How much does stump grinding a tree cost

How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost?

You finally had that ailing oak tree cut down –– only now its old stump makes your landscape stick out like a sore thumb. How much is grinding down that stump going to cost you?

On average, stump grinding prices range between $158 and $450, with most homeowners paying $313. An enormous stump could have you writing a check as high as $533. 

Several factors can affect the overall price, including stump size, project completion time, and stump type. And while you may want to turn to DIY stump grinding methods to save a few pennies, it might prove cheaper to hire a professional in some cases. 

How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost?

  • National Average Cost: $313
  • Typical Price Range: $158 to $450
  • Extreme Low End: $158
  • Extreme High End: $533

These national averages should help you estimate how much grinding down your tree stump will cost you. Remember that factors like soil condition, stump quantity, and hourly rates will affect your final bill.

This pricing guide should help you estimate how much you can expect to pay for stump grinding.

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Cost Estimator by Stump Size

Some tree service companies charge for stump grinding based on the diameter of the stump. The average rate ranges from $2 to $3.50 per inch. 

If your tree service company charges $3 per inch, and you have a 20-inch stump to grind, that would amount to approximately $60. However, most professionals have a minimum charge of $100 to cover travel costs and other expenses. 

Pro Tip: To get an accurate measurement of a stump’s diameter, measure the stump from one side to the other at its widest point. The widest point is typically at ground level and not necessarily on top.

Other Factors That Affect Cost

While the size of the stump often plays a large role in your final bill, there are plenty of other factors that can affect the cost. The number of stumps you need to grind, the time it takes to complete the project, and debris removal all can run up the price. 

Stump Type

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Hardwoods like elm or hickory are usually more dense than softwoods like palm and pine, making them harder to grind. 

Some tree care experts may charge a flat stump grinding fee per inch, regardless of the wood type. Other arborists may increase their rates if they find a particular stump type tough to grind. 

If your stumps are dense hardwoods and the hired professional charges by the hour, costs will rise if the difficult stump type increases work time. 


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Most tree care companies offer a reduced rate if you have more than one stump to grind. They’ll typically charge full price for the first stump and then an average of $35 to $63 per additional stump

Have a large piece of land overflowing with tree stumps that need grinding? Hiring a professional who charges by the hour instead of per stump may be the most affordable option. On average, tree care professionals will charge $150 per hour for stump grinding. 

If you only need to grind a few stumps, an hourly pay rate may not be ideal. 

Completion Time

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Complex stump grinding projects may increase the work time. Factor’s like the stump’s location, topography, or the soil’s condition may affect the professional’s ability to work within the expected time frame. Some professionals may charge their hourly rate when circumstances like these delay their work. 


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Don’t be surprised if your terrain runs up the bill. Why? Because rocks, slopes, and inclines can make a stump grinding job difficult. 

If your soil condition is rocky, professionals risk damaging or dulling their equipment as they grind your stump or stumps. Some professional stump grinders may charge an additional fee if the soil type poses a risk to their equipment.  

As mentioned previously, challenging topography can delay a tree professional’s work, causing them to charge their average hourly rate of $150 per hour. Inclines, slopes, and tough accessibility all can make stump grinding a longer job. 

Debris Removal

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After the stump has been ground, the depression left in the earth is full of mulch. You may wish to leave the mulch there to keep the hole filled, or you may want to add the mulch to your flower bed or garden. 

If you want the mulch removed, that’s going to cost you extra. Most tree care companies do not include debris removal services with stump grinding.

Debris removal costs typically range from $2 to $4 per inch of the stump. Some companies may charge a flat rate for debris removal, regardless of the stump’s size. 

Is your landscape in need of a makeover? Maybe it needs more than stump grinding to look its best.

Whether your tree branches need a trim or a sick tree is threatening your healthy trees, tacking on additional projects can save you money.

Here’s why: If a tree care service is already in your yard grinding a stump, it’s cheaper to add projects than to call the pro back or hire another service to tackle additional jobs.  

Root Removal

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Unsightly roots can be a nuisance. They can be tripping hazards and even get in the way of future landscaping projects.

Stump grinding does not include root removal. If you have requested to have your stump ground but also want the roots removed, that’s going to cost you extra. Professionals typically charge an hourly rate for root removal ranging from $118 to $175 an hour

Keep in mind that tree stump removal includes the cost of root removal and is a different service from stump grinding. Stump removal pulls the whole trunk out from the ground along with the root system. 

If you know you’d like to have the roots removed, you may want to consider stump removal instead of stump grinding. You can expect to pay between $175 to $516 for stump removal, with most homeowners paying around $326. 

Tree Removal

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Cutting down a tree is no light task and is best left to the professionals. Most companies do not bundle stump grinding with tree removal. If you have a tree removed and want its stump ground, expect to pay for separate services. 

Most homeowners pay between $385 to $1,070 for tree removal. For an extensive tree removal project, expect to pay closer to $2,000. 

Tree Trimming

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Trees are some of the most eye-catching features in the landscape. Trimming back hazardous or unattractive branches is just what your lawn needs for that extra dose of curb appeal.

Depending on the size of the tree, tree trimming typically costs between $315 and $700. 

Tree Transplanting

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Sometimes a tree isn’t in the right spot to make your landscape shine. A small tree transplanting project can cost as low as $175, while a high-end relocation project can cost $800 or more.   

Cost of DIY Stump Grinding

DIY stump grinding can be an affordable option for homeowners who have multiple stumps to grind. If you have only one stump to grind or don’t already own the necessary safety equipment, it may be cheaper to hire a professional. 

For this DIY project, you’re going to need a stump grinder. You also will need safety gear and a chainsaw to cut the stump down to ground level. 

Safety glasses$13
Work gloves$14
Hearing protection$25
Chainsaw chaps$71
Steel toe work boots$100

Renting a Stump Grinder

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Homeowners can rent a stump grinder from a local home improvement store for a half-day, a whole day, or a week.

Pro Tip: Rent a stump grinder for a full day instead of a half-day. This way, if you run into any stump grinding problems that delay your work, you won’t be pressed for time. 

Renting a stump grinder typically costs between $190 and $380 per day. 

DIY Cost vs. Professional Stump Grinding Cost

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In some cases, calling in a professional can be cheaper than renting a stump grinder and doing the project yourself. 

Most homeowners pay an average of $313 for professional stump grinding, with some paying an average of $158 for extreme low-end projects. 

For DIY stump removal, homeowners can expect to pay between $190 and $380 per day for a stump grinder rental. And if you don’t own a chainsaw or any safety equipment, that’s an additional $373 (on average) to your DIY bill.  

Stump grinding is also a labor-intensive job. Do the project yourself, and you’ll be losing time and energy in addition to money. You’ll also be in charge of removing debris and cleaning up your worksite. 

Something else to think about: If you damage the stump grinder you rented, you likely will have to pay for any repairs.  

Cost of Stump Grinding by Location

Stump grinding costs will vary depending on where you live. This cost guide covers average stump grinding costs on a national scale, but keep in mind that many factors can affect stump grinding rates at the local level as well. 

Local soil conditions, common tree types, your yard’s topography –– these are among the many elements that can affect prices in your area. Why? Because rocky soil, dense hardwoods, and steep inclines can make a professional’s job more difficult.

If these factors are common throughout your area, most tree care companies will consider these challenges and increase their stump grinding rates accordingly.  

FAQ About Stump Grinding

1. What is the difference between stump removal and stump grinding?

Stump grinding cuts a stump’s visible portion down to mulch with a stump grinder.

Homeowners can have their stump ground as little as 1 inch below ground level or as much as 12 inches below ground for larger stumps. Stump grinding keeps the roots intact and does not remove them. 

Stump removal involves taking a stump — and its entire root system — out of the ground. DIY methods of stump removal include manual digging, while professionals have special equipment to pull the stump out of the earth. 

Stump grinding is typically a more affordable option than stump removal. It’s also less labor-intensive, less time-consuming, and doesn’t leave a big hole in your landscape. 

Stump removal is ideal when: 

— Unsightly tree roots are lowering curb appeal.
— Tree roots are in the way of other landscaping projects.
— The root system is damaging your pipe system or home.
— You want to replace the stump with a new tree.

2. Can stump grinding be bundled with tree removal to save on overall cost?

Most tree care companies do not bundle stump grinding with tree removal. So, if you’re having your tree removed and want the stump ground as well, you’ll likely be charged an additional fee. 

3. Why should you have your stump ground?

Stumps can look beautiful when you decorate them with flowers or integrate them into another landscaping project, but they also can be a stubborn nuisance. 

Here are a few reasons why you should consider grinding your tree stump: 

— Stumps can be tripping hazards.
— Stumps can lower curb appeal.
— Stumps attract pests like termites and ants.
— Some diseased stumps can spread the disease to healthy trees.
— A stump can make lawn mowing more difficult and damage your lawn mower’s blades.


Hiring a professional stump grinder can help you save money, time, and energy. Call a local tree care professional near you so you can get back to enjoying your landscape. 

Remember, you can expect to pay between $158 and $450 for professional stump grinding. The average stump grinding job costs most homeowners $313.

Do you have a large stump to grind? Most high-end jobs cost closer to $533. If you have only a small stump to grind, the average low-end cost is $158. 

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Tree Stump Grinding & Removal Costs

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  • Stump grinding costs an average of $320.

  • The price range for stump grinding is $170 to $500.

  • The more stumps to grind, the lower the cost per stump.

  • Renting a grinder costs $190 to $270 per day.

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While the tree stump in your front yard makes for a nice place to sit, it may be posing a risk to the rest of the house. Whether it’s imposing on your lush grass or you prefer to use the space for another home project, the typical stump grinding costs about $320. Stump grinding is a quick and efficient way to remove the rest of the tree’s trunk without breaking the bank.

Stump Grinding Cost Breakdown

Wondering how much it’ll cost to grind a stump? It’s a straightforward process involving three main factors: The cost to grind the stump, the permits needed to remove it, and the cost to put sod over the remaining pieces. Here’s a breakdown of tree stump grinding costs.


Stump grinding rates vary with the circumference of the tree trunk (how big around the tree stump is). These measurements use diameter inches rather than square feet or linear inches. On average, stump grinding prices sit between $2 and $5 per diameter inch.

While your stump may be small in circumference, most contractors will charge a minimum fee of $100 for grinding services.

Tree Type

Certain tree types tend to have more stubborn and spread-out roots, which may cause the tree stump grinding cost to rise. Others may have tougher bark that makes cutting through it harder. In these instances, you may need to pay an extra $50 to $100, depending on the difficulty of the tree.

Trees that may require more time to cut through include:

  • Aspen

  • Birch

  • Elm

  • Hickory

  • Oaks

Number of Stumps

The number of stumps impacts how much you'll pay for stump grinding. Sure, the overall project costs more if you have multiple stumps removed, but the cost per stump can drop dramatically. Contractors usually have a minimum callout fee for a single stump, usually between $100 and $150. But additional stumps are often priced much lower, at about $40 to $75 each. 

Accessibility and Terrain 

If the tree stumps are on challenging terrain, access is limited, or the stumps are located a long way from where the contractor can park, expect to incur additional fees. Some pros add $50 per hour for the extra labor, while others include a flat fee of up to $200 for a challenging project.


Most tree removal services can get the stump ground down in about an hour by using a grinder. Bigger trees might take a little longer, but the price won’t fluctuate much. You’ll pay around $150 in labor total.

Keep in mind that root removal is often not included in this price. The cost will be around $150 extra if you need that service.

If you’re in a rural area or there isn’t a tree removal service near you, you might need to pay mileage for the nearest service to come to you. Mileage typically costs around $0.55 per mile. However, pros may charge more due to the recent spike in gas prices

Debris Removal 

Expect to pay $50 to $200 for hauling away the waste from the stump grinding. You can save by removing the debris yourself, but if you can't haul it or have no use for it, let the contractor take care of it. They may charge you a rate of $50 per hour or give you a flat fee for debris removal based on the diameter of the stump. This usually costs $2 to $4 per diameter inch.


You’re likely going to need permits to remove the stump. The reason being is there could be utility lines underneath the stump that require extra safety measures to ensure they aren’t hit. Permits cost around $100 to $500, depending on your city.


Once the tree is gone, you’ll want to sod the ground where the stump was. If not, it may leave an unsightly dead patch of grass behind. Sod installation costs around $1 to $2 per square foot for labor and materials.

Root Removal

To remove the roots and grind away the stump, expect to pay between $100 and $200 per hour. While removing the roots after stump grinding isn't essential, it's necessary if you want to make substantial use of the area.

For example, if you want to turn the area into a vegetable garden, having an extensive root network below the surface makes digging really tough. Eventually, the roots will decay, leaving a void in the earth. So if you want to build a structure over the area, your structure could face significant structural damage that costs thousands of dollars to fix.

Tree Removal 

Tree removal costs between $750 and $1,000 per tree. The price includes felling the tree, cutting it into manageable pieces, and hauling it away. It usually doesn't include stump grinding or root removal. However, for smaller trees, the arborist may be able to dig up the entire tree, roots and all.

How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost to Do Yourself?

If you’re used to heavy machinery and feel confident in your abilities, you can rent a stump grinder for around $190 to $270 per day. Since grinding takes about a day, you can usually pick up the grinder first thing in the morning and return it by the evening. That way, you only pay for one day of renting.

However, because of the cost of renting the equipment, you may not save any money over hiring a pro. Plus, stump grinding is a risky business with plenty of potential for injury. 

If your tree stump is near a utility line or close to your home, leave this job to a pro. When you hire a local stump remover, they’ll know the codes ahead of time. That way, you don’t need to worry about the legality of the stump removal process.

You can reduce your spending by tackling the preparation and cleanup yourself. This includes tasks like clearing debris from the area before the work begins and using or hauling away the waste after the stump grinding. Replant, lay sod, and otherwise reinvigorate the site once the stump is gone yourself to save money and improve the look of your yard.

How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost vs. Stump Removal?

Tree stump removal costs $100 to $200 more than stump grinding. Where possible, although it's a little more costly, have the stump removed fully rather than just ground down. Only opt for stump grinding when it's not practical to remove the whole stump.

Leaving roots untouched can ruin your pavers, damage your home's foundation, and destroy your lawn. Fully removing the stump lets you make proper use of the space, whether you're planning to build on it or just plant a garden.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove a Stump Without Grinding It?

If you want to save yourself some money, you can try a few methods. These methods do take time, though, so you’ll need to weigh if it’s worth it for you or not.

Here are some tree stump removal options and the costs for each:


Burning a tree stump costs between $6 to $100. Most of this cost will come from purchasing potassium nitrate. 

Call your local fire department first to ensure there aren’t any fire bans in your area and talk to them about a plan to safely put out the fire when needed. Fires can take several hours to get through the stump, so you should pop up a chair and prepare for a slow burn.

Chemical Rotting

Chemical rotting requires using potassium nitrate as well, but without the burning part. Instead, the wood will rot over a few weeks until you can easily pull it apart. Chemical rotting costs the same as burning at $6 to $100.

Shovel and Axe

For those who want to take out the stump the old-fashioned way, you can opt to use an axe and shovel. You can rent or purchase these items for around $50 to $200. This ensures that the entire stump and roots get pulled up.

FAQs About Stump Grinding

Why should you grind down a tree?

Grinding down a tree helps reduce the risk of foundation damage and pests and even helps your home’s curb appeal. Stumps can also be a safety hazard. If grass grows above the stump and someone else mows your yard, they may be in for a rude awakening when they accidentally hit the stump.

Do tree removals include stump removal?

Tree removal costs typically don’t include stump removal, as that technically falls into a different service. The company you hire may offer the service for an additional cost; ask them if they offer it to ensure you’re getting the best tree stump removal costs possible.

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The company "Greenmich" will carry out a set of works on the preparation and uprooting of stumps of different diameters and in any area. Works can be performed both manually and mechanized (excavator, pnedrobilka, tractor). The company's specialists will prepare an estimate, which will take into account the nuances of the planned work. It depends on the number, size of stumps and the degree of accessibility to them.

Uprooting stumps: where to start

You have bought a cottage or a plot for building a house, and found that there were stumps from cut down trees. Aesthetically, they do not look, they can not be ennobled in any way. Moreover, they grow just in the way of water communications. Here a radical solution is possible. Uproot! And as soon as possible.

Firstly, , it is advisable to uproot stumps only at a time when the temperature is positive outside. It is not recommended to uproot in winter, when the ground is frozen, or in spring, when the already wet ground after the winter period is also abundantly rained.

Second , select specialists who will do the job of removing stumps on the site without disturbing the landscape. Just such masters work in our team.

Remove stumps preferably immediately after sawing off the top of the tree. Pests breed under such stumps, which can spread through the garden and harm young trees.

But since there is a difference between stumps and stumps, the approach will be different in each situation. After all, it is one thing when you cut down a tree that is a couple of years old, and another when it is several decades old. In a young plant, the stump is small and the roots are not deep. Therefore, you can dig it out manually.

And an adult tree has a huge stump, and the roots reach 5-7 meters deep. Manually, such a root cannot be dug out even by a brigade. Therefore, it is advisable to invite a technique that will cope with this problem. Accordingly, the price for these services is different.

How much does stump removal cost?

Our company can offer a wide range of stump removal services in your country house or plot of land. The cost of uprooting stumps depends on a number of factors:

  • size and number of stumps;
  • complexity of the relief at the place of work;
  • availability of access roads;
  • the best way to perform work.

Order these services from Greenmeach and we will do the job quickly and efficiently.

How we do it

We will remove stumps in the following ways:

  1. Manual stump removal . Given the small size of the stumps, they can be uprooted by hand quickly and accurately. After such work, the land is suitable for cultivation and use for its intended purpose.
  2. Uprooting with a crusher . With this method, the machine cuts the stump to a depth of 15-20 cm into the ground and crushes parts of the stump into sawdust. This method is appropriate where cultivation of the land or laying of communications (flower beds, lawns) is not needed, since part of the roots remains in the ground.
  3. Stump uprooting with tractor . If the territory is not fenced and the uprooting area is large, then this option is for you. As a rule, these are areas of old gardens, wild plantings, or forests.

We have the necessary equipment and will go to the site at your request.

When is the best time to uproot stumps

The best time to deal with this problem is in the spring when the weather is dry. But there are situations when the deadlines have to be shifted for certain problems. Therefore, a convenient time for uprooting old unnecessary stumps is from April to October. But if you need to remove the root in the winter, then we are ready to help. The main thing is the possibility of access to the place of work.

Why contact Greenmeach

It is worth entrusting the work to professionals than making 100 mistakes yourself. The company "Grinmich" employs only masters with practical experience. Order a visit of a specialist to the place, he will evaluate the complexity of the work and calculate the estimated cost.

When ordering work with a tractor, we do free territory planning after uprooting.

We value the opinion of each customer, so we always try to do the work in good faith and on time.

Turning to us once, you will recommend us to friends and acquaintances.

Stump uprooting: methods, choice of method

Dried trees, old stumps become an obstacle to the improvement of the territory, landscaping. Stumps remain after cutting down emergency trees, removing tree plantations to prepare a site for building, arranging a garden, orchard. Unnecessary stumps must be removed for the smooth implementation of measures to improve the site.

Uprooting stumps is a difficult labor-intensive task. Some methods of removing stumps require a long time, knowledge of the technology of work, the use of special equipment.

Mechanical stump removal

If you plan to improve a new site, then using an excavator to remove stumps is the best way. In this case, free access of a special vehicle to each stump is provided. An excavator is usually used for uprooting. Equipment can be rented from a specialized company at a very affordable cost for the required period of time. In addition, it is possible to rent a car with a crane for high-quality and quick cleaning of the territory from uprooted stumps and other remnants of tree plantations.

Benefits of using an excavator or stump puller :

  • possibility of removing stumps from a large area;
  • a quick way to get rid of stumps along with roots;
  • immediate use of the site for construction or improvement;
  • the ability to use equipment to level the site and plant large-sized trees in the resulting pits.

Mechanized methods include the use of the following tools for uprooting:

  • Chainsaws are an economical method that you can use yourself. This method does not involve the removal of roots.
  • pnedrobilki (stump grinder) - with the help of milling, the rest of the tree is finely chopped, turns into sawdust. The tool can penetrate no more than 30 cm below ground level. The method is suitable for use in a landscaped area, but also does not get rid of the roots.

Manual stump pullers

There are several ways to remove stumps without the use of special equipment and mechanical tools:

  • The simplest and most time-consuming method is to use an ax, crowbar and shovel. It's not very efficient, but it's very cheap.
  • Using a winch - the method of extracting stumps from the ground also applies to manual, regardless of the use of a special tool. The winch must be mounted on a firmly fixed vertical stand (pole or tree). A circular notch is made around the hemp. The protruding part of the stump is firmly tied with a cable, the opposite end of which is passed through a winch. Extracting wood residue from the ground with a winch requires certain skills.
  • Washing with water - this method requires a supply of water to the area where the uprooting work is being carried out, and the ability to organize a large pressure. A hole is dug around the hemp, into which a stream of water is directed. Washed, bare large roots are simply sawn off from the stump and removed from the ground along with it.

Benefits of manual methods :

  • stump removal can be done anywhere on the property;
  • minimum financial investment;
  • a skillful approach to work allows you to extract not only the ground part, but also most of the root system.

Chemical uprooting

You can remove stumps with the help of chemicals. The technique is applied if there is enough time to wait for the final result. Uprooting in this way takes from one to three years.

The process starts in the fall. A hole is hollowed out in the middle part of the remains of the tree, which is filled with saltpeter. The recess is hermetically sealed and the stump in this state remains to winter.

In the spring, the hole is unsealed and filled with kerosene. Then the stump is set on fire. Usually the upper part and all the roots burn out well.

With the help of chemical reagents, it is possible to bring the stump to a state of dust, but this is a more time-consuming method than burning out. For this procedure, urea is used. The tool is also filled with holes in the hemp and filled with water. The stump is tightly wrapped with plastic wrap and left for at least a year.

Advantages of the chemical method :

  • relatively inexpensive method;
  • you can cope with the technology yourself;
  • by using chemicals in moderation, no harm is done to the environment;
  • the stump is completely removed - above and below ground.

Mushroom picker against stumps

Growing edible mushrooms on the remains of tree trunks gradually destroys the wood, turning it into dust. The mushroom picker populates cracks in the stump.

This method is well suited to land owners who are not critical to spend several years destroying one or more stumps.

Choice of stump removal

Each site owner chooses a stump removal method based on the following circumstances: