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Tree Removal Costs

by | Sep 11, 2020 | Uncategorized

In Milwaukee, property owners pay $200 to $2000 to remove a tree. For small to medium-sized trees, tree removal experts charge $400 to $1,200, depending on how complicated the procedure is. The typical average-sized tree will have a removal cost of about $750. 

Tree removal experts charge varying costs because of the numerous factors that affect the tree removal process. In the following section, we will look at all the factors affecting the tree removal cost. 

Tree Removal Cost Factors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

1. Tree Size 

Both the trunk diameter and the height of a tree have a significant effect on the amount of time needed to remove a tree. In Milwaukee, however, almost every tall tree will have a big trunk diameter – this means that tree height has a bigger impact on the tree removal cost. 

As the height of a tree increases, its weight and the area under risk during tree removal, increase. Heavier and riskier, large trees require additional attention during removal – this results in a higher tree removal cost. 

Small Tree Removal Cost 

These trees have a height of below 30 feet and a trunk diameter of fewer than 15 inches. Small tree removal is easier – they take lesser time to cut through their trunk and they are easier to handle because they have less weight. For most professionals, small tree removals take 1 or 2 hours – you will need to pay $150 to $400 for this work. 

Medium Tree Removal Cost 

These trees reach maturity at a height of 30 – 60 feet. The trees will have a trunk diameter of between 15 and 19 inches. To bring these trees down, professionals need an average of 4 to 8 hours, with the entire procedure costing $450 to $750. 

Large Tree Removal Cost 

These trees mature at a height of 60 to 100 feet. Their trunks have a diameter of between 20 and 24 inches. Depending on how experienced the team handling the removal is, large tree removal can take one or more days. The tree removal experts will charge you $900 to $1,200. 

Very Large Tree Removal Cost 

These trees have a height of more than 100 feet – they include trees like the eucalyptus which can reach over 200 feet and the white pine which has an average height of 150 feet. Removing trees in this category costs $1,300 to over $2000.

Crane Assisted Removal 

When large, heavy trees are standing in risky positions, their removal process tends to be more complicated. A slight mistake could lead to costly repair costs – the tree may fall on your house, utility lines, or other important amenities. 

To reduce the chances of causing property damage, tree removal experts prefer to use cranes. However, since most tree service providers do not own a crane, tree owners are often required to rent a crane. In Milwaukee, you will be charged $200 to $600 to rent a crane for a day. You will also need to pay $50 to $100 to get a professional crane operator. 

The cost of renting the crane is not included in the quoted tree removal cost. Therefore, if the professionals had quoted $2,000 to remove your white pine, the overall cost may increase to about $2,250 – $2,700 if the crane has to be used to bring the tree down. 

2. Tree Species 

While the crape myrtle tree is softwood, oaks are hardwoods and often need more effort to cut through the trunk. While the sycamore tree matures at a height of between 30 and 60 feet, white pines will grow to be over 150 feet. 

This shows that different tree species have varying requirements during removal. Below, we have outlined the tree removal costs you should expect for some of the common tree species: 

Oak tree Removal Cost 

Oak trees whose height does not exceed 60 feet have a tree removal cost of between $200 and $800. At maturity, however, most oak trees will reach a height of more than 100 feet. This increases the tree removal cost from $800 to about $1,200. 

Sycamore Tree Removal Cost 

Sycamore trees are medium-sized, generally maturing at a height of between 30 and 60 feet. To remove your sycamore tree, you will spend an average of $600 to $900. 

Pine Tree Removal Cost 

In Milwaukee city, most of the pine trees have a height of 40 to 80 feet. However, exceptional pine subspecies, for example, the white pine, can reach over 150 feet in height. This puts the pine tree removal cost between $200 and $2000. 

Eucalyptus Tree Removal Cost 

One of the largest trees in Milwaukee, eucalyptus trees can reach a height of over 200 feet, with a trunk diameter of up to 80 inches. The tree is hardwood and also extremely heavy. This makes eucalyptus the costliest tree to remove, with prices ranging from $1,300 to about $3,000, depending on the size. 

Conifer Tree Removal Cost 

Although conifer trees are capable of growing to heights above 100 feet, they are much easier to remove compared to other tree species of the same height. This generally makes them more affordable to remove, with tree removal experts charging $800 to  $1,100. 

Maple Tree Removal cost 

Maples are large trees, generally maturing at a height of above 100 feet. The tree’s removal process is quite complicated, with most tree removal experts needing several days to remove it. Maple tree removal costs $1000 to $1700 in Milwaukee, WI. 

3. Tree Condition 

Various conditions often affect the tree removal process – either making the entire procedure easier or more complicated. Pre-existing conditions that make the procedure hard often raise the tree removal cost. Those that make tree removal easier make the procedure more affordable. 

Below, we have outlined some of the conditions that impact tree removal cost: 

Tree Death 

Dead trees are generally dry and, therefore, lighter than live trees. Light trees are easier to manage, which often makes the dead trees affordable to remove. You should expect a tree removal cost between $150 and $400 if your tree is dead. 

Fallen Trees 

If your tree has fallen on open ground, meaning that it is not lying on your house or utility lines, its removal will be much easier. The tree removal experts will charge you $75 to $150. However, the tree removal cost is generally higher for trees that are lying on sensitive structures. 

Weak Branches 

If your tree is carrying weak branches – meaning, the branches have a high risk of falling during tree removal – the tree removal experts may need to prune the tree ahead of removal. This generally leads to a higher tree removal cost, with professionals charging for the tree pruning separately. While you may need to pay an extra $200 to $1000 for the tree pruning, this cost helps you avoid property damages and unexpected injuries. 

Significant Lean 

Trees that are leaning over houses or utility lines are costlier to remove compared to trees of the same size that are leaning over open grounds. This is because the trees leaning over important utilities require more work to bring down. 

4. Accessibility 

If a tree is standing on open ground, away from houses and utility lines, the tree removal procedure will be easier – all that is needed is cutting at the base of the tree. However, when a tree is surrounded by houses and powerlines, the professionals have to do more work to avoid damaging the amenities – this can increase the tree removal cost. 

5. Additional Costs 

After a tree has been brought down successfully, several services that homeowners have to pay for separately may show up. The services may include: 

Wood Chipping 

This is the process of cutting the tree trunk into smaller, portable logs. The service helps the tree removal experts with hurling the tree away from your home. Wood chipping costs about $50 to $100.

Wood Splitting 

This procedure converts the tree trunk into firewood. Wood splitting costs $25 to $100, depending on tree size. 

Stump Removal 

For the tree removal experts to remove the stump after bringing the tree down, they may charge you $100 to $150, depending on whether you want to remove the entire tree stump or stump grinding will be enough. 

In the event you have multiple tree stumps that need removal, the following costs may apply: 

  • Per stump price – The professionals may charge $150 for the first tree stump. The remaining stumps may cost $50 each. 
  • Per hour cost – The tree service providers will charge you $150 for every hour spent on stump removal. 
  • Per diameter inch cost – You will be charged $2 to $3 for every diameter inch. However, a fixed, minimum cost, of about $100 to $150 is generally applicable. 

Travel Fee 

When you decide to work with tree removal experts who need to cover a large distance to get to your home, you may be charged a travel fee of about $0.5 per mile. Some tree service providers prefer charging a fixed cost of $50 to $200 depending on the distance covered. It is, however, worth noting that you can avoid the travel fee by hiring professionals closest to the worksite. 


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