Tree trimming (or pruning) is a routine maintenance task for many types of trees, and may further be necessary for any type of tree due to safety concerns or to enhance the appearance and accessibility of your property.
You will find the cost to trim an average tree will vary with tree size and type, its proximity to buildings and/or power lines, the accessibility of its location, the amount of time passed without trimming, general tree health, and labor rate.
In the following tables the Labor Cost figure is what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the complete task.
Trim five healthy trees on a residential lot: each with ten years growth since last trim; 3 oak trees (50 feet tall) and two maple trees (35 feet tall); no power-line or building issues.
|Item||Unit Cost||Quantity||Line Cost|
|Wood chipper: 40 HP trailer mounted; chip all cut material and spread onsite (requires gasoline and proper vehicle for transport to and around site).||$244||per day||3||$733|
|Chainsaw: 18” gasoline powered, including gas and oil.||$68||per day||3||$205|
|Hand tools: shears, axe, and one safety harness system with ropes.||$65||per day||3||$195|
|Equipment and Material Cost||$377||per day||3||$1,133|
|+ Labor Cost (2 persons)||$38||per hour||48||$1,824|
|Total Cost||$591||per tree||5||$2,957|
Prices range from $227 per tree (five large trees trimmed; equipment and material - DIY) to $709per tree (five large trees trimmed; equipment, labor, and material - high season) and also vary depending on your zipcode:
Local costs have been calculated by accounting for labor and material cost differences across different cities. To get accurate cost estimates, indicate yours: