Why is Tree Care so Expensive?

Date August 08, 2022

Author TreeNewal Staff

When it comes to taking care of your trees, you may be wondering why tree care costs are so high. At first glance, it seems like a relatively simple task- cut down a tree and haul it away. However, there’s a lot more that goes into assessing property safety and tree care than most people realize. While no one is debating whether tree care costs are expensive, uncovering the why behind these prices is important for homeowners needing professional tree services. In this blog post, we’ll explain the reasoning behind the high cost of tree work and why it’s justified.

Why Does Tree Care Cost So Much?

We’ll break down the main elements responsible for high tree care expenses to help you understand why tree service companies charge what they do for tree care.


If you haven’t had to have tree work done in years, you may be asking: are arborists expensive? The answer lies in how well you want the job to be done. ISA Certified Arborists undergo years of training to fine-tune their craft and provide the best care possible with the leading techniques and innovations.

Tree removal is a complex task involving much more than simply cutting down the tree. It requires the work of highly skilled tree surgeons. Just like a medical surgeon, they know how a tree will react with each cut. Experienced tree care specialists cut the tree down into smaller segments to prevent damage to the property and passersby. The cuts must be done strategically and with extreme precision to minimize the risk of damage. Untrained workers or homeowners do not have the years of experience to undertake this dangerous task, and doing so increases the risk of property damage and injury.

Tree trimming and pruning work the same way in that they must be done strategically and meticulously by a professional tree care specialist to maximize the benefits for your tree. For tree fertilization and nutrition, you need the expertise of an ISA Certified Arborist to diagnose which specific nutrients your plants need to promote growth or treat disease. Similarly, not knowing the root cause of the pests or diseases that are wreaking havoc on your tree can often exacerbate it.


Specialized equipment is needed for almost all tree care services. For tree removal, complex tools like aerial lifts, cranes, stump grinders, and climbing and rigging equipment, to name a few. This type of equipment requires safety and operational training. The equipment that can be found on-site to perform tree removal can easily cost as much as the property itself. These tools are also costly to acquire, maintain, and insure.

For soil conditioning and fertilization, you need a professional to properly apply the treatment using special tools such as root invigorators, soil injectors, and the fertilizer or root growth stimulator formula being used to treat the tree.

Risk Factors

Another factor contributing to the high cost of tree work is the risk involved. Tree work is inherently dangerous, which is why it’s so essential only to trust a certified arborist or tree care expert with your trees. There are a lot of risks involved in tree removal, from falling branches to power lines, and if something goes wrong, it could be very costly. The tree care company must factor in these risks when pricing its services.

Licensing and Insurance

Since tree work can be hazardous and various risk factors are involved, qualified tree service companies will have liability insurance to protect the homeowner’s property. They will also have workers’ compensation insurance in the event of an accident or injury sustained by the crew. For companies that do not carry the proper licensing and insurance, the homeowner would be responsible for a lawsuit and the costs of damages in the case of an accident or injury. This expense would be exponentially higher than if the homeowner paid for professional tree care services from a reputable company. Always follow up with the company to ensure that their insurance policies and licenses are up to date before beginning tree work.

Why Choose TreeNewal

Professional tree services are expensive because they employ certified arborists and tree care experts with extensive training and the skills required to safely and efficiently complete the work. In addition, the job is complex and risky, so insurance premiums are high.

TreeNewal believes everyone should have a team of experienced ISA Certified Arborists and tree care experts for all their tree services. Our insurance and licensing are always kept up to date to protect property owners and everyone involved on the job. We would be happy to provide you with documentation.

For all your tree removal, tree trimming and pruning, and tree care services, trust the experience and reputation of the best tree care company in North Texas.


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