Average Stump Removal Cost
The average cost for stump removal in the Twin Cities is around $200 to $300 for a job that can take up to two hours to complete, depending on the all the factors that go into removing a stump. Stump removal prices can vary and their pricing is typically done based on size.
Factors That Determine the Cost of Stump Removal:
- Diameter of the stump
- Age of the tree
- Type of soil
- Type of tree
- Root system
- The health of the stump
- Total number of stump
Should I Have My Stump Removed?
Have you recently had a tree removed, but not the stump? Perhaps the tree fell during a storm and the stump is the only thing remaining. No matter the reason for your remaining stump, it is still there! Stumps are often an afterthought of removing a tree. The focus may be on the part of the tree that is above ground, but the roots below ground need to be removed as well.
Common reasons for stump removal:
Stumps can create new growth. Over time, you may notice little sprouts coming out around the stump. Even though it appears that everything is dead, that isn’t always the case. Your stump has its own defined roots system and these roots may create headaches. Exposed roots above the surface of the ground can create hazards and roots below the ground can impact buried pipes (e.g. sprinkler system, sewer, etc.).
Stumps can rot. A tree stump will slowly decay and become more unsightly. A rotting stump will attract pests/insects that feast on dead wood and bring them closer to your environment and living space. Which may not be preferred if there is a pest or insect magnet right outside your front door.
Stumps are ugly. They are eyesores of rotting wood in your yard. Your neighbors likely won’t appreciate your decoration choice, either.
Stumps take up space. You can’t use the portion of the yard that the stump is occupying. They are also hard to maneuver around when you mow the grass. And a stump with exposed above-ground tree roots takes up even more space.
Stumps can be dangerous. A low-cut tree is still a tree that someone can trip over or fall onto if this potential hazard isn’t removed.
The Cost of Renting a Stump Grinder to Remove Your Stump
A stump grinder will cost you around $100 to $300 a day. Note: You will need a trailer and hitch to tow the machine back to your home and a chainsaw to cut the stump as low to the ground as possible. Safety equipment will be necessary: hard hat, eye protection, gloves, ear protection, chaps, and boots. It is best to always stay by the rear of the machine and never get close to the cutting wheel.
Hire a Tree Service to Remove Your Stump
Professional tree removal service companies can be hired to do the job right, the first time. Prices will vary and will be dependent on the factors mentioned above. Hiring a professional is a hassle-free way of removing any stubborn stumps. Don’t try weird DIY methods like hooking it with a chain on your truck, or using chemicals to kill the stump. Hiring a certified and insured professional will have its advantages. Plus, YouTube has enough examples of failed stump removals.
Watch out for Low Prices
As with many services, a company can secure new business with extremely low bids. Transparent and trustworthy tree service companies have licenses to maintain, investments in top-notch equipment to do the job right, and minimum levels of liability insurance to carry. These all factor into their rates. If you get an extremely low bid, it could mean the company might be skimping on something that will prevent them from doing a superb job. Or it could mean that in the event of an accident there will be a disagreement about who is fully responsible to pay for the damages.
If you venture out and obtain multiple bids, there is a strong likelihood that those bids will not be the same. Every tree removal company will approach a job differently and consequently price their bid differently. Do your research and know what you are getting. It is tough to put a value on great service, but that is one thing we excel at after removing trees for over 30+ years.