional and the work quality very good. They were very prompt and responsive and did what I asked them to do in regards to trimming the tree in my front yard. I would not hesitate to recommend Ruben to anyone who needs tree services.
Ruben GonzalezRuben Gonzalez
Matt O.
Oscar and his team did quality work at a good price. He always responded to questions quickly, arrived on time, and left our large tree looking very nice despite significant trimming.
Superior Landscaping & Tree ServicesSuperior Landscaping & Tree Services
Kaela S.
Jose was wonderful to work with. He came out within hours of our request. His tree trimming was flawless. And he even cleared our gutters without asking! We would recommend him 100%
jose tree service and landscapingjose tree service and landscaping
Lani D.
This company trimmed a tree that was growing wildly in my yard from my neighbor's backyard. Don had a great price, finished quickly, and his crew cleaned up when they were done. Thanks again!
Alex S.
Oscar and his team trimmed an enormous tree in my backyard that had been bugging me for years. They had the job done less than 24 hours after I initially contacted them- quality work!
Jandres LLCJandres LLC
Lani D.
This company wanted to charge me $1400 to trim the branches off of one tree. The tree was actually my neighbor's tree, but the branches encroached on my property line and was dropping berries everywhere. When I heard the $1400 price I told them I would get back to them. He then started lowering his original estimate in increments of $100, until he reached $1000. To top it off, five minutes after he left he came back to my front door and offered to do the job for $900. I again told him no thanks. I found another company on Thumbtack that trimmed the branches back for me in about 40 minutes total for $300.
Z&M Tree ServiceZ&M Tree Service
Veronika Z.
Edwin helped me trim two trees. We had to sort out an initial misunderstanding on the scope of the job but in the end everything worked out and I am happy with the outcome. I would not hesitate to hire him for another job.
Edwin’s Tree and Garden LLCEdwin’s Tree and Garden LLC
Alfred N.
Hired Mr. Lopez after speaking with 4 other tree trimming companies. Lopez Tree Service was more than 20% cheaper than any of the other providers and the job that was done was truly excellent. We had two trees which perished and needed them gone to avoid having a safety issue (falling branches etc). He came over and gave me an estimate that same evening. What I really liked about him is that he told me that one of the trees I wanted to cut down wasn't actually dead yet. That's they type of honesty that I appreciate! Gracias, Marvin! Would 100% recommend.
Monica M.
Moises and his crew were fantastic! They showed up for the quote appointment and job when they said they would. They did the job as agreed upon and trimmed trees that were becoming a nuisance. I also appreciated that they did the work safely and that they swept my neighbors' deck--which was littered with debris--before they left.
The three American boys tree serviceThe three American boys tree service
Talia S.
Marvin came out and provided a reasonable estimate and we set a time to trim trees. I asked to see his insurance paperwork to confirm he had insurance because my trees are over electrical lines and by my house so I want to ensure the company doing the job is licensed and insured. The night before Marvin and his crew were supposed to come trim my trees, he texted me making up a strange excuse why he couldn’t come. I followed up and he explained his insurance had “expired.” Marvin promised to provide me with confirmation once the paperwork went through again. I followed up twice and he vaguely agreed to come out but never confirmed a time. It appears that either his company is not actually licensed and insured or something is fishy because he was very responsive until I insisted that he show me his insurance paperwork. If you have a project that is tricky and you need someone insured and licensed to complete it, be careful!
Michael P.
These guys were great. Right on time at 8:30 AM and got right to work trimming and properly pruning my 25ft Crape Myrtle and were very accommodating when I asked them to cut down one large bush as well. They did a great job with the tree and and also cleaned up the yard and alley behind my house. Looks better than when they arrived :) Highly recommend them.
Cabrera LandscapingCabrera Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
This was my first time using Thumbtack, and Guillermo exceeded all expectations. We needed some tree trimming done following a storm. Guillermo arrived promptly to give an estimate, quoted a very fair price, and was clearly knowledgeable about the work. He stayed in touch with me to schedule the service, arrived on time to do the work, and cleaned everything up before leaving. He was a pleasure to do business with, and I have already passed his card to a friend who needs similar work done.
Guiyas Landscaping and Tree ServiceGuiyas Landscaping and Tree Service
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