As stunning as palm trees are, symbolising the tropics and a taste of paradise, they’re not without their problems. Sure, on a tropical island beach, you can bask in their beauty and return home again without having to worry about any of the maintenance—kinda like babysitting for a friend; you can always give them back! However, on your property, unless taken care of properly, palm trees can be an absolute nuisance.
Unless regularly pruned, the damaged and dying fronds can fall off at any time, causing damage to property and even injury in some rare cases. That, and unkempt palm trees make the perfect nests for all manner of nasty pests and diseases.
That said, you don’t have to suffer them for long. In fact, you can decide to opt-out entirely and have them removed. But, how much does it cost to remove a palm tree in Perth? In this article, we’re going to take a closer look for your convenience…
Palm tree removal cost Perth Australia
The cost to remove a palm tree in Perth depends on a wide variety of different factors. We’ll get to these in a moment, but first, let’s look at the average costs.
Removal costs for palm trees in Perth can range anywhere from $250, all the way up to $2,500 (and beyond in extreme circumstances). But, why the large disparity?
Factors that influence palm tree removal prices in Perth
The overall cost of your palm tree removal job depends on the following factors:
- Size of the palm tree: When it comes to palm tree removal in Perth, the size of the palm in question can influence the price. For example, a small palm tree (up to 5m high), may only cost some $200-$300 to remove (provided the right circumstances are met; i.e., easy accessibility)
- Accessibility: The location of your palm tree is also an important factor that can influence the overall cost to have it removed. For example, if the palm tree is located in your front yard and is easy to access, then the cost will be lower. If on the other hand, the palm tree is located in the backyard with no clear access for your tree removal specialists to move their gear in and out, then the cost will be comparatively higher.
- Palm tree species: There are many different species of palm, each with their own unique quirks and requirements. Some are much easier to remove than others.
- Condition/stability of the palm tree: The condition of the palm tree itself is also important. You see, removing a dead or diseased palm tree comes with a number of dangers, particularly if it is an especially large tree. Dead trees are significantly less stable and thus more dangerous to climb and remove and this can be reflected in the overall cost of the palm tree removal project.
- Time of year: The time of year that you choose to have a palm tree removed can influence the price as well. For example, if you are choosing the height of summer, which tends to be an arborist’s busiest season, then you’ll likely have to pay more. Thus, if you are in no particular rush to have your palm removed, it may be worth waiting a few months for a cheaper rate.
- Weather conditions: The weather can also influence the cost of a palm tree removal job in Perth, particularly if the project is time-sensitive.
- The area surrounding the palm tree: Similar to accessibility, the area surrounding the palm tree can also have an influence on the overall cost. For example, if your palm tree is growing dangerously close to utilities such as power lines, or perhaps the root system is invading a nearby water pipe, then the danger and risk factor of the job becomes much higher.
- Required equipment: This ties in rather closely with the size of the tree; a large/multi-trunk palm tree, for example, will require certain specialist equipment, as opposed to a smaller, single-trunk palm. In some extreme cases, for especially large and unstable palm trees, an elevated work platform might be required, this, coupled with accessibility issues can push the palm tree removal cost in Perth and Australia toward the higher end of the spectrum.
- The number of palm trees marked for removal: And of course, if you are having multiple palm trees removed at once, then you may be able to negotiate a cheaper ‘per tree’ rate for bulk work.
Is it worth trying to remove a palm tree by yourself?
In order to save yourself some money, it can be very tempting to try and remove a palm tree by yourself. Before committing to such a dangerous and complicated task, here are a few things that you should be aware of:
- Palm tree removal is dangerous: Palm trees are especially heavy and can cause devastating damage if felled poorly. Without experience and the correct equipment, you could end up causing serious damage to your property, and even sustaining unnecessary and often life-altering injury.
- Tree removal equipment is dangerous: The thought of renting out a chainsaw for the afternoon and chopping down your palm tree is tempting, but you should be mindful of just how dangerous chainsaws are. Our arborists are highly trained, certified, and qualified to operate such heavy machinery safely and responsibly.
- Disposing of the remains: If in the event that you manage to fell the palm tree safely, you’re now left with the task of disposing of the remains legally, safely, and responsibly. In addition to that, you’ll have to figure out how to remove the palm’s stump afterward as well.
Hire the professionals to remove your palm tree in Perth
For fast, easy, and efficient palm tree removal in Perth, why not hire professionals? If you’d like to find out more about the services that we offer, or what we would charge to remove the palm tree from your property, then please do not hesitate to contact us today.