Is It Cheaper to Cut Down Trees in Winter?

If you have to cut down a tree on your property, chances are you’re concerned with how much it will ultimately cost to get the job done. After all, it’s a fairly large undertaking, with a number of steps involved. With that in mind, it’s understandable that many homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to reduce the final cost to themselves.

Can timing be one of the ways to reduce this cost? Is it cheaper to cut down trees in the winter? What other factors are in play when trying to reduce the cost of tree removal? Read on to find out.

Does My Tree Need To Be Removed At All?

Before making any decisions about removing trees from your property, you should decide if removal is the best option. If you are removing it to make room for construction or to plant something else in the space, then having the tree cut down may indeed be your best option. In some cases, however, you might be able to have the construction done around your tree, which may be worth considering if your contractor feels that it’s possible.

Of course, there are some situations where you may have no choice but to have a tree cut down. If the tree has died, been heavily damaged by inclement weather, or been weakened by disease, fungus, or pests, then it may not be salvageable.

Picking the Right Time to Remove a Tree

Pine tree cut down in winter with dusting of snow on it.If a dead tree has become a safety issue, you won’t be able to remove it at your leisure. If there’s a chance it may fall and damage property or put people and pets at risk, then you may not be able to wait until the most inexpensive time of the year. You’ll need to have it removed immediately, even in some cases in the middle of the night. If you believe this may be the case, immediately contact an arborist that offers 24-hour emergency services, such as the contractors from Mr. Tree. As a general rule, emergency services will have a higher cost no matter what time of year it is.

If, however, the tree is being removed for more innocuous reasons or it’s not an immediate threat, you may be able to wait until later to have it cut down. As with many goods and services, there is a busy season and a slow season. When you think about it, this makes sense: some seasons are calmer than others. During the late spring and early summer months, wind, rain, and thunderstorms often roll in. These, in turn, can damage trees and keep your arborist very busy.

It’s not just the weather that affects the cost, either. The fact that people spend more time outside during the late spring and the summer months means that they also spend more time trying to get their gardens and landscaping looking good. This means more calls to the local tree services.

So if you’re asking, “Is it cheaper to cut down trees in winter?” the answer will often be yes. Supply and demand affects the cost of everything, and tree services are no different. If your arborist is very busy, they will have to charge more for their services. That’s why it’s often the best choice to have a tree cut down during the wintertime.

Other Benefits of Removing Trees in the Winter

There are actually more benefits to removing trees during the wintertime than the obvious cost factor. For example, because trees can be quite large and because their roots spread so extensively through a given area, removing a tree can actually have a severe impact on other trees and all surrounding plants. Waiting until wintertime, when the ground is frozen, means that most plants will have entered a state of low metabolism called dormancy. It’s during this time that it’s often safer to cut down trees, as it will minimize the impact of the removal on nearby plant life. This, in turn, can save you money on future plant care.

The fact that the trees are dormant makes the task easier for your arborist, as well. Because the leaves on the trees will mostly have fallen off during the winter, the branches will be easier to prune and the tree ultimately easier to remove. Because the job is easier, it will take your arborist less time. Less time spent on the job also translates to a lower price.

Other Factors to Consider

So, is it cheaper to cut down trees in winter? The short answer is likely yes, and the other benefits we’ve mentioned will also play a role. However, there are other factors you should consider as well, because making decisions with regard to tree removal is not always simple. As we’ve covered earlier in this article, safety should always be your primary consideration when it comes to tree removal. If a tree has become dangerous, it should be removed immediately, with other factors becoming secondary.

The size and health of the tree may also play a role. Larger, older trees are more difficult (and therefore more expensive) to remove. This means that if you have a tree you want removed and winter is a long way off, you may not benefit from waiting if the tree will grow larger during that time. If other projects are dependent upon tree removal, you should also endeavor to find out if postponing those projects until the tree is removed is the most financially sound option. You may save money on tree removal, but this may be offset if it causes other projects to cost more.

If you have any questions about the best time to remove a tree, and indeed if a tree needs to be removed at all, contact the professional arborists at Mr. Tree. With decades of experience serving the Portland area, we can assist you with any aspect of tree care and removal.