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What is the Cost of a Tree Removal Service?

Caring for the trees and shrubs on your property is not only important for aesthetic purposes, but it can also be a matter of safety. Trees that experience rot over time may become a hazard to nearby structures and people, and shrubs that are left unmanaged can become breeding grounds for dangerous pests. If you've found that you need to trim trees and shrubs on your property or remove them altogether, here are some tips on what to expect.

National Trim or Remove Trees & Shrubs Costs

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National Trim or Remove Trees & Shrubs Costs
Average reported cost $597
Number of Cost Profiles 31592 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $55
Maximum reported cost $1,500
Most homeowners spent between: $404 to $662

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Do-It-Yourself Options

If you chose to handle tree and shrub trimming and removal on your own, you need to have the proper safety equipment available. When working with cutting instruments, including chainsaws or an ax, ensure that your blades are sharpened for the best performance. Dull blades can cause chainsaws and axes to slip and result in injury. You should also wear eye protection, gloves, long sleeves and pants to avoid debris that may be thrown off when cutting. It's also a good idea to wear ear protection when working with power tools.

The Cost of Hiring a Professional

Many people choose to hire professional tree trimming and removal experts instead of trying to tackle a job on their own, but it's important to keep in mind that this option can be more expensive. Most professionals will charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars to remove trees and shrubs, and these charges are often based on factors such as the size of the tree or shrub to be removed, the wood or plant material that the tree or shrub is made of and the location of the tree or shrub. While many landscaping companies will offer tree and shrub removal and trimming services, you might also consider contacting a dedicated arborist instead. An arborist is professional who can offer more specialized tree and shrub services, including conservation and maintenance.

Additional Considerations

When seeking a professional to trim or remove trees and shrubs, there are some additional considerations to keep in mind. For example, do you want any stumps left behind to be ground down? Are you planning to plant new flowers or shrubs in place of ones that have been removed? Is a tree or shrub being removed for a home or business renovation? It's important to discuss these issues with your tree and shrub expert before work begins so that your expectations are set and so that the work is completed efficiently. Keep in mind that additional services may raise the price, so get a quote first.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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