Tree stump removal and stump grinding services are available for private properties, multiunit buildings, commercial properties and office buildings. Tree stumps can be any diameter and from any type of tree. Professional stump removal services that offer tree removal may charge an extra fee for stump removal, because the job requires different equipment and often must be performed by a subcontractor.
There are many reasons to remove a tree stump. A stump in your front yard could be reducing your house’s curb appeal. If it’s close to the house, it could be a breeding ground for termites. It’s not always easy to hide a stump with landscaping, and small stumps can destroy a lawn mower blade.
The average cost of stump removal also depends on the kind of tree the stump comes from. The stump of a hardwood tree like oak, hickory, elm, birch or aspen will be very strong and tough, and you may be charged a premium for its removal.
Several factors affect the average cost of tree stump removal and stump grinding services. Size is an important factor in the cost of stump removal because a large stump will have an equally large root system. The stump diameter, soil conditions and other factors may also affect the overall cost.
Tree stump removal entails removing the entire root ball of a tree from below the soil. This process leaves a large hole in the ground and takes considerably more time and labor than stump grinding. For an old tree with a large root system or that is embedded in very hard soil, stump grinding may be more cost-effective than removal. For stump grinding, professionals use a chipping machine to grind away the above-level tree stump. The average cost for stump removal can range from $60 to $350, while grinding a stump down could cost $75-$1,000. The final price will depend on the stump’s size, condition, location and condition of the soil around it.
Most home repair stores that rent power tools can also rent stump grinders by the day or half-day, but think twice before you do it yourself: Stump grinders are dangerous machines that are best employed by professionals.
In some cases a stump should be removed completely instead of just ground down. Roots that are growing too close to a structure might cause damage like cracks to your foundation, sewer pipes, and paved walkways and driveways. Also, stumps are fertile ground for future tree growth, so if you don’t want more trees growing in the same spot, you may want to remove the stump altogether.
Most tree stump removal professionals provide quotes for both stump removal and stump grinding based on the diameter of the tree. Tree roots are measured at their widest points to gauge the size of the stump below the surface. Some companies’ cost per inch includes cleanup costs, while other companies charge additional fees to clean up the site. Stump Pros in Canton, Massachusetts, offers stump grinding services starting at $4 per inch, which includes blow-off services for the remaining wood chips.
The more stumps to be removed at one site, the lower the average cost per stump. For example, a company that charges $150 for one stump may charge only $75 for each additional stump because the equipment and labor is already on hand. Hernandez Tree Service in Plano, Texas, charges $100-$150 for grinding each individual tree stump. If you have a lot of stumps, a service could quote you an hourly rate for the service, which should be about $150 per hour.
Rotting or old tree stumps are easier to grind down and remove, so will often cost less to remove than a healthy tree stump. You can make the stump easier to remove by burning the stump, if it’s far enough away from your house to burn, or by pouring chemical softeners like potassium nitrate on it. If you are not in a hurry, you can pre-rot the stump by drilling holes into it and filling them with water, then letting the stump break down over time.
The location of the stump can affect the cost of removal services. Stumps that are in concrete, near a home’s foundation, on rocky soil or blocked by other obstructions may cost more for the added time and tools necessary to remove them. If the stump is in hard soil, you can try to loosen the soil around the roots by hosing it down it for a day or two before the removal crew comes.
If you live in a remote area, you might also get charged for travel and/or drive time. Be sure to ask, because if a service wants to charge you by the mile plus an hourly rate for every worker, that could get expensive.
Having the tree stump or remaining wood chips hauled away from the property will typically increase overall costs. Once a tree is felled, Hernandez Tree Service charges an additional $100-$120 to haul away the pieces, less for only the wood chips from a stump that’s been ground down.
Removing a tree along with its stump will cost more. The location of the tree and the tree’s health also play a role in the overall cost. Hernandez Tree Service removed a hackberry tree and its stump that was damaging a home’s foundation for $1,500, including rope down, house protection, tree quartering and stacking, and stump removal.
Check state and local laws before removing a whole tree. Many laws apply to tree removal, especially if the tree is near an existing home or power lines.
Always ensure that the tree stump removal and stump grinding company you hire is insured. Worker injuries can cost the property owner more money in the long run than saving money upfront with a company that’s not insured.
To reduce costs for worker time, prepare the area around the stump so that the crew can easily and quickly access it and start working.
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