Trees provide shade, shelter, and beauty. They also support an abundance of wildlife. But having trees on your property can also be a lot of work.
Raking leaves, pruning branches, shaping growth, and dealing with disease are all things you’ll need to deal with if you decide to rent or buy a home surrounding by trees. In some cases, you may need to remove a tree if it becomes too diseased to save—especially if there’s a risk of it toppling over and damaging nearby structures. Tree removal costs vary significantly, but removing a dying tree might save you money in the long run.
I know someone who had a tree fall straight into their fence and into their neighbor’s yard. They hadn’t even realized it was diseased! Regular tree maintenance should include inspections to check for sneaky illnesses. Had the tree fallen the wrong way, it could have decimated the wood deck, the home, or seriously injured someone.
Most towns won’t let you remove a tree without a very good reason. I happen to think this is how it should be. You shouldn’t be removing a tree unless it’s dying or damaging your home’s foundation. In most locations, you’ll need a permit to cut down a tree on your property. Go ahead with the removal without permission from your city, and you risk hefty fines.
If you’ve confirmed your tree is diseased, always check local regulations to determine the steps necessary before cutting it down. Don’t do it yourself. Call a professional to get the job done. Arborists are qualified professionals who can do a variety of tree-related jobs from pruning to felling.
Tree removal cost
So how much does tree removal cost? It varies depending on your location. You should contact a few professionals for quotes before signing a contract. Go with the professionals who have certifications and will clean up after the job is done.
Tree removal cost also depends on the size of the tree. Removal of smaller trees under 30 feet high may cost less than $500. The bigger the tree, the more involved the job, and the higher the price. Larger trees can cost upwards of $1,000 to remove.
If the tree is in a tricky location (e.g., near power lines), you can expect things to be a bit more complicated and the cost to skyrocket.
Steph Coelho is a freelance writer gardening in zone 5b. She is a certified Square Foot Gardener and has taught various garden-related workshops. When she’s not digging in the dirt or writing, she’s cooking up fresh produce, running, or listening to her favorite podcasts.