Calculating the tree pruning cost can be a difficult number to figure out. One of the most common questions we get asked when talking to customers is “what will it cost to prune my tree?” This is a very valid question, people have budgets and some trees can be quite costly to work on.
From my time spent working in the industry I have seen a variety of methods used to price work ranging from shoot-from-the-hip wild guesses through to complex computer systems that account for every single variable imaginable.
When calculating the tree pruning cost there are a number of factors that must be taken into account to ensure the customer gets a fair price and the business makes money.
This blog post will discuss the items we consider when generating the tree pruning cost quote so you can see where your money is going and why.
Tree Pruning Cost is affected by Size
The most obvious factor to consider is the tree itself.
- How big is it?
- Where is it?
- Is there anything underneath it?
- What condition is it in?
- What work needs doing to it?
- What species is it?
- Is my tree protected by law?
All of these factors ultimately help us decide how long it will take to do the job. A small tree in, open lawn, that we can drive right next to will be a lot quicker to deal with than a large tree in a rear garden, that over hangs a house.
The condition of the tree and what is underneath it may also determine what type of equipment we need to use, which in turn affects the price. For example, pruning with hand tools is a lot less expensive than removing a large tree with a crane.
Wood and Branch removal affects Tree Pruning Cost
How the wood and branches from the work carried out are to be dealt with can also determine the final price. As a general rule, leaving the wood onsite is cheaper than removing it and the same goes for the branches. This really depends on your individual site. In a large bush type garden it can be easy to find places to stack piles of branches that can decompose out of sight. This option is not always appropriate however in the urban setting. Similarly, not all houses have wood burners for firewood, but it can be worth talking to your neighbours to see if they want it.
Other factors that affect the Tree Pruning Cost
The first part of this blog has highlighted the more visible factors to consider when calculating the tree pruning cost; the second part will discuss those that are not seen by the customer, ultimately answering the question: what does it cost the company to send a team out to sites? This figure will vary from company to company and it is important for you, the customer, to understand why.
The Cost of Training an Arborist
The cost of training an Arborist to industry standard has been estimated at around $40,000-$50,000. It also costs money and time each year to keep them at that standard via continued professional development. For companies who are playing by the rules this can be a large overhead that has to be factored into the revenue. Other companies can cheat this by hiring staff that are not trained and by not providing further training. This begs the question: would you want someone who is untrained and unsafe working on your trees and around your property?
The Effect of Equipment on the Tree Pruning Cost
Purchasing and maintaining good quality equipment is also a large expense for a tree company. Due to the high risk nature of the work it is vital that all equipment is in good working order and that everything needed to complete a job safely is available. Corners can be cut again but the result is unsafe work practices that increase the risk of damage or harm to the tree worker, the general public, the customer, and their property.
Following Best Practice affects the Tree Pruning Cost
Finally, complying with industry best standards for health and safety, quality of work, and insurance can affect costs. Working to industry best standards takes more time but the result is trees that are healthy and look great, and staff that are happy and safe. Cutting corners here can result in future problems for the client as they are left with trees that are unsafe, unsightly and may require further work. Having adequate insurance for unforeseen circumstances also give peace of mind, knowing that if damage occurs the repair can be taken care of.
Overall, it is important for you the client to know what you are getting for your money. If the tree pruning cost seems too high or too cheap ask questions. Any reputable tree company will be able to show you evidence of training and quality standards. Make sure you know who is working on your trees and that they are safe and skilled. Also remember that there is a true cost for everything and that if a price is too cheap it will be made up for somewhere else.
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