Are there low tree branches on your property making it difficult to easily maneuver the lawnmower or prohibiting you from moving freely across your landscape? You need a local tree trimming company to remove nuisance limbs or prune away low-level branches to allow for more movement or sunlight on your property.
How much does it cost to prune a tree? Homeowners can expect to pay between $150-$800 for most trees, with the national average around $475. However, there are a lot of variables involved in the cost of professional tree trimming and pruning. Most professional tree services will offer free estimates.
We specialize in professional tree trimming and tree removal services. With years of experience under our belts, we can properly assess your needs and offer a free quote that best suits the variables involved in your project. Routine pruning can improve the health of your trees and may extend their lifespan.
(Removing a dread tree entails much more work. Learn about the costs and variables involved in dead tree removal.) Read further to learn more about tree pruning.
Can I DIY Tree Pruning?
While DIY tree pruning is “free,” the damage it causes ends up being quite costly. Not just to your wallet, but also to your landscape. Improper pruning can result in self-injury, potential electrocution (from nearby utility wires), and permanent damage to a tree that may eventually jeopardize its health and growth.
Additionally, are you certain you can properly access the health of your tree or trees? While trees often show obvious signs of poor health, they can also mask disease and appear perfectly fine. A professional tree pruner can accurately evaluate the health of a tree and spot areas on your tree that might threaten the tree’s health. Moreover, proper tree pruning can help stimulate growth.
What Does Pruning Entail?
Tree pruning entails a spectrum of services, from thinning to pollarding. Each tree is unique and not every job will need every aspect of tree pruning. Your tree may only need its crown thinned and some removal of dead or diseased branches. For trees that overhang sidewalks or make it difficult to mow underneath, crown lifting may be needed.
What Impacts the Cost to Prune a Tree?
There are a lot of variables that play into the cost of pruning a tree. For instance, large, poorly maintained pin oaks can cost far more than the average tree to get them back into shape. Following are some variables that impact the cost to prune a tree:
- The type of tree.
- The size of the tree.
- Disease/Existing condition of the three.
- Number of trees.
- The Location of the tree.
When is The Best Time to Prune Trees?
The best time to prune a tree is late fall or winter. Removing weak limbs before the snow arrives lessens the risk of heavy snow breaking weakened tree limbs. Pruning should be done before bud break to avoid injury to any new growth of the tree.
Trees can be pruned in the winter, however, when active growth is dormant. With the tree canopy virtually bare in winter, arborists can get a very clear view of any disease and determine the best trimming and pruning needs for healthy growth when spring arrives. Pruning in late fall or early winter may save you money as well since the demand for professional tree trimming services tends to be lower during this time.
Regardless of the season, you should schedule professional tree pruning anytime you detect signs of distress or disease on a tree. For instance, shot hole disease is common on fruit trees and appears like insects have eaten the leaves, leaving little holes of irregular shapes. Shot hole disease is a fungus commonly found on cherry trees and laurels. While the disease is cosmetic, improper care will result in it spreading. A professional tree service can offer care options to help avoid its spread.
Tree Services in Lancaster & Chester Counties
Hiring a professional service provider may seem overwhelming, but do your research, look for customer testimonials and positive reviews, and ask for an honest quote. Your contractor should explain the work to you and give you a clear understanding of what services will be performed and at what cost. Reaching Higher specializes in professional tree service, offering top-quality professional tree pruning and tree removal services in Lancaster and Chester counties. We’d be happy to learn about your project!