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How much does palm tree removal cost?
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.
Palm removal cost by tree height
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.
Cost to remove a large palm tree does have a greater variance in price, but you could expect to pay between $500 and $745 for a palm tree around 30ft in height.
This does not include a date palm as they have a much larger trunk and fronds, so will cost a lot more to remove.
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.
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 no-brainer. The bigger the palm tree the more it is going to cost you to remove.
Size has two parts though, the height and the trunk diameter. Most palm trees have a trunk of around 20”, except for a Date palm which is closer to 60”.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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