Tree trimming is the process of cutting away dead or excess branches from a tree to improve its health and appearance. Topping is another method of pruning, where all the main limbs of a mature tree are cut off right down to its trunk. These are two reasons why tree trimming costs differ.
Some Home Owners DIY
Most homeowners prefer not to do their trimming and/or topping because it's so dangerous. There's the height, which doesn't allow proper vision for spotting limb placement, how much you can bend over while using long-handled equipment such as pole saws and loppers, and the danger of sudden limb dropping or falling on your head when limbs get pulled loose by climbing spikes or chainsaws.
Or maybe it's just plain ol' fear that stops people attempting it themselves: fear of heights, of slipping or falling, of getting cut with the shears. Then, of course, there's also that fear that you're going do more harm than good and end up ruining a tree.
Tree Trimming Costs: The Equipment
A branch cutting machine can be rented from many hardware stores for around $120/day to do your tree trimming. If you want to purchase one outright and keep it in your garage, plan on spending at least $1,000; depending on size and features, they can go up to several thousand dollars. Chainsaw rental is much cheaper - typically around $30-40/day. You'll need chainsaw experience for this task because it takes lots of skill and know-how (especially when working at heights). There are some cases where the tree trimming company may provide the staff to do this for you. These are all things to consider when adding up tree-trimming costs.
Tree Trimming Costs: The Pros
Professional tree trimmers typically charge $20 per hour, which means about $100-150 for a typical 5-6 hour job (if you can find someone who has that kind of time available). But beware; most professional companies only bid on full-day jobs, not partial days, so if your tree is something like 25' tall and 10' in diameter, then you'll end up with a hefty bill. Also, the cost of tree trimming can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the tree, its health, and whether it is hardwood or softwood.
A qualified arborist will be able to give you an accurate estimate for your particular project. But remember: if hiring professional services, make sure they guarantee their work, carry insurance AND worker's compensation (just in case someone gets injured), and always get a written quote before any work begins. If you are a novice in tree trimming, it's a good idea to hire a professional company, but if you have decided to go ahead and trim your trees, just remember that most insurance policies will not cover injuries caused by trimming your trees unless you have a special endorsement on the policy. And, of course, there are always homeowner's association covenants that often prohibit homeowners from performing their tree work.
Also, to remember, Topping is never an acceptable method of pruning; only remove those branches that interfere with or risk damaging power lines or other structures that pose a danger to people/property.
Avoid over-pruning as it can cause excessive growth at the branch tips where new growth can be weak and more susceptible to breakage.
Keep in mind that the shape of a tree is determined by its trunk; therefore, branches should only be cut back to an outward-facing bud.
Getting Started With St. Pete Tree Service
If you are looking at the cost of tree trimming and it is just not worth it. Look no further than the professionals at St. Pete Tree Service. We are a full-service tree trimming company serving St. Peters and the surrounding areas. Contact Us for a no-obligation quote or call us at 636-278-9711. We look forward to seeing you.
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