If you care about the health of the trees on your property, you are going to want to trim them every year. Overall, the amount and size of the trees are the biggest factors in determining tree trimming costs, but let’s break this down further.

tree trimming cost

Average Tree Trimming Cost

30ft or less - $100 to $800 per tree

30 to 60ft - $300 to $1600 per tree

Over 60 ft - $400 - $2,000 or more per tree

The cost to trim a tree depends on a few factors:

  • Type of the tree

  • Size of tree

  • Amount of trees

  • Potential hazards (like power lines)

  • If you want the branches hauled away by the service

  • How easily equipment can access your trees

  • Emergency work (after a storm or at weird hours)

  • Drive time to your location

NOTE: If you have power lines on the street of your property, you can usually call your local utility provider and they should send someone out to trim back the branches.

Why trim your tree?

Trimming or pruning a tree will help it stay healthy. It also will make the tree look aesthetically pleasing. Here are some more reasons why you should trim your trees regularly:

  • Gives your tree its proper shape

  • Stimulates growth

  • Removes branches that are potential hazards

  • Helps with sun absorption

  • Increases air circulation

  • Can improve the health of the crops on the tree

  • Opens up your property

  • Helps the tree fight diseases

  • Improves root health

Do my trees need to be trimmed?

Don’t know if your trees should be trimmed? Most tree trimming services are more than happy to come out to your property and evaluate your trees for free. They will let you know if a large branch over your power line is stable, or a potential threat. They can also provide you with a tree trimming cost estimate.

Should I trim my own trees?

Here is what we recommend as tree experts. You should only trim your own trees if:

  • The branches are in an easy to access place and they are a manageable size.

  • You have the equipment needed: thick gloves, safety glasses, long sleeve shirt, an extendable tool, and proper saws.

  • You have confidence in your tree trimming ability.

  • There is a buddy or two to help and supervise.

There are three types of tree trimming:

Fine pruning - Trimming small limbs to shape the tree

Standard pruning - Trimming some small limbs and major branches.

Crown pruning - Trimming major branches usually from storm damage or disease. A lot of people hire a tree trimming service to reduce the danger of damaging to property or power lines. This is a wise idea that will save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

How to get a tree trimming bid

  1. Look at your trees and decide which ones need trimming.

  2. Do some research, read reviews.

  3. Call and receive multiple bids (at least 2 or 3).

  4. Don’t go for the low bid.

  5. Look at all of the little costs on the bid, make sure they explain each service and cost to you.

  6. Hire the tree trimming service you feel most comfortable with.

If your tree is too sick, tree trimming won't help

A great part about getting professional arborists out to your property is that they can look at the health of your trees. Some trees are too far gone to be saved by pruning. In this case, you will need to have your tree removed. Don't worry, we break down the cost of this service too in our tree removal cost guide.

If you have any other questions about tree trimming services and the cost of tree trimming, please feel free to contact us today. We offer free tree trimming quotes for the Twin Cities area.




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