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Question DetailsAsked on 4/29/2017

How much to remove 3 7' by 7' cactus "Cut and haul"? Remove roots?

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I would figure probably about $300-500 for cut and disposal by a Tree Service or Landscaping firm.

To dig out the roots - depending on type of cactus, might well run up to $1000 range, because some cactuses that large have pretty substantial root systems - normally pretty dense fibrous balls more like what you normally see with potted plants - but with about 2000 varieties of cactus, you will see all sorts - from basically one tap root deep enough you will never get to the actual rootlets, to some barrel type cactuses with only football or smaller size root balls.

Also depends on how much you want to stop regrowth (though cactuses are normally not very aggressive about rerooting in mass) - if you want to prevent regrowth rather than killing any volunteers off, mights run well over $1000 to dig out the bulk of the roots and disposes of the roots and surrounding dirt, then fillthe holes with clean fill dirt.

And of course, big difference whether this is spread-out cactus like some species of cholla which reroots wherever it touches the ground (so grows in multi-rooted fields or masses) which will have a lot of roots spread around the entire dripline or more, or a single-stalk like a saquaro which has basically a tree-like root distribution - typically a single large tap root 3-10 feet long, then a shallow root mass (sometimes only a few inches deep) spreading out maybe (for a mature plant) 3-8 feet beyond the reach of the branches.

I would find out what type it is (generally) and then call several tree services for quotes.

If a desireable species (especially the tall-growing or barrel types) you might actually find a desert landscaping nursery who will come and dig it up and take it away for free - some large mature cactuses are worth $500-1000 or more retail.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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