Tree stumps are the remaining part of trees after they have been cut down. They do not decompose on their own and therefore need to be removed if they are in an inconvenient location. Tree stump removal can cost anywhere from $18-$200 depending on whether you elect to do the work yourself or hire a professional company that specializes in tree stump removal. If you would like more information, keep reading the tree stump removal cost estimate.
One of the most common questions we receive is “how much does it cost to remove a tree stump?” The quick answer is about $20 per foot for a 3-foot high stump using a drill powered process and around $80 per hour for a professional tree service to grind the stump down. In terms of time, it takes about an hour or two to remove a tree stump with the right equipment – you could likely do it in half that time if you have experience doing this type of project.
In addition to the price and tool involved, there’s also some safety information you should know before attempting to do the work yourself: make sure your soil is not soft (you’ll probably need pro help), consider whether or not there might be underground utilities like water/sewer lines/pipes running through your yard (ask an expert!), and don’t forget that by attempting this project on your own, you are assuming all liability if something goes wrong.
The information below outlines the approximate costs of DIY versus professional tree stump removal in your area. These prices will vary depending on how many stumps you have to remove, whether or not they are partially or completely submerged in water and the size of each stump. For example, it is significantly more expensive to remove a 30-foot tree that has been logged into several 4-foot sections than just one huge 12-foot section.
A good rule of thumb is about $18 per foot for the first 3 feet (so an average 6′ high stump would cost around $90) and then about double that price for every additional foot above that. This means a 10′ stump would be about $150, a 15′ stump would be around $300, and so on.
Professional Tree Service Costs
The average price per foot ranges from about $36 – $100 depending on the size of the tree that has been cut down and how much above or below ground it is. In other words, if you have a large tree with a 4-6′ diameter trunk at ground level, plan on spending an average of close to $50 per foot for removal – this is because there’s not as much labour involved in breaking up a massive chunk of wood vs. prying apart smaller sections one foot at a time!
Specialized equipment needed for large operations can run into thousands of dollars just to rent them for an afternoon.
DIY Tree Stump Removal Costs
Average costs for removing a tree stump on your own will vary depending on height, where/how you are cutting it down, and what type of tools you are using. If you decide to go the DIY route, keep in mind that while some people can use regular gardening tools like shovels or pickaxes to break apart the wood after the initial cut through with a chainsaw, it’s not advisable unless you have some experience doing this sort of work.
For stumps 3 feet high or less, an average drill powered process should cost about $20-30 per foot.
Tree Stump Removal Safety Reminders
Before attempting any home improvement projects that involve dangerous equipment or potential damage to underground utilities, please use common sense and reach out to a professional. Do you know someone who could use our services? Send them a link to this article!