When a tree is dead, or has a hazardous defect, it should be removed to prevent it from collapsing and causing property damage. Homeowners can carefully cut down small trees with a chainsaw and then pry the stump out of the ground using a spade and a landscaping bar. A wood chipper can be rented, for approximately $150 per day, to shred it into mulch for disposal. Large trees, or trees that are in an obstructed location, should be removed by a tree cutting service to ensure that the job is done safely and without damage to other property.
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A tree cutting service will provide a cost estimate based upon the trunk diameter and number of trees that are to be removed. Removal of conifer trees will cost $20 to $30 per inch of diameter and deciduous trees will cost $30 to $60 per inch of diameter. Very large deciduous trees, or ones located near power lines and buildings, will need to be pieced down and tend to cost 150-percent more to remove. The homeowner can have the remnants of the tree disposed of off-site, cut into firewood or shredded into mulch.
After the tree has been cut down the stump will need to be removed. A tree cutting service will use a stump grinder to remove all material six to 12 inches below ground level for an average cost of $7 per inch of stump diameter. A homeowner can save money on stump removal by drilling a few holes into it and filling them with potassium nitrate to accelerate the natural decomposition process. Alternatively, a stump grinder can be rented for approximately $200 per day.
Some tree branches can weigh a few hundred pounds or more and can cause immense property damage if they are not felled properly. An improperly guided branch can easily injure a person or fall on the roof of a home. A reputable tree cutting service will be able to quickly and safely remove these large trees for a reasonable cost.