How Much to Cut Down a Tree

If there is a job in the garden that you should not try, it must be to cut down the tree. The ratio of cutting down the tree is much more dangerous than trim a tree. Unless you have been trained as an arborist and have professional equipment, it is best to hire a tree surgeon to cut down the trees for you. Do you know how much does it cost to cut down a tree?

How much to cut down a tree

The average cost of cutting down a small tree is $180 or more. The average cost of cutting down a large tree is $1,000 or more. Obviously, it is not cheap to cut down a tree.

Tree height, diameter, number of branches, tree type, location, and risk of nearby buildings will affect the cost of felling trees. Generally, the larger the tree, the more expensive it is to cut it. The distance into the trees and the obstacles around the trees will also increase the cost. For example, felling trees around power lines is more time-consuming and more costly.

Tree felling prices based on size

I collected the price for a tree surgeon to cut down a tree for the homeowner’s reference.

Small trees
For small trees no more than 25 feet in height, the average removal cost is $93-350.

Medium-sized trees
For medium-sized trees between 25-50 feet in height, the average removal cost is $150-900.

Large trees
For large trees between 50-75 feet in height, the average removal cost is $300-1100.

Extra large trees
For extra large trees over 75-100 feet in height, the average removal cost is $1,000-1,500 or more.

The above price includes cutting down the tree into stumps and cutting the tree into manageable parts. Each tree company’s price will vary, depending on the number of obstacles and branches entering the tree, around the tree.

Other costs

You may need to pay a certain extra fee to the tree service company for the following jobs. Such as: removing stumps, clearing debris and splitting into firewood.

Stump removal

You can pay a fee to the tree expert to remove the stump. The cost of removing the stump ranges from $100-800. Or you might consider clearing the stump yourself.

Tree debris removal

Many times, the price of felling trees may not include the cost of removing debris from the garden. Depending on the amount of wood and your location, the cost of chopping branches directly on site is about $75 per hour. The cost of transporting wood for disposal is about $50-100.

Wood splitting

If you need felled wood, a tree specialist will provide log splitting services on site, at a price of $100 to $200.

Why is Tree Removal Service So Expensive

How to reduce the cost of cutting down trees

Cut down a small tree by yourself

When you need to cut down trees at 15 feet or less, you can consider removing the trees yourself if there are safety measures.

Cut trees in winter

To reduce the cost of cutting down trees, consider hiring a tree surgeon in winter. In most cases, the price of felled trees in winter will be reduced by 20% to 30%.

Clear obstacles

Fences, potted plants, outdoor furniture, children’s play equipment will increase the difficulty of cutting trees, if you clearly indicate in the quotation process that you will delete all of the above, and then start work. You will find this simple technique can save you a lot of money.

Dispose of the waste yourself

If you have the ability to deal with all kinds of waste left by the work of trees, you will save a lot of costs.

Remove the stump yourself

Tree surgeons cut down the stumps left by the trees. We can manually remove the stumps by digging out the stumps, renting the stump grinder, burning, using the stump killer or leaching salt. This will also save a lot of costs.

How to Remove a Tree Stump Yourself


Although the homeowner has the right to cut the trees with potential safety hazards, they must apply before removing the trees. Without the written consent of the local authorities, the owner of the protected tree shall not engage in or permit any tree felling. In California, it is forbidden to cut certain local trees, such as oak trees.

Based on general experience, the emergency tree removal service will cost you twice. Getting tree services after get off work or on weekends will make you pay more. Similarly, when a storm sweeps through your town or city and knocks down hundreds of trees, due to the high demand, tree felling will cost more money than usual.