To keep your trees in good health, implementing a regular tree cutting schedule is a great idea.

Not only will the tree have a better vigour, but it will look at lot more aesthetically pleasing.

You can either use a professional tree cutting service or take the DIY approach. We will give you all the information you need to execute whichever direction you decide to go in.

National Average$1,340
Low Estimate$650
High Estimate$2,610
Real average range$525 - $6,850

Tree cutting prices depend on a lot of factors, but the 3 big ones are:

  • height of the tree
  • location on your property
  • the complexity of the tree cutting required

The average cost of tree cutting is $871, but the real range is $250 for small trims or removals right up to $3,900 plus.

We also need to stipulate whether we are talking about complete tree removal services or just cutting some branches.

The below sizes will include prices from trimming some branches to complete cutting down and removal of the tree.

Tree Trimming Cost by type

Tree SizeLowHigh
Canopy lift$350$750
Canopy Reduction$550$2,790
Branch removal$80$550
Canopy Thinning$550$2,790
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Tree sizes

The biggest factor is the size and without going into too much detail we are going to break this up into 4 categories of height.

Small tree trimming cost (3 – 5m)

Small trees less than 1 story high (3 – 5m) will cost $150 – $650. They include trees such as bottle brushes, wattle and Magnolias.

You will need to add $50 – $100 for the grinding and removal of the stump.

Medium tree trimming cost (5 – 9m)

Tree sizes would include anything from 1 – 2 stories high (5 – 9m) and will cost you $350 – $1,200. This price is purely based on the tree’s possible size and height and does not consider the complexity of removing particular branches.

Types of trees would include Liquidambars, London plane trees and some species of privet, Eucalyptus and Jacaranda trees.

Large tree trimming cost (8 – 12m)

Size for what we refer to as large trees would be anything that is 3 stories or higher. These trees can cost quite a bit more. I would expect $850 – $5000 depending on whether you were just getting a branch cut or the whole tree cut down and taken away.

The types of trees that grow this large are Oak trees, Gum trees and of course Angophora’s.

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Complexity of the branches

The shape and structure of the tree and the complexity of its branches will have a large bearing on price depending on the service being provided. Tree cutting services offer a multitude of services including:

  • Crown lift
  • Thinning
  • Pollarding
  • Reduction
  • Shaping

And of course complete cut down and take away

Each of these services does differ in price and we have specific prices for each service in our tree pruning cost guide.

Tree mass and or trunk diameter

Other than height, trunk size or diameter is the other biggest factor that will contribute to the cost of cutting down a tree.

Why does this add to the cost, basically the sheer weight and volume of the trunk of the tree take time and manpower to cut down to ground level and then remove from your property.

You can save up to 30% off the cost of cutting trees down by asking the company to leave the tree logs on-site so you can sell them on eBay for firewood.

The money saved requesting the logs to stay compounds depending on access. If the tree is hard to get to like in a backyard, the tree cutting service does not have to spend time, resources to remove the tree off-site.

Once they have gone, take a photo of the tree logs and sell them on Facebook or the trading post for firewood. The winning bidder would be more than happy to come and do the grunt work, and the best part is they will also pay you for the logs!

Should I use certified tree cutting companies?

I highly recommend using a certified tree cutting company. This means the boss is a qualified arborist and is trained to do the work.

You can save yourself some money if you have a tree smaller than 5m by hiring a lawn mowing company. But you need to understand there will be a significant drop in the quality of work carried out. The real challenge is getting a qualified arborist to remove your trees at a reasonable price.

Here are some things you need to check when getting a tree cutting service out to quote your job.

1. Check qualifications

Never take their word for it. Always ask to see their qualifications. The industry is slowly being regulated, but it’s a slow process. There are plenty of unskilled workers posing as the real deal who would be more than happy to take you money.

2. Get 3 or more tree cutting quotes

This seems like an obvious one, but so many customers get sold on the first quote. Even if they are an amazing company, I always recommend getting a second and third opinion and price before you pull the trigger.

3. Check they are insured

The industry standard is 10 million in public liability insurance. The purpose of this insurance is to protect your home and your family in the off chance that something goes wrong and the arborist you hired damages your property or hurts someone.

4. Check they are a registered business

This one is not so obvious and is rarely done. It just takes a minute to go to ABN lookup and type in their company name. More than to check they are a company, you want to see how long they have been in business. I suggest someone who has been in the game for longer than 5 years running their company. Also, make sure they have not made any name changes.

If they have, search the old company name and look for reviews. They might be a totally innocent reason why they changed names, but I would do your due diligence just in case.

Get everything in writing

Sometimes there can be some confusion about what was agreed upon, especially if a week or two pass between the quote and the job being done. As your tree cutting expert to specify exactly what they will be cutting and what the service does and does not include.

It saves any surprises for both parties.

Waste disposal

The disposal of the waste after the tree cutting service has finished is the most costly and time-consuming part. Make sure they are going to be taking all the waste with them when they leave unless you specify otherwise.

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How to Reduce Costs by DIY tree cutting

It is true that tree cutting services can be pricey. But when done properly will retain the tree’s natural charming appearance and allow it to live longer than a poorly maintained one. However leaving such duties to anyone other than a tree service professional, could cost you in the long run. A poorly balanced tree and branch structure or incorrect cutting techniques can result in the tree’s ultimate demise.

Mistakes can be made in a number of ways like not waiting to the right time of year to prune, incorrect tree trimming techniques including poorly balanced trees, and not removing all deadwood.

When choosing a reliable tree pruning service, you need to bear in mind you will be paying a little more than ‘the local Joe’ with a saw, but it’s not going to be too much more and it will be worth it.

When to Prune

This is going to be determined by the particular tree you want pruned. As a general rule of thumb though, you’re best cutting trees in the dormant season, just before we start heading into spring to be exact. This will have the least impact/stress on the tree(s) and the upcoming growth season of spring will encourage growth to heal to wounds left by the removed limbs.

Deadwood can be removed all year round.

Pest control

Pests wanting to invade the tree are also going to have it much easier now you have opened up a gaping hole for them to enter. Normally a healthy tree’s natural defense against pests such as white ants and elm leaf beetle has been a sap. When the bug tries to borrow in it drowns.

If you open up a wound on the tree, pests can bypass this defense shield and get straight in.

Dead-wood and Branches Removed

It is important to systematically remove deadwood on trees of all sizes as it is a drain on their health. Leaving deadwood on the tree allows water to enter the tree (they only like water to their roots) and other insects and fungus.

Removing deadwood will give the tree a chance to heal the wound and seal the entrance for foreign pathogens.

DIY Tree Pruning

For smaller jobs, it is possible to carry out tree cutting yourself as long as you follow a few simple rules. Again, I would just stick to cutting trees smaller than 5m (no taller than a single-story house) and branches no thicker than your wrist.

Trying to tackle trees/branches larger than this could result in injury to yourself or the tree in question.

Now with the safety warning out of the way, let’s have a look at the right and wrong way to do things. Study the image below then read on:

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Remove Excess Weight

This is done so the branch doesn’t fall too early underweight before you have the chance to finish cutting it. It can tear the bark right down the trunk.

The collar cut

This is the most important part of the branch removal process. Understanding where the collar is and making your cut along the collar (leaving the collar on the tree) will allow the tree to heal itself in the quickest and most efficient way.

Cut #1

This is a small cut on the underside of the branch (A) to allow to branch to break away clean.

Cut #2

This is the cut which will remove most of the branch (B) just leaving you a small stub.

Cut #3

This is an important cut. See above (C – D). Pay attention to the 3 dimensions of the branch and make sure you’re cutting along the collar on all planes.

And that’s it! Of course, large jobs do call for bigger equipment and professionals to make sure the whole tree pruning process goes smoothly. Here at GoTreeQuotes, we take the headache out of finding a reliable and well-priced contractor.

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Author: Ben McInerney is a qualified arborist with over 15 years of industry experience. He uses his in-depth knowledge of the tree service industry to give readers to most accurate information on tree service costs and helps to educate them about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.