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Tree Surgeon prices in 2021

Average Price

How much does a Tree Surgeon charge on average?

Struggling to maintain a troublesome tree? Maybe it needs the magic touch of a tree surgery and removal expert. Read our handy guide to find out how much your professional will charge for tree planting, pruning, removal and more.

What does a Tree Surgeon do? 

Just like us, trees need routine checks to stay healthy and happy. A tree surgeon makes sure a tree is properly cared for throughout its life cycle. They are responsible for planting, pruning, and removing trees as well as identifying and treating diseases. 

Tree surgery isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s a highly specialized profession that involves working at height, climbing and using power tools, so you want to be sure that your expert is suitably qualified and experienced. If they aren’t they could cause harm to the tree, as well as to you and your property - so make sure you pick smartly. 

Tree surgery is a dangerous job, so you should always make sure that your professional is suitably certified. If you’re considering doing some tree surgery DIY, bear in mind that a professional is worth hiring for the health of your tree, but more importantly, for your safety. 

What’s the average cost of Tree Surgery?

It's worth knowing just how much a tree surgeon is going to cost before you commit to hiring someone. Several factors could affect the cost, which we will discuss below. To give you a general idea, here’s a ballpark figure for two of the most common tree surgery services: 

Cost of Tree Services
Average cost of tree removal (in total)$860
Average cost of tree pruning (in total) $495

Factors influencing cost: 

The main factors affecting the cost of tree surgery are given below:

  • Tree size

  • Location

  • Type of service

Tree size 

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the tree surgery will cost more for taller trees. To give you an idea, here’s a breakdown of the average price of tree surgery services by height. If you want stump removal as well then this will cost you extra.

Tree removal (per tree)

Tree Removal prices
Height Minimum cost (in total) Maximum cost (in total) Average cost (in total)
Short$165$578 $371.50

Tree pruning (per tree):

Tree Pruning prices
Height Minimum cost (in total) Maximum cost (in total) Average cost (in total)
Medium $250 $850 $550


Prices tend to be more expensive in major cities like Toronto and Montreal to reflect the higher cost of living, so bear this in mind when reviewing prices. Here’s a rough idea of costs in different cities across Canada: 

Tree removal (per tree)

Tree Removal prices by location
Location Average cost
Toronto $825
Montreal $825
Vancouver $450

Tree Pruning (per tree)

Tree Pruning prices by location
Location Average cost

Type of tree surgery 

Some tree surgery tasks may require more skill and time to complete. For example, if the tree is hazardous or diseased, you can expect to pay around $350 more than the average price, depending on the severity of the problem. You may also end up spending more if access to the tree is particularly difficult and dangerous. 

Signs that your tree is unhealthy 

Unfortunately, trees can’t talk, making it tricky to know when there is a problem and if a tree surgeon is required. Here are the most common signs of a sick tree: If you notice any of these problems with your tree, it's worth calling a tree surgeon for some expert advice. They’ll often give you a quote for free! 

  • Mushrooms or fungi around the base of the tree 

  • Roots which have detached 

  • Cavities or indications of decay on Bark 

  • Dead branches

  • Discoloured leaves 

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