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How Much Does Tree Care Cost?

Figuring out an average cost for tree planting is difficult because there are many variables involved.

Planting a tree has many benefits including adding shade to a yard, dividing adjacent properties and improving the look of the home. Not all trees are the same, however. Figuring out an average cost for tree planting is difficult because there are many variables involved. If you are dreaming of a full-grown tree to fill in an empty space in your landscape, your costs will be far higher than if you are seeking to grace an area with a sapling or young fruit tree. Since several steps are involved, it is best to average out the costs of these steps to provide a better estimate.

Purchasing the Tree

The first cost to consider is the average price of trees. Tree prices differ hugely based on their availability and their maturity. A young tree under 10 feet tall usually costs from $50 to $100, according to Home for the Harvest. Bareroot fruit or ornamental trees can cost as little as $25. If you plant it yourself, all you need is a shovel and the readiness to engage in some hard work, and you’re done.

However, if you want a more mature tree to fill in an area of your landscape more quickly, expect to pay closer to $200 — and this would still be a fairly young sapling. More expensive varieties of trees include blue spruce, which can cost $350 or more. Larger trees can easily top $500, and these are the ones that will require equipment and professional installation, so the total cost will be exponentially higher.

Of course, if you already have a tree and are transplanting it or starting a tree from a seed, this cost is not a factor in the overall price.

Group of little trees growing in garden

Tree Care Costs

Once the tree is planted, caring for the tree requires minimal costs. Watering the tree and applying fertilizer or pest repellent is all most trees require. Ensuring the tree remains upright and supported requires minimal costs as well. Altogether, the additional cost of maintaining the tree might average just the cost of the soil amendments and chemicals, perhaps $25, on average, over time.

The only other additional expense is tree service from your landscaper, if required. This price is very difficult to estimate. It is usually added onto your landscaping bill, and the price varies widely based on the type of service rendered, how often it is rendered and your landscaper’s rates.

Credit: Steve Smith @ Hunker

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