Comprehensive Tree Pruning Cost Guide 2018
Ben McInerney – Last updated 18 Jan, 2018
We have put together this guide to give you an idea of the cost to have your tree pruned by a professional tree surgeon. The prices for tree pruning are for the Australian market and may differ in other countries.
On this page you will also find a cost calculator to allow you to find a starting price for tree pruning a little faster.
Cost to prune trees by size
Small tree pruning cost – 1 – 1.5 stories high.
Anything smaller than 1 story or 5m high can be managed by a gardener. But if it is a little larger 1 – 1.5 stories high, you will need an arborist. It will cost you somewhere between $250 – $350
Medium tree pruning cost – 2 stories high or less.
This size of tree will cost a little more depending on the work being done. Cutting lower branches for a canopy list will be less expensive than canopy thinning for example, as there is less time spend climbing. Price range would be between $350 – $550.
Large tree pruning price – 3 Stories + high
Like with the other size trees it is really going to depend on the type of tree being pruned and the specific working being done. If the tree is an odd shape and has a very dense canopy, it will take longer to trim. Generally speaking you are looking at $600 – $1000 for trees from 3 – 5 stories high.
Extra Large tree pruning price – 6 Stories + high
There won’t be too many of you in this category. If you are the owner of an extra-large tree that needs some branches removed, then it is obviously going to be fairly costly. It will depend on the size and number of the branches being removed. Bu I would budget between $900 – $1800.
Professional tree trimming costs
A canopy lift is to prune the lower branches of a tree essentially raising the height of the canopy. This is normally only done once or twice as the tree is growing. When the lower branches are at a comfortable height from the ground, you will not need to continue lifting.
Cost: As this requires the least amount of work you can expect to pay between $200 – $700
This involves the trimming of 10 – 30% of the canopy’s internal branches to reduce the overall volume of branches. This is done usually to let some more light into your yard or home, without removing the tree completely.
Cost: 5m – 8m tree = $300 – 600
8m – 15m tree = $600 – 1200
15m – 25m tree = $1200 – 2000
This type of tree trimming can only be performed on certain types of trees as it really does go against general tree pruning practices (i.e. the collar cut). But it is normally performed on small trees that have multiple vertical second order branches. These branches are cut to about a 3rd of the size in the winter and left to rejuvenate through the spring. This is repeated every year or second year at worst.
Cost: less than 5m $150 – $350
5m – 10m $250 – $850
As the name suggests, it involves the removal of dead branches in trees. This is something that should be done on a regular basis to stop them snapping off and injuring pedestrians or damaging property.
Cost: 5 – 10m = $150 – $600
10 – 20m = $400 – $1200
20m + = $500 – $1500
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This is a growth defect that needs to be addresses as early as possible as it can cause problems with the branches structural integrity in the future. When the branches begin rubbing up against each other when windy, the bark is stripped of the branch exposing it to bugs, fungi and rot. They should be removed when noticed during the trees growth.
Cost: $100 – $800
Duel leading trunks
Most large trees should be trained to a single main leader trunk. The reason being they are stronger alone. When the union between two vertical trucks fills up with leaves, water and dirt, it begins to rot the tree from the inside out. Eventually one side will give way in a strong wind and can cause injury and death.
Cost: As you can imagine it would depend on the tree. It could be a 5m tree and only cost $150, but it could also be a 35m tree and cost thousands.
Hedge pruning or trimming
The shaping or resizing of a hedge.
Cost: You can generally price hedges by the meter. A normal hedge 1 – 2m high and 5m long would set you back $100 – $200. You can then just multiply that out depending on the length of the hedge.
Shaping & Formative pruning
Different to hedging, this is the shaping of larger trees. Normally it involves the reduction of the overall spread of the tree. If you can imagine taking 10-20% off the outside of all the branches.
Cost: This is actually quite expensive as it need to be done by a climber or with an EWP and each extremity of the tree needs to be cut. Trees 5-10m would cost $200 – $800. 10-20m tree would set you back more like $600 – 1200. Again it would all depend on the number of branches that need to be pruned.
Similar to pollarding where you take the whole top out of a tree to reduce its overall height. This is not advisable for most trees and is actually illegal in some states and cities as the regrowth can become dangerous as it is not connected to the tree itself, but just to the bark.
Cost: Anywhere from $200 – $1200
Fruit tree pruning
As the name suggests it is the removal of branches from a fruit baring tree in the hope of increasing the yield of the tree. The idea is you take away some of the limbs the tree has to support with its current root system, which frees up extra energy to produce more fruit.
Seasonal factors to consider
When getting any tree trimming work done by a professional arborist, it is worth remembering that the high season is spring and summer. If you contract a tree surgeon in these months you are bound to be paying up to double what you would in the off season. Tradesmen quote jobs depending on how much work they have on. If they are going through a lean period, they are likely to give you a cheaper price to win the work and get them through the winter.
Most tradesmen charge travel time or at the very least have a minimum amount they charge for even the smallest work. That amount would not be any less than $100 for an arborist. If you only have a very small job, you are best getting a garden maintenance type contractor in as you will find they will charge a lot less for the same job.
This is because they have less expensive equipment, insurance etc.
Benefits of tree pruning
All trees and plants respond well to pruning. It allows them to stop wasting so much energy on maintaining branches and spend more energy on new growth or producing fruit. Your tree will be much better off for it.
Removing deadwood or decaying branches allows the tree to get on with the healing process which will close wounds around the tree increasing its vitality.
Pruning a tree improves its overall appearance which can in turn add value to your home.
Improved lawn growth
Your lawn would appreciate the extra light by thinning a tree or giving it a canopy lift, plus your power bill in winter is bound to be much less if more light is able to make it through or under the canopy to heat your home naturally.
Power and heating bill
By letting more in you allow the sun to naturally heat your house during the colder months with will drastically reduce your reliance artificial heating.
When to prune
When pruning in winter you are catching the tree when it is dormant. This is a great idea when doing drastic pruning that involves the removal of greater than 20% of the canopy. Pruning in winter (after the coldest months) allows the tree to adapt to the changes as it slowly reanimates after its hibernation.
Pruning a tree by 10 – 20% in summer is actually a really positive thing for the tree. It frees up more of the stored energy to be spend on new growth and there is less stress on the tree to feed so many limbs during really hot days.
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