Specifically, January to February is the best time of year to cut down a tree. This is when trees are dormant, and deciduous trees have lost their leaves. Many arborists may also give customers discounts or lower their prices during the winter in order to compete for clients’ business.
Why It’s Easier to Cut Down a Tree in Winter
It’s easier and safer for an arborist to cut down a tree during the winter because the loss of its leaves makes branches easier to see. Because the tree isn’t taking up as much water or nutrients as it does during the growing season, it’s also lighter in weight. Storms and damaging winds are less frequent during the winter months, which means there’s less need for expensive emergency service.
How Much Can You Save?
Arborists believe that if you get your trees removed in the winter as opposed to the spring or summer, you can save as much as 30% to 40% on the cost. This is something to consider when you realize that cutting down your tree can cost thousands of dollars depending on its size, location, and overall condition. Even removing a mid-sized tree that’s in good condition and nowhere near a structure or power line might run between $400 and $1,000 dollars. Not only this, but you’ll have to factor in a travel fee if you live far away from the tree service company. Some companies also charge if they have to clear furniture or potted plants away from the area around the tree.
Still, most people get their trees taken down during the warmer months when costs are generally higher. In spring and summer, arborists can be booked for weeks and are able to charge top dollar for their services.
Don’t Cut the Tree Down Yourself
Unless you’re already an experienced arborist, you shouldn’t attempt to cut down a large tree at any time of year. Even a dormant tree is heavier than it looks, and it’s difficult to know where it’s going to fall. If it falls on a structure, a power line, or on you as you try to cut it down, serious consequences can develop.
If the Price Seems Too Good to Be True, It Is
Some arborists offer suspiciously low prices to customers when it comes to cutting down their trees. You should be wary of costs that seem much too low, for they may be a sign that the company is cutting corners to get business.
Learn More About the Best Time to Remove a Tree
The tree and landscaping professionals at Arbortech in Hayward have years’ worth of experience when it comes to tree removal. Not only that, but we’re proficient at pruning and trimming, stump grinding after the tree has been removed, and checking your other trees for signs of pests and diseases. Don’t hesitate to contact Arbortech today to learn more.