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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.

When is the best time of year to trim trees?

Winter is generally the best time to trim most deciduous trees. In the cold months, trees enter a dormant period and stop growing until springtime. This makes it an ideal time to remove branches, which will sprout new growth in the spring. 

However, certain tree species may need to be pruned and trimmed in different seasons. Still, it’s often recommended that you never prune your trees in the fall because fungi tend to spread profusely during this time.

And keep in mind you can remove dead, dying or infected branches at any time of year. You should also remove branches immediately if they’re a safety hazard.

If you’re unsure when you should prune or trim your trees, talk to an expert. Contact the best tree trimming professionals near you today.

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. 

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 Ashburn tree removal services
Rowshaun E.
It was a pleasure working with Better Views Tree and Landscaping to remove a tree from my backyard. They provided great work and completed the job quickly. I would definitely recommend this company!
Better Views Tree and LandscapingBetter Views Tree and Landscaping
Travis C.
I contacted Reyes for an estimate on 2 tree & stump removals. They responded the same day, and came out the next morning to give me their estimate. They were able to do the work just a few days later. Reyes gave me a good deal including removing and clean up. They also gave me the suggestion for getting the electrical lines marked (by utilities) so they would be able to start work as soon as they arrived. Reyes was very responsive, professional, and knowledgeable about the whole project, I strongly recommend them for any tree work!
Reyes Tree Care LLC.Reyes Tree Care LLC.
Travis C.
I contacted Edwin’s for 2 tree & stump removals. They came the next morning to give me the estimate, and scheduled the time for the removals. Edwin’s were quick to respond any questions I had (another plus). On the day of work, they did run a little behind at first, which they were quick to notify me about. When they got to my house, they started work. I had estimates from a few other companies, but Edwin’s gave me a great deal, and even better work! Other companies told me they would estimate the job would take 1-2 hours, but Edwin’s got the trees and stumps completely out, cleaned the area up, and now it looks like nothing was ever there! I will definitely use Edwin’s again for other lawn projects!!!
Edwin’s Tree and Garden LLCEdwin’s Tree and Garden LLC
Thear H.
Before I hired Livity Works, I got a few so estimates from other Thumbtack vendors. I ultimately hire Livity Works because they were most professional, responsive, courteous, and fair. Ryan spent a few hours pruning and removing several trees and overgrown shrubs. He cleaned the area well afterwards and there wasn’t any debris left behind. I recommend this company.
Livity Works LLCLivity Works LLC
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