Maple trees are fairly cheap to cut down and remove as compared to other trees like oaks and redwoods.

Maple tree removal cost $1,950 on average. The real range is between $620 and $3,250. Several factors contribute to price such as height, trunk diameter and accessibility.

There are also additional tree services such as stump removal, limb chipping, landscaping, trunk removal, log splitting, and traveling expenditure that may contribute to the overall cost of removing a Maple Tree.

 HeightLow EstimateHigh Estimate
Small< 20 feet$620$980
Medium< 50 feet$1,550$3,250
Large - Huge< 80 feet$2,900$7,500

Size is the main factor that influences the cost of removing a Maple tree. Mature Maple trees that sometimes grow beyond 100 feet tall can cost up to $7,500 to remove. This normally translates to $75 per foot.

Medium-sized Maple trees are usually between 30 and 50 feet tall. Removing them often costs between $1,500 and $3,250.

Removing smaller Maple trees that are less than 30 feet in height can cost as low as $620and go right up to $980.

Additional Cost Factors of Removing a Maple Tree

Other factors that normally affect the cost of removing a Maple tree include:

Upright or Fallen

An upright Maple tree will certainly cost more to remove than a fallen one. This is simply because it takes more time for the arborist to climb the tree and but it down piece by piece. A fallen tree is already on the ground. All you need to do is cut it up and haul it away.

Tree Health & Condition

Unhealthy Maple trees can be quite hazardous to the well-being of nearby trees, structures, and people. They may however prove to be quite difficult to remove particularly if the stability of their structure has been compromised.

Engaging an arborist is therefore quite necessary.

Trunk Diameter

In most cases, the diameter of a Maple tree is usually directly proportional to its height. It will cost more to remove the tree with the thicker trunk.

Accessibility

Accessibility, in this case, refers to the absence of barriers such as power lines and structures. These can prevent tree removal experts from easily reaching the Maple tree in question without increasing potential risks such as structural damage and safety.

Inaccessibility can drive the cost of removing a Maple tree to about one and a half times its initial cost. This is because of the extra investment in preparation, technique, and risk that tree removal professionals have to cover when dealing with an inaccessible Maple tree.

Emergency tree Removal

Emergency Maple tree removal usually occurs in situations where the tree in question poses grave dangers to the surrounding environment. Examples of such cases include the falling of a Maple tree on a house as a result of strong winds.

It usually costs a lot more to remove a Maple tree as a result of an emergency as opposed to removing it as initially planned. This additional cost is however not fixed.

It normally varies depending on the time of its occurrence, the dangers it poses and the duration needed to completely remove the tree.

Additional Services

Tree Stump Removal

The Maple tree’s shallow root system which grows in a widespread manner that is rather close to the surface makes its stump much easier to dig out than those of other deep-rooted types of trees.

Most tree removal professionals do not include the cost of removing the stump since they usually leave it behind. They also do this because of the different tools that are required when removing a stump. This makes stump removal a separate service from tree removal.

Maple tree stump removal usually costs between $250 – $450 per stump based on the size of the stump in question. This normally translates to about $20 to $30 per inch of diameter.

Hauling

Hauling is the process in which the tree service professionals carry the chipped debris off-site. This procedure can add between $50 and $90 to your entire expenditure depending on the magnitude of the job in question.

Travel Expenditure

Most Maple tree removal experts usually charge an extra transportation fee. This charge is normally dependent on the distance to be covered and the remoteness of the area in question. It can sometimes even include drive time.

DIY vs Professional Maple Tree Removal

Even though DIY removal is quite cost-effective especially when removing small trees, clients are advised to hire professional Maple tree removal services. This is mainly because of the reduced risks that it comes with in regard to the client.

For one, clients do not have to worry about being liable for any accidents that may occur to the workers in the course of removing the tree. This is unlike DIY removal where clients are fully responsible for any property damage and personal injuries they may incur on the job.

Professionals also possess the necessary tools and know-how as far as removing Maple trees is concerned. This is especially important because it reduces the risk of any property damage and worker injuries during the job.

Such equipment and knowledge also go a long way in ensuring that the job is completed quickly and effectively. This is usually not the case in DIY removal since most people who choose to remove Maple trees often lack all the relevant skills and tools.

How Long do Maple Trees Last Before Removal

Most Maple trees can last for about 130 to 400 years depending on the degree to which they have been cared for.

FAQ's

The best time of year to cut down a Maple tree is during the transition from winter to spring. There are however emergency cases that should prompt immediate cutting such as when the Maple tree is likely to cause or has already caused significant damage to the objects around it.

No, they do not. The roots of most mature Maple trees are only about 12 to 18 inches beneath the soil. They can however spread as wide as 25 feet.

This makes them a danger to surrounding structures including sidewalks, buildings, and porches especially when they grow above the ground.

It is advisable to only cut off a maximum of 15 percent of a Maple tree when pruning it. Experts advise pruning little bits per year as opposed to large bits at once. This is usually done to avoid killing the Maple tree from malnutrition as a result of lack of foliage.

Although you cannot keep a Maple tree from growing, you can determine how tall it grows through pruning. There are however other techniques such as physical and chemical control which are used to prevent male sprouts from re-growing from a Maple tree’s stump.

Norway Maples are usually not preferred due to the rather invasive nature of their root system. This normally prevents other plants from flourishing around them. Norway Maples can also be easily blown down as a result of their shallow root network.

Ben McInerney
Author: Ben McInerney - Ben is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing. Ben is dedicated to providing users with the most accurate up-to-date information on everything trees.