Tree Removal Cost
While every situation and property is different, there are four main factors that will affect your tree removal cost. They are the size (height and width/spread of canopy) of the tree, its condition, trunk diameter, and the trees location. Take a closer look below to help get an idea of what factors might be important when estimating your cost to remove a tree. This can apply to tree stump removal cost as well! To get a free estimate, just contact us anytime.
As we all know, the growth of a tree varies greatly depending on weather, soil, sunlight, root health, insects, disease, and so on. When talking about removing a tree, one of the most important factors that affect cost would be the size of the tree. Not only is it more difficult to remove an 80’ tree than a 20’ tree, but also the spread of the canopy of a tree in tight backyards and extending over structures may make the process much more difficult.
The condition of a tree can affect the cost of removal. Trees in dangerous conditions are often inspected by an arborist, to insure safety, and also to help determine the best plan for what tools and equipment are needed to remove the tree. 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 – Branches and stems with “v” shaped unions are 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.
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. The time it takes to cut up wood of the trunk and large leads of the tree into manageable pieces can greatly affect the equipment and manpower needed for the job. A loader and large wood truck of some sort is often necessary in the removal process when dealing with larger wood.
The location of the tree can often affect the price of removal by the greatest margin. 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. 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.