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Learn the cost of tree trimming, branch removal and pruning.

What's the Cost of Tree Trimming, Branch Removal or Pruning?

January 17, 2019
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Pruning trees can be so much more than snipping a twig here or trimming a branch there for the look of it.

Tree trimming removes damaged, weak or overgrown branches, which promotes proper tree structure and helps reduce the chance of risky tree problems. Pruning can also remove any diseased or insect-infested branches, boosting the overall health of the tree. And, OK, pruning does give trees a polished look, too.

Each time you prune, you’re investing in a long, healthy life for your tree. So, you’re probably wondering—how can you put a price on that? Well, the professional arborists at Davey have a system that caters the cost of tree pruning or branch removal services to your tree’s needs. 

How is tree branch or tree trimming cost determined?

Take it from Nick Stutzman, district manager of Davey’s Northeast Cleveland Office: "Our arborists don’t just stamp any price tag on pruning services. We set up a free consultation, meet with you to discuss expectations and provide an estimate that covers the needs of your particular tree.”

What should it cost to trim trees?

The price of a pruning or branch removal all depends on your tree. When you contact a Davey arborist about tree trimming or pruning services, they’ll come out to your property for free to walk through your tree’s needs with you and provide a service estimate based on a number of factors including:

  • Tree type: Trees come in all shapes and sizes, and as such pruning cost depends on the type of tree you’re working with. “If you’ve got a locust tree, for example, that’s a sprawling tree with a really wide canopy, and it takes some time to prune it right. On the other hand, a smaller tree that’s straight up and down is easier to handle,” says Nick.

  • Location: Like homeowners, trees have to be conscious of their “neighbors.” Pruning costs are dependent on the tree and its needs, but they also vary based on what’s around the tree. For example, trees close to the street can cost more to remove if arborists are exposed to traffic or the road needs to be blocked off as a safety precaution. Likewise, a large tree close to your home might require a costlier prune if extra crew or equipment are needed to make sure large branches don’t damage your property. Professional arborists take all of these factors into account to determine how to make the pruning process both cost-effective and safe.

  • Client needs: Here at Davey, arborists make recommendations for the pruning services a tree needs, but they also take into account the client’s desires to get to the right price. “When we go in to prune a tree, we give you options,” says Nick. “We’ll ask if you want just dead branches removed, if you want to clean up a messy canopy or if you only want to tackle a hazardous branch that’s hanging above your home. The bottom line is that we do our best to take your preferences into account while doing a job that ensures the tree gets what it needs.”

  • Time requirement: Based on the above factors, Davey arborists estimate how long and how many people it will take do the job safely.

Is that the same cost for trimming palm trees?

Yep, just like all trees, palms are pruned for safety, appearance, and health. So, palm tree trimming costs will be summed up using the checklist above.

Find your local Davey office to learn more about tree trimming near you.

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