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How much does stump grinding and removal cost?

The average costs for tree stump removal and grinding vary on the difficulty of the task, as well as the specialist tools and equipment required. Tree stump removal costs can range from £50 to £150 per hour.

Trees might need to be removed for a variety of reasons: the tree is threatening the structure or a building on the property; has become diseased or infested with termites or other wood-eating insects; is incorrectly positioned to the house, dead, or dying; or you want to make way for renovations or new sheds.

It's important to check with your local councils first for permission to remove trees. If your reasons for removing the tree reflect any of the above, it's likely that your local council will allow trees to be removed from the property.

However, removing a tree stump is not an easy task as it doesn’t involve what you see above the ground, but also the root systems beneath the earth. You can do it yourself, but stump grinding and removal are intimidating and laborious processes that require know-how, patience, often, specialist equipment, and sometimes, herbicides and chemicals. It’s not as simple as you think.

When it comes to removing a tree stump, only then can we appreciate how laborious this is as a job and the technical skills, patience and experience required to make sure it's done correctly. It can also be a matter of safety. Services associated with stump grinding and removal can include complete tree removal, tree pruning, tree transplanting, tree stump surgery and repair, tree lopping, straight-forward stump grinding, stump removal, and waste removal. 

Hiring a stump grinder and removal is necessary as tree stumps can be unsafe, impede property improvements, and lead to infestations. Stumps can put children and visitors at risk of tripping and falling.

As an unnecessary obstacle, dead stumps are frustrating to manoeuvre around, often causing extensive damage to your lawnmower blades, while also being difficult to weed around. Stumps also attract unwanted guests such as new tree shoots and insects. Sprouts will grow around the stump, resulting in new tree shoots continuing to grow around the base. These small sprouts often strip nutrients from other nearby plants as well. Decaying tree stumps can also attract termites, ants, beetles, and other wood-loving pests that can infest your home. 

Most importantly, stumps take up space. If your yard is small, the stump and its roots can potentially take up an area that could have been ideal for a garden bed or lush green grass. A dead tree stump in your garden leaves an unattractive mark on your landscaping. If you are meticulous about your yard and landscaping, removing a stump is certainly worthwhile.

A stump grinder and removal bring peace of mind to your family, property, and, most of all, safety. Learn how much tree stump grinding costs in the UK and start clearing your yard to make it more appealing.

Common inclusions in tree stump grinding and removal

Professionals differ when it comes to stump grinding and tree stump removal costs in the UK. Let's look at the difference in these services:

Tree stump grinding 

Stump grinding involves the tree stump being cut to ground level. A special heavy stump grinder or stump cutter is used to cut the stump into smaller manageable pieces for mulching. The machinery also tends to leave fine sawdust behind.

The stump can be ground down to your preferred height - from one inch to twelve inches below the soil level. Grinding is faster, more efficient, and not as labour-intensive. It is also more economical in terms of costs and time.

It is environmentally friendly, isn’t harmful to nearby vegetation, and doesn’t leave behind an unsightly hole after removal. However, new shoots and root decay is likely. You can hire a stump grinder and do it yourself or hire someone else to do the work.

Manual tree stump removal

Depending on how firmly entrenched the tree stump is in the ground or how big it is, picks, crowbars, handsaws, shovels, axes, and rakes can be used to remove the stump. High-powered machinery, such as chainsaws, heavy equipment, and an excavator is required to remove the stump and the roots.

Removing the root system can be difficult as it expands along with the growth of the tree above ground. Once the root ball is removed, a large gaping hole is left behind where the tree once stood. It requires the complete elimination of the stump and roots.

Replanting is easy, with no health hazards from chemicals or herbicides. It is time-consuming, leaving an unpleasant gaping hole after removal and not environmentally friendly. Collecting the foliage, stump, and roots can also be extensive and expensive. 

Chemical tree stump removal

 Chemical stump removal involves a great deal of patience, as this takes more time. Products include powders that are easier to apply than liquids as they don't evaporate quickly. These powders use potassium nitrate as the active ingredient, containing a high concentration of nitrogen to speed up the decomposition process.

Chemical removals still require the stump to be cut as low to the ground as possible. The less stump, the easier it is to remove. The process then requires drilling into the sides where the chemicals are poured as deeply into the stump as possible.

Once the chemicals are placed, water is then poured in. This is a tricky process as too much water can over-dilute the chemicals. The stump then needs to be covered to keep children and animals from being directly exposed to it. Finally, it needs to be monitored until it becomes spongy and ideal for mulching. At this point, the stump may still need to be manually removed by digging up. 

Wood chipping and mulching

Even if you choose to DIY stump grinding removal, the stump and root systems may still need to be disposed of. Wood chippers can be delivered to process tree vegetation into a mulch truck. This collects the debris, which can be processed into firewood or mulch. This can be left behind for your use or removed and taken away permanently.

Prices for these services vary. Depending on which services are included in your package, as well as other factors, you might pay more or less than average. 

Factors that affect stump grinding and removal prices

So, how much does it cost to remove a tree stump? Aside from the service package, you'll need to consider other factors for your budget.

Diameter and size 

The larger the tree and diameter of the stump, the higher you have to pay. 

Age of the tree 

Young trees are easier to remove than older trees. If the tree has been well maintained, the roots will be stronger, making tree removal difficult.

Soil type

Reactive clay soils can make tree stump removal difficult compared to sandy or rocky sites. With clay subject to our seasonal weather, the soil expands and contracts to seal and set around the root system. On the other hand, root systems are less likely to be established within granular sandy or rocky sites.

Dry sites where wind and water have eroded the topsoil is also favourable to tree stump removals. Soils that have abundant nutrients that supply plant growth make it difficult to remove trees.

Root system 

Nonaggressive roots allow for tree stumps to be easily removed compared to aggressive root systems. Aggressive roots retain stored energy when the tree is alive to send up sprouts or establish strong foundations.

Years of persistent sprout removal might be required to prevent shoots from growing back. Another alternative is the use of herbicides and other chemicals to exhaust the energy supplies in the roots. The difference in nonaggressive and aggressive roots will depend on the tree type. 

Number of stumps

If there are a few stumps or an area where tree damage and disease is extensive, the number of stumps will determine the cost of excavation. Some services may require a minimum service charge and offer a discount on the removal of additional stumps. 

Tree location, topology, terrain and access 

Accessibility and lack of obstructive infrastructures (for example, a shed or home) often incur lower charges. Awkwardly positioned stumps where planning for nearby structures is required will typically cost more. How long the tasks take will affect the cost significantly.

Safety precautions and machinery

Generally, rates include the labour and use of tools and equipment to complete the job. But if expensive chemicals, herbicides, materials, heavy machinery and specialist tools are required, these may incur additional costs.

Transportation of machinery may also be added to the charges. Any safety precautions for nearby structures or the use of chemicals and heavy machinery may also include extra costs not included in standard rates.

Tipping 

Disposing of the stump and roots may be a task in itself, depending on how extensive the job is. Specialist machinery such as a mulcher or wood chipper and their transportation might be required, incurring additional costs to the standard rates.  

Location

Services differ from one area to another. This is due to the varied climates, standards of living, expanse in areas to maintain, and demand around the country. 

Example pricing based on stump grinder removal type

Now that you know the services a stump grinder and stump removalists performs, as well as which factors influence the pricing for such services, let’s take a look at average stump grinding and stump removal costs in the UK. 

Tree stump grinder hire service 

Often the least expensive, a hire company will rent their petrol-powered tree stump grinder for a do-it-yourself service. Most companies allow rental for 24 hours up to a fortnight, where you collect and return the equipment.

Tree stump grinder removal arborists 

This service takes out all the hard labour and brings all the efficiency, professionalism, and safety to the task. This is a cost-effective solution with rates depending on the size of the stump for removal.

As professional tree removalists, arborists inspect and appraise the job and often offer same-day service - unless the task is particularly difficult and requires special equipment and planning. Expect to pay £50 to £300, depending on the size of the task.

Chemical tree stump removal 

If an inspection and appraisal of the task result in chemical removal, the professionals will know the best and safest way to make this happen. They offer solutions using chemicals to break down the stump and permanently kill the root system.

Stump grinding and removal on Airtasker can vary by location. Here is a breakdown of the estimated average prices based on location:

Area

Price Range

London           

£150 to £350


Edinburgh

£60 to £280

Manchester

£100 to £120


 

Stump grinding and removals offer more convenience, as well as more personalised, one-on-one attention to your needs. Ready to get started?

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Price guide

£80 - £350

low

£80

median

£120

high

£350

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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There may be. Stump grinding removalists tend to offer a free inspection and quote before appraising the job and letting you know what you need for the most effective and efficient approach.
Depending on the difficulty of the task, an appointment can take anywhere from a few hours to one day or a few weeks, but this is quoted to and accepted by you so you are aware of how long it takes, extra charges for specialist tools, equipment and what the final costs are.
When you hire a professional, all areas of safety form part of the job. By trying to remove the stump without professional help, you could potentially be putting your own safety, that of your property and other people at risk. Using machinery when you are inexperienced can be dangerous. Damaging your car, breaking a window in your home or debris flying across the fence to hit somebody are all possible scenarios you can encounter while buying the right equipment can also be expensive. Hiring a professional means you are likely to avoid paying more for machinery and damages if doing it yourself.
As long as the area where your stump is accessible, the stump grinder and removalist can complete the job. It also helps if you provide photos of the stump and area. We are proud to say our stump grinder and removalists are trustworthy with a rating system indicating their ethics.
Yes. Stump grinding requires technical skill and experience and they should be fully equipped with their own tools including fuel, though they may ask to use your electricity. If there are specific tools required, bring it up with your stump grinding removalist. If you hire or own a stump grinder or stump cutter and invite your grinding removalist to use your own tools, they will not be responsible for any damage.
There may be. Stump grinding removalists tend to offer a free inspection and quote before appraising the job and letting you know what you need for the most effective and efficient approach.
When you hire a professional, all areas of safety form part of the job. By trying to remove the stump without professional help, you could potentially be putting your own safety, that of your property and other people at risk. Using machinery when you are inexperienced can be dangerous. Damaging your car, breaking a window in your home or debris flying across the fence to hit somebody are all possible scenarios you can encounter while buying the right equipment can also be expensive. Hiring a professional means you are likely to avoid paying more for machinery and damages if doing it yourself.
Yes. Stump grinding requires technical skill and experience and they should be fully equipped with their own tools including fuel, though they may ask to use your electricity. If there are specific tools required, bring it up with your stump grinding removalist. If you hire or own a stump grinder or stump cutter and invite your grinding removalist to use your own tools, they will not be responsible for any damage.
Depending on the difficulty of the task, an appointment can take anywhere from a few hours to one day or a few weeks, but this is quoted to and accepted by you so you are aware of how long it takes, extra charges for specialist tools, equipment and what the final costs are.
As long as the area where your stump is accessible, the stump grinder and removalist can complete the job. It also helps if you provide photos of the stump and area. We are proud to say our stump grinder and removalists are trustworthy with a rating system indicating their ethics.

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