Typical costs:In The knoxville area
Small trees up to about 30-feet high, such as a Black Mulberry, Dogwood or Russian Olive, with clearance of buildings and utility lines cost about $125-$437 to remove.
Medium-sized trees from 30-60 feet tall including the Black Alder, Black Gum and Crabapple, that are set apart from buildings and utilities run $175-$900.
Large trees 60-80 feet high, including Red Oak, Pine and Black Locust, are estimated at $400-$1,000.
Trees 80-100 feet tall such as the American Ash, Bur Oak and Sugar Maple can cost anywhere from $962-$1,400+.
What should be included:
Tree removal generally includes bringing the tree down to a stump, chipping or hauling away the small branches and cutting the trunk into small sections. Stump removal requires a separate machine, but can be included in the overall price. Roots are generally not included in the bid, though some exposed roots near the stump can be taken care of during stump removal. For an extra charge, the trunk wood can be hauled away. Some services bring along a wood splitter and for an extra fee will split and stack the wood.When trees are near buildings, the tree cannot just be knocked over and cut apart. Each end to be cut must be “roped down.” The climber ties a rope around the piece to be cut off. After cutting, the section of wood is lowered slowly to the ground.
If trees are near utility lines, contact the local utility company for an inspection.
Stump grinding pulverizes the remaining tree stump into a pile of sawdust and may be priced separately or as part of the estimate. Large stump grinding averages $169-$300. Small stumps are about $75.While branches and litter from the tree removal are cleaned up by the tree crew, the cost estimate does not always include hauling away the large pieces of potential firewood. Some companies charge up to $350 to haul away trunk wood from a 30-foot tree removal.
Chipping branches may be an extra $65-$150 per hour, if not included in the estimate. Some outfits charge around $50 to haul away the load of chips.
Hiring an out-of-the-area arborist will cost drive time plus mileage. Arborist consultations can run $125 per hour.
Check city codes. Some trees — either on the street or on private property — are protected in certain areas.
Shopping for tree removal:
The Tree Care Industry Association offers an online locator for finding a tree specialist.
Tip: make sure the tree service contractor is insured.