Tree Pruning Cost Guide 2022

Tree pruning branches

Trees add attraction and value to your property, but they occasionally have trouble aging gracefully. Branches tend to die while others get infected with disease and limbs can eventually damage your roof and other external parts of the home. Sooner or later, you’ll be faced with having to prune them.

Tree pruning is a broad tree maintenance strategy that encompasses multiple different techniques in order to selectively remove parts of the tree that are impeding its overall health, stability and capacity to grow. This generally involves the targeted cutting of leaves, dead branches and excess growth in order to rebalance, reshape and rejuvenate the life and structural integrity of the tree.

What is the average cost of tree pruning

The average cost of tree pruning is $423. The real range is from $75 for a palm prune right up to $1,200 for a very large tree.

Cost by tree size


Tree Size Low High
Small $250 $350
Medium $350 $550
Large $600 $1,000
Extra large $900 $1,800

Small tree

1 – 1.5 stories high.

Cost: $250 – $350

Anything smaller than 1 story or 5m high can be managed by a gardener. But if it is a little larger 1 – 1.5 stories high, you will need an arborist. It will be somewhere between $250 – $350.

Medium tree

2 stories high +.

Cost: $350 – $550

This size of trees will end up being a little more depending on the work being done. Cutting lower branches for a canopy list will be less expensive than canopy thinning for example, as there is less time spent climbing. The price range would be between $350 – $550.

Large tree

3 – 5 stories high.

Cost: $600 – $1,000

Like with the other size trees it is really going to depend on the particular species being pruned and the specific working being done. If the tree is an odd shape and has a very dense canopy, it will take longer to trim. Generally speaking, you are looking at $600 – $1000 for specimens 3 – 5 stories in height.

Extra large tree

6 Stories + high.

Cost: $900 – $1,800

There won’t be too many of you in this category. If you are the owner of an extra-large tree that needs some branches removed, then it is obviously going to be fairly costly. The budget is expected between $900 – $1800.


Factors that influence tree pruning prices

Size and type of tree

If you have larger trees with a dense and broad canopy, it may take more time, resources, and effort to complete the job. On the other hand, if you have small trees with fewer branches, it may cost less.

Ease of access

Depending on the surroundings, you may require additional crew and equipment to ensure safety and avoid damage to the property. Therefore, pruning trees that are close to your home or the street can cost more. Professional arborists will consider these aspects and the drive time to your location when determining the overall cost.

Type of tree pruning service

Tree pruning as a service is far more complex than simply lopping off branches every few years or so. There are a range of techniques and services to choose from that can impact the cost of tree pruning.

  • Dead limb removal
  • Crown thinning
  • Crown reduction
  • Crown lifting
  • Pollarding

External factors

Assessment of tree removal costs is largely dependent on favourable external factors. For example, adverse weather can affect how long it takes to prune all the trees on your property. Some weather events may cancel the job altogether, including:

  • Heavy winds with no breaks
  • Fierce rain and thunderstorms
  • Heatwaves

Arborist report cost

When completing tree removal or tree pruning, you will need an arborist report cost. This is a detailed outline of the trees health and the course of action to take when removing it or pruning particular branches. If the tree is significantly unhealthy getting an arborist to complete a report would be beneficial.

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How often do you need to prune trees?

How regularly trees need pruning depends on the age of the tree and how fast it grows.

It is important to have a tree pruning maintenance program in place to ensure the health and structural integrity of your tree.

Younger trees from 1 to 5 years old will need pruning on a yearly basis, to ensure a desirable shape and structure of the tree are established early. Mature trees can be pruned every 1 to 5 years, depending on the type of the tree and your desired shape of it.

When pruning mature trees, you should never take off more than 15% per year as this is generally the rate at which the tree itself grows.

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