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Question DetailsAsked on 6/24/2016

how much to remove an 80ft eucaliptus tree

The tree has grown too tall. We would like to remove it. It's near fences, pool equipment and a pool.

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Obviously you need a couple of bids (probably 3 at least) from local long-term REPUTABLE well- insured and licensed Tree Service contractors, but here is my shot at it:

Sounds like a to-down job - from the top with rope, lowering the pieces individually as they cut a few feet at a time off the top - or possibly a crane job depending on how close it is to the obstructions and accessibility. An 80' euc can be a good sized tree and likely (unless it has been pruned a lot) has some pretty hefty lower branches too, so I would guess around the $1000 ballpark range - including hauling away and disposal of the tree, assuming maybe 3 feet or so in diameter. If a very old tree that stopped growing upward or broke off at the top or one of the species that only grows to about 100 feet, so is more like 5-10 feet in diameter, then probably more in the couple thousand $ range.

Stump grinding, including removing the likely large partly abvove ground/shallow roots probably another $400-800 depending on diameter and number of roots. Then, if not a DIY'er for this, repairing the damage from the stump grinding commonly in the $250-400 range for a normal large tree.

Have aq discussion with them on how much debris will end up in the pool and protection of the pool equipment - sawhorses and plywood or such over the pool equipmwent might be needed, possibly netting or a pool cover/large tarp over the pool to limit debris there (at slight added cost). And definitely turn off the pump during the job so you are not overfilling your screen/basket with debris when you cannot clean it - and I would REALLY recommend not doing this during blossoming season, because you will end up with a TON of those in your pool, and I know from hard experience that stuff is no fun to clean out of a pool and does not vacuum well. OR at least full solid cover like a giant tarp over pool during the job.

Be SURE the contract does not include any clauses to the effect they are not responsible for damage to property near or under the tree - some tree services are pulling that shyster lawyer trick and then just drop it willy-nilly and say OOPS - look at that, took out the fence (car, house, eatc) - sorry abvout that, but it is your problem. A quality company is responsible for any damage they cause.

Also - be sure contract specifies level of cleanup - trunk and branches to x dimension only, all wood, all tree materials including leaves and blossom material and sawdust (meaning power sweeping or vacuuming the area when done), and also if debris from the stump grinding (mixture of earth materials and wood chippings/sawdust) has to be removed from site (will be at extra cost if yes). Can be a 4:1 difference in price from felling-only to total cutting/grinding/removal.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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