Keeping trees trimmed improves the appearance of your landscape.
Pruning trees will make flowering and fruit trees more productive. In addition, removing large, overhanging branches protects your home and property from the potential for damage from falling limbs and branches scraping against the house.
It can also allow more sunshine to reach a garden, pool or other feature of the landscape.
It’s important to note that many injuries and some deaths occur each year when homeowners attempt to cut down large branches or trees without proper training and equipment.
If you don’t have experience with this home project, consider calling a professional for complete tree or large tree limb removal.
Trees that need to be removed can also cause problems with your landscaping that could lead to flooding in your home and serious damage if not properly contained.
This house repair guide provides tips for doing the work yourself and discusses how to hire a tree service for the job.
The tips include the types of tools you can employ to get the work down and what they cost.
Tree trimming and removal costs are included for your convenience, so you’ll have an idea of prices before you get estimates from local tree trimmers. Tips are saving money are found below, and the post ends with a resource section of helpful information from around the Web.
These tree care tips are designed for DIYers, but if you don’t do the work yourself, they’ll provide insight into what a tree trimmer should be doing.
We intend these tips for DIY homeowners only if the tree or branch is small in diameter. Cutting down large trees should be left to a professional.
Costs vary based on the extent of the work. Removing entire large trees can be costly.
Call your insurance company to see if it will pay part of the removal fee. Some do when the tree or branch to be removed poses a threat to property they have insured.
DIY tree trimming costs: Here’s a look at your costs for doing the job yourself.
Professional tree trimming costs: Trimming or pruning a few small trees will cost $40 to $100 per tree depending on the amount of material that needs to be removed.
Large branches, especially those overhanging a home or garage, cost an average of $200 to $400 to remove.
Large tree removal costs $500 to $2,500 depending on the complexity of the work.
How to Save Money on Tree Trimming and Removal
Borrowing or renting a saw and the other equipment you need will save money.
When hiring a professional, get estimates from several tree services to find the lowest prices where you live.
Most contractors will want to see the job before offering an estimate. When they come to review the work, ask them about their strategy for getting the branches removed and the tree down.
Also ensure removal of the waste is their responsibility!
These sites provide more information to help you with this home repair project.
TreeBoss – These do’s and don’ts are very helpful when considering cutting and removing large branches or entire trees.
Omar & Brothers – Here are tips from a local tree service on what to look for in a tree removal company
CDC – This government page is titled, “Preventing Chain Saw Injuries During Tree Removal After a Disaster” and has helpful tips for homeowners too.
Bens Rental and Sales – An equipment rental company provides an overview of some of the tools used for tree and stump removal.
Arborist Treecare – This site discusses factors in tree removal costs and gives tips for saving money on the work.