Tree Cutter

How much to remove a tree? Since trees or shrubs can be of different species, the cost of tree removal can vary, as the roots may be quite hard to pull, have difficult branch patterns to cut, or have more undergrowth to cut. However, a professional tree surgeon will provide you a quote according to what he sees.

Height

Some of the trees might be quite tall and need specialized tools for reaching their branches. Besides, those trees that have grown in weird manner might be quite difficult to access and thus be more costly to trim.

Electric wires

Those trees that are grown around the power lines are quite risky to trim. Besides, some of the tree removal companies might charge more to cut such trees, as they can’t just allow the branches to fall over the power lines and then to the ground. Each and every branch has to be roped and then lowered gradually towards the ground. It is a time consuming task that increased the tree felling cost.

Felled Wood

The bigger is the tree-felling task, the more wood it will produce. However, for minor jobs, you can request the tree removal contractors to involve hauling the wood away in their work plan. In case if you want to keep the wood for yourself for firewood, you have to bear the expenses of cutting & splitting the wood.

Tree stump removal & grinding

Have a chat with your tree surgeon regarding the expenses involved in removing or grinding dead tree stump from the yard. However, grinding the stump down is quite an easy task and will quoted at hourly basis.

Tree stump removal cost

In case, if you wish to remove the stump completely, then you can expect a higher cost. Since, one can never know how complicated a tree’s root system until and unless the stump is excavated, it might take more time. The average cost of tree stump removal in the UK ranges from £50 to £300 per stump.

Tree stump grinding cost

If you do not want the stump to be removed completely, you must consider either grinding it or leaving it. A tree stump grinding professional will use a chainsaw to cut down the stump and a motorised machine to grind it away. The minimum charge is around £60 per hour for a tree stump no large than 15 inches in diameter.

Removing Tree Stumps (up to 5 inches in diameter)

For getting rid of the tree stumps in a garden; you could either try it yourself or get help from a professional tree stump removal professional/company. Another option is to let it remain. What to choose depends entirely on you.

Tree Stump Location

tree-stump-locationNot only is a tree stump disagreeable to look at, its location can also be quite inconvenient. It can get in the way for many activities on the lawn, which means that the perfect alternative is to get rid of it.

Also, if a tree stump is located in proximity to a building or a fence, it could be a problem if the root system is extensive. Under such circumstances, the best option is to get in touch with a local tree surgeon.

Type of tree stump

If a tree stump is left unattended, it can give rise to plethora of root diseases; the most common one being known as honey fungus. Honey fungus can be quite dangerous as it utilizes the stump as a source of food and then it attacks the other plants and vegetation in proximity.

Honey fungus

Trees prone to honey fungus are: apple; cedars; birch; cherries (flowering); eucalyptus; cypresses; leylandii; monkey puzzle; lilac; privet; wellingtonia; walnut; willow.

Trees that are resistant towards honey fungus are: ash; box elder; bamboos; beech; Californian black walnut; cherry laurel; false acacia; hornbeam; grand fir; junipers; noble fir; larch; oaks; yew; whitebeam.

A few tree removal companies amplify the hazard of honey fungus to intimidate the customers and making them immediately want to get rid of stumps. In reality, if the tree has a honey fungus it will be a herculean task to get rid of it and in fact if it’s in the ground, it’ll remain in the ground even after stump removal.

If the stump is removed it will browbeat the source of energy and food of the fungus. Also, the honey fungus usually only targets and attacks the weaker plants in proximity.

Tree stump’s size

Further, Scott says that in case of a relatively smaller tree stump which is up to 5 inches in diameter, you could attempt to dig it which is the most efficient method to get rid of it. This will not only completely remove the stump but also root system, resulting in a place where you can regrow vegetation and plants instantly.

“Use a mattock. These can be purchased from a DIY store for just £15. “It looks like a pick axe, but it has a flat blade on one side,” says Scott.
He also suggests that the stump should be kept at a height of around 4 feet, giving you the much-needed leverage. You should also cut first from the surface and then the roots.

Large tree removal cost

In this case, it is most advisable to get in touch with a professional tree surgeon. More often than not customers need help because it is not child’s play and it is particularly difficult for them to do it. Even if the stump has a width of as much as 1 foot below the ground, it can be quite a task because of the root system.

“A stump that you might spend all weekend trying to remove unsuccessfully can be ground in 10 minutes by a professional,” says Scott.

The remains including woodchips stay around in the garden and can be used. More often than not, stump grinders would take woodchips away for an extra fee with little or no harm to the ground.

Small tree removal advice

Further, Scott says that in case of a relatively smaller tree stump which is up to 5 inches in diameter, you could attempt to dig it which is the most efficient method to get rid of it. This will not only completely remove the stump but also root system, resulting in a place where you can regrow vegetation and plants instantly.

“Use a mattock. These can be purchased from a DIY store for just £15. “It looks like a pick axe, but it has a flat blade on one side,” says Scott.

He also suggests that the stump should be kept at a height of around 4 feet, giving you the much-needed leverage. You should also cut first from the surface and then the roots.

Tree stump removal myths

tree-stump-removalIf you look online for different methods or techniques for the removal of tree stumps, you will come across certain suggestions which are either senseless or extremely risky. With a detailed study, Scott enlists the various myths related to tree removal:

1. Paint-on chemicals for making the stump rot quickly

One of the myths include a chemical which ought to be painted on a tree stump to quicken the procedure of rotting, however this product is non-existent.

2. Nitrate fertilizer for making the stump rot quite fast

Scott says that if holes are drilled in a stump and permeated with nitrate fertilizers it may reduce the long procedure by about a year.

3. Burning stump with kerosene

Another myth as pointed by Scott includes an attempt to burn the stump which leads to the stump becoming hard and dry. It is quite a herculean task and relatively more complicated for an expert to remove a seasoned (hard and dry) stump by grinding. Although the internet is quite in favor of burning the stump using kerosene, it should ideally be avoided because it is unsafe as well as ineffective.

4. Using chainsaw on roots

Usually what people do is try to dig and excavate around the tree stump and further attempt to cut through the roots by a chainsaw. What happens is that the blade of the chainsaw becomes blunt eventually because it is not crafted to cut through the hard roots.

Choosing a stump grinding professional

With the absence of a certified national level association for stump grinders, most are registered with Arboricultural Association.

You need to keep in mind here that non-Arboricultural Association stump grinding professionals must not be discarded instantly because many small scale organizations cannot live up to the escalating costs of such membership.

A good stump grinder would ask questions about the following:

  •  The type of tree
  •  The diameter of the stump
  •  Whether the stump is of ground level
  •  Is the stump next to a building?
  •  Is there space around the stump?
  •  What is the reason for stump removal?
  •  What is planned for the region once the stump is removed?
  •  Is there access for the machinery?

Usually, stump grinders may come up with an approximate consensus and cost over the phone whereas a few would pick a tour of the premises for assessing the stump properly before they can come up with an estimate.

An expert who says he will use a poison or dig the stump out by hand should be discarded.

Never pay upfront to those professionals who will apply a chemical for making the stump rot away in a matter of few months. Last but not the least, check for insurance!

Tree stump removal video

 

References

How to remove a tree stump – http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/how-to-remove-a-tree-stump

Removing trees and shrubs – http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/removing-trees-and-shrubs/

Safe  tree stump removal: 4 methods – http://www.doityourself.com/stry/safe-tree-stump-removal–4-methods

Removing tree stumps – https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ask-toh/removing-tree-stumps

How Do You Decide When to Remove a Tree? – https://extension.umd.edu/learn/how-do-you-decide-when-remove-tree

Cost to remove a tree – http://www.rawtreecare.co.uk/tree_surgery/cost-remove-tree/

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