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How Much Does Tree Service Cost?

Tree removal costs are mostly based on labour. Because there are no significant material contributions to the job, the time a job takes is the main factor. Of course, there are costs to dispose of debris, replace and service equipment and travel time as well. In most cases, a professional certified arborist will be looking at the time on site for a crew. So if a tree is going to take 5 hours to remove, the arborist would multiply the number of anticipated hours by the hourly cost. The hourly cost would include labour, general liability insurance, workers comp insurance, disposal fees and all overhead wrapped into one hourly rate. 

Workers comp is the most expensive part of the job after labour and can be a major difference in estimates received. Never hire a tree service without workers comp. Not only do workers comp protect you from lawsuits resulting from personal injury, but it also demonstrates that the company has financial stability. Some states require tree service companies to carry workers comp; most do not, so you will have to specifically ask for that certificate. Typically, on a $2,000 tree removal, you are paying for $1,300 in labour, $300 in workers comp, $150 in dump fees, and $150 in all other overhead such as fuel and oil and general liability insurance. These numbers can change a lot depending on the company structure, safety culture, financial solvency, and professionalism. 

What Services that May Cost Additional Money

Some people want more than a basic tree removal service. For example, if the price doesn’t include hauling away tree limbs, you may have to pay extra for limb removal. Tree limb removal costs vary, but it is usually between $50 and $75.

Additional services that may be added on for an extra fee include:

  • Stump Removal – Stump removal is almost never included in the price of removing a tree. Unless you pay extra for this service, you will be typically be left with a stump. Sometimes, you can get a special price to have the stump removed as well. However, different equipment is required and is sometimes done by a sub-contractor which is why this extra service can be a significant add-on. The diameter of the stump helps determine the cost of removing it. You can expect to pay between $60 and $350 per stump. A rotting stump should be cheaper to remove than a healthy, solid stump.
  • Limb Chipping – Instead of paying more to have the limbs hauled away, you may choose to have them chipped. If the tree service has a chipper readily available, this shouldn’t cost much more. If it’s not included, you may have to pay around $75 more to have it done.
  • Tree Trunk Removal – At the very least, the tree removal company should cut the tree trunk into smaller sections, which will make it easier for you to move them elsewhere. If you’d like the company to haul them away for you, you will probably have to pay more. The amount you’ll pay will vary, but you’ll probably pay between $50 and $100 more for this service.
  • Travel Expenses – If you live in a remote area and the tree removal company has to travel a fairly long distance, you will probably have to pay travel costs as well. This may or may not include drive time.
  • Log Splitting – For people who have fireplaces, this is a nice extra service. If the tree removal service offers it, they will bring along a log splitting machine. There is no fixed price for this service, but it usually adds an extra $75 or so to the total price.

What are the Major Benefits of Tree Removal?

In addition to keeping the interior of your home in excellent condition, it is also essential to consider the upkeep and maintenance of the exterior. When we talk about property maintenance, the trees on the premises are a large part of it. Most people think tree removal is all about tree cutting. However, this is not true. Professionals recommend removing a limb or an entire tree only if it has benefits. If done correctly, tree removal can help enhance the curb appeal and overall value of your property.

5 Reasons to Consider Tree Removal for Your Property

Dying or Dead Tree Limbs

Lifeless branches or dying trees can be a threat to the power lines, sewers, cars, the roof of your building, and the people inside your home. Tree care experts have the knowledge and expertise to assess your property and identify trees that should be cut, pruned, or removed altogether.

Prevent Damages to the Foundation or Driveway

The roots of a tree tend to grow and spread. They can often lift and damage concrete structures on your property, leading to cracked driveways and sidewalks. This could be a problem because it increases the chances of somebody tripping and hurting themselves.

Have a Better Window-View

Overgrown branches and trees often tend to block the view of your home’s natural surroundings. Trimming limbs and branches can help solve this problem without damaging the tree’s health.

Improve Curb Appeal

An overgrown tree can reduce your property’s curb appeal. Proper pruning or tree removal can help enhance the appearance of your residence and also increase the overall value.

Get Clear Space

Cutting large limbs or removing diseased trees can free up space for you to add a shed, pool, or other similar structure that could help improve the quality of life and also add value to your property.

How Professionals Can Help with Tree Removal

Felling a tree is not something as simple as cutting it down with a chainsaw. It is a tedious and dangerous task. This is why you can’t remove a tree on your own, especially if the tree is wide, tall, or rotten from inside. Thus, people call professional tree removal experts to do the job. These professionals have the expertise to have your tree cut and removed safely.

However, not all kinds of trees are removed the same way. Even trees of the same species may require different removal methods, especially if wood rot or tree disease is involved. So aside from expertise, tree removal professionals need to have the right specific tools and equipment for each kind of tree that needs to be removed. These tools are separate from the chainsaw and truck that they will bring over.

They Have A Tree Cutting Permit. Many municipalities throughout the Greater Toronto Area require you to have a permit before undertaking any tree removal activities. You will not have to acquire one if you let the professionals do the job.

Follow Tree Removal Laws. Many areas also have strict laws regarding tree removal and cutting which the professionals will adhere to, so their reputation remains intact.\

Save Time. Hiring a reputable company that has experts in pruning, cutting, or removing trees can help you save time and effort because they will have the expertise and resources to do the job accurately.

Save Money. Using professional tree cutting or removal services can help save you money by preventing significant damages due to diseased or dying trees.

Prevent Injury. Although it may seem easy initially, tree removal can prove to be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. You can avoid this by calling professionals for help.

Ensure Safety. Calling professionals for tree care services regularly can ensure the safety of your home and other nearby structures by making sure the proper actions for overgrown and dying trees are taken on time.

Keeping Pests Away. Having professional help cutting and pruning trees can keep pests such as squirrels away from your home.

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Why Should You Keep Your Trees Healthy

Trees are the most valuable and hardest working parts of our landscape. They shade our homes and neighbourhoods, cutting energy costs. They increase property values, reduce air pollution and soil erosion, and provide habitat for wildlife. Plus, they add beauty and a calming presence to our everyday lives.

Since they are such a peaceful, serene part of the background, it’s easy to forget that trees require our care to thrive. Proper tree maintenance is essential to their continued growth and ongoing health. With that in mind, here are ten tips to keep your trees healthy:

Plant the right tree. This is the first and one of the most important steps in making sure you get years of enjoyment from any tree. Choose a species that is well adapted to your climate and the specific conditions of soil, light and space at the planting site. For more information on the best trees for your region, visit your local nursery or local Cooperative Extension System office. 

Remove stakes early. A tree that is allowed to sway in the wind develops a stronger trunk. If a new tree can’t stand on its own, use a two-stake system (one on either side of the root ball) with a loose, flexible tie in between to support the trunk. Remove the stakes as soon as the tree can stand alone, hopefully after one year.

Keep the grass away. Grass growing up against the trunk competes with the tree for air, water and nutrients (and usually wins the competition). Young trees, in particular, often develop poorly when the grass is allowed to grow right up against their trunks. For best results, maintain a grass-free, mulched area around the trunk instead.

Water properly. Young trees need regular watering, but even mature trees need to be watered during periods of drought. Water deeply to saturate the entire root zone (2-3 feet deep for mature trees) to just outside the drip line (an imaginary line from the outside of the tree canopy down to soil level). Allow the soil to partially dry before watering again. Don’t count on lawn sprinklers to do the job for you. They rarely wet deep enough and can result in shallowly rooted trees. Soil basins or drip irrigation are better options.

Fertilize when needed. Don’t assume trees need to be fed on an annual basis. Young trees may need occasional fertilizing until established, but mature trees often don’t need to be fed at all. Feed only if trees are growing poorly or have yellowing foliage. A soil test will confirm exactly which nutrients are needed.

Mulch. Apply 2-3 inches of organic mulch, such as pine straw or compost, under the canopy of the tree. Mulch cools the soil, conserves moisture, improves soil texture and reduces weeds. Replenish often. Here are some helpful tips for mulching.

Prune properly. Pruning enhances the structure and strength of your trees, making thinning cuts (removing entire limbs at their origin) as opposed to heading cuts (cutting along the length of a branch or hat-racking). For large trees, consult a certified arborist. Pruning correctly and pruning at the right time can make all the difference.

Protect the roots. Cars and heavy equipment should never be allowed to drive over the root areas of trees. The compact soil, reducing available oxygen and can kill roots. Nor should you remove or add soil beneath tree canopies without consulting a certified arborist. Changing grades can also harm roots and weaken trees, often killing them or making them more susceptible to storm damage.

Protect the trunk. They were bumping into trees with lawnmowers or whipping the trunks with weed-eaters damages the bark and trunk, weakening the tree structurally while inviting insects and disease. Young trees are particularly susceptible but can be protected with plastic wraps available at nurseries and garden centres. Better yet, maintain a 2- to 3-foot wide grass-free, mulched ring around the tree.

Control pests. Insect pests like adult Japanese Beetles, Adelgids and Caterpillars can seriously damage or weaken trees. Try an application of BioAdvanced™ 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & FeedII*. It protects against insects for up to 1 year, plus feeds. Choose from either Concentrates or Granules. With both, there’s no spraying! Simply apply it around the base of your tree for systemic protection from the roots to the tip of every leaf.

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