Removing a Dangerous Tree Over Lake Union in Seattle

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How Much Does Tree Removal Cost

We provide free estimates of all work performed, costs start at $275 and are determined by the scope of work. Our estimates are emailed with all prices itemized.

If a Neighbor’s Tree Falls on My Property Who is Responsible for Removal?

The owner of the tree is responsible for the removal. Damages and removal are typically paid for by the homeowner’s insurance. Make a claim with your insurance immediately.

Who is Responsible for Fallen Tree Removal?

The owner of the tree is responsible for the removal if it was on private property. If it is a city-owned/public property tree, then the city will remove the tree. Make a claim with your insurance right away.

What Do Tree Removal Companies Do with the Wood?

Tree branch debris is chipped and donated to various places that need woodchips in the Seattle area and the chunks of wood are donated to people that need firewood. Some of Tree People’s clients like to keep their wood to split themselves for firewood.

Who to Contact for Hazardous Tree Removal in Seattle?

Tree People is a full service tree care company that provides technical tree removal in Seattle.

Who Pays for Tree Removal After Storm?

The owner of the tree pays for the tree removal after a storm.

What to Do After Tree Stump Removal?

The mulch created from the stump grinding fills the hole. 

How Many Years Would You Depreciate Tree Removal?

The property class determines the depreciation method. Shrubbery falls under a “15 year property,” so likely 15 years. – IRS

What Kind of Damage Does Tree Removal Cause to the Lawn

Stump grinding prepares the ground for replanting another tree or rehabbing your lawn. Depending on the owner’s aesthetic preference stumps can be ground to prepare for replanting, cut to ground level or larger sections of the trunk can be left to as snags to provide habitat.

Who Checks the Permits for Tree Removal?

The City of Seattle.

What Situations Are Tree Removal Services Needed?

Tree removal is needed when the tree presents danger to property and people, and when it doesn’t fit city ordinances.

What is Better Tree Stump Removal or Grinding?

For small trees, stump removal is straightforward, simple, and the hole may be easy to fill. Most of the time, grinding is a preferred method.

What to Fill the Hole with After Tree Removal?

The stump grindings provide mulch and settle in the hole.

How Much Does Tree Trimming Cost?

Depends on the size of the tree, and the scope of the work. Maintained trees are easier and cost less to trim.

Who is Responsible for Trimming Tree Limbs in Seattle?

RCW 64.12.030 says a landowner has the legal authority to engage in self-help and trim the branches and roots encroaching onto his or her property. You are responsible for trees on your property, and those that are publicly owned near your property.

How Often Do I Need to Trim My Trees?

This depends on the type of tree or shrub. Contact us for specifics.

When to Do Tree Trimming

Generally, the dormant season which is after trees lose their leaves and before they return in spring. Some trees have an even stricter schedule, like oaks.

Who Do You Call to Report a Fallen Tree in Seattle?

Call (206) 684-3000.

How Much Does Tree Pruning Cost

Depends on the size of the tree, and the scope of the work. Maintained trees are easier and cost less to prune.

What is tree ordinance?

“A tree ordinance is a tool to help protect and manage a community’s trees. It can be designed to regulate various aspects of tree planting, removal, and maintenance on public and private property within a municipality.” –


Can I prune a city tree?

“You will need a permit if your proposed work involves planting or removing/replacing a tree. If your proposed work involves major pruning, which includes pruning branches or roots that are larger than 2 inches or which comprise more than 15% of foliage-bearing area, a permit is required.” –

What is an exceptional tree?

An exceptional tree is a “tree or group of trees that because of its unique historical, ecological, or aesthetic value constitutes an important community resource, and is determined as such by the Director according to standards and procedures promulgated by the Department of Planning and Development.”

“An exceptional tree is a tree that:

  1. Is designated as a heritage tree by the City of Seattle; or
  2. Is rare or exceptional by virtue of its size, species, condition, cultural/historic importance, age, and/or contribution as part of the grove of trees as determined by the method discussed below.” – Seattle Urban Forestry Commision