Why Does Tree Removal Cost So Much?

Tree Removal

That’s one of the first questions about tree removal that many arborists hear, and it’s a good one. Compared to other services, such as trimming, pruning, fertilizing and stringing holiday lights, removing a tree seems to be in an entirely different price bracket.

You get what you pay for, and getting a tree removed is a dangerous and challenging job. Homeowners might be able to do some deadheading, shaping, and even pest control themselves — but you can’t safely remove a mature tree yourself.

It’s not dangerous only for homeowners, but for seasoned arborists, too! A basic removal package often includes roping down branches, climbing and cutting the tree into more manageable pieces. The risks surrounding this process depend on the type of tree, its size and weather conditions. It can take hours to complete the job, and that’s not counting stump removal. Usually your bid price includes hauling away the debris, but make sure you ask about that beforehand, just to be on the safe side.

Removal with a Side of …

All tree removal experts will have their own version of a basic package. You may want to add on additional services, starting with stump removal.

Contrary to popular belief, stump and tree removal are two separate beasts — which means stump removal usually isn’t included in a bid price. The reason? Completely different equipment is required to remove a stump compared. The cost is based on the stump’s diameter. Plus, a rotten stump is easier (and more affordable) to remove than a healthy, solid one.

Some homeowners add on limb chipping, an alternative to hauling limbs away. A wood chipper is relatively affordable for you or an arborist to rent. Why pay more to get rid of limbs? Chips can come in handy, especially in landscaping.

The removal of a tree trunk might also be an added cost. While the trunk will be chopped into smaller pieces, making them easier to move, hauling them away might come with an added price. Make sure to ask your arborist when coming to an agreement.

Finishing Touches

Log splitting to get more wood for your fireplace is relatively affordable when felling a tree. All your arborist needs is a log splitting machine, and you might get enough firewood for the entire winter (depending on tree size, type and its health, of course). Finally, you have to consider travel expenses. For those who live in rural areas, requiring arborists to drive over a certain number of miles may mean tacking on travel expenses.

Removing a tree is a big decision, and you should make sure the arborist you’re trusting with the task is licensed, insured, and experienced. Call Reliable Tree Care for expert tree removal services, and for all your tree care needs.