Tree Removal Costs

Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for tree removal

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Costs for Felling a Tree

The costs for tree removal can be affected by several factors including the diameter, type, and height of the tree. Where it is positioned in your garden will also be accounted for as well. Larger trees are generally more expensive to fell. Accessibility to its location is also going to matter. More difficult to access trees could take longer to feel and hence, could lead to higher fees.

Tree surgeons will generally charge about £150 to £200 for their daily labour rate. Often, they’d work with one or two general labourers which can lead the total costs to around £350 for the services of three tradesmen.

Costs for Size-Based Tree Felling

The fees you’ll need to pay when getting a tree removal will be based largely on its size. Note that the job involves cutting the tree down to its stump. Waste removal is included as well. However, stump removal is not included in the service. If you need it done as well, you will be expected to add more between £100 and £500.

Cost Breakdown

If you’re hiring tree surgeons to cut a tree of about 25 feet length and assuming that the job would take about half a day to complete, the final costs could be around £250. Of that, £25 will usually be used to cover the materials needed for the job, £200 goes to the tradesmen’s services and the remaining £25 covers for waste removal.

What the Job Involves

This article about tree removal is part of the series we have made regarding average prices for landscape gardening. It’s usually hardest to price tree work without the experts seeing it face to face. Whilst every tree is different, there are also different access requirements for different gardens. Ultimately, the final price will be based on the following factors:

  • Tree size
  • Tree type
  • Overhang
  • Proximity to roads or any public footpath
  • Tree disposal
  • If you need the stump ground down as well

Quotes will vary based on where you are located. London and those in the Home Counties will usually be charged highest where labour is concerned compared to the rest of the country. Another major factor is the tree’s height as more time and equipment will be needed to fell down a higher tree. There’s also the risk of injury and damage due if a person were to fall when doing the job. More care is required when working at height and this often requires more manpower and time.

If the tree in question happens to overhang another structure like a greenhouse or shed, even more care is needed when cutting it down to avoid damaging the structure below. This would result in a costlier process. Issues concerning access to the area where the tree is will also cause the costs to increase.

After all, getting equipment and people to the location will require more effort and time. There are also tree varieties that are harder to work with compared to others so the type of tree you need felling can also impact how much the final price is expected to be.

A tree that overhangs a footpath or a public road will usually require permission so the area can be temporarily closed off while the work is being done, permissions are expensive so expect this to impact the overall costs. After a tree was successfully felled, it would be best to dispose of the waster yourself to lessen the cost involved. You can add it to your own compost heap or use the branches as fuel if you have a wood-fuelled stove.

If the tree is at the back of your property, moving it to the front and having it loaded onto a waiting vehicle will cost money and time. This is especially true if you have a tree that weighs several tonnes. So, that will become a major factor in the final price you will get subjected to as well. It might be better to hire a skip to save on costs.

This is ideal for larger trees where several journeys are required to the tip for proper waste removal and disposal. Also, if you don’t want the tree from ever growing again, stump grinding is worth considering, it will be an added cost though, so make sure to budget for that as well.

For a small tree of about 18 inches of diameter or less, felling it DIY is possible— provided that there aren’t any complications present. This means that the tree isn’t leaning heavily and isn’t overhanging any public road or path or any building. There aren’t any regulations put in place when it comes to amateurs choosing to fell trees when it is done within their property as long as no existing Tree Preservation Order has been issued.

Still, even when the job can be a possible DIY undertaking, it isn’t really recommended for anybody to do. Felling a tree is dangerous and is best left to the hands of the experts who have the knowledge, tools, and experience to do it safely and right.

Upon tree removal, the stumps need to be removed so any suckering will be prevented from growing out again. Whilst stumps are heavy and large, there may be instances when the removal can be carried out provided that the right equipment is available. You can always request for the tree stump root to be removed at any time. However, the best way to do it is when tree surgeons are in your premises felling the tree down. A chemical stump killer is most effective when applied onto a freshly cut stump.

Otherwise, the stump would have to be cut again prior to the application of the chemical and for it to work. The most effective solution for stumps is still to have them removed physically using a winch. If that doesn’t do the job, a mechanical excavator can be used to get the rest of the root system successfully removed. Stump grinders may also be used to get the main root mechanically ground into fine sawdust.

Safety Tips When Felling a Tree

It must be impressed that tree removal is a tricky task with several risk factors involved including using chainsaws and working at height. Operations for felling a tree must be carried out only by people who have the necessary training, expertise and experience. They must also be properly planned ahead of time with proper contingency measures put in place. It’s worth noting that in the last decade alone, 10 people were fatally injured due performing tree work. There have been many others who got badly injured and those who ended up suffering from ill-health.

If you’d rather not sign up for professional assistance, make sure to clear any obstacles surrounding the tree to facilitate easy movement. If there are low hanging branches, cut them off too to ensure easy access. Check for escape routes that aren’t directly behind the tree and try to get the tree to fall in the specific direction where it’s naturally leaning towards. The first cut along the front will control where the fall will be directed so, see to it that it doesn’t exceed a fourth of the tree’s diameter.

Once this is done, start with the felling cut along the back of the tree. See to it that you’re positioned on the side whilst cutting. The moment the tree starts falling, quickly move to the safe place you have identified earlier.

It can’t be impressed enough how dangerous a job tree removal is. This is why it should never be attempted if you have no prior knowledge and experience working with chainsaws. Make sure that you have on the proper protective equipment too.

Felling Trees Close to Power Lines

Overhead power lines are all over the country and most of the time, they go unnoticed. These cables that are located above ground play a crucial role in supplying electricity to towns, cities, rural communities and villages across the UK. These cables usually carry as high as 430,000 volts. Even those that carry lower voltages can be fatal so care must be exercised when cutting trees near these cables as many people have been fatally injured due to accidental contact with these power lines.

Before starting any felling work, always take the time to survey the area to determine whether there are power lines nearby. If the tree is close to these power lines, it is best to call your local electricity provider for appropriate advice before commencing work. Always stay away from power lines and never cut back or fell any vegetation or tree that is way too close or touching any overhead lines, towers or poles supporting them.

When doing the work, make sure to follow what your electricity company has advised to make sure you won’t come into contact with poles, wires, towers, and power lines. Causing damage to power lines isn’t only dangerous, it can be very expensive too. Causing damage to these structures might end up with you receiving a hefty bill from your electricity provider to cover for the damage you’ve caused.

Tree Removal in Conservation Zones

During tree removal that are within a conservation zone, notification is required especially for those trees with diameters over 75mm as measured at a meter and a half from the ground level. This should be given six weeks before the work is carried out to give the authority enough time to consider whether there is a need to preserve the tree or the felling can be given the green light.

Orders for Tree Preservation

Tree Preservation Orders are usually issued by the local planning authorities to preserve specific woodlands and trees and also prohibits the lopping or felling of these trees without their written consent. Protected tree owners are prohibited to allow or carry out any tree felling or lopping work without the approval of the local authority.

Also, it’s almost next to impossible to get permission to cut any tree with a preservation order, with the exception being when it is dangerous. There are instances when some tree work is allowed, provided that the tree still gets preserved. For cases like these, advice from arborists and other competent experts is needed to ensure that the work is done right.

Felling Trees with Wedges

There are trees that may lean towards a certain direction but is actually safer to fell into an opposite or different direction. The task of overcoming the natural lean of any tree isn’t an easy task. Getting a tree to fall to a different direction to ensure that it’s not going to hit any object will usually require wedges.

Guy ropes may also be used as an alternative as it can help control the direction of the tree. It is a tricky task to do but experts who are used to the job can easily use wedges to get the tree directed towards a preferred direction. In most cases, tree surgeons will use bucking, splitting, and felling wedges.  

Felling Wedges are often positioned on the back cut of the tree. This is to overcome the tree’s leaning. While cutting, the wedge is then inserted to lift the tree gradually and have the lean direction changed whilst also making sure that the tree’s weight isn’t directly placed on the chainsaw.