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Cost of Removing a Tree

This extensive guide will help you understand what's involved with removing a tree from your garden. We explain the costs you may encounter depending on the size of the tree along with how to remove a tree yourself.

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Introduction To Removing a Tree

Tree removal is an essential service that is required for all sorts of reasons. A tree that is badly damaged or left unattended for many years can pose as a dangerous hazard to your home and safety.

If a tree is showing visible signs of damage, it is often necessary to eliminate the problem before a greater threat establishes.

Dead or falling branches can cause significant damage to a property and vehicles, and in some cases causes significant harm to unfortunate individuals. Sometimes the problem can lie beneath the ground, in the case of decaying roots, which increases the danger of a falling tree.

How Much Will Tree Removal Cost?

If you require a professional tree removal service, you are probably wondering how much it is going to cost. The most common felling solutions include tree removal, stump removal, root removal and trimming. The average cost of removing a single, large tree can range anywhere between £2000-£4000.

There are many factors that will determine the overall cost, depending on which service you require. Such factors include things like the size of the tree, the easiness of access to the tree and the presence of any electrical cables. A professional tree surgeon will investigate your particular case and assess these factors to give you an accurate cost.

Smaller scale projects will often be much cheaper and charged on an hourly basis, for instance, tree stump removal costs can range between £300-£400. However, you must consider that this too will involve additional affecting factors such as the number of stumps that require removal and the size of the team required to carry out the job.

Tree root removal is usually an additional service that also affects the price of the stump or tree removal process. Many tree surgeons will charge an additional fee to remove complex root systems, as these may have spread beneath the foundations of your property and walkways.

This additional cost usually ranges between £40-£60 per hour. Hardy and more established root systems are going to be more time-consuming to remove and therefore more costly.

The table below demonstrates the cost affecting factors in tree felling services. Please note, these prices are estimates and should be used as a guide only.

Description Timeframe Standard Rate Labour Charge Total Cost
Small Tree Removal 1 Hour or less £600 £100 - £150 £700 - £750
Large Tree Removal 1-2 Hours £2000 £500 - £1000 £2500 - £3000
Extensive Root Removal 2-3 Hours £150 £100 - £150 £250 - £300
Multiple Stump Removal (Grinding) 1-2 Hours £400 £100 - £150 £500 - £550
Branch Trimming 1 Hour or less £100 £50 - £100 £150 - £200

What Does Tree Removal Entail?

Tree removal, or tree felling, is a method of eliminating dangerous or inconvenient trees from your property. The removal of a dead tree is just as important as maintaining the health of a new one. If you believe that you have a tree that poses a threat to the safety of you and your property, then you must get it assessed immediately by a professional tree surgeon.

Failure to do so can result in the tree eventually loosing limbs and falling to the ground. Upon contacting a professional tree surgeon, they will initially visit your property to assess the condition of the tree in question. They will examine for signs of death or decay in the tree, such as abnormalities in the bark, leaf quality or branches that can easily break.

The next step is to determine the service that you will require. You should decide whether you wish to have the entire tree removed, including the stump and root system. Or whether you simply need to have the tree cut back to the stump where it can be left.

A skilled tree surgeon will also examine the site for potential obstacles, such as electrical cables, accessibility or nesting animals, to determine the risk associated with the job. In most cases, the more difficult the job is, the higher the cost will be.

On the day of the removal, the surgeon and their team will visit your property to begin the tree removal process. This team often involves at least five tradespeople, including two skilled tree surgeons.

The team will use chainsaws and professional pruning equipment, often while suspended high off the ground using ropes. They will start from the top and work their way down, removing the tree one branch at a time. This process is fairly quick and can usually be completed under an hour.

The removal of waste will depend on the surgeon you hire. Many tree surgeons will charge an additional fee for the clean-up and removal of the left-over branches and cuttings.

DIY Tree Removal

Tree felling is a complex process that requires a high level of skill and education in order to complete successfully. However, there are steps you can take that contribute to the healthy removal of a tree on your property.

If the tree is small and does not require a ladder to reach the top, you may be able to remove the tree yourself. However, you should consider that you will require the correct tools and equipment to do so.

There are a few DIY-methods you can use to remove tree stumps yourself, without the need for a grinder, although these usually take much longer than hiring a professional. When using a chemical stump remover, you will need to drill holes into the stump and fill these holes with the appropriate solution. You should allow up to 6 weeks for the method to become effective. Alternatively, you can try and remove the stump by burning it.

Potential Problems and Pitfalls

Tree removal can be a dangerous process. Unlike other home improvement projects, tree felling comes with the highest risk of potential hazards when attempting the job, yourself. Tree surgeons are highly skilled contractors who have extensive knowledge and experience with working in dangerous conditions.

Never attempt to use power tools and chainsaws while suspended at great heights. This can result in severe injuries and damage to your property. What many people don’t realise is that there are laws in place that can prevent you cutting down a tree on your property without permission.

If your tree is covered by the tree preservation order, you will need to obtain permission from your local authority. Failure to do so can result in extensive fines of up to £20,000.

You should always contact your local authorities to investigate whether a tree on your property is covered by the TPO. For the safest and most effective results, we always recommend hiring a professional team of tree surgeons.

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