Let’s face it, we all love trees. These stately and beautiful natural monoliths can make a gorgeous and elegant addition to any garden. They lend a dash of color and texture to your landscape. They’re fun for kids to climb. Sometimes they even yield delicious fruit which you can bake into a pie or enjoy just as soon as it falls from the branch. But while a tree can make your garden even more beautiful, it can also be a hazard to other plants in your garden and even a potential safety risk for your family.
There may come a time when tree removal is necessary. And if that time comes, it’s important to know what it’s reasonable to pay for a good quality service. Nobody wants to pay over the odds, but at the same time, you should be wary of contractors who charge rates that look too good to be true… because they almost certainly are. More on that later.
Here we’ll look at roughly what you can expect to pay for tree removal and other associated services.
When is tree removal necessary?
Nobody wants to see a tree removed from their garden. They lend a wonderful sense of character to your garden or yard as well as providing a beautiful focal point and even a healthy food source. But there are some circumstances when you may need to remove a tree for the sake of your garden, your home or your family.
You should consider tree removal when;
- Your home’s previous owner has lopped off branches compromising the tree’s stability in strong winds.
- The tree has overgrown and casts a shadow over your garden, preventing your lawn and other plants from getting the sunlight they need to photosynthesize.
- The roots have grown so wide that they’re making it hard for other plants to compete for water and nutrients from the soil.
- The roots have begun to grow around water pipes or gas mains.
- The tree has grown dangerously tall and/or top-heavy.
- The tree has become diseased or infected (check out this handy guide to symptoms of tree diseases).
- Your tree litters your back yard with leaves so completely that you can never keep up.
What can you expect to pay?
Tree removal and other associated services are just like anything else, you get what you pay for. Virtually any handyman with a chainsaw can advertise their tree removal services but that doesn’t mean that they’re equipped or trained to do so safely or responsibly. Only a trained arborist or tree surgeon can ensure safe and complete removal and guarantee the best end result for your garden. If a tree removal service is offered at a price that’s too good to be true, it’s most likely because the service provider is not a trained arborist and any solutions that they provide can create more problems for you in the long run than they solve.
So, what can you expect to pay for a tree removal service in and around Charlotte, North Carolina? Prices may vary depending on the service provider, the size of the tree (both in terms of height and trunk diameter), number of workers needed, if a crane is needed and the type of tree as well as the age of the tree and how easy it is for your tree surgeon or arborist to access it. The more time and effort the tree requires, the more you can expect to pay. That said, we’ve prepared a rough guide to the costs associated with tree removal and any other ancillary services below.
Tree removal will include the safe falling of the tree and careful removal of the fallen tree from your property. This will be preceded by a consultation where the attending tree surgeon will determine whether removal is the best option or whether the problem would be better served by pruning or strategic branch removal. This will allow you to save the tree and your money.
Tree removal services will cost, on average, anywhere between $200 and $750, although costs may be significantly more for very large trees.
You can expect to pay between $125-$450 for the removal of a small tree. A medium-sized tree will cost between $150 and $800 while the removal of a large tree could cost anywhere from $750-$2,000 to be removed.
Stump Removal / Grinding
When a tree is removed from your garden, a stump will be left. Your arborist will take care to prevent the stump from becoming infected and endangering your garden. However, a stump can also be a trip hazard especially if you have young children playing in your garden. As such, you may choose to have a stump removed as part of the tree removal process. Stump removal will typically cost $150-$200 on top of your tree removal costs although costs may vary if you need a pre-existing and/or infected stump removed from your garden.
A stump is removed by grinding it down using a purpose-built machine that looks a little like a lawnmower. Over time, the tree’s roots will die and biodegrade.
An experienced arborist will be able to advise where tree removal can be circumvented with judicious trimming and pruning. This will usually cost significantly less than removing the tree, especially if you’re dealing with an especially old or large tree.
The importance of finding a tree surgeon you can trust
The health of your tree can have a knock-on effect not only on the health of your garden but the safety of your home and everyone in it. Recommending the wrong solutions (like improper removal of branches) can create more problems than they solve and compromise the safety and stability of your tree. That’s why it’s important to choose a service with integrity.
Fortunately, Integrity isn’t our middle name… it’s our first name!
Integrity Tree Care provides a comprehensive range of tree services at highly competitive prices leveraging years of experience to bring out the best in your landscape.