How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Fallen Tree? Understanding the Prices

If you have gotten quotes for tree removal recently (or even in the past), then you know the cost to remove a tree that’s fallen or that you just want to take down can really vary.

You might wonder what goes into the fallen tree removal cost, or tree removal cost in general—and why one company may potentially cost a little more or less.

Let’s dive into some of the factors that will impact tree removal cost so that you can have a better understanding of what to expect to pay.

How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Fallen Tree?

If a tree is already on the ground it is going to be less expensive to remove it then it would if it were still standing. The reason for this is probably obvious. A decent portion of the labor and work involved is removed because the tree does not have to be taken down.

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With a large tree, a crane is often needed to remove a standing tree. Oftentimes, it’s taken down limb by limb and with a massive tree, this can be a time-consuming process. But if it’s already on the ground, that’s a different story.

Of course, in many cases, it’s that part of a tree has fallen (not the entire thing), which may reduce the fallen tree removal cost a bit, but not entirely.

tree care experts remove dead tree with bucket truck

If you search online for the average cost to remove a fallen tree, you’ll likely see a wide range of costs. Since we can’t speak to what other companies do, let’s talk about Joshua Tree’s cost to remove a tree that’s fallen in Pennsylvania.

The biggest factor that will impact the cost is the size. We will put a fallen tree through a chipper. The larger the tree, the longer that will take.

Also, where the tree has fallen can also impact the cost. How difficult it is to access the tree (even if it’s already on the ground) is a factor.

tree removal expert uses bucket to cut down tall tree

Here’s an approximate range to anticipate:

Small Trees (between 10’ and 30’ in height): $200 - $400

Medium trees (between 30’ and 60’ in height): $400 - $1400

Large Trees (between 60’ and 120’ in height): $1400 - $3500

Tree Removal Cost (for a Tree That is Still Standing)

You might be curious how that compares to a tree that is still standing. As we mentioned, the tedious nature of taking a tree down limb by limb, and the specialized equipment that might be needed, will make it more expensive than a tree that’s already on the ground.

tree care experts cut up down tree with chainsaw

Before we go into more detail about what will impact the cost, here are some estimated ranges.

Small Trees (between 10’ and 30’ in height): $350 - $700

Medium trees (between 30’ and 60’ in height): $600 - $1800

Large Trees (between 60’ and 120’ in height): $1600 - $3700

The primary factors that will impact tree removal cost, for a tree that is still standing are as follows.

  • Size: As you might have expected, just like with the fallen tree removal cost, the size of the tree is obviously going to impact the cost to remove a standing tree. A small tree is typically going to be less expensive to remove than a large tree, which is going to require more time, effort, and equipment to safely remove.
  • Location: Where the tree is located on your property will also impact cost (which is even true if it’s already fallen). More specifically, it comes down to how accessible the tree is. Is it tucked away in the corner of your backyard and there’s a fence to work around or a shed that needs to be taken into account as limbs are safely removed? Or, is it in the middle of the front yard with nothing around it? These different scenarios impact the type of equipment we need to use and how we’ll get it safely onto your property. If a tree is in a really difficult spot to access, it could require specialized equipment including a bucket truck.
  • Condition of the Tree: The condition of the tree could also have an impact on the cost. You might think, it’s coming down anyway, why does that matter? But if a tree is in really bad shape because it’s diseased or dying, it might require some special care as it’s removed. This would be a factor that does not impact fallen tree removal cost since it’s already down. Of course, there are circumstances where we are removing storm-damaged trees that are only partially down, and this can be more complex and complicated. We are cautiously removing the tree in a way that won’t cause the remaining standing portion to fall on its own.

Why Do Different Tree Service Companies Charge Different Prices?

As we said from the start, the tree removal prices you get from one company could be different from another, whether it’s standing, fallen, or partially fallen.

While it’s certainly true that the local market plays a role in setting prices, there are other factors that come into play as well.

tree removal experts cut up limb with chainsaw

The amount of experience and training that a company has as well as what type of equipment that they utilize are significant factors that will also impact price. When it comes to tree removal, you want to be sure that it’s done properly and these two details are key.

The truth is, even a tree that has already fallen needs to be removed promptly and correctly. You don’t want a mess left behind after removal. You want a highly professional company that is going to take care of all the details, the right way.

Why Work with Joshua Tree for Tree Removal in Pennsylvania?

With tree removal work it might seem tempting to shop on price but that could put you at some risk. Companies that use poor-quality equipment or perhaps aren’t committed to providing the best possible results could leave you wishing you’d just paid a little bit more for the fallen tree removal cost (or standing tree removal cost) so that you were completely happy with the results.

At Joshua Tree, we put a lot of emphasis on training and experience. We know that tree removal can be dangerous if not performed properly and we take that fact quite seriously. We also know that homeowners are counting on us to get the job done well and to leave behind a clean jobsite.

As a homeowner, this is something that you shouldn’t have to worry about. You should be able to feel confident that your tree removal is being handled safely and that best practices are being followed. When you make a wise choice in tree removal companies, you can gain this peace of mind.

If you’d like to have a tree on your Lehigh Valley or Buxmont, PA area property assessed, contact us for a free consultation. Then you can rest assured knowing that we’ve got it completely under control.

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