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Trimming your trees and shrubs is very important to help your plants grow better and stay healthier in the long run. In addition, if there are trees and shrubs that have been diseased in any way, removing or trimming away the dead portions can stop the spread of disease to other areas and save the life of the tree or shrub. Trimming is usually quoted per tree or shrub since every plant can present a different situation, problem or issue.
Type of Tree or Shrub
Different species of either can cost various amounts to fix or uproot since their roots might be harder to pull up, more foliage to prune, or have hard to access branch patterns for cutting. A professional should be able to give you a quote based on what they observe.
Some exceptionally tall trees might require specialized equipment to reach their branches. Also trees that may have grown in odd ways could be more difficult to access and therefore more expensive to trim.
Trees that have grown around power lines may be dangerous to trim. Some tree trimming companies will charge considerably more to do this, since they cannot just let the branches fall to the ground around a power line. Each branch must be roped and lowered gently to the ground. This takes a lot more time and will cost a lot more.
The larger the tree trimming job the more felled wood it produces. For smaller jobs, ask the tree trimming company to include hauling the wood away as part of their job. For larger tree trimming projects you may want to keep the felled wood for firewood. In this case you will need to add the cost of cutting and splitting the wood to your total costs if you don't decide to cut the wood yourself.
Stump Grinding or Removal
Talk to your tree trimmer about the cost of grinding or removing the stump of a dead tree in your yard. Grinding a stump down to the ground is a straightforward job that can usually be quoted easily at an hourly rate. However if you need the stump to be removed completely, you may be looking at a much higher cost. You don't always know how large or complex a tree's root system might be until you start to excavate a stump. It may take considerably more time than you bargained for. Unless you absolutely need a stump removed you might consider grinding it down and leaving it.
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