Tree removals are performed year-round here in Wisconsin– as opposed to trimming healthy/remaining trees, there isn’t really a need to wait for an ideal time. In summer storms or with snow loading, dead trees often pose a risk to structures or people nearby, and thus are suggested to be taken care of as soon as possible.
What is the cheapest time of year to have a tree cut down? The cost of removing a tree varies based on many factors– one of the main factors is the time of year in which the tree is removed. December through March have been statistically the cheaper months for tree removal—otherwise known as the “dormant season” for trees. One reason for this is that trees are literally dormant– leaves have fallen and trees are slightly easier and less bulky to clear.
The larger factor for cheaper rates during the winter months is supply and demand however. Many Wisconsin residents are holed up indoors during the winter season, with tree removal not at the top of their priority lists. Quoting tends to be more competitive once tree services have exhausted their summer backlogs and are looking for work to keep their crews busy.
Cutting a tree down during the colder months is also advantageous for you as a homeowner. Colder weather means the surrounding earth is less impacted during the tree removal. Frozen ground shields your lawn from the bumps and bruises that typically occur with falling limbs during the remaining 9-months of the year.
Watch out for low bids. While we pride ourselves in offering our very reasonable rates year-round, we caution you to evaluate those with unordinary low costs to find out what you might be missing. Most reputable tree companies have high insurance costs to carry as well as an assortment of equipment to maintain, which bottom-line has to be reflected in their base rate. If someone is offering you a full days work for a couple hundred bucks, inquire further to find out what they are not providing you. It’s better to pay for a reputable service than to end up with a tree through your roof and your homeowner’s policy that won’t cover a contractor’s damages.