How Much Does Tree Stump Removal Cost?

Written by Andrew Hampson

Have you ever wondered how much it is to remove a tree stump? Like people, trees are living, breathing organisms. Moreover, like people there’s usually a lot more going on under the surface that we can’t see – and that’s why it’s important to deal with tree stump removal on a case by case basis. We are very experienced when it comes to stump removal in Manchester, and there are various factors that affect tree stump removal cost, so to give you a better idea of how prices are calculated, let’s look at the key aspects that need to be taken into consideration as there is no uniform price in regard to the tree stump griding cost or tree stump removal cost.

Cost of stump removal in Manchester, or cost of stump grinding in Manchester?

If you’re asking yourself “is there anyone who can provide a stump removal near me?”, in order to rid your grounds of an unsightly tree stump, there is always the option of stump grinding – a cheaper, faster and easier alternative to total removal. The total removal of a tree stump is very labour intensive and may require the use of a digger. Stump grinding on the other hand is literally the grinding up of the stump in to very small pieces. These pieces will rot down relatively quickly giving you the same effect with a lot less fuss.

Stump diameter – how much does stump grinding cost in the UK?

The smaller the diameter, the lower the stump grinding cost in the UK. For stumps with a diameter of less than 1ft, the tree stump grinding cost can be as low as £120 (+VAT), but larger stumps require more powerful equipment and a larger time-frame for the same operation to be completed. The use of larger machinery is a sizeable factor in tree stump removal costs, but if you need stump removal in Manchester, Elm House will always have the necessary equipment.

Tree root removal cost – root size

Different trees have different root systems, for trees such as conifers the systems are generally both shallow and relatively short. As a result, grinding can be an effective method for dealing with conifers as they require less work, so the  tree stump removal cost can be as little as £120 (+VAT) for a trunk with a diameter of less than 1ft. Larger root systems, such as those belonging to a cherry tree require much more attention due to their expansive range – and despite being located close to the surface, both feeder and permanent roots can pose an issue for landscaping within its immediate vicinity. A tree removal approach such as this can take several hours to be ground out and this extra time is reflected in the removal cost.

Tree root removal cost – root depth

If you wondering about the cost to remove a tree stump and roots, it can often depend on the individual case. While many trees have extremely shallow root systems, others can be as deep as 3 to 4 metres in order to anchor the tree to the ground. Generally speaking, stump grinding in Manchester only includes the grinding of the stump and immediate side roots. The remaining roots will die when severed from the stump, however, if you require additional roots to be removed then this will be no problem – but it will affect the cost of stump grinding or the cost of the stump removal.


As mentioned previously, there is no uniform stump grinding cost when analysing how much it is to remove a tree stump, so location plays a large part in the tree stump removal cost. This is often due to access difficulties such as adjoining properties, depth of bedrock and topography of the ground itself. Unlike the wide open commercial areas for which we provide grounds maintenance in Manchester, regions with high levels of rock formations in the ground have the potential to damage the teeth on the removal equipment, whereas topographical issues thanks to slopes or access issue due to neighbouring properties can make it difficult for the necessary machines to be positioned correctly.

While many people try to remove stumps themselves, it can be a long laborious process that can have a huge effect on the surrounding landscape if done incorrectly. If you’re looking to permanently dispense with a stump that has become an eyesore, it’s always easier to hire a professional who can advise the correct approach and methodology to remove it without issue.

So, how much to remove a tree stump in Manchester cost ?

If you live in the Manchester area and need to have a tree stump removed, Elm House will always provide a quote detailing how much it is to remove a tree stump once we have visited the work site. We always provide our clients with honest advice, and always endevour to provide clients with the most cost-effective solutions to grounds maintenance.

Worried about a large tree removal cost?

We’re also aware that our clients are worried about large tree removal costs, assuming that these will be more expensive that smaller equivalents. With tree and stump removals, however, this is not necessarily true – and depending on the complexity of the job, large tree removal costs can be much lower than expected.

Do you need stump removal in Manchester?

If you need help with tree surveying, or would like to learn more about stump grinding costs, we have tree surgeons in Manchester who can help. We give a quick response to all our customers, so get in touch today and find out how much it is to remove a tree stump. Simply use our online contact form or call 0161 300 9789 for a no-obligation chat.


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