Average Tree Removal Costs

If you have a large tree in your yard you want to remove, you should consider the total costs involved. If you have free time, and friends to help, you may be able to cut and remove the tree yourself.   Make sure you consider the cost of heavy equipment rental needed. Hiring a service to take care of the tree in your place can be more efficient and possibly less expensive in the long run.


Always examine where your tree is before you start any removal procedure. The type and arrangement of the tree is very important: notify the local government and utilities first. If the tree spreads its roots deep into the soil, it can be a threat to the sidewalk and the water network. If the tree is in front of your house, it could be on the city’s property, and there is a good chance that they would remove it for you for free. However, if the tree is located near your home, it should be tied up and taken down in sections, which can increase the cost when hiring a tree removal service.

Average trees

Medium sized trees can reach 60 feet (18.2 m), but may also include smaller heights of 30 feet (9.14 m). Alder, rubber trees, wild apple trees and many other varieties fall into this category. In 2010, these trees could cost as much as $900 to remove the larger versions, but smaller ones can cost only about $175.

Larger trees

Trees 60 to 80 feet (18.2 and 24.3 m) in height are generally regarded as large trees such as red pine and oak varieties. Removing these trees can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000. Removing larger trees, which reach as high as 100 feet (30.4 m) such as the American ash, bur oak and maple sugar, can cost over $1,500.

Additional charges

Several tree removal procedures may cost more, depending on the services you want. For example, if you want your branches and trunks are converted into chips, tree removal companies usually charge about $100 an hour for mulching services. It could also cost extra, between $50 and $300, if the company takes the wood or chips from your home. Some businesses will just cut the tree to a stump, but if you want it completely grinded and out of the yard, it can cost several hundred dollars. If you want to make an inquiry before we start, an arborist can charge up to $125 an hour for their consultation fees.

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