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Cost of Tree Removal and When to Do It

Trees are a wonderful asset to have in your yard. They provide shade and beauty, and insulation from the heat of the sun during the summer. 

However, sometimes trees can be hazardous or even deadly when they fall on houses or cars or if their roots cause damage to sidewalks and driveways. If you’re not sure whether it’s time for tree removal, read our blog post about how much does tree removal cost? And what is the best time to do it? 

Many people wonder if they should remove a tree that is in their yard. It’s important to know the cost of removing the tree, how much it will cost and when you should do it. If you want to save money on your utility bills or have an issue with bugs or other pests, then consider getting a quote for removal by contacting us today!

When is the Best Time of Year for Tree Removal?

We often ask, ‘what is the cheapest time of year to have a tree cut down?’ The cost of removing a tree can vary based on many things. And one of the main factors is the time of year in which the tree is removed.

The short answer: tree removal typically costs much less during the winter or spring months, making it the best time for removal. Below we’ll explain why winter or early spring is the cheapest time of year for tree removal, as well as other things to watch out for and consider as you seek estimates from top arborists near you in Oregon.

Costs For Cutting Down A Tree Can Vary On A Company’s Workload

Supply and demand often plays a big role for many tree service company’s pricing. The need for tree removal is typically lower during winter and spring, so the best tree companies may offer lower rates to ensure steady business.

February and March have been statistically the cheaper months for tree removal—otherwise known as “dormant season” for trees. This is when the leaves have fallen, and trees are easier to clear.

Cutting a tree down during these months is also advantageous for the environment. The colder ground means the surrounding earth is less impacted, while a top Oregon tree service handles the tree removal. Frozen ground can keep the nearby vegetation in place during the extraction.

On the other hand, top tree companies can get super busy during late spring and summer, i.e., the stormy or windy months. This is when places may need emergency services which will also impact the pricing.

Most reputable tree companies have licenses and modern equipment to maintain; so, if rates are suspiciously and noticeably low, we advise caution: it could mean the company is skipping costs in an important area so that they can offer the best price for cutting down a tree. But the lowest cost is not always the best cost, no matter what time of year it is.

How Much Does Tree Removal Cost?

There is no single answer to the question: “how much does it cost to remove a tree?” Instead, the answer is multifaceted and deeply dependent on the specific circumstances of the tree, the conditions and the location. 

Ultimately the price of removing a tree comes down to the amount of time it will take. This, however, is not a simple calculation. To determine how long it will take to remove a tree, you need a qualified tree specialist to be onsite to assess the tree, terrain, hazards, and weather. 

In this article, we are going to tackle the question of how much it costs to remove a tree by unpacking all the different variables that affect the amount of time it takes to cut down and clear away a tree. To do this, we have interviewed professional arborists all around the country to get their insight into the costs and complications involved in tree removal. 

This guide will not provide you with an exact price for tree removal. Instead, it will examine the main factors that can make it cheaper or more expensive. This will help you understand the pricing structure of tree removals and find the best possible price. 

Condition

The tree’s condition dictates whether it can be climbed, how dangerous it is to remove, which approach is required to bring it down and how difficult it is to do so.

“Every single tree is different, every single tree has issues,” says one of our tree specialists, “you look at a tree that might seem perfectly fine, then by the time you climb up and assess it, you realise there are complications, and you need to get down and get a cherry picker.” 

The tree’s condition covers everything from structural integrity and storm damage to rot, disease and infestations. Trees that have been debilitated through factors like age or termites are less stable to climb. This may require a new approach or even hiring a cherry picker or crane to complete the job.

How the tree has been treated through its life can greatly affect the condition for climbing:

“When a tree is lopped or put under stress, it produces epicormic growth. The problem with epicormic growth is that it’s very poorly attached to the tree, and it grows up to 12 times quicker than normal growth. Therefore the structural integrity and strength of the tree are greatly reduced.” 

An arborist needs to assess the tree’s condition before they can provide an accurate estimate of the time and cost to remove it. This assessment helps to identify issues like epicormic growth, storm damage, disease or infestations. Any one of these factors can significantly increase the difficulty and cost of a removal job.

Pine Tree Removal Cost

The cost of removing a pine tree varies greatly depending on the type of pine tree, its height, and your property location. The average cost of pine tree removal is $1,377. On the low end, you might pay as little as $250, but if you have a monster 100ft pine tree, it could cost closer to $5,000.Let’s have a look at what adds to the cost of pine tree removal and where you might be able to save some money.

Pine tree removal cost by size

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Small Pine tree removal – A small pine tree under 15 ft. would cost between $150 and $350. This would also include stump removal. These are trees that are the height of a single-story house or less.

Medium Pine tree removal – This would be a pine tree 20 – 30ft high and would cost an average of $750. At this stage of the trees growth, it would still be considered juvenile and not yet fully developed.

Large Pine tree removal cost – This would be a fully developed tree up to 50ft high. The biggest Radiata pines and conifers would top out at this high but continued growing in girth and spread. You would pay from $1000 to $2700 depending on the type of pine, its location on your property and its branch spread.

X Large Pine tree removal estimate – This size tree would mostly include Norfolk Island pines that would range in height from 50 – 100 ft. high. These are true monsters and would cost $3000 + to remove.

Average Cost Of Pine Tree Removal?

There are 3 main types of pine trees: Radiata pine, Norfolk Island pine, and conifer or cypress pine. Below are the national averages for their removal.

  • The average removal cost                          $420
  • Removal inc. stump                             $520

This is probably the most common. Conifers are very popular as fast-growing screening plants, and when they get too large, homeowners generally get them removed and start again. This species also include what is commonly called the pencil pine.

Location of the tree

The location of your pine tree on your property can add a significant amount to the cost of removal. Take for example, a large Norfolk Island pine that is in the front yard of a property as opposed to the rear of the property, with poor access.

Because it is so difficult to get equipment up close to the Pine tree in the rear of your property, it will take a lot more manual labor to get it down on the ground and out the front to haul away.

Trees at the front of properties can be removed using elevated work platforms (EWP) or a crane’s assistance. This heavy equipment speeds up the process of pine tree removal dramatically and also reduces costs for the customer.

Pro tip: if you can allow rear access to the tree service professional by removing a section of fence and lowering them in through either a neighbour’s yard or a rear Street, it will dramatically reduce the cost of removing your Pine tree.

Height of the tree

The tree’s height is obvious, and the more trees there is to remove, the more it will cost you. Please see above for prices for removing small, medium, and large pine trees from your property.

Number of branches and spread

This is not so much a factor on conifers and Norfolk Island pine trees. They generally have a standard number of branches and spread of the tree, but you can definitely affect the cost of removing a Radiata pine.

Radiata pines can grow very large branches and have a substantial spread on them. Depending on the obstacles around the trees, such as power lines, fences, sheds, or homes, this would add to the cost of removal.

Trunk size

The size of a tree trunk is generally in direct proportion to the height of the tree. As the tree grows, the trunk will grow thicker to support its size. The taller the tree, the bigger the trunk, the more it will cost to remove.

Stump removal

If you are going to be removing the stump of your Pine tree as well, it will cost a little bit more money. I suggest you get it all done simultaneously as it will cost less as a combined package, rather than getting someone in later on just to grind the stump.

Can I get a pine tree removed free?

There are a couple of techniques that could allow you to have your Pine tree removed for free. However, I must warn you though it is rare, under the right circumstances, it can happen.

Lumber company – if you have a large number of pine trees on your property that are easily assessable and easily felled (small farm or a large block of land), you could ring around several lumber companies and see if they’ll remove the Pine tree’s free, in exchange for the timber.

In some cases, it is worth their while, and they will come to the party. However, I doubt you would get them in for a single tree on a residential property. It is just not worth the time for the amount of timber they would get out of the tree.

Free suburban tree removal for timber exchange – I have seen ads in the past on Gumtree and eBay promoting free firewood for anyone willing to remove the tree themselves.

To be honest, I’m not sure how successful those bids were. Firewood can be expensive, but so can tree removal. I just don’t think it will happen under the right circumstances that happen unless you live in a small rural community and you know someone looking for firewood.

Do You Tip Tree Trimmers?

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Tree trimming is a specialised service with trained employees who are very skilled at their tasks. A question that is on a lot of homeowner’s minds is, do you tip tree trimmers?

Tipping is a custom that we normally associate with waiters and other service-oriented occupations such as valets, barbers, and bartenders. However, it is not customary to tip for many other specialty services, such as cashiers, dentists, or auto mechanics. 

The habit of tipping is predominantly an American phenomenon but practised in some other Western countries as well. However, the expected tip in the U.S. is usually between 15-20%, which is on the highest end of the scale.

Who made up these rules? I’m not sure, but one theory is that we tend to tip in places where we are having fun, and the server (presumably) isn’t. Tipping is a way of saying “thank you” or rewarding good service as well as alleviating social guilt. 

AIn the hospitality industry, a tip is usually also a supplement to a low hourly wage; it doesn’t matter if you work at Applebee’s or Spago, the restaurant likely pays you the same base rate. So, where does tree trimming service fall (pun intended) – do you tip tree trimmers?

Generally speaking, tree trimmers, like waiters, are usually paid hourly or by the job. The job is very labour-intensive and far from glamorous, but I suspect most tree trimmers enjoy their work (that’s been my experience, anyway). Your tree trimmers also most likely make more money hourly than, say, a valet.

As far as social norms go, it is not customary to tip your tree trimmers; when you receive your invoice and pay with a credit card, there is not a line to place a gratuity.

 A tree trimmer is not standing there expectedly palm outstretched and would likely be very surprised if you offered them some extra money. However, does this mean you shouldn’t tip your tree trimmers? Of course not!

My feeling is you could tip your tree trimmers if 

  • a) they go out of their way to help you with an extra task 
  • b) the job seems to be harder than anticipated, like a stubborn tree trunk or 
  • c) you felt they did an exceptional job like cleaning up not only the tree mess but maybe some other foliage you had.

And while an emergency tree removal in the middle of a cold, rainy night already has built-in extra fees, a tip for a job safely and quickly done would certainly be appreciated.

Again, this is just an opinion/suggestion. I know budgets are tight for many customers and tree trimming costs are not cheap. If you would like to offer your tree trimmers some type of reward, consider buying/preparing lunch, giving them some kind of snack, or simply offering them a glass of water. A sincere “thank you” is always appreciated.

Can My Tree Benefit From Tree Cabling Services?

Trees are natural living things that can grow unpredictably or suffer from damage or growth defects. While many problems can be solved with proper tree trimming, problems with larger trees, such as a split trunk or a large branch that is growing at an awkward or dangerous angle, may need a little extra help to avoid removal. This is where tree cabling comes in.

What is Tree Cabling?

Tree cabling, also known as tree bracing, is the installation of flexible, steel strand cables to stabilise the tree and reduce stress damage from high winds and the heavyweight of snow, ice or foliage. In addition, the cables work to improve the tree’s longevity by strengthening weak branches or limbs, so they are able to withstand severe weather.

  1. An Open Wound –  an open wound in a branch or trunk can make the tree vulnerable to harmful diseases and fungi
  2. Codominant stems – 2 or more main stems (or “leaders”) that are about the same diameter and emerge from the same location on the main trunk. As the tree grows older, the stems remain similar in size without any single one becoming dominant. The junctions between codominant stems can be the weakest part of a healthy tree.   Because of this, these trees pose a higher risk of failure. In addition, multi-stemmed trees are susceptible to breakage under the stress of severe weather. 
  3. Damage Control – To protect your family and property by reducing the chance of limb failure to an otherwise healthy tree. Also, to preserve the appearance of the tree. For example, if a tree loses a major limb, it could appear crooked for the rest of its life. 

How Does Tree Cabling Work?

The tree cabling process involves drilling holes in the branches or trunks of the tree. The arborist then inserts a cable through the hole and secures it to keep the connection tight.  You may be concerned that your tree will look unsightly, but in fact, cabling is very subtle and, in most cases, almost unnoticeable. 

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