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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. 

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 Ashburn tree trimming professionals
Pat B.
Tim was very professional and did a great job trimming the trees in my backyard. He even trimmed some of the trees in my front yard. Would def recommend him to others. Thanks again!
Tree & Landscape Mastery LLCTree & Landscape Mastery LLC
Ben B.
Great job trimming my palm trees and grinding down a neglected date palm!
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George w.
They did a horrible job destroyed my trees did a horrible trim on my hedges didn't take all the clippings away and left them in the hedges and the trees and then had the audacity to ask me for $50 more for disposal how can I do better junk trim trees are hedges find another business to get into
Mary & U tree sevice and cleaning servicesMary & U tree sevice and cleaning services
Phillipe L.
They got back to me almost immediately and I had my trees trimmed within 48hrs!
Tree & Landscape Mastery LLCTree & Landscape Mastery LLC
Chris P.
Will use them again did exactly what I wanted For tree trimming and in the future for furniture removal *****
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Akilah A.
They were able to work with my schedule and get my tree trimmed asap. They were very responsive and professional.
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Manuel M.
Great work with the trimming. Very professional, fast, and quality. They did everything I required at a good value. This is a service I highly recommend to anyone looking to get their trees trimmed. 10/10
Mary & U tree sevice and cleaning servicesMary & U tree sevice and cleaning services
Maria I.
Art tree responded to my request very quickly and they gave me an affordable estimate. They came to do the job as scheduled and they came back to cut additional branches that I wanted to get trim as well. I highly recommend Art Tree for your tree maintenance projects.
Art Tree ServiceArt Tree Service
Samuel B.
Great work on the tree trimming job. I had a few minor areas that I wanted additional trimming, and this company worked with me so that I received exactly what I wanted. I highly recommend.
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Ingrid T.
Rashard was great! He and his team were very responsive and knowledgeable. Needed a tree removed from new home and he also assessed the rest of our trees and gave us great recommendations. Will definitely be calling him back for our tree trimming and landscaping needs!
Advanced Tree Services & Property Maintenance LLCAdvanced Tree Services & Property Maintenance LLC
Michael R.
Howard was responsive, timely and did a good job. I would recommend him to others who need tree trimming and landscape help.
RT Movers tree trimming & removalRT Movers tree trimming & removal
Thumbtack Customer
Tony came to trim my 50ft palm tree and remove the coconuts. He did a wonderful job both quickly and for a great price.
Life's Tree DoctorLife's Tree Doctor
Thumbtack Customer
It's hard to find people that do what they say they are going to do and do it. I had about 10 trees that needed serious trimming. Tony and his crew came in an trimmed all of them in 1 day. They were polite and professional. Cleaned up nicely. All around great crew. I am definitely calling Tony and his crew back when my trees need another trim. Gave his cards to my neighbors.
Life's Tree DoctorLife's Tree Doctor
Ellen U.
Excellent job in trimming all of my trees. Some were very old and very tall. Great job and trees look great. Will definetly use again. Great customer service from Judy via phone and text.
Allen D.
Rashard showed up on time for consultation and then later the crew showed within the agreed upon time frame to do some light tree trimming. They also offered advice and follow up on tree removal and some future design ideas. I will work with them in the future.
Advanced Tree Services & Property Maintenance LLCAdvanced Tree Services & Property Maintenance LLC
Amy R.
This company did a great job on our tree trimming. They listened to what we requested and did a great job. They cleaned up everything afterwards. Would highly recommend!!!!
We care for tree’s LLCWe care for tree’s LLC
Tricia C.
Very prompt in setting up appointment. Guys worked hard to make our trees trimmed and beautiful. They were perfectionist and made sure I was happy before they left.
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Betsy C.
Alex did a great job trimming two large trees in my back yard. He was very cordial, punctual and responsive to texts and emails. He kept me updated with the progress of the job at all times. The trees look great!! I would for sure recommend Alex to friends & family.
Lemon Lime Landscaping, LLCLemon Lime Landscaping, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Tony was great .. Very professional, did an excellent job and did not leave until everything was picked up and cleaned .. Highly recommend him for your tree trimming services ... Great guys he and AL
Life's Tree DoctorLife's Tree Doctor
Elizabeth R.
Tim and his crew are very professional, I highly recommend them. They left the site clean after they complete the work. I definitely use their services again for tree trimming/ cutting. Great job!!
Tree & Landscape Mastery LLCTree & Landscape Mastery LLC
David L.
Hired coconuts for college to trim two trees hanging over my house and a coconut palm full of coconuts. They were quick, good value, and the best part was extremely clean. They raked and removed all debris. Highly recommend!
Grace A.
Tim and his crew were very polite, professional, and showed up when they said they would, and performed all the work I asked for, which was extensive (140’ hedge removal, tree removal and trimming, palm tree cleanup). Prices were very reasonable. I am very pleased with their work and will definitely be hiring them again for my landscape projects.
Tree & Landscape Mastery LLCTree & Landscape Mastery LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Had tree trimming done on 12-5-15. Came out the day after speaking with them and offered a fair price for the job. Had a copy of current insurance which for me was big as there's A LOT of fraud here in Florida. The job was done well from trimming to cleanup. Would use them again. Nice guys also. Thank you gents, much appreciated.
Life's Tree DoctorLife's Tree Doctor
Michael H.
Hired advanced to trim my trees in advance of hurricane season, I must say it was a big job they did a fantastic job Rashard and his crew were very polite and professional, the job was done within my wishes they will be hired again
Advanced Tree Services & Property Maintenance LLCAdvanced Tree Services & Property Maintenance LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job for us for a fair price. Trimmed several trees, fertalized our palm for us & cleaned up nicely afterwards. We have had others quote us higher prices & they offered no cleanup afterwards. Give these guys a call.
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