Maintaining trees and shrubs on your property can protect their health and preserve their beauty. Proper upkeep can also prevent damage to nearby structures and protect other plantings that may be affected by pests and disease. Tree service pros, certified arborists, and landscape contractors provide tree and shrub maintenance services, and their rates will depend on the difficulty of the job and the type of services provided. Common maintenance projects typically range from $65 to $150, while more demanding jobs could cost $400 or more.
Tree and Shrub Maintenance
The size and type of your trees and shrubs affect the difficulty of some maintenance tasks, and help determine what type of contractor you’ll need for the job. Shrubs vary widely in species and size, but can typically be serviced by landscaping contractors, lawn care providers, and gardeners for rates between $35 and $60 per hour. Tree services that require climbing, pruning, or complete removal should be completed by a qualified arborist or tree specialist. Since the work is generally more risky and complex, rates may range from $50 to $150 per hour. Most pros charge a minimum fee that’s equal to at least a couple of hours’ time, so even a quick job could cost $70 or more.
Tree & Shrub Trimming Service
A common maintenance task for trees and shrubbery is pruning and trimming. The size, type, and number of plants and the density of their foliage can contribute to the cost of the job. Low shrubs that can be trimmed from the ground or a ladder are simpler, safer, and often faster to handle than limbs and branches of large trees—it typically costs less than $500 to get the shrubs in an average yard into shape. Trimming limbs and branches of large trees is a more complex job, however. The characteristics of each tree will affect the time needed for the job, but it’s usually safe to budget at least $100 per tree for basic trimming and pruning. If specially trained personnel, lift equipment, traffic control or power shut-off are required to manage tree trimming, project rates will increase significantly and could exceed $500 per tree. See our Tree Trimming Cost Guide to learn more.
Tree & Shrub Treatments and Protection
Fertilizers, soil treatments, and spray applications to prevent pests and disease are important for the health of many shrubs and trees. The nature of treatments and application methods affect service costs, which typically range from $60 to $300. Since treatment options may vary with climate, soil conditions, plant types, and pest threats, your pro can assess your trees and shrubs to determine which products and methods are appropriate and how the size of your yard and number of trees and shrubs will influence pricing.
Tree & Shrub Removal
Whether for aesthetic or safety reasons, removing shrubs and trees is a substantial project that may require special equipment and machinery. A number of factors affect project rates, such as size, condition, and location of shrubs or trees, as well as the method and extent of removal. Many shrubs can be removed with manpower and hand tools for less than $200, while removing larger plants may require chainsaws and equipment to cut down the shrub and pull it from the ground. Removing trees may require extensive trimming and cutting with chainsaws. Adding stump removal, log cutting, and chipping can raise the cost of the job to more than $1,000 per tree. To learn more, see ourTree Removal Cost Guide.
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The cost of maintenance can vary widely depending on the level of service and the type of trees or shrubs. Our examples illustrate a few common projects.
Seasonal Shape-Up: $65 - $200
- • Services: Regular trimming keeps shrubs in good shape. When everything can be reached from the ground, pruning bushes and small trees is pretty quick work for a pro.
- • Provider: As long as the shrubs are healthy and don’t require special care, seasonal maintenance can be completed by your lawn-care provider. Bundling these services with mowing or other tasks can help keep costs low.
Taking the Upper Hand: $150 - $600
- • Services: When neglect or poor planning lead to overgrowth, it may be necessary to remove a shrub whose roots or branches are causing problems for a house, septic system, or other plants. Trimming down a shrub and pulling it out may take a few hours.
- • Provider: A landscape pro can usually tackle a job like this, but if special equipment is needed to remove or dispose of a shrub, a tree service pro may be necessary. Their hourly rates are typically higher, but they have the tools to get the job done fast and safely.
Keeping Things Safe: $550 - $1,500
- • Services: When tree limbs threaten power lines, a roof, or passersby, trimming is definitely in order. The cost of the job depends on the size of the tree and the complexity of cutting and removing limbs and branches; the work is a lot tougher and more expensive when it’s close to power lines or if the limbs are very high or unstable.
- • Provider: This is a job for a tree service pro or an arborist. In order to do the job safely, climbing equipment or a lift may be needed, and care should be taken to protect the health of the tree. The extra know-how, insurance, and equipment comes at a price; a specialist could cost twice as much as a general service provider.
Planning for Tree and Shrub Maintenance
Proper maintenance for shrubs and trees can protect their health and beauty, whether seasonal pruning or trimming or complete removal to control damage or disease. A qualified landscape contractor, horticulturalist, or arborist can evaluate the health and condition of your trees and shrubs to help you plan and budget for treatment, trimming, and other maintenance.