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Can I Get My Tree Cut Down for Free?
16 January 2020
If you have a tree on your property that needs removing then you are probably worried about the potential cost.
Although free tree removal is not the norm, it is possible in some cases.
Here are some things to consider if you want to explore tree removal options that won’t cost you a dime.
Grants for tree removal
Some city councils and other organizations have provisions for removing trees that endanger local commerce. Some fruit trees can harbor pests that can infect local fruit growing operations, for example.
In this case, the council may provide free removal of the tree to reduce the threat and to encourage people to get rid of problematic trees. Or they may provide a grant that can be used to pay for removal of the nuisance trees by a commercial tree removal expert.
You can also find similar provisions for some introduced species of trees. They may be legal to have and may have been planted in good faith, but there can be emerging risks to the local environment from the tree that a council has concerns over. In this case, your local council may have grants, subsidies, or their own removal specialists to help get rid of the problem trees.
Go to your local government or council website or phone the environmental department to see if it is possible.
Free tree removal for Pensioners
If you are on any type of government pension then you may also be able to take advantage of services and discounts provided for pensioners. The best place to ask would be at the offices of the government department that issues the pension.
Your local council offices are the best place to start asking about any grants for pensioners needing tree removal.
Since they can benefit from these grants and other provisions, your local tree removal specialists may also be able to help you out with information about grants for tree removal. Ask around and see what you can find out.
Will my insurance company pay for tree removal?
Yes, if the tree has caused damage to insured property and continues to be a threat or problem then your homeowner insurance should cover its removal. For example, if the tree fell or dropped heavy branches in a storm and damaged your house then you should be able to claim the cost of its removal as part of the insurance claim for the house damage. If it fell and blocked your driveway or some other property access route then your insurance may also cover this situation.
Check your policy and ask the insurance company’s customer support what your options are. If you check their website then you might find a FAQ page or knowledgebase area that answers common questions like this one.
If you just want a tree removed but it is not a threat to your property then you will usually not be able to claim it on your homeowner insurance. Generally, tree removal will only be covered if it caused property damage or if leaving it in place causes some kind of hazardous situation that must be remedied.
Council / Neighbors tree
If the tree is not on your property, then you won’t have to pay for its pruning or removal. If your neighbors tree is overhanding your property and YOU want to trim it, you will have to pay, but if it needs removal, then it’s all on them.
Trees on government land like the public right of way or nature strip will be pruning and removed by the government. If you have an issue with a tree and report it to them, they will come out and prune/ remove free of charge.
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Can you get free palm tree removal?
Palm trees can be highly valued to landscape companies as they can be sold for a high price to clients who want an established tree. Palm trees are often much easier to transplant than other trees due to their shallow fibrous root system, so you may find it worthwhile trying to sell your tree.
A couple things to consider is the type of tree as some palms are more desirable than others. Date Palms and Cabbage Palms are desirable, but other ones like Cocas Palms are not. So be sure to find out what type of palm you have before ringing around.
Although landscaping companies make a profit on your tree, they might not be able to give you any money for it. The reason being it will cost them about $1000 to send a crew out to remove the tree. Then they need to haul it away and try to make a profit on it. Just getting it removed for free is a bonus though.
How much does tree removal cost?
The cost of tree removal can vary greatly depending on the height of the tree, the amount of material to be disposed of, and the complexity of the tree removal process.
As a very rough guide, you are generally looking at around two hundred dollars to remove a tree up to ten feet tall. For trees up to twenty feet in height, you are probably looking at three to four hundred dollars. Large trees up to thirty feet high will probably cost five to eight hundred dollars. Beyond that, you are likely looking at a thousand dollars or more per tree.
Do I need a permit for tree removal?
In many cases, you won’t need a permit but this can differ from region to region, so it’s best to check to be sure. You should ask your local city council what the laws are in your region concerning this. Ideally, when contacting them you should supply them with the species names of the trees you want to remove, as they may have specific rules for some species. For example, trees that are native to an area are often protected as they provide a habitat for local wildlife.
If the tree you want to remove is near power lines or has some other safety hazard involving utilities then you should probably check with your council to see what their procedures are. They may require their own workers or workers from the utility company to deal with the matter or they may want to do a safety inspection to ensure that utility lines or pipes aren’t at risk from the tree removal process.
Generally no. Logging companies have contracts with investors or land owners who have tree plantations. They will be paid to remove the trees and take the timber to a mill who will then pay for the timber. They do not engage in small residential jobs.
I guess anything is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. If you can find a buyer then the answer is yes, but the question is why would someone buy your pine tree?
Black walnut trees are highly sort after, but the price of your tree will depend on the grade of the timber. To give you an idea a Walnut tree 15 fee high with a 15 inch diameter trunk will sell for about $50 – $500. The big money is when you have Acers of Walnut trees. You can make as much as $100,000 per acre.
You can face heavy fines for illegal tree removal. Depending on your local city laws, you will face a fine of between $2000 and $10,000 per tree. I advise you check your local tree removal laws and work within the rules outlined in your local tree ordinance.
Author: Ben McInerney – Ben is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing.
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