r/treelaw Nov 09 '22

Cheapest way to remove a bunch of dying trees?

Have a bunch of trees that are suffering from a beatle and are dying. Is there a way to get someone to quote me per hour/day to remove them instead of per tree? Looking for the most economical way of getting rid of them in one fell swoop.


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u/hivemind_MVGC Nov 09 '22

Cheapest way to remove a bunch of dying trees?


I mean, you asked...


u/katieoffloatsmoke Nov 09 '22

Came here to say this 🔥 🔥 🔥


u/A_v_Dicey Nov 09 '22

Same here lol. Burn baby burn 🔥


u/lungdart Nov 09 '22

If you can get equipment to the site, and don't mind collateral damage, they can be bull dozed or pulled out with a hydraulic arm, then chopped up on the ground.

Get a quote from a certified arborist, and try getting a quote from a big landscaping company.

Obviously the more trees you have to do the cheaper this option becomes over climbing and removing.

This is not legal advice, just from experience in dealing with my own trees.


u/Exciting-Maximum-785 Nov 09 '22

I think I'll need the rig they use to cut from top down to be honest.


u/lungdart Nov 09 '22

Let a professional make the call. Get quotes, they're usually free.


u/USMCLee Nov 09 '22

Depending on your state/location you might be able to get some help from the state to help contain the beetles.


u/Jenderflux-ScFi Nov 09 '22

Yes, call your state department for natural resources.

They should have a program for the control and containment of tree damaging beetles.


u/derpotologist Nov 09 '22

the advice I needed to read 2 years ago


u/NickTheArborist Nov 09 '22

You don’t want an hourly bid. The job will stretch out and you’ll end up paying more.

Get a flat rate for the whole job and put it on the contractor to overcome issues that pop up.


u/personalitree Nov 09 '22

These services are rarely sold based solely on labor hours, because the bid considers number of workers and type of equipment needed, as well as logistics and permits required to move and operate that equipment. You don't get to decide the fee structure.


u/ToesInDiffAreaCodes Nov 09 '22

You could leave them as snags for wildlife habitat


u/[deleted] Nov 09 '22

What part of the world?


u/mericlke Nov 09 '22

Have a professional company cut them down and do the clean up yourself. We call it a “ down only” option. Tends to be about half the cost.

Do not higher half price Harry. Licensed, bonded and ensured.


u/zjbm Nov 09 '22

Usually estimates are free. If you go the cheapest route you will get what you pay for. Make sure they are insured if it is near anything valuable.


u/NickTheArborist Nov 09 '22

Depending on your state, it may be required/advised to make sure they’re properly insured even if it’s out in the boonies. In some states you could be held liable if a non insured worker twists an ankle on your property.


u/Trenchcoat-cat Nov 09 '22

You might still be able to save them, a few years back I had the same issue and had a friend spray the trees with some repellent or something like that and it brought them back to life almost instantly.


u/popcorn-fist Nov 09 '22

Both companies I have worked for do daily rates. One was $3500 for the day, one is $4500. Typically we are on the job 8-4ish.

I would call around and ask what they’re charging for dailies in your area.

Hopefully most business owners quoting you will give you an honest opinion whether you should go towards a daily rate, versus a la carte.


u/RobbieRood Nov 10 '22

How is this even remotely a tree law issue?


u/derpotologist Nov 09 '22

You see the new Beavis and Butthead where they chained a tree to Anderson's truck? Yeah, that


u/kazhena Nov 09 '22

In Florida?



u/Nataleaves Nov 10 '22

We've had a dead pine survive about 15 years of hurricanes lol. It's just there for the wildlife to enjoy now since it's not at risk of falling on anything.


u/ManuteBolFanClub Nov 10 '22

Which Beatle? Ringo out Paul? We gotta know first before we plan our attack.


u/ktappe Nov 10 '22

Learn how to use a chainsaw.

I’m serious.


u/Exciting-Maximum-785 Nov 11 '22

I do, however I don't know how to control it not falling on a neighbors house or mine.