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Question DetailsAsked on 6/28/2016

I have two large elm trees I want removed. You can keep the wood if you would like.

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Tree Service is your Search ther List category to find well-rated and reviewed contractor for removal safely by insured provider - or more risky (commonly not insured for this type work) Firewood company who wants the wood to sell. There are a LOT of previous similar questions in the Lawn and Garden > Tree Service link in Browse Projects at lower left.

Unless quite large commercially valuable lumber, generally it is a lot tougher to get someone to do it for the wood than most people think. Generally, it is not worth their time and travel and labor unless you are clearing a fairly large area of commercial grade trees - just one or a few just generally is not worth it to bring crew, log hauling trailer, and tree handler tool-carrier or crane for just a few trees that might be worth a few hundred $ each for construction lumber, or maybe $500-1500 if LARGE (around 3' plus diameter and straight truck for 30-50 feet) if hardwood. However, sometimes you can find a small family sawmill outfit who will do this for "free" wood.

If going with a tree service, consider beforehand what service level you want - everything from commonly a hundred or two per tree to just fell it in place, on up to sometimes $1000 or more per tree (if VERY large or in tight quarters so has to be taken down from top down, roping the pieces to the ground) to cut and remove all the materials and grind the stump to below ground surface. And other options in between - like drop it and remove only the slash leaving the main part of the tree and large branches for you to cut up yourself, buck to firewood length for the bigger stuff and let it lie but chip the smaller stuff and haul away (or leave chippings onsite it you want for mulch), cut/buck/stack as firewood and remove slash, etc. Obviously, the more cutting/chipping/stump grinding they do the more it costs - a fair amount of previous questions in the provided link with ballpark cost info on the various options.

One other thing - if these are "danger trees" to overhead powerlines because they are close the the lines and dead/dying, the power company may do it for you if you express concern about losing power if they fall - they commonly drop it and either pile the slash or chip and spread or chip and remove it, generally leaving the cutting up of the larger material to you - but anything you can get for free from them reduces your out-of-pocket to get it cut up/disposed of the rest of the way. They will also commonly at least top them to 10' or so below the powerlines (or take them all the way down) if they are intertwined with the wires - which again reduces the cost to you to have a tree service finish the job.

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