Palm tree pruning cost considerations

By: McCullough Tree Service| On: March 24, 2019

Here at McCullough Tree Service, we get lots of questions about trees, regarding their health, maintenance and removal. Palms, such as Sabal palms — the official tree of Florida — are often a topic of discussion with our customers; Sabals seem to be everywhere, after all.

A common question we get on palm-tree trimming concerns cost.

There is no one-size-fits-all price for palm pruning, as many factors come into play. It’s best to call us for an estimate, so we can come out and see the palm that needs the maintenance and make a true determination; this is so you know what to expect, and we can answer any questions for you.

Basically, the shorter your palm tree is, the cheaper your palm-trimming cost should be. The taller the palm, the more expensive the work; a 30-foot-tall palm pruning is less expensive to prune than a 60-foot-tall palm tree would be, for example.

Then, within this height category is a wide range of costs, too. For instance, if you have a palm tree that is 30 to 60 feet, it could cost between $150 and $450 for professional pruning. For an 80- to 100-foot tree, it could be in the $1100 range or as high as $1500 and up. Labor gets more intense and costs grow with larger trees.

These costs depend on things like the condition of the tree. If you’ve had your palm tree trimmed regularly, your cost would not be as high as a neighbor who only pays attention to his trees once every five years, for example. The longer the tree has been allowed to go without pruning, the more expensive it will likely be.

Other reasons for additional palm-tree costs? The timeline tree crews have to work within. Regular maintenance jobs are less expensive than emergency work, like after a hurricane that’s snapped and weakened a palm trunk for example. If roping — the practice of putting rope around trees to contain them if they are too close to things like buildings — is used, it’s labor intensive and adds to the overall cost. If a tree crew. If a palm needs to be completely removed once we get to your property, the tree’s grinding and removal charges add to the overall cost.

But is attempting to get up high and prune your own palm tree a good idea? Definitely not. Professional tree crews have the experience and equipment to get the job done safely. Also, palm tree trimming isn’t just done for aesthetics; it’s a strategic process to improve the overall health and life span of the tree.

Call McCullough Tree Service today, and keep your palms thriving and beautiful.