So you have a dead or dying maple that needs to be excavated pronto. Or that oak is leaning a little too far into your neighbor’s personal bubble and you don’t want diplomatic relations to pop. Maybe that towering pine has gotten a bit too big for its britches (branches?), and you literally cannot see the forest for the tree.

You have the number for a recommended contractor at the ready, but money doesn’t grow on trees – otherwise this would be an entirely different story – and you want to know, “What does tree removal include?”

Forgive the pun, but it’s not so cut and dry. There are many factors that contribute to the cost of tree removal, and the steps that must be taken to achieve it.

Costs for tree removal can range from $150 to $1500, with the national average hovering around $650. All costs are dependent upon a relatively standard set of criteria, including height, diameter, condition, and location. Some companies charge by the foot, others offer a fixed contract price. Regardless, rule of thumb dictates that the larger the tree, the larger the bill. And if the trunk must be cut into portions, that will add to the tally.

Tree care firms typically group trees by the following heights:

  • 30 feet and under (small, like a crabapple)
  • 30-60 feet
  • 60-80 feet
  • 80 feet and higher (large, like a red oak)

While tree removal can be a finicky process, there are a few basics you can probably count on. These include:

  • Taking the tree down to a stump.
  • Segmenting the trunk into manageable pieces.
  • Removing and/or chipping the branches and debris.
  • Hauling the pieces away (Again, many companies do charge for haul away service – whether the branches, the trunk bits, or both. Make sure to confirm this in advance.)

One big thing to keep in mind: Removing the tree stump is almost always extra. Whether your contractor digs it out or uses a grinder, the cost will be based on the diameter of the stump, among other factors. Roots, too, are typically not covered in tree removal estimate, although those that are exposed can often be easily removed if you opt for stump grinding service.

Additional conditions to keep in mind when arranging for tree removal include:

  • Location – Is your tree growing near power lines or other trees? Obstructions can add to the bill. If the tree is not easily accessible (i.e. backyard instead of front), that can also contribute to the time and effort it will take for removal. (Good news: Trees that have already fallen are significantly cheaper to
  • Health – Dead and dying trees are a tossup. While their brittle nature can make the removal of smaller trees easier, larger subjects can become hazardous, particularly if climbing is required by the arborist.
  • Equipment – Trickier jobs may require specialized equipment, such as that for “rigging,” in which ropes and pulleys are used to safely secure branches and limbs prior to their removal.

With dangers ranging from falling branches to thrown debris, tree removal remains a task that should be handled only by professionals. Luckily, Eos Outdoor Services has just the right team for the job. Our prices are fair, our team is fully licensed and insured, and our handiwork is unparalleled. Call us today at 410-648-2820 to schedule an appointment.