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Question DetailsAsked on 8/3/2013

How much to take down a large tree

I have three large trees to take down, I have a wood fence and power lines to consider.

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Depends on how you define "large" - 30' or 80+ foot, and 1 foot diameter or 6' ?

Since it doesn't sound like you can fell these in one piece without doing damage, it will require taking them down piecemeal in small pieces, at least until below power line level, or using a crane to lift them out, therefore assuming you are talking pretty large (say 100 year old) oak or elm or conifer or such 2+ feet in diameter and 60+ feet high, probably about $200-400 per tree to fell, up to double that for option 5 below, in between for other options.

You need to decide up front, BEFORE asking contractors to bid, what type of service you want - 1) fell only,
2) fell and limb,
3) fell and limb, chip and dispose of branches smaller than firewood size only,
4) fell limb chip, and buck trunk and large branch pieces to firewood length,
5) fell and totally dispose of everything offsite

You also need to decide if you want them to grind the stumps to 6 or 12" below ground surface - typically about $50-75/stump for 3-6" below ground, $100 or so per for 12" below ground.

You also need to define if you will do cleanup after, or you want them to rake area clean of twigs and leaves too - probably about $50-100 more total for the 3 trees. If working on drive, do you want that swept or washed afterwards ?

Also specify in the specification for the quote if they are allowed to drive and park on areas to and adjacent to the trees - especially if chipping any - because they want to get the chipper as close a feasibly so they don't have to haul branches all the way out to the street or drive.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Did not finish one paragraph in prior comment, and did not see it until too late to edit it - teh $200-400 range I gave was for about 40-60' trees - if you are talking truly large (80 to 200') then price ratchets up to as much as about $1500 per tree for a $150-200' tree, or for a tree like an oak or hickory with very large trunk and large branches - say ove about 3 feet in diameter.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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