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How much does palm tree removal cost 2020
Last updated: 18 January 2020
The cost to remove a palm tree varies depending on the palm species, its size and its location on your property.
The average cost to remove a palm tree so far this year is $523. Below we have broken down palm tree removal cost into sizes of S, M, L & XL so you can get a better idea for your tree.
We also have 4 different example trees and their price to remove.
What we cover
Do I need a permit?
Cost to remove stump and roots
Can I sell my palm tree?
Removing just the leaves
5 Tricks to save on palm removal costs
Palm removal DIY tips
Dead palm removal cost
Palm stump removal cost
Palm removal cost by tree height
It’s no surprise that the height of a palm tree is one of the biggest factors of palm tree removal cost. But as you will see below it only makes up about 60% of the final quote price.
After tree height, you need to look at other factors that contribute to price below.
The cost to remove a small palm tree is $100 to $199. This would be for your run of the mill Queen or Phoenix palms. Something like a date palm would cost more due to its much larger trunk diameter.
You can save yourself quite a bit of money disposing of the palm waste yourself, so consider disposing of it over time in your green waste bin.
Just ask your local tree cutting service for a quote to fully remove your tree and another quote just to cut your palms down to ground level.
Medium size palm trees cost from $220 to $345 for removal. Depending on the tree service you get the quote your job, this may also include the grinding of the palm stump.
When you do get your quote, be sure it is written on paper and it specifies whether they will remove the stump or not.
Palm trees that reach 40ft high are common and are really to too hard to work on. When a palm tree gets bigger, as opposed to a regular tree, the trunk just gets longer.
So you are not really dealing with too much more tree, just some extra fee of trunk. It is more time consuming though, and due to safety reasons most companies like to use an Elevated Work Platform to get the job done.
You can expect to pay $850 or more for a 40 foot palm tree removal. Again this will vary a little depending on a few factors such as species and location on property, but that is a good base figure to go off.
Do I need a permit to remove a palm tree?
Whether you need a permit to remove a palm tree will depend largely on where you live. In Florida, palm tree are protected so you will need to apply for a permit to remove even a small one.
In other cities where the climate is a little less tropical and palm trees are not native, then they should allow you to remove with no prior consent.
To find out whether you need a permit to remove a palm tree in your city, select your state and city here to see your local tree ordinance.
Factors that add to cost of palm tree removal
Just like removing a regular tree there are many factors that determine the cost to remove a palm tree. Here is a list of the top ones in order.
This is a bigger factor than most people think. Look at the below examples. The tree on the left is in a front yard and has easy access to remove it quick. The one on the right is a bit more difficult as all access to the street is up 4 stairs through a narrow door and down a driveway.
The more difficult it is to access the tree, the more it is going to cost you to remove.
Some palm trees are easier to remove than others. Some have nasty spikes all over their fronds, which makes the removal process a slow going as you need to be careful.
The two biggest offenders are the Canary Island date palm which have 4 – 9 inch ling barbs that come out from the base of each front. The other is the Cotton palm which have shark like teeth all the way but the leaf stem.
The more tree there is to remove the longer it is going to take and the more it will cost you.
Compare the images below of an Alexander palm on the left and a Date palm on the right.
They are both roughly the same height, but the Date palm trunk is about 10 x thicker. This is going to cost you a lot more to remove.
Can I sell my palm tree or get it removed free?
In short, yes, but in reality no. I say yes because there are landscaping companies that specialise in mature palm tree transplantation, but everyone wants to sell their palm and the market is pretty thin.
If you have a run of the mill palm like a Queen palm, then forget it, but if you have something a little more desirable like a Canary Island date palm, then you might be in luck.
Get in contact with someone like these guys.
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Removing leaves from palm tree
Palm tree trimming costs a lot less than palm removal. The cost to trim a palm tree starts at $45.
Obviously price is going to be determined by a number of factors such as how many tree, how tall they are and their location on your property.
Check out our Palm Trimming Cost Guide for more price information.
5 Tricks to saving money on palm tree removal
Palm tree removal DIY
Removing a palm tree yourself is going to save you money, no doubt about it, but I do need to warn you that working with a chainsaw is very dangerous especially if you have not used one in the past.
If you have a palm tree that is smaller than 15ft, then I do recommend you have a go at removing it yourself. Same goes for removing the deal leaves from your palm.
But anything larger really should be left to the experts.
If you did want to have a go yourself, here is a really helpful guide. If you would prefer to get a tree removal service near you, fill in the online form from that link to get matched with the three best priced local tree services as voted by previous users.
Dead palm tree removal cost
The cost to remove a deal palm tree is going to be considerably less than a live one. If it has been dead for a while, and it is all dried out, they are a little like papier mache. They barely weighs anything and will take no effort to dispose of.
That being said if the palm tree is quite large and has dies a while ago, it make it very dangerous to climb. An Elevated Work Platform would be required which will add to the cost a little.
Palm tree stump removal cost
Palm trees are different to regular trees in many different ways, and the differences do not stop above the ground. Regular trees have a large tap root and some other large stability roots that have smaller roots off them.
Palm trees are different. They have fibrous roots that are the same size from start to finish and are very well seated into the ground. This makes them masters at withstanding tropical storms.
That being said, palm trees stumps are very soft and quite easy to remove with a stump grinding machine.
The cost to remove palm stumps varies by size and access, I have broken it down into a few different columns.
|10 inch||20 inch||30 inch||40 inch|
Cost to remove the roots of a palm tree
How is this different to stump removal? Well the stump is just basically an extension of the trunk below the ground. The root ball is about 4 – 6 x the size of dense roots, before it tapers out.
Unless you are in a hurry to replant another tree in the same location, I would just leave the roots in place. They will take a few years to break down and turn back into organic soil, but you are really saving yourself a lot of money by leaving them in place.
If you absolutely must remove the roots, I suggest speaking with your local tree service about using their stump grinding machine to grind a larger area to include the roots. It is going to cost more, but will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Most palm trees are worthless in the secondary market. If you are looking to remove your palm tree, there is a slim change you will be able to sell it. There are some palm trees that are desirable such as Date Palms and Phoenix Palms which landscape companies will pay you for to then come out and remove. They will then sell on for a profit.
You should always get a minimum of 3 quotes from local tree services before deciding on a contractor to remove your palm trees. There is a large difference in the price tree services charge for palm tree removal, so waiting to get all 3 quotes before making a decision could save you hundreds of dollars.
If there is plenty of room to work at the base of a palm, then they are relatively easy to remove. Having just one single trunk and some small leaves at the top make them quite and easy to handle for any trained arborist.
I do not recommend you attempting to remove a palm tree yourself without the proper training. Chainsaws are extremely dangerous tools and using one from at heights makes it twice as dangerous. Call a local tree service to do the job for you.
In most cases, home owners insurance will not cover the removal of any tree. The only instances where they will come to the party and foot the bill is when the tree has fallen over in a storm or any other act of nature. Considering palm trees are all but hurricane proof, it is extremely unlikely they would fall over in a stiff wind. This means you will need to pay yourself to have them removed.
You can hand your palm tree transplanted. As they have a shallow root system they are relatively easy to dig out and transplant if you have the right machinery. I do not suggest you trying this yourself with hand tools. It is something left to professionals.
In general it is cheaper to cut down trees in winter. The main reason is not because the tree has less leaves and it’s easier to work on, it’s because the economy of supply and demand are in your favor.
Tree services along with landscapers and lawn care companies are in low demand in winter. If you have the same supply of companies in winter, but half the work to go around, companies become more competitive on price as they try to win what little work there is. You will save an average of 25% hiring in winter.
In most cases no. Tree services will come and cut down your tree for a fee, but the odds of you selling your tree are slim. If your tree is a desirable palm species such as a Date palm, you might be able to sell it to a local landscaping company who will then sell it on for a profit.
Other than palm trees, you would need to have a tree with very exotic timber for someone to offer you money to take it away.
There are a few things you need to look for when selecting a tree service to remove your tree. Firstly when doing an internet search you need to have a look at their reviews. If they have too many 1 and 2 star reviews, you need to keep looking. Next you need to do a background check. Have a look to see how long they have been in business and whether they have changed their trading name recently. When they are out quoting your job you need to ask for an arborist certificate and insurance details.
Trees are very difficult to price from a picture or a description over the phone. The reason is the difficulty and time take to remove a tree can only be assessed when taking into account the access to the property, obstacles around the tree and the shape and size of the tree itself. All of which is difficult to describe over the phone. Tree services will need to book in a time to view the job to give you a firm quote.
If your tree is protected you will need to apply for a permit to remove it. To know whether your tree is protected, please refer to your local Tree Removal Ordinance for more information. In states like Florida, palm trees are more likely to be protected because they are native to the area. They are less likely to be protected in New York. But before you proceed, make sure you get your facts straight as heavy fins can apply.
If the council feels you do not have sufficient grounds to remove the tree they may decide that it should stay. You can then get an arborist report from an independent arborist. If the arborist inspection finds the tree is dangerous, you can then resubmit your application for review. If the tree is protected and healthy, the likelihood of getting approval for removal is slim.
If the tree is question is on council property, they will come out and prune any branches that are encroaching on your property. If the tree is on your property however, you will need to foot the bill. All trees on your property are the responsibility of the owner to maintain.
Most of the time, you will only need to give the tree company access to your yard to do the job. You will not need to be present while the tree is being removed. Arrangements can be made for payment after you have returned home and inspected the finished job.
Stump removal is normally priced separately. If you have a quote for a tree to be removed, make sure they have specify whether that price includes the removal of the stump. If it does not, they may try to get away with charging you an extra fee for removal. This is a dirty trick, but can be easily avoided if you have it written on the quote exactly what is included in the price.
This will depend on the size of the tree and the tools at your disposal. I do not recommend using a chainsaw if you are a novice. They are very dangerous and land many people in hospital every year. If the tree is small and have don’t mind putting in a bit if elbow grease, then go for it. If not palm tree removal is pretty inexpensive so you can find a local to do the job quite cheaply.
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 dedicating to providing users with the most accurate up to date information on everything trees.
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