In this article, I’ll be talking about stump removal costs, as well as providing some extra helpful information.

It’s great that you finally cut down your tree (for whatever reason you may have had). That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook, as you still have a stump to deal with.

The money you will spend removing your tree stump is dependent on a wide range of factors. One of the major factors here is whether you do it yourself, or you hire a professional to get the job done.

Having a broad idea of how much you are likely to spend on stump removal will save you from disappointments and unexpected expenditures.

Average Cost Of Stump Removal

On average, you will spend between $60 to $350 on a stump, but as I mentioned before, this depends on various factors. These factors include size, location, and obstacles.

Per the diameter of the stump, expect to spend about $3.

DIY Stump Removal vs Professional Stump Removal

What will your decision be, to remove the tree stump yourself or have a pro do it for you? It’s totally up to you, although you have to carefully consider both options and choose the one that suits you the most.

As far as price is concerned, there may not be a major difference between a professional’s fees and the cost of renting a stump grinder. The major difference lies in one thing, and that’s experience or expertise.

Time is another factor you have to consider. A professional will get the job done faster than you can, and as the old saying goes – “Time is money”.

So, if you want the job handled faster and more effectively, then why not go with the pros? After all, they are well trained in the field and have years of experience.

Professional Stump Removal Prices

To get a professional to remove your tree stump, a budget of $165 should suffice. The time it will take for the pros to get it done shouldn’t exceed an hour.

Keep in mind that charges differ with professionals, as some could charge higher, or lower than others.

Consider these –

By Diameter – If the pros charge you per diameter of the stump that needs to be taken off, then it would cost you about $2 to $3 per diameter.

By Total Number of Stumps – Stump Removal services can offer discounts if you have more than one stump that needs removal. For instance, you could pay $150 for the first stump, then an additional $30 for any extra stump.

Clearing Land – If you have a large space that needs to be cleared, and the stumps cleared along with it, then service companies will charge you per hour. On average, expect to be billed around $150 per hour.

Factors Influencing Cost of a Professional Stump Removal Service

Several factors influence the costs of stump removal, these include –

Stump Diameter – The larger the diameter, the more expensive it will be to remove.

Age of Stump – The older the stump, the easier it will be to remove. All thanks to rotting, removing such a stump will cost less.

Soil Condition – Hard or rocky soil can pose a problem for equipment, therefore making the job harder. This can shoot up your bill.

Type of Tree Stump – Some tree stumps are easier, or harder to grind than others. The toughness of the stump can also affect the cost of removal.

Root System – Stumps with deep, extensive roots will cost more to remove than those with minimal roots.

Cleanup After the work is done, if you want the service company to clean up all the ground stumps, then you will be charged an extra fee.

DIY Tree Stump Removal Prices

For those who want to shun professional services and remove the stump themselves, you can expect to spend an average of $100. Keep in mind though, that it could take you as much as 3 hours to get the job done.

If you do not have any stump removal equipment, you can always visit a home improvement store to get what you need.

Expect to spend about $75 to $100 for a half-day rental, and between $150 to $400 for a full-day rental.

Challenges of Removing a Tree Stump Yourself

Most hydraulic tree stump grinders you will find for rent are designed to handle small tree stumps, and may not be suitable for the larger tree stumps in your yard.

Since the cost of renting it is high, it would only make sense if you have several tree stumps to remove.

Then again, you will need to move the machine from the rental store to your home, and if you don’t have a vehicle that can handle the transportation, it means you have to hire one or pay the rental company to have it moved to your location.

The cost of removing the tree stump yourself is influenced by so many factors. Your time is one of the most important.

Let me sum it up this way, hiring professionals to remove your tree stump will cost you more money, but less time. While doing it yourself will cost you less money, but more time.

Long-Term Costs Of Leaving A Tree Stump In The Ground

Failure to remove a tree stump can cause you some problems and expenses in the future.

After some time, the stump starts to decay, and you know what that means. It becomes a home for destructive carpenter ants and termites.

These pests can spread out to other living trees in your yard and damage them, they could also make their way into your home and damage your wooden property.

It will get to a point where you can no longer tolerate them, and you must hire pest control services to eliminate the problem.

Now there will be three costs you will incur, the first of which is paying for pest control services, the second being fixing or replacing whatever the pests have damaged, and the third being stump removal.

All these costs would have been avoided if you had removed the stump in the first place.

Other Reasons To Remove A Tree Stump

An old and decayed tree stump is not a pretty sight, and it gives your yard a terrible look. Looks may not seem like much of a problem, but it is, especially in a situation where you want to rent or sell the property.

Potential buyers or tenants will be turned off by the sight of a rotten tree stump, and this will cause them to undervalue the property.

Also, an old tree stump will be a problem if you want to plant other trees around the same spot. Thanks to its extensive roots which will hinder the new tree from growing.

Is It Better To Grind A Stump Or Remove It?

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so deciding on which method to follow depends on the plans you have for your yard in the future.

Removing the stump is a more tedious task, as it involves the use of more heavy-duty machinery that will pull the stump right out of the ground, along with its far-reaching roots.

As you can imagine, this would cost more than grinding, but it will leave your landscape free and ready to be used for other planting purposes.

The downside here is filling up the holes caused by stump removal, which will cost extra. The stump removal company may have already included filling the holes in their original bill, or they may propose the service to you after removal.

Either way, someone has to do it, and it won’t be free.

Stump Grinding on the other hand is not as tough as stump removal. The stump grinder simply grinds the stump down into chips, which can be used as garden mulch.

The disadvantage of stump grinding is that the tree’s roots will remain in the ground. This means smaller trees can grow again, and over the years, you will have a stump, and another tree to deal with.

The problem should be solved once and for all, so paying for stump removal is your best bet.

Can I Make Money From Stump Grinder Rental?

If you have a stump grinder at home, laying around doing nothing, then yes, you can make some money from renting it out to those who need it.

You could make as high as $500 to $1,000 per week from renting your stump grinder, but it all depends on how many people rent from you, and how long they are renting for.


Stump Removal is an effective way to get rid of old, rotten or decayed stumps for good.

Removal services do not only take out the stump, but they also dig deep and pull out the roots as well. This leaves your landscape free to plant as you wish, without any interference from old roots.

It is more expensive than grinding but more effective.

I trust this stump removal cost article has been helpful.

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