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Question DetailsAsked on 7/19/2013

how much should tree removal service cost

I need a crab apple tree removed and stump grinded and chips removed.

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Click on the Home > Tree Service link under your question and you will see several recent questions along this same line, with info on service options aailable, and costs.

Generally, depending on whether the provider is insured and bonded or not and the size of tree, I believe this could run from a low of about $150 for a small tree (under 15' tall, under 1 foot or so diameter) to maybe $400 for a large one - typically more like $200-250 range for a fruit tree.

Of course, this assumes you do not have really difficult access - steep hill, under or adjacent to low power lines, right up against house with no clear felling zone away from the house, planters or other vegetation under tree that has to be preserved, etc.

When you ask a tree removal contractor for bids make sure to make it clear on the bid sheet whether you are talking removal of all large pieces and rough raking of chips, or full "broom clean" removal of essentially ALL chips - of course that costs a bit more. Also cover whether they can drive on the lawn with their equipment (may leave imprints, especially if wet - do NOT water for 3 or more days before they come), whether minor divots in the grass from falling tree or branches have to be repaired or not, who is getting the utility locate done to be sure no shallow utilities pass under the stump to be ground down, whether stump is to be ground level to ground surface, 6" below, or 1 foot below. Of course, the price will increase some for each of these.

If you have multiple trees in your yard, be sure to CLEARLY mark the tree to be cut with survey flagging or paint a big X on each side. You do NOT want them cutting the wrong one if you are not there - that happens all too often, because the person doing the bid is normally the manager, not on the crew doing the actual work.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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