Positive Approaches on Tree Removal Costs

by: David Urmann

Tree removal costs vary on the type of job or service needed. It also depends on level of difficulty needed and the obstacles that affect tree removal. It depends on the operating cost of the entire service. It also depends on the equipment to be used. The position or location also affects the price. The size which includes the height, width and number of branches are additional concerns. Looking at all these factors would then give anyone the proposition that it is expensive in a sense. Getting a service from certified and skilled workers would instantly give anyone the impression that service fees can not be bargained. For instance stump removal cost varies depending on the size and stump placement. Pruning services vary depending on the species, age, location and how often it will be performed.

Typically, trimming large and mature trees would approximately charge $500 to $1400 each tree. Large trees are those with 60-100 ft height. This includes ancient maples, walnuts, elms, Black Locust, Red Oak and American Ash. Smaller trees about 30 ft high like Russian Olive, Dogwood or Mulberry cost about $125 to $450. Medium size trees like Crabapple and Black Gum which are about 30-60 ft high are charged about $200-$900. Old and dry trees are rated cheaper cost since they are easy to chopped down.

However additional charges are included for tree disposal. Additional costs also include the following:

o Stump grinding services for small stumps are at $75 and large ones at $170-$300
o Trunk hauling are charged $350. Hauled trees are great for firewood.
o Branch chipping are charged $65-150 hourly rate
o Out of country arborists charged additional driving cost and consultations are at $125/ hour

The going rate for tree removal service is $500-$2000. It can even go to as high as $20,000. This amount is large and obviously upsetting the house budget. So here are a few useful tips on how one can lower down the tree removal cost.

- Practice regular tree trimming services. It can either be a choice of a yearly/one a year or every other year service. Regular trimming is cheaper compared to allowing trees grow in 5 years. Remember that size affects the cost of tree removal. Maintenance is a key to saving more in the future.
- Its important to identify who owns the tree to be removed. Most of the time trees close to the street are owned by the city or country. The city is in charge of taking it out. Any tree planted in a municipal owned property is not a private citizen's responsibility.
- Do logger advertisements. Maple, fir, oak walnut are lumber materials. Loggers will perform logging in exchange for the woods.
- Share work with the tree removal services. Offer to help in cleaning mess after cutting/trimming. Invest in inexpensive electric chainsaw, and work your way to do branch trimming. The latest electric chainsaws are designed to be lightweight and easy to operate. One has to just use it with care and safety precautions. Branches can be brought to wood recycling centers. It is also best to invite neighbors to share the wood with.
- Learn to perform stump removal without stump grinder techniques. It is a cheaper alternative but may require patience and time.
- Get several estimates before deciding on getting the service. Bidding should be practiced. Cost of each service should be written in detail. One can ask for referrals from Urban Forestry of the city.