How Much Does Tree Removal Cost? (2023)

Adding shade and beauty while controlling erosion, trees are great assets to properties. But when a tree is no longer beneficial, it should be removed.

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Size is the main determiner of the cost of removing a tree. The condition of the tree and the difficulty of removal will further influence the cost. The average cost to remove a tree is $1,200. Smaller trees cost $400 or less to remove. Trees up to 100 feet high cost $2,000 or more to remove.

Average Tree Removal Cost

Average Tree Removal Cost
Average Cost$1,200
Highest Cost$2000
Lowest Cost$400
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Factors That Affect Tree Removal Cost

Height, Volume and Tree Species

The tree species is closely related to height and volume when it comes to pricing the cost of tree removal. Maple trees and pine trees tend to grow very tall—up to 100 feet—and can cost $2,000 or more to remove. Oaks tend to top out about 20 feet lower than maples and pines, so they will cost between $800 and $1,500 to be removed.

Height isn’t the only determining factor. Italian Cypress trees can reach up to 50 feet high, but their thin trunks, low volume and shallow root systems make them easy to remove. In some cases, they can safely be tipped over and pulled out. Cost of removal is at the lower end of the scale, around $400.

Likewise with palm trees: though tall, they lack volume. The average cost to remove a palm tree is between $200 and $500.

Physical Obstacles

Obstacles can make even the easiest tree removal difficult. Some obstacles that drive up the cost of tree removal include:

  • Poor condition of the tree: leaning, dead, etc.
  • Little room to fell the tree
  • Limited access for vehicles
  • Inclined property
  • Rocky or muddy soil
  • Other trees nearby that hamper work

Urgency

As with other emergency services that promise to show up quickly, emergency tree removal will come at a premium price. As a rule of thumb, emergency tree removal will cost about two to three times more than ordinary tree removal. On the average, urgent tree removal will cost about $2,500.

Crane Rental

If a crane must be used to remove the tree, the tree removal cost rises sharply. Crane-assisted tree removal will add another $250 to $600 per day to the cost.

Traffic Control

If a street needs to be closed down entirely or partially, the cost of traffic control, cones and flaggers will add to the cost of the tree removal. A two-person flagging crew can cost between $175 and $225 per hour.

Arborist

Hiring a certified arborist is sometimes necessary to evaluate whether a tree should be removed, pruned or treated and maintained. Obtaining a tree removal permit from your local municipality may also require a report from an arborist. The average cost of an arborist report is $450.

Stump Grinding

After the tree has been removed, the stump remains. Stumps will degrade on their own, but only after many years. In that time, new sprouts may even develop from the stump.

So, grinding down the tree stump is often a component of removing a tree. Stump grinding costs about $300 to $400, on average.

A special stump-grinding tool with spinning blades is used to shred the stump until it is about six inches below the surface of the soil.

Additional Cost Considerations

Removing a tree is typically for emergency purposes or part of a larger landscaping project. However, at additional costs, tree removal companies offer additional services you may not know about, such as stump removal, wood chipping and other landscaping needs.

Stump Removal

When a tree is removed, the stump itself is not typically removed. Although some homeowners may not mind having the stump included in their landscaping, others would also like the tree stump removed. Depending on the complexity of the root system and the time it’ll take to dig up, removing a tree stump and its roots could cost you between$150 and $500.Stump grinding is a bit cheaper, averaging between$100 to $400. However, you can save yourself some more money by renting a stump grinder at your local hardware store.

Wood Chipping

Once the tree is removed, you may want to consider turning the debris into wood chips for your next landscaping project. Depending on the tree removal company, wood chipping usually costs between$75 and $125 per hour.

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Wood Chipping

Once the tree is removed, you may want to consider turning the debris into wood chips for your next landscaping project. Depending on the tree removal company, wood chipping usually costs between$75 and $125 per hour.

Landscaping

When removing a tree, there is potential for some falling branches or even damage to your existing landscaping. As a result, if other plants need to be removed or reconfigured, this can cause an additional cost of approximately$100, depending on the tree removal company.

Determining If a Tree Should Be Removed

Consult with an ISA Certified Arborist to determine whether the tree should be removed. Some factors include:

  • Tree Species: Undesirable tree species for your area may include those that frequently break or are prone to insect infestation.
  • Tree Health: If at least half of the tree is healthy, it likely can survive. When more than half is unhealthy, it may be time to remove the tree.
  • Trunk Damage: If the tree has long cracks or other severe damage, it may need to be removed.
  • Hollowness: Hollowness is not always a cause to remove the tree. But if the hollowness exceeds 30%, you may need to take it down.
  • Dead Branches: If under a quarter of the branches are damaged, the tree may only need pruning.
  • Position of Dead Branches: If all or most of the dead branches are on one side of the tree, it’s often a sign of disease or root or trunk damage.
  • Leaning Trees: Even trees in good health that are leaning more than 15% off of vertical plumb should be removed as they are safety concerns.

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When to Hire a Pro

Except for very small trees, it’s usually safest to have trees removed by a tree removal company or a qualified landscaping company. If the tree is short enough that you don’t need to climb a ladder to remove limbs, you may be able to remove the tree by yourself.

Also, take into consideration the size of the felling area. It should be twice as long and wide as the height of the tree and clear of all obstructions such as power lines or sheds. If the tree’s trunk is greater than 10 inches, the tree should be removed by professionals.

How to Save on the Cost of Tree Removal

  • Do some of the work yourself such as safely clearing low limbs or removing fallen branches.
  • Improve access to the tree by taking down fences, removing obstacles and moving vehicles.
  • If the tree removal isn’t urgent, wait until an off-season to schedule the job.
  • Get three or more estimates.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is the best time to remove a tree?

Any tree that is a hazard should be removed immediately. Otherwise, tree companies find that November to March is the best time to remove a tree because it has no leaves. During that time, limbs are lighter because they have no leaves. Summer, though, is the best season to observe the tree because it is still in its growing stage.

Is it safe to cut down your own tree?

When it comes to tree removal, it is typically best to leave it to the professionals, especially if it is over 30 feet tall or near electrical lines. However, if you have the proper safety equipment, are comfortable with a chainsaw and the tree is in an open area, you may consider doing it yourself. But it’s essential to be mindful of the following:

  • Removing any tree can be risky.
  • See a permit is required to remove the tree.
  • You could be liable if you get hurt or your property gets damaged.
  • You will want to know the health of the tree. A rotted or damaged tree could make removal more complicated.
  • The best time of year to remove trees is late winter or early spring when the trees are dormant, and there are fewer leaves on the tree.

Is tree removal covered by insurance?

In certain emergency tree removal cases, homeowners’ insurance policy may cover the cost of removing a fallen tree. So before paying for this service out of pocket, it’s essential to check with your insurance company.

Can I have the tree cut into firewood?

Yes, at an extra cost most professionals can remove small limbs and cut the tree into manageable sizes of firewood. Expect to pay about $100 per medium-size tree for this service.

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Can I sell the wood instead of paying to remove the tree?

If the tree is in good condition, is relatively straightforward to remove, and is a desirable species, you may be able to sell the tree’s lumber. Hardwoods like walnut or old-growth oak are prized by many lumber mills or furniture makers.

FAQs

How much does it cost to take down a tree in my area? ›

Size of the Tree

A medium-sized tree, such as a maple or elm, is 30–60 feet tall and costs between $600 and $1,000 to remove. A large tree like a mature oak is 60–80 feet tall and costs about $800 to $1,700 to remove. Any tree taller than 80 feet will cost around $1,500–$3,000 to remove.

How much does it cost to pull a tree? ›

The condition of the tree and the difficulty of removal will further influence the cost. The average cost to remove a tree is $1,200. Smaller trees cost $400 or less to remove. Trees up to 100 feet high cost $2,000 or more to remove.

How much does it cost to remove a tree UK? ›

The cost of tree felling will depend on the size, condition and placement of the tree, with typical price for a tree surgeon ranging between £400 – £3,000. If caught early, your tree may only need trimming or pruning. Costs for tree trimming range between £100 – £500 depending on size and placement.

How much do tree surgeons charge UK? ›

Day Rates For Tree Surgeons

Smaller firms, such as those that only undertake easier projects, working in a team of one or two people, will charge anything from £250-£400 per day depending on location.

Should I remove a tree close to house? ›

Trees hanging over the roof or too close to a structure might need to be removed – or at least regularly pruned. In general, large trees should be at least 20 feet away from a house or building.

Can I remove a tree myself? ›

If the tree is small enough that you could remove it without climbing a ladder, it's likely OK if you remove it yourself. If you have any doubts about whether it's safe to remove the tree on your own, contact an arborist, and they'll provide guidance.

How do you get rid of a large tree? ›

Cut toward the notch from the side of the tree, and the notch should be about ⅓ or ¼ of the tree's diameter. Cut the trunk into sections if it's too big to fall safely in one piece. In that case, climb the ladder to notch, select a point that's 10 feet above the ground, and cut the trunk there.

What is the fastest way to get rid of a tree stump? ›

The fastest way to remove a tree stump, without using a grinder, is the chemical method. By applying chemicals to holes drilled into the stump, you speed up the natural decay process and the remaining tree fibers and roots will break down more quickly.

Are large oak trees worth money? ›

An oak tree in a timber sale can be worth anywhere from 15 cents a board foot for pallet material quality up to $1.20 per board foot for high quality logs. I had a buyer tell me a tree I had marked last week was worth $1,000. That's a rare, veneer white oak growing in excellent soil.

How can I save money on tree removal? ›

It's all about safety. The work performed by tree service professionals is extremely hazardous. Of course, this adds to the cost.
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Here are 5 ideas to help you save money on tree service.
  1. Start with the debris. ...
  2. Need firewood? ...
  3. Get multiple bids. ...
  4. Ask about bulk discounts. ...
  5. Do you need to remove the stumps?
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Will the council cut down a tree in my garden? ›

By law, a local council is required to manage and undertake work to any tree which constitutes a statutory nuisance and all councils will have a programme of inspection and tree maintenance works to not only protect local residents but to preserve and maintain a healthy tree population.

Do I need permission to cut down a tree on my property UK? ›

Before anyone can cut down trees, they may need to get a felling licence from the Forestry Commission. Our booklet Tree felling: getting permission provides an overview of when a felling licence is required.

Does house insurance cover fallen trees UK? ›

Naturally falling branches or trees that damage your roof, windows or other aspects of your property are usually covered as standard by your home insurance.

How much do tree surgeons charge per day UK? ›

On average, expect to pay £500 to £650 for local tree surgeons for a day's work. However, there are smaller companies that only take on easier projects. A team of 1 or 2 workers will cost anywhere from £400 to £550 a day, depending on where you are located.

How much does it cost to top a tree? ›

Topping a tree (a controversial practice, we should point out) up to 30 feet in height will cost $100-$300. For a tree 30-60 feet, plan to spend $175-$400, and $200-$1,800 to trim a tree over 60 feet. Be wary of individuals who propose topping a tree to reduce its height.

How do you know when it's time to remove a tree? ›

Vertical cracks, seams, dead branch stubs and large, older wounds suggest internal decay. Severe damage to the main trunk often warrants removal of the tree. If the damaged area is less than 25 percent of the circumference of the trunk, the wound could gradually heal over and no permanent injury should result.

Do roots still grow when tree cut down? ›

Once the tree has been cut, the roots cannot grow anymore because the leaves are necessary to provide the food to fuel root growth. If the roots continue to produce sprouts with leaves, then in time there may be more root growth.

How long does it take to cut down a large tree? ›

How long does it take to remove a tree? It could take only a few hours to cut down small trees and remove the debris. Large trees could take more than 8 hours, depending on the complexity of the tree or power line encroachment. If extra brush or trees need to be removed, additional time will be required.

How much does it cost to remove a tree next to a house? ›

The average cost to remove a tree ranges from $100 to $1,800 with most homeowners spending about $700. For small trees up to 30 feet high you can expect to spend $250, for trees between 30 and 60 feet prices range from $300 to $700, and to cut down large trees over 60 feet costs between $700 and $1,800.

Can I cut down a tree in front of my house? ›

A Generally, yes; you can cut back any part of a tree (or any other plant), including the roots, which encroaches on your boundary, as far as the boundary line.

What to do after removing large tree? ›

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How do you naturally get rid of a tree? ›

Epsom Salt

This is a common DIY method for killing tree trunks, as it accelerates the decomposition process to 6–12 months, as opposed to three to seven years for natural rotting. Epsom salt contains magnesium and sulfur, which are beneficial to plants but deadly in large quantities.

How do you get rid of a large tree without cutting it down? ›

How to Kill a Tree Without Cutting It Down | SOLVED
  1. Girdling or Ring Barking.
  2. Cut Surface or Hack and Squirt.
  3. Basal Bark Treatment.
  4. Herbicide Injection.
  5. Spraying Foliage with Herbicide.
  6. Soil Treatment.

Will vinegar rot a tree stump? ›

Coating tree leaves that are growing from any roots or stumps with vinegar will get rid of any tree leaves and cut off air, water, and nutrients that are keeping the tree stump alive. Vinegar is not only known as an ingredient to dress our salads with – but it is an effective and organic way to get rid of tree roots.

What chemical kills trees quickly? ›

If copper sulphate is applied on the upper parts of a tree, the branches dry up slowly.

What kills tree roots naturally? ›

A two-inch layer of rock salt will be sufficient. Add hot water for the rock salt to leach into the soil. Cover the tree stump with soil and mulch. Let it sit for one and a half months or until the stump decomposes.

How big is a 400 year old oak tree? ›

The tree is estimated to be 400–500 years old. It stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). Its longest branch distance is 187 ft in length.
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How big is a 500 year old oak tree? ›

It's 66.5 feet tall and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet.

What trees are worth money to cut down? ›

Lumber from trees such as red or white oak, black walnut, paulownia, and black cherry is expensive, and a tree in your yard might contain an impressive quantity of wood.

Why is it so expensive to cut down a tree? ›

Usually, specialized equipment is needed, such as aerial lifts or cranes to access the tree safely. This equipment is costly to acquire and maintain. Some of the typical equipment such as these mentioned can cost more than some homes!

Is it cheaper to cut a tree down in the winter? ›

The short answer: tree removal typically costs much less during the winter or spring months, making it the best time for removal.

How do you prepare for tree removal? ›

Remove Anything Breakable

So if you have any breakable items near the tree such as plant pots or furniture, move these out of the way or to a different location. If your tree removal service has to move items themselves, it will make the process longer and you may receive further charges for the additional time.

How do I ask the council to cut a tree? ›

To get the ball rolling you will need to first alert your Council about the reason for wanting your tree removed. – Dropping excess leaves, berries etc. You can alert them to your issue by either calling the correct department or going to your local council website and filling in an online form with your request.

Is there a limit to the height of a tree in a garden? ›

In general, there is no specific limit to the height that a tree is allowed to grow, but if the trees form a vegetative screen that is limiting a neighbours usage/enjoyment then it could be a High Hedge issue which Planning Enforcement would potentially get involved with.

Can a Neighbour force you to cut a tree down? ›

Your neighbour can cut any branches that are overhanging into their garden as long as they only remove the bits on their side of the boundary. If they want you to cut your tree or hedge just because they don't like the way it looks, it's up to you whether you do the work.

Do I need council permission to remove a tree? ›

If you live in a conservation area, or you are responsible for a private tree with a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), you will need to get permission from us before you do any maintenance work on the tree, or remove the tree. There are no charges to submit an application for permission to work on a tree.

When can you not cut trees down? ›

If any type of bird is nesting in a tree or hedge then it is legally protected, so long as the nest is in use. This may prohibit certain types of tree pruning or removal until the nesting season is over. Removing dense hedges or substantially reducing them would be illegal, but annual trimming may be acceptable.

Who is liable when a tree falls on a neighbor's property UK? ›

It is the owner of the land on which a tree stands. They are responsible for the health and safety of those likely to be impacted by any issue with that tree, with liability potentially arising if the tree itself falls or if branches or debris fall from the tree.

Who is liable when a tree falls on a neighbor's property? ›

A tree belongs to the legal owner of the property upon which the tree trunk originally grows. A fallen tree will still belong to the original owner of the tree, even if those trees have now fallen onto neighbouring land as highlighted in a case called Mills v Brooker (1919).

How far should trees be from house insurance? ›

To avoid the risk of damage, tree roots and shrubs shouldn't be planted too close to your property. A general rule is to plant a tree as far away from a property as its estimated fully grown height.

Can removing a tree cause foundation problems UK? ›

Yes. When tree roots enter a shrinkable, clay soil, they can take up sufficient moisture to cause the clay to dry and shrink. As a result, any foundation built upon the clay may move or subside.

How much is it to cut a tree down UK? ›

The cost of tree felling will depend on the size, condition and placement of the tree, with typical price for a tree surgeon ranging between £400 – £3,000. If caught early, your tree may only need trimming or pruning. Costs for tree trimming range between £100 – £500 depending on size and placement.

What is a tree surgeon salary UK? ›

The average tree surgeon salary in the United Kingdom is £27,374 per year or £14.04 per hour. Entry level positions start at £24,375 per year while most experienced workers make up to £33,000 per year.

How much does a tree surgeon charge UK? ›

Day Rates For Tree Surgeons

Smaller firms, such as those that only undertake easier projects, working in a team of one or two people, will charge anything from £250-£400 per day depending on location.

Is it cheaper to top a tree or cut it down? ›

Generally, it is cheaper to trim a tree than cut it down, but if it needs trimming every 3 years, it is going to be cheaper in the long run to remove the tree. Let's look at the cost of both and some things to consider.

Is it better to trim a tree or cut it down? ›

Trees can succumb to all types of illnesses – some that you can't fix through tree pruning and removing diseased branches. A sick tree is a dangerous tree, as it's not as strong as a healthy one and can spread its disease to other trees as well. The best thing you can do is chop it down.

What happens when you top off a tree? ›

What is Tree Topping? Tree topping is the drastic removal, or cutting back, of large branches in mature trees, leaving large, open wounds which subject the tree to disease and decay. Topping causes immediate injury to the tree and ultimately results in early failure or death of the tree.

How do I find an Arborist in my area? ›

The Find an Arborist search tool is one of the most popular portions of the ISA and TreesAreGood.org web sites. This tool provides a way for consumers to find arborists for hire within a specific city or region.

What is Crown reduction of trees? ›

Crown reduction is the removal of a specified amount of the trees canopy. This is usually measured in meters and up until 2010 it was measured as a percentage.

Can you cut down a big tree on your property? ›

If you own your home, you don't need permission to fell a tree that's solely within your garden unless it's: subject to a Tree Preservation Order.

Can you take down big trees next to House? ›

Tree removal near houses requires taking proper safety precautions and following steps to ensure the removal process goes smoothly. In order to get rid of a tree that is over 20 feet tall near your house: Clear the area of vehicles and items that may be damaged by falling branches or trunk sections.

Why do arborists charge so much? ›

Arborists charge higher mainly because of the complexity, unpredictability, and risky nature of the tree service. Their overhead costs are also high owing to the high insurance premiums they have to pay. All these factors then trickle down onto the final value of the quotes you'll receive.

Can an arborist tell if a tree will fall? ›

Trees are complex systems. That means an arborist won't be able to predict exactly when a tree will fall. But they can help you trim the tree to make it more structurally sound, or if it's past the point of no return, they can help you remove it.

Who can tell me what is wrong with my trees? ›

If you have a concern about your tree's health, you may want to contact an arborist for assistance. Arborists are professionals who care for trees and other woody plants. There are two types of professional arborists: certified and consulting.

How do I convince a council to remove a tree? ›

To get the ball rolling you will need to first alert your Council about the reason for wanting your tree removed. – Dropping excess leaves, berries etc. You can alert them to your issue by either calling the correct department or going to your local council website and filling in an online form with your request.

Can you get fined for cutting a tree down? ›

What happens if I work on a protected tree without permission? The courts have powers to fine anyone contravening a Tree Preservation Order.

What is the best time of year to cut back trees? ›

Pruning should generally occur after the leaves have 'flushed' and hardened, so late spring through summer.

How do you stop a tree from growing taller? ›

Pruning. If the crown of your tree is stretching too tall or wide, corrective pruning can help rein it in and size it down for the space available. It's crucial to prune a tree before it becomes a problem because taking away too many branches could cause unnecessary stress.

Is it harmful to top a tree? ›

Topping Leads To Decay

The exposed wood tissues begin to decay. Normally a tree will “wall off” or compartmentalize, the decaying tissues, but few trees can defend the multiple severe wounds caused by topping. The decay organisms are given a free path to move down through the branches.

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