The average national tree removal cost is $650, though homeowners can spend anywhere between $75 and $1,500 on the expenditure.
Trees can beautify a yard or a whole neighborhood, but from time to time and for various reasons they might need to be cut down. How much it costs varies according to many factors including the size and condition of the tree and the complexity of the job. As a result, there is no quick answer for how much it will cost. There are, however, guidelines you can use to get an idea of how much you can expect to pay for tree removal from your property.
Considerations For Tree Removal Cost
There are four main factors that will affect the cost of your tree removal. They are the size (height) of the tree, its condition, diameter and location.
Height of the Tree
Many tree removal companies charge a fee per foot of height. On average, small trees are 30′ tall or less. Medium trees are between 30′ and 60′. Large trees stand 60′ to 80′ tall. Very tall trees are 80′ or taller. Most tree removal services use these size ranges as guidelines for charging.
The condition of a tree can affect the cost of removal. Trees in dangerous condition are often inspected by an arborist, a person with special training in the health and care of trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. A tree that seems to be leaning dangerously should be inspected before removal to determine how it should be cut down. Among the factors that can affect the condition of a tree are:
History — Care, recent construction near the roots, and some landscaping activities can adversely affect the stability of the tree.
Lean — Not all trees grow up straight. A slight lean in a trunk is expected, but a significant lean, especially when combined with exposed roots and cracked ground on one side, indicates a serious stability problem.
Multiple Trunks — Some trees will split into two or more trunks. If they are weakly attached, they could crack and fall during removal.
Weak Branches — A branch with a tight ?V? shaped connection at the trunk is more prone to cracking and breaking, making for a more hazardous condition.
Cavities/Decay — These seriously compromise the structural integrity of the tree, making for weak spots that could affect the tree removal process.
Dead trees are a mixed bag when it comes to the cost of tree removal. Small dead trees may be considered easier to work on as they are generally weak and brittle and will cut easier. Large dead trees are still weaker and more brittle than their living counterparts, but the ?weak and brittle? stage makes them more dangerous to work on. Dead or dying trees in an urban environment are a hazard, and if one falls, the owner can face charges of neglect. Some tree removal services don’t consider dead trees any different from a living tree when it comes to removal regardless of size. Because of the unpredictability of this factor, it’s best to assume that it will cost a little bit more than removing a living tree. Ultimately, what it costs to have a dead tree cut down depends on how comfortable the tree removal service is with it.
The thicker the tree, the more it will take to remove. A tall, relatively thin tree will come down faster than a shorter, thicker tree. This will have a direct effect on the per-hour price you pay. If the trunk must be cut into sections (and they usually will), that will add that much more time to the job. Of course, a harder wood, such as oak, can make the job take even more time.
The location of the tree can affect the price of removal by 25% to 50%. A tree that is sitting comfortably away from any structures or power lines will be an easier job than a tree that is right next to your house or has power lines weaving through the branches. Many places require that a certified lineman handle anything dealing with the power lines. These employees get paid more than the others. If the tree is near a structure or any other obstruction, the branches will have to be lowered by rope instead of just being cut loose. Also, cutting down a tree that is surrounded by trees that you don’t want damaged can complicate the job quite a bit. How easily the tree removal service can get to your tree is another factor. If the tree is in your front yard, access is rarely an issue. Cutting the crown and higher branches is often easily accomplished with a crane and bucket. If the tree is in your backyard, they may have to send someone to climb the tree. Also, if they’re providing a chipping service, it will cost more if the branches have to be dragged any distance to the chipper.
Average Price For Tree Removal
As mentioned above, the height of the tree can affect the cost of tree removal. Other factors that can affect the price include certain species and whether or not the tree has fallen.
Small Tree Removal
The average cost to remove a small tree is approximately $125 to $437 on average, since small trees are about 30 feet in height. Removing it isn’t that difficult but can cost more if transplanted. You’ll need to choose which direction to face it, whether in the sun or not. You can also dig the hole ahead of time to save some money. Consider calling the utility company to see if there are any plumbing lines or electricity concerns before you have the tree moved or removed.
Medium Tree Removal
The average cost to remove a medium tree is $175 to $900 and varies by height, which could range anywhere between 30 and 60 feet. You’ll pay additional expenses like removing the stump, getting rid of any debris — branches, leaves, etc. — and cleanup.
Large Tree Removal
The average cost to remove a large tree is approximately $400 to $1000, since tree height ranges from 60 to 80 feet tall and requires more work. You might have a lot of reasons to remove a large, long-living tree like:
Disease or pests
Damage from a storm
Close proximity to a power line or plumbing pipes
It’s very dangerous to remove these trees, so we will take care in first removing all of the branches and then cutting it down.
Very Large Tree Removal
The average price to remove a very large tree is around $962 to $1400. This is because very large trees can be 80 to 100 feet tall or more. They are the most complicated to remove because of factors like:
Professionals having to use rope and climbing equipment
Time & labor involved in felling the tree
Some species of trees — American ash, bur oak, maples — reach over 100 feet tall and are the hardest to remove. If you have these species or similar ones who reach tall heights, it’s going to be quite expensive to remove because of the work involved.
Pine Tree Removal
The average price to remove a pine tree is around $200 if the tree is 40 feet tall, but the 80-foot pine trees will cost about $1,500 because of the work and potential danger involved. Depending on the breed of pine tree you have, there could be additional work involved with removing the branches and cones. Professionals will have to wear a lot of safety gear to avoid scratches and pine getting in their eyes.
Oak Tree Removal
Since it reaches up to a height of 60 feet, the average cost to remove an oak tree is approximately $200 to $1,000. Oak is a very strong wood, and it’s not easy to take down compared to other tree types. Factoring in its strength and girth, we will use heavy-duty equipment to fell the tree. It just depends on the species of oak you have and how tall it is.
Fallen Tree Removal
The average price to remove a fallen tree is about $75 to $150 depending on the size and species of the tree. Fallen trees are less expensive to remove because a lot of the work is already done. You might pay additional costs to have the pieces hauled away. If the tree needs to be pruned — branches removed before cutting it into pieces — you will pay more for that service as well. If you want to have the stump removed where the tree broke off, that will cost an additional $75 to $150, depending on its girth and whether you have it grinded or completely removed.
Trimming your trees and shrubs is very important to help your plants grow better and stay healthier in the long run. In addition, if there are trees and shrubs that have been diseased in any way, removing or trimming away the dead portions can stop the spread of disease to other areas and save the life of the tree or shrub. Trimming is usually quoted per tree or shrub since every plant can present a different situation, problem or issue.
Type of Tree or Shrub
Different species of either can cost various amounts to fix or uproot since their roots might be harder to pull up, more foliage to prune, or have hard to access branch patterns for cutting. Ask a ninja for a quote!
Some exceptionally tall trees might require specialized equipment to reach their branches and we have it. Also trees that may have grown in odd ways could be more difficult to access and therefore more expensive to trim.
Trees that have grown around power lines may be dangerous to trim. Some tree trimming companies will charge considerably more to do this, since they cannot just let the branches fall to the ground around a power line. Each branch must be roped and lowered gently to the ground. This takes a lot more time and will cost a considerable amount more.
The larger the tree trimming job the more felled wood it produces. For smaller jobs we include hauling the wood away as part of the job. For larger tree trimming projects you may want to keep the felled wood for firewood. In this case you will need to add the cost of cutting and splitting the wood to your total costs if you don’t decide to cut the wood yourself. We can help with that.
Stump Grinding or Removal
Ask us about the cost of grinding or removing the stump of a dead tree in your yard. Grinding a stump down to the ground is a straightforward job that can usually be quoted easily at an hourly rate. However if you need the stump to be removed completely, you may be looking at a much higher cost. You don’t always know how large or complex a tree’s root system might be until you start to excavate a stump. It may take considerably more time than you bargained for. Unless you absolutely need a stump removed you might consider grinding it down and leaving it.