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Question DetailsAsked on 9/13/2013

Looking for a low cost landscaper to remove some bush stumps

I would like to know how much it would cost to have some stumps removed.

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This could be done by a Handyman, Landscaper, or Tree Removal service in rough order of increasing cost. Unless these are very large stumps, for normal bushes )that most people would consider a "Bush" rather than a multi-stemmed tree) cost will probably be about $20-40/bush, depending on how much care is needed to avoid damage to adjacent plant and sprinkler system. This assumes you want the stump and a couple of feet of root removed, not the roots traced all the way out to where they get very small and pulled up. Normal 3' or so bushes at lower end, larger ones like 6-8 foot full sized hydrangeas or rose of sharon and the like at higher end.

Consider in the scope of work is you want them to bring topsoil to fill the "divot" that will be left, and be sure to specify off-site disposal by them if that is what you want, or shaking off the dirt and cutting them to fit in trash bags or your trash cans if you want that. The latter would probably be slightly cheaper as it saves a run to the dump.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


I assumed in my prior answer you wanted to hire it out - if you are into some gardening yourself, the easiest way is to check where your sprinkler system pipes are, get locates if you have any gas, electric, cable TV or telephone lines near the area or don't know for certain, then use a sawzall with a 10 or 12 inch wood cutting blade to cut the roots and to cut the stump up into a size that will fit in your trash can. You can do it yourself, including the cost of a sawzall and blade pack, for about the cost of removing 2 bush stumps, plus you end up with the sawzall for future jobs.

After making sure you will not be hitting any utilities, push the blade through about a 1 foot square piece of scrap cardboard to keep the end of the tool from digging down into the dirt and limit dirt being thrown up into the tool, then cut around the bush about 1-2 feet away from the base, depending on stump size. That should loosen it up enough to allow you to easily tilt it with a shovel under one edge or someone pulling on a rope around it, then use the sawzall to cut the remaining roots all around. Works great - I have even felled entire 70 foot cottonwood and pine trees this way - just cutting from one point both ways with a steady pull on a rope to the tree to pull it over as the roots give way. Works for any type of plant except those with very large tap roots. We even divide irises and trolius and such plants this way - actually less destructive of the plant than tearing or cutting it apart by hand and can quarter or eighth a plant in less than a minute, in the pot.

Be sure to clean the tool tip well after this including full length of the shaft, and oil the shaft. Certainly not the best thing to do to the tool, but to me sawzalls are like skil saws and hammers - utility tools, you use them hard and eventually they will give up (though my Craftsman sawzall is about 20 years old and the circular saw is 33 years old, so it shows what a little care can do for tool life).

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Any recommendations of anyone in the East providence Area?

Answered 7 years ago by prettyfinekoala


Search the List (in green banner bar above) for local contractors of the type you are looking for, their ratings, and reviews.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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