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Tree Maintenance Cost

Help maintain the curb appeal of your home by regularly maintaining your trees and shrubs. Depending on where you live, you can expect to pay between $80 to $360 dollars per year on average for professional shrub maintenance. The average yearly cost of professional tree maintenance will range from $100 to $400 per year.

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National Maintain Trees & Shrubs Costs
Average reported cost $415
Number of Cost Profiles 466 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $65
Maximum reported cost $1,025
Most homeowners spent between: $258 to $459

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Trees and shrubs commonly require pruning and trimming. The size, type and density of the plants affect maintenance costs, which can range from $90 to $300 per year. Low shrubs and trees that can be trimmed from the ground or on a short ladder are much less expensive to maintain than high tree limbs or branches. They may require the services of specially trained personnel who have the equipment to work at heights. Moreover, safety measures such as traffic control and power shut-off may be necessary and could raise maintenance costs significantly.


Insect attack and disease can be problem for shrubs and trees. To protect their health, they need periodic fertilization, special soil additives and pest control sprays. Professional lawn care providers will cost between $70 to $290 per year, depending on the climate, soil conditions and the bug threats in your area. Moreover, the bigger your yard and the more trees and shrubs you have on it the more costly the treatments. 


Sometimes it is necessary to remove a tree or shrub because it no longer pleases the eye or has become a practical nuisance. Removal costs depend on the size, condition and location of the trees or shrubs. Most shrubs require just good strength and hand tools to remove. Larger shrubs may require a chainsaw and other mechanical equipment to cut and remove them. Tree removal may require cutting limbs and branches with a chainsaw before the whole tree can be taken down. There are also additional costs of stump removal, log cutting and wood chipping. Service costs range from $150 to $420 depending on where you live.


Your yard can look neat and healthy throughout the year with regular tree and shrub maintenance, and it need not cost a fortune. A lawn care professional or arborist can evaluate your foliage, recommend particular tree and shrub treatments, provide a trimming and treatment schedule and suggest whether a tree or shrub should be removed. Based on this evaluation, you can plan and budget for tree and shrub maintenance accordingly. 

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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