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Tree Services Boston, MA - 9 Top Rated Experts

The Master Arborist Awards and below list is about promoting the Top Rated Tree Service in Boston, MA and taking the guesswork out of hiring.

We want you the customer to easily find the 10 local tree services most likely to give a great service at reasonable prices.

We took into consideration:

Years of experience, number of reviews and average score.

Taking a mathematical approach (see the formula used below results) we gave each local tree service a score.

Other minimum criteria to qualify include:

20 reviews
5 years in business
2 sources of customer reviews.

(E.g. Google review and Yelp, but most have 3 – 4 sources.)

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calander small grey Est. 2007

Clock small grey 13 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

4.73

624

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calander small grey Est. 2001

Clock small grey 19 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

4.93

612

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calander small grey Est. 2015

Clock small grey 5 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

4.98

103

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calander small grey Est. 1992

Clock small grey 28 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 61

4.30

103

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calander small grey Est. 2007

Clock small grey 13 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 98

4.37

78

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calander small grey Est. 2012

Clock small grey 8 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

4.27

70

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calander small grey Est. 2007

Clock small grey 13 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 70

4.93

63

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calander small grey Est. 2006

Clock small grey 14 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 36

4.63

33

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calander small grey Est. 2013

Clock small grey 7 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 43

4.80

20

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calander small grey Est. 2013

Clock small grey 7 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 42

4.83

20

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calander small grey Est. 2002

Clock small grey 18 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 13

4.10

13

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calander small grey Est. 2017

Clock small grey 3 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 51

4.90

10

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calander small grey Est. 2001

Clock small grey 19 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 7

4.83

9

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calander small grey Est. 2015

Clock small grey 5 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 25

4.60

8

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calander small grey Est. 2015

Clock small grey 5 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 8

5.00

3

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What is the cost of tree removal in Boston?

The average cost is $850. The price ranges from $290 to $1,450. This is determined by several factors where the size and access to your tree are the main factors.

If the company will spend time trying to access the tree and getting its equipment there the cost will increase. As the size of a tree increases, so does the price.

Other factors affecting the cost of tree removal in Boston city include:

  • City
  • Type of tree
  • Location of property
  • Time of year
tree removal in Boston

Do I need a permit to remove trees in Boston City?

Yes.

Under the following conditions.

If your tree qualifies to be a significant tree (a diameter of either 8 inches or over) then you need to get a permit to remove it.

However, a permit will be issued only under the following conditions.

  • When the tree is either dangerous or dead
  • In case the removal will lead to a better tree canopy in terms of health
  • When the tree poses a great risk to other structures adjacent.
  • When there are emergency cases such as welfare, safety or public health
  • In case the work is needed to give room to significant utility projects especially in infrastructure such as power lines.

When submitting your application, all relevant documents should be attached.

How much does it cost to trim a tree in Boston?

The cost of trimming a tree starts from $180 for a small one and goes to as high as $500 for a large one. The average cost of trimming a tree in the city of Boston is $350. The variations in prices are a result of several factors. These factors include the following.

  • Number of branches
  • Size of the tree
  • Species of the tee
  • Tree service company
  • Time of year
  • Access to the tree
cost to trim a tree in Boston

Do I need a permit to trim a tree in Boston?

In some cases, Yes.

If your tree is a significant tree in terms of size, then you need a permit to trim it. When a tree reaches 8 inches of diameter or more it is considered a significant tree.

Can I remove a protected tree on my property without a permit during emergency?

Yes.

In cases of emergencies where a tree needs to be removed and there is no enough time to obtain a permit, you can go ahead and remove it. However, a permit application must be submitted thereafter (immediately).

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City of Boston Street trees maintenance

All the work of street trees in Boston is under the city council and their department of Parks and Recreation. As a result, one cannot remove such trees without obtaining a permit from the council.

In some cases, the council may remove or trim trees growing on the streets. However, appropriate reasons such as a tree being dead, infected, posing danger and obstructing traffic must apply.

Requesting work on street trees in the city of Boston

Residents of Boston are free to request any type of work on the street or public trees. That can be requested for a tree to be planted, maintenance or removed. However, in all these cases, you have to do a formal request to the city council.

The requests can be made through email or in person. Once you have submitted your request, the council will review it and ascertain whether your reasons qualify for the removal of the said tree or any other work.

In case the council agrees to remove the tree, you will have to take care of the costs. The city authority also charges $300 per inch of tree diameter for every street or public tree removed. The money goes to Parks and Recreation fund for the city.

Barrett Tree Service East

4.73

(726)
Barett Tree Service is accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association. They are focused on tree preservation and plant trees with the view of them being situated in their position for as long as possible but provide removal if it is the best option available.... Read more > Their team is made up of Certified Arborists, Certified Tree care safety professionals and licensed Applicators. They also pride themselves on providing informed answers to your questions while they are in your community.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 13 years in business

The Tree Tender

4.98

(113)
Nickey Bishop of The Tree Tender is vastly experienced and started working in the industry back in 1973. He became a certified arborist 15 years ago and loves trees. He believes that all things must be done right and is still able to climb the highest tree, even at the age of 70... Read more >Bishop has helped to train many people to work with trees and will be happy to give you a free quote on what you need assistance with. Jobs which his company is able to assist with include pruning, thinning, shaping, cabling, bracing, cavity treatment, ball moss removal, dead limb removal, mistletoe removal and consultations.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 26 years in business

McKinney Brothers Tree Service

4.93

(466)
McKinney Brothers aim to protect the trees on your property and regard trees as being one of the most important natural resources. They have formed good relationships with customers from around eastern Massachusetts and are able to service both large and small properties... Read more >(commercial or residential). They work throughout all seasons and throughout the year.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 19 years in business

Walnut Tree Services

4.98

(297)
One of the things that make Salas tree service a popular company in Bakersfield is that they have skills and knowledge in tree services. The company is licensed and has been receiving many reviews from previous customers. If you are looking for a reliable company with trained an... Read more >d experienced arborists, Salas is the choice. The prices here are also competitive. Salas tree service offers services in specialized trimming, among others.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 5 years in business

Lynch Landscape and Tree Service.INC

4.30

(61)
Lynch Landscape and Tree Service have nearly 40-years of experience and are able to tackle demanding projects. They encourage you to view their portfolio which can be found on their website and contact them if you have any questions with regards to your landscaping. ... Read more >They are able to provide landscape design, construction and maintenance services as well as tree and shrub care assistance. They provide services to the areas of Wayland, Sudbury, Weston, Wellesley, Lincoln, Concord and Natick.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 28 years in business

B&R Tree Service

4.37

(98)
BR Tree Service always cleans up well after their jobs and are a full-service tree and landscape company. They always give their best, no matter how big or small the project is. They assist with tree removal, tree pruning, stump grinding, landscape design and a wide array ... Read more >of services to preserve the beauty of your property.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 13 years in business

Mal’s Tree and Landscape

4.27

(146)
A family-owned business, Mal’s Tree Service comprises members of the International Society of Arboriculture. They are committed to using state of the art technology to provide expert care to the trees and shrubs on your property. They strive to also develop long-term ... Read more >relationships with their customers and the community.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 8 years in business

PS Tree Service

4.93

(70)
PS Tree Service has been providing quality service to customers since 2005. They offer 24-hour emergency tree service as well as tree removal and pruning. You can contact them for a free estimate.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 13 years in business

All Season Tree Service

4.63

(36)
You can contact All Season Tree Service for tree removal, pruning and stump grinding. The business was started by Brian and Laura who each left their former full-time jobs in order to focus on the development of the business into what it is today. You can view testimonials from... Read more >past customers on their website.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 14 years in business

Greater Boston Tree Service

4.80

(43)
Buckeye Stumps regard no job as being too big or too small. They can grind any stump size. You can call them or email them your address to get a free estimate. They use a Rayco Super rg50 4×4 with a blade attachment to push the chips back into the hole.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 28 years in business

Lopez Landscaping and Tree Service

4.83

(42)
Lopez Landscaping and Tree Service regard landscape maintenance as being both an art and a science. They are on top of all the latest developments in their field and science knowledge. They are eager and keen to get the job done for you and offer residential and commercial... Read more >services.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 7 years in business

Bransfield Tree Company

4.10

(13)
With almost 20-years of experience, Bransfield Tree Company is able to offer pruning, pest and disease services, cabling and bracing services, soil and fertility services, winter work as well as installations and transplants. You can contact them to receive a free consultation... Read more >

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 18 years in business

Northern Boston Tree Service

4.90

(51)
Northern Pruning Tree Service specialize in the pruning of large trees and are able to also remove trees. They aim to provide quality tree care which will make customers happy. They are also aiming to encourage the preservation of trees, realizing that trees play an important... Read more >role in the maintenance of the ecosystem.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 3 years in business

Boston Tree Preservation

4.83

(7)
Boston Tree Preservation aims to take an organic approach to the work that they do. They provide care for the entire landscape and aim to preserve the protect the landscape and urban forests for present and future generations. They offer year-round and seasonal service... Read more >

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 19 years in business

Schwan’s Tree Care

4.60

(25)
Schwan’s Tree Care specializes in the pruning of shrubs, ornamentals and shade trees. They are insured and offer their services around the Boston area. You can contact them for a free quote. Their services include shade tree pruning, house clearance, tree removal, shrub ... Read more >and ornamental pruning, health maintenance, storm drainage services and planting.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 5 years in business

Butler and Sons Tree Service

5.00

(25)
Butler and Sons Tree Service provides services including Ornamental trees which are their specialty, tree removals, pruning, cabling bracing and thru rods, hand pruning, bark tracing, root flare excavation and emergency services. They service most Metrowest cities and towns including... Read more >Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Concord, Lexington, Newton, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland and Wellesley.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 5 years in business

Who qualified to make the list?

To qualify to make the list, you needed to have a minimum of 20 reviews total across a minimum of 2 different platforms. This can be Google, Facebook, Yelp, Yellow Pages, Angie’s List, Home advisor, or any other 3rd party review platform. Curated reviews taken on personal websites were not counted.

The company needed to be in business for a minimum of 5 years.

We feel that years in operation is a big factor as it speaks volumes about the competence of the business as a whole. A lot of the businesses on the list have been in business for 10 years or more.

GTQ rating formula

The GoTreeQuotes rating is a mathematical formula that takes into account the number for years in business, the number of reviews, as well as the average score.

We believe the provenance of a company and the number of reviews, is just as important as the average score. Just as long as that average score does not dip too much below the 4.0 mark.

The formula used:

Years in business X number of reviews / 1000  X  Average score = GTQ rating

Example:

17 x 247/ 1000 x 4.95 = 208

Taking into account all three performance indicators of a business gives us a pretty accurate look at the overall satisfaction of customers while the tree service has been operating.

We found this to be the fairest and most precise way to do things.

Below are some more details on the companies in order as they appear on the list above.

FAQ’s

A 50ft tree is in the class of large trees and such trees and larger ones will cost approximately $1,800. Other than that, you have to remember that prices vary depending on factors such as the number of branches, ease of access, and type of tree. Due to this, a pine tree of this size will be cheaper to remove compared to an Oak tree. This is due to their differences in terms of branches and timber.

To know for sure how much it will cost to remove your tree, get a tree company to give you a quote.

It is the tree owner’s responsibility to remove a tree. This also applies to the maintenance of the tree. However, in cases where the tree is on the council’s land, then it becomes the council’s responsibility to do everything required whether is maintenance or removal.

No tip is really required on tree service providers. Here is why. All tree service workers are on a minimum wage meaning that a tip is not necessary. When they also charge you for tree services they do it well considering the company needs. However, if you feel comfortable doing it, there is no problem.

In most cases, the price of stump removal is different. However, it is not okay to just assume so. To make sure that everything is clear on your side and to avoid confusion, make sure that you ask your company to clarify when giving you a quote. This is because some companies may trick you into thinking that it is not inclusive, yet it is, and charge you later.

A tree with a height of 100 ft. is already a large tree. As a result, the cost can go really high. You will pay an average of $2,300 to remove such a tree. However, it will not be the same case for all trees of this height. This is because there are other factors that determine the cost of tree removal other than its size. Access to the tree and the type of company you hire will influence the price. To get the right figure, ask for quotes from different companies.

Ben McInerney
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. Ben is dedicated to providing users with the most accurate up-to-date information on everything trees.