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Basin Family Tree Care FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions about our services


Want to know if your tree requires removal and how much it will cost? In this post, we answer these questions and more!




1. How can you tell if a tree needs to be removed?


There are several signs that a tree may need to be removed, including:


  • Branches that are dead or dying

  • A tree that is severely leaning

  • A trunk that is rotting or hollow

  • A tree that has been damaged by storms, pests, or disease.

  • Trees that crowd, harm, or obstruct structures or utility lines

  • Trees that have a lack of foliage or fruit production

  • Any tree that is in an unsuitable location or is invasive

Not all these signs necessarily mean that a tree should be removed. Basin Family Tree Care will gladly give a free assessment to see whether your trees can be saved.


2. Do I need permission to remove a tree in Klamath County?


Whether you need permission to remove a tree in Klamath Falls, Crescent, Keno, or Chemult depends on whether the tree is on public or private land.


You always need a permit to remove trees on public land.


You can typically remove a small tree on your own property if the tree is less than 5 inches in diameter.


To be safe, call us at (541) 851-9080 to come check your trees to determine if you need a permit to remove one.


3. Do I need permission to remove a tree in the city of Klamath Falls?


You need a permit to remove city trees that are on city property. Within the city limits, trees that grow between the sidewalk and the street are owned by the city.


4. Does insurance cover the cost of tree removal in Klamath County?


The expense of tree removal is not covered by homeowners insurance unless the tree fell during a storm or other natural disaster.


Your homeowners insurance will not cover the costs of damage if your tree fell due to a lack of trimming or neglect.







5. Does the city of Klamath Falls pay for tree removal?


No, tree removal is not paid for by the city of Klamath Falls. According to city codes, the neighboring property is responsible for the upkeep of street trees.


6. Can I remove a small tree myself in Klamath Falls or Klamath County?


It is possible to remove a small tree yourself, but it is important to consider the safety risks involved. Removing a tree is dangerous, and it is important to have the proper equipment and skills to do it safely.


A small tree is typically one that is under 30 feet tall and has a trunk diameter of less than 5 inches. It is recommended not to do any tree pruning or removal that requires being on a ladder.


If you want to remove a tree yourself, you also need to consider the tree’s location and species. For example, a small pine tree is easier to remove than a small cottonwood tree due to the difference in weight and density of the wood.


It is also important to see if it is legal to remove a tree by yourself in Klamath Falls and Klamath County before cutting a small tree down yourself.


Give us a call at (541) 851-9080 for a free consultation! We handle all the paperwork, and we are on the City of Klamath Falls’ list of approved tree service contractors.


7. What services does Basin Family Tree Care offer?


Basin Family Tree Care LLC provides tree trimming services to residential homeowners, small business owners, commercial business owners, and the city of Klamath Falls. We specialize in tree pruning and removal with over 15 years of experience.


Services we offer:


  • Free Estimates

  • Tree Removals and Pruning

  • Stump Grinding and Removal

  • Land Clearing and Excavating

  • Wood Chipping

  • Fire Abatement







8. How can I save money on tree removal?


For big jobs like trimming several medium-sized trees or taking down one large tree, it’s typically cheaper to use a day rate instead of individually pricing out each tree.


Because we get a lot done in a day, the day rate is generally less expensive than pricing out each tree for larger jobs.


Customers can also save money by keeping any big wood that can’t be processed through the woodchipper. Our woodchipper has a 15-inch opening, so it can handle large chunks of wood as well as whole small trees.


We cut large chunks of wood down to firewood length (16 inches) so that customers may easily move and split the wood they want to keep.



9. How much does it cost to have a tree pruned?


Because each tree is different, there is no typical cost for a tree to be pruned. The cost of trees varies depending on the tree’s type, size, location, and how much the tree is overgrown. Learn how to measure a tree here.





Small Trees: 8 inches in diameter (DBH)


Examples: Fruit and Ornamental Trees


A minimum job for any tree service is $300, and small trees might cost as little as $75 or as much as $800 depending on a variety of factors. You can learn more about how we calculate prices here.


If your small tree will only cost you $75 to have it pruned, you want to have us do more work to reach our minimum service price of $300.


Medium Trees: 8 inches to 19 inches in diameter (DBH)


Examples: Hawthorn, Sunburst Locust, Larger Ornamental Trees, Larger Fruit Trees such as Cherry Trees


To prune a medium-sized tree may cost anywhere from $500 to $1800, depending on criteria such as species, location, size, and how overgrown it is.


Trees with broad canopies, such as maple and cottonwood, cost more to trim than conifer trees. This is because conifer trees grow straight and have a smaller canopy.


Because maples and cottonwoods have larger canopy sizes, pruning them takes more time, effort, and cleanup.




Large Trees: 19 inches in diameter and larger (DBH)


Example: Spruce, Ponderosa Pine, Maple, Cottonwood, Elm, Black Locust


The cost of pruning these massive tree species can range from $1200 to $5000, depending on location, size, and safety issues.


Basin Family Tree Care’s mission is to provide each customer with all the information they need to make the best decision for their trees. Feel free to call us at (541) 851-9080 for a free evaluation.


10. How much does it cost to have a tree removed?


Small Trees: 8 inches in diameter (DBH)

Examples: Fruit and Ornamental Trees


Small tree removal can cost as little as $150 or as much as $1200 depending on the size, location, and amount of wood that needs to be hauled away.


Customers can save money by keeping any large pieces of wood that do not fit in our woodchipper.


You can learn more about how we calculate prices here.


Medium Trees: 8 inches to 19 inches in diameter (DBH)


Examples: Hawthorn, Sunburst Locust, Larger Ornamental Trees, Larger Fruit Trees such as Cherry Trees


Medium-sized tree removal can cost as little as $500 or as much as $2,000, depending on the tree’s size, location, and the amount of wood that needs to be hauled away.


Customers can save money by keeping any large pieces of wood that do not fit in our woodchipper.


Our woodchipper has a 15-inch opening, so it handles large chunks of wood.


Large Trees: 19 inches in diameter and larger (DBH)


Example: Spruce, Ponderosa Pine, Maple, Cottonwood, Elm, Black Locust

Large-sized tree removal can cost as little as $1500 or as much as $6000 depending on the tree’s size, location, and hazards.


Customers can save money by keeping any large pieces of wood that do not fit in our woodchipper.


Our woodchipper has a 15-inch opening, so it handles large chunks of wood.


We cut the remaining wood down to firewood length (16 inches) so that customers may easily move and split the wood they keep.


The goal of Basin Family Tree Care is to present each customer with all of the information needed to make the best decision for their trees. Please contact us at (541) 851-9080 for a free tree removal estimate.







11. How much does it cost to remove a fallen tree?


Because a fallen tree is already on the ground, it usually costs less to remove than a standing tree. However, if a tree has fallen on a structure like a house, shed, or fence, there will be an additional charge.


Because a tree that has fallen on a structure poses an increased safety hazard when removing it, it is more expensive to remove than a tree that has fallen into an open area.


Typically, we charge the day rate for the removal of a fallen tree, which is $3000 per day in town and $3200 to remove fallen trees that are located outside of town.


12. Do I need to be present for my free estimate from Basin Family Tree Care?


It is not necessary to be present during our free estimate. However, we prefer that customers meet us in person so that we can answer any questions and personalize our services to their specific needs.

If the tree care services required are simple, you do not need to be there, and we will contact you to go over everything we saw while on site.


Don't let hazardous or overgrown trees pose a threat to your property and loved ones. Call Basin Family Tree Care today and schedule a free estimate for expert tree removal and pruning services.


Take the first step in ensuring the safety and beauty of your landscape. Contact us and let us help you care for your trees.




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