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. There are various factors that affect tree stump removal cost, so to give you a better idea of how costs are calculated, let’s look at the key aspects that need to be taken into consideration.

Stump removal or stump grinding

If you’re looking for the removal 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

The smaller the diameter of the stump, the lower the cost. For stumps with a diameter of less than 1ft, the cost can be as low as £70 (+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.

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 and can be removed for around £70 (+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. Trees such as this can take several hours to be ground out and this extra time is reflected in the removal cost.

Root depth

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 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 tree stump removal cost.


As mentioned previously, location plays a large part in tree stump removal cost. This is often due to access difficulties such as adjoining properties, depth of bedrock and topography of the ground itself. Areas 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.

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