With the exception of emergency tree removal, most homeowners are usually looking to remove trees as part of a larger landscaping project. In this case, you may want to look into some of the other services that tree removal companies provide. You can save money by hiring a company for a comprehensive project instead of breaking it up into multiple jobs.
The cost of tree removal typically includes removing and disposing of the trunk and large branches. However, you’ll often be left with additional debris you don’t want to dispose of yourself. Hauling away debris can be expensive and time-consuming if it’s not something you’re equipped to do. Some professional tree removal services will offer different methods of debris disposal for an additional price.
- A company may offer to haul away extra debris for an additional $50–$100.
- A company may use a wood chipper and turn the debris into mulch for your next landscaping project. This usually costs $75–$125 per hour.
- You can also have the tree and larger branches split into fire logs, typically for about $75–$100 per tree.
Stump Grinding or Removal
The price of tree removal doesn’t always include removing the tree’s stump. Removing the stump and its roots can cost an additional $150–$500, depending on the time it takes and the root system’s complexity. Some homeowners may like the look of the stump and want to include it in their landscaping, but most want it gone. Because of the stump’s remaining root system, which might not be obvious from above the ground, this is usually a job for a specialized professional.
Stump grinding, in which a hydraulic machine mulches the stump and some of the roots, is typically a little cheaper at $100–$400. Less common methods to kill a tree stump include burning, which is about $250 per stump, or a chemical treatment, which costs about $100.
If you like a tree in your yard but want to move it to a different location on your property, consider tree transplanting. Small trees are the easiest to relocate and may only add $300–$800 to the job. Transplanting medium- and large-sized trees can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Note that not every tree removal company is equipped to perform this service, since it requires different equipment than simple cutting.
Tree trimming costs around $300–$800, depending on the job’s scale. You may want to trim trees to improve the appearance of your landscaping and home, as well as to decrease the risk of falling limbs damaging your roof or home. Tree pruning is a routine part of improving a tree’s health.
You might opt for wood chipping so you can use the debris from the tree in your garden as flooring or compost. Wood chipping costs around $250–$350 on average, but the tree size determines the total cost. This is because wood chipping costs around $70–$125 per hour. Below is a breakdown of what wood chipping costs based on an oak tree’s size.
- 20-foot oak tree: $320–$520
- 30-foot oak tree: $521–$650
- 45-foot oak tree: $651–$730+