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Tree Removal Costs

by | Sep 11, 2020 | Uncategorized

Depending on the time needed to remove a tree safely, the tree removal cost ranges from $200 to over $2000 in Lansing. Removing a medium-sized tree will set you back $400 to $1,200. However, most property owners in Lansing spend $750.

Most professionals calculate the tree removal cost based on tree height, with each foot going for an average of $8 to $15. In this article, we will show you the factors that generally lead to higher or lower tree removal costs.

Factors Affecting Tree Removal Cost in Lansing

1. Tree Size

Both tree diameter and tree height play a key role in the amount of time needed to remove a tree. As the height of the tree increases, its weight also increases – this means that heavier machinery may be needed to control the tree’s falling path.

To bring a tree down, tree removal professionals have to cut through its stem. As the diameter of the trunk increases, the time needed to cut through the trunk also increases. This means that bigger trees cost more to remove, compared to trees with a smaller height and diameter.

The costs outlined below show the estimated costs of removing trees of varying heights:

Small Tree Removal Cost

Trees in this category mature at a height of 30 feet and below. Small trees require minimal work – in most cases, the removal procedure can be completed in under an hour. Property owners in Lansing pay $150 to $400 to remove these trees.

Medium Tree Removal Cost

These trees have a height of between 30 and 60 feet. Most of the trees have a trunk diameter of 15 to 19 inches. Compared to small trees, medium-sized trees do require more work. Their removal, however, can be completed in a day. Professionals charge $450 to $750 to get rid of these trees.

Large Tree Removal Cost

The shortest tree in this category has a height of 60 feet while the tallest grows to a height of 100 feet. These trees have a diameter of between 20 and 24 inches. To remove a large tree, you should have $900 to $1200 saved up. Large tree removal can consume a whole day, and if your tree removal team is less experienced, the procedure might take multiple days.

Very Large Trees

Trees in this category grow to heights of over 100 feet. These trees have a diameter of 24+ inches. To bring these trees down safely, tree removal professionals generally need multiple days. The procedure costs between $1,300 and $2000.

2. Crane-Assisted Removal

When a tree is too large or too heavy for regular tree removal tools to handle, a crane may be needed. The crane will help manage the tree’s fall, keeping it from falling on sensitive structures and causing damage.

Crane rental costs are paid separately – they are generally not included in the quoted tree removal cost. In Lansing, you can get a crane for $200 to $600 per day, plus an extra $50 – $100 to pay the operator.

If a 100-feet tree would cost you $1800 to remove without a crane, you should be prepared with $2000 to $2500 if the removal requires crane assistance. The extra $200 to $700 will pay for the crane and the operator.

3. Tree Species

While crepe myrtle is a softwood tree, oak trees are hardwood trees and often require more effort to cut. While Sycamore trees grow to a height of 30 to 60 feet, you can find white pines that are taller than 150 feet. This indicates that different tree species will have varying requirements when it comes to removal. Below, we will look at the costs to expect for the common tree species:

Oak Tree Removal Cost

Oak trees with a height of under 60 feet cost $200 to $800 to remove. However, at maturity, oak trees can reach 100 feet – this can increase the tree removal cost to $800 – $1000.

Sycamore Tree Removal Cost

On Average, sycamore trees grow to heights of 30 to 60 feet. To get rid of a sycamore tree, you should expect to spend between $600 and $900.

Pine Tree Removal Cost

In Lansing, most pine trees will have a height of between 40 and 80 feet. However, white pines can grow to over 150 feet. Depending on how tall your pine tree is, you should prepare $200 – $1800 to facilitate the removal.

Eucalyptus Tree Removal Cost

In terms of both height and diameter, Eucalyptus trees are one of the largest trees in Lansing. On the lower end, these trees carry a tree removal cost of $1,200. However, when the height of the trees hits 100 feet, property owners can spend over $3000 on the tree’s removal.

Conifer Tree Removal Cost

Although conifers can grow tall, their removal is generally easier – this makes them more affordable to remove. Property owners in Lansing spend between $800 and $1100 on the conifer tree removal.

Maple Tree Removal Cost

With most maples growing to over 100 feet, they fit in the extremely large category. The tree’s removal is quite complicated and may take a couple of days. For this reason, property owners spend $1000 to $1700 on conifer tree removal.

4. Tree Condition

Several tree conditions can increase the risk associated with tree removal. Some conditions, however, can reduce the amount of effort needed to bring a tree down. Below, we have outlined some of these conditions:

Decays and Cavities

These are a good indicator that the tree trunk is compromised beyond repair. Even the slightest forces could cause the trunk to crack, bringing the tree down. To avoid injuries and/or property damages that could result from the tree falling on buildings or utility lines, tree removal professionals prefer to stabilize the trees before removal.

Weak Branches

If your tree has weak branches, the movement caused by tree removal machines may force these branches to fall. This could result in injuries or property damage. The easiest way to avoid these issues is to prune the tree before removal.

Significant Lean

If a tree is leaning over your house, a cut through its base could leave you with thousands to spend on repairs. To avoid this, a crane may need to be brought in to hold the tree steady during removal. Once the tree has been cut through at the base, the crane will help lift it off and put it in a non-risky position.

Fallen Tree Removal Cost

If a tree has already fallen on open ground, tree removal professionals won’t have to worry about property damages during removal. Also, less complicated gear will be needed as the tree weight won’t be a hindrance while a tree is lying on the ground. Most fallen trees cost $75 to $150 to remove.

It is, however, worth noting that trees lying on buildings may have a higher cost as they have to be removed carefully to avoid damage. This calls for more complicated gear.

Dead Tree Removal Cost

If your tree is dead and dry, it is already much lighter than a live tree. This can make the removal process much easier, lowering the cost. In Lansing, property owners spend between $75 and $400 on dead tree removal

5. Accessibility

If your tree is on open ground, the removal process will involve sawing through the tree’s base. Since lesser time will be needed, the tree removal cost is generally low.

Trees near power lines and buildings have a higher risk of causing property damage. To safeguard the surrounding amenities, the tree may need to be cut down foot by foot from the top. The time and effort needed can increase tree removal cost.

6. Additional Costs

After tree removal, most tree owners require the services outlined below. These are generally paid for separately.

Tree Chipping

Tree chipping involves cutting the tree trunk into smaller pieces to facilitate disposal. The service costs $50 to $100.

Wood Splitting

If you use firewood, this service can serve you. Splitting woods into firewood costs approximately $100 in Lansing.

Stump Removal

Stumps are an inconvenience when left on your compound. If you had removed a tree to improve safety, the tree stump may turn into a hazard itself. Once it becomes covered by grass and overgrowth, you may trip on it, fall and break limbs. If you back your car on the tree stump, you may have to deal with significant repair costs. If you use a lawnmower on your landscape, the stump can break it.

To avoid these issues, you can pay the following prices to remove the tree stumps:

  • Per hour cost – If you would like to clear land with numerous stumps, you may be charged an hourly rate of $150.
  • Per stump cost – The first stump is generally the most expensive, generally costing $150. For the remaining stumps, you may end up paying $50 per stump.
  • Per diameter inch – In Lansing, stump removal professionals charge $2 to $3 per diameter inch. A minimum cost of $100, however, is applicable.
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