Tree removal is a tough decision to make, not to mention a costly undertaking. But it is necessary and requires the attention of the experts. If something goes wrong while performing a tree removal, your property as well as y our safety is at stake. According to the Tree Care Industry Association, many property owners suffer from an injury or die from performing their own tree removal.
The cost of removing a fallen tree depends largely on the size and type of the tree, its location, and other additional services required.
The Tree Height is an Important Factor
Most companies base the cost of tree removal on the height of the tree. Aside from the height, tree service companies also look into the tree’s location. Then there are the species because there are species that are easier to remove compared to others.
Tree Removal Estimate
On average, tree removal for a small tree that is less than 30 ft will cost $125-$450. Some examples of small trees are the redbud, dogwood, and Japanese maple tree. Most fruits trees also categorize as small trees. Small trees can be transplanted, so you don’t have to take it down. If you want to save money, you can dig a hole where you want to relocate the plant ahead of time.
Mid-sized trees are those within 30-60 ft tall height. Removing a tree of this range can cost from $175- $900. The river birch tree and other varieties of maple belong to this category.
Removing a larger tree will require heavy equipment and takes much effort to complete, thus, the higher cost. If your tree is between 60-100 ft., you can expect to be charged from $400-$1,400. Mature pine trees, walnut, and sycamore make it to this category.
Additional Charges You May Incur
You may require an additional log splitting service if you want to use some wood for firewood purposes. Most tree companies bring their log splitting equipment with them, so you can ask them to perform the job for you.
Many tree companies have their wood chippers with them if you want the branches chipped into mulch.
After tree removal, you may want the remaining stump removed. The cost of stump removal depends on the size of the stump, its age, and specimen. On average, you can have an additional charge of $50 to $250, depending on the factors we’ve mentioned.
There are instances when tree removal is not necessary, but trimming is. This is especially true of the tree is not dead and can still be saved by trimming. Tree trimming can cost between $75 and $500.
Further, if you live in a remote place, the tree service company may add to the total cost of the travel expenses, which can be between $50 and $200.
Be sure that the company you are hiring has a license to operate and insurance to cover for any damages or injuries incurred while they work on your property.
Hazards and Emergencies
Hazards and inaccessibility of trees can instantly drive up the cost of tree removal. If your tree is located near power lines, you can expect the price to go higher. A dead tree is considered a hazardous tree, which is why the tree company can charge you more to eliminate this tree.
Tree companies are much busier following a storm because of the demand for emergency tree service, so you can expect to be charged more for urgent tree removal during this time.
Unique Tree Issues
Different trees have different ways to remove them. For instance, a palm tree has teeth, which is why it should be roped down when trying to fell it. Palm trees, especially the tall ones, can be hefty and requires extra precaution to avoid stressing the roots. It can cost you about $150 to $450 to remove a small pine tree and $1500 to eliminate a larger one.
Most oak trees reach the height of 60 ft upon maturity. Removing an oak within this height range can cost up to $1000 and can go up depending on the complexity of the job.
Generally, removing a fallen tree is less expensive than getting rid of a healthy tree. That is, if you will remove the tree, not after a storm. Although the tree has already fallen to the ground, there are still risks involved in performing it. That is why it shouldn’t be done by an amateur. Eliminating a fallen tree can range from $75 to $150.
Tree debris removal costs and tree branch removal cost will also be less. If you just need some cleanup or a few branches removed, you’re looking at less than $100 for debris removal and around $200 to $300 for branch trimming.
Why Tree Removal
Trees offer a lot of benefits to mankind as well as wildlife. We benefit from its shade, and thanks to trees, we breathe fresh air. Trees are a valuable part of our lives. Without them, life will not be possible on earth.
Sadly, there are situations when they have to be removed altogether. A tree that is dead is no longer useful and can be a threat to your safety. Its roots may be damaging your home’s foundation, or its branches are beginning to encroach your roof. Perhaps the limbs are entangled with power lines that can cause a power outage or a fire. Or maybe its branches are drooping and causing the uneven weight distribution in the tree. Your tree may have cracks in the trunk, which indicates decay in the interior of your tree. It can also be because it is infested with insects and pests, and they are beginning to invade your home.
Replant the Right Tree
If you have removed a tree in your yard, you may want to consider replanting a specimen that is suitable for your location. Make sure to plant the tree away from your house and not too close a power line or buildings. You should consider the type of specimen you will plant in your area because there are desirable trees, and there are some that are not. Certain varieties of poplars, silver maples, and Chinese elms have brittle wood, and they can quickly get broken. You should consult a professional arborist to help you decide on the best tree to plant in your zone.