Tree trimming services are available for any type and size of tree. Clients can request ongoing maintenance or a one-time service to address a particular concern. Many variables affect the cost of tree trimming services.
Tree trimming companies often charge by the hour, with variable hourly rates reflecting the skill, equipment or extra measures required for trimming a particular tree. Because each job can be so unique, most companies do not have set rates, but instead—like Rudy’s Tree Service—provide free estimates for the total cost of a particular job. Heaven’s Gate Tree Service, on the other hand, charges $150 per hour for basic tree trimming. Hourly rates for tree trimming can be as much as $300 per hour.
Type of tree
The harder the wood, the thicker the branches and the more overgrown the limbs are, the more it can cost to trim a tree. Smaller trees with thinner branches require less time and technical expertise than an older, taller tree and will therefore cost less.
Height of tree
Tree height plays a key role in determining overall cost. The taller the tree, the more dangerous the job can be. Liability increases, felling branches requires more care and advanced equipment and expertise is sometimes need to safely trim a really tall tree.
The distance across the tree trunk also affects the cost of tree trimming. You may pay more for a shorter, thicker tree than a taller, slimmer one because of the time and difficulty involved.
Trimming healthy branches requires more work than trimming dead or dying limbs. The wood of a dead branch is brittle and lighter than a healthy tree branch, making them easier to trim off. Thus, an unhealthy tree often costs less to trim than a healthy tree.
A tree growing flush to a wall or fence, one that is precariously positioned or one that is entangled with wires will often cost more to trim than a free-standing tree. Costs increase because of the additional time and care required to keep property and workers safe.