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Pricing Guide: How Much Does It Cost to Clear Land?

The average cost to clear land and prepare land for a construction site is $2,581. Most homeowners can expect to pay between $1,266 and $3,900 or between $1.18 to $2 per square foot to clear and prep their lot for construction. 

The cost for small-scale projects that don’t require much land clearing or grading averages around $563, while homeowners with extensive lot clearing projects pay an average of $8,313

Before a professional can level or grade your land, he or she must clear out trees, underbrush, rocks, and other debris from the landscape. The average cost to clear a lightly forested area — without any land grading or leveling — costs $733 to $2,333 per acre.

The average price to clear a heavily forested area costs $3,395 to $6,155 per acre

Clearing land is a complicated project, but our cost guide will help walk you through it. Once your lot is prepared for building a new home, you might even want to invest in a landscape design or in-ground pool. Our guide includes those prices, too. 

How Much Does It Cost to Clear Land?

  • Average Cost to Clear and Prepare Land for Construction: $2,581
  • Typical Range to Clear and Prepare Land for Construction: $1,266 to $3,900 or $1.18 to $2.00 per square foot
  • Low-End: $563
  • High-End: $8,313

The average landowner can expect to pay $2,581 or between $1,266 and $3,900 for clearing and preparing their land to build a house. Total spending will vary depending on the lot’s size, what needs clearing, and whether the land needs grading.

  • Average Cost to Clear Lightly Forested Land: $733 to $2,333 per acre
  • Average Cost to Clear Heavily Forested Land: $3,395 to $6,155 per acre

The average cost to clear a lightly forested area ranges from $733 to $2,333 per acre. A highly forested area densely packed with trees will cost between $3,395 and $6,155 per acre to clear. 

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Cost Estimator by Lot Size

The more land you need to clear, the more you can expect to pay. Most land clearing professionals will charge by the acre or square foot rather than by the hour. Keep in mind that prices by the acre will vary depending on:

  • What debris is cleared
  • How that debris is cleared
  • How much of that debris is cleared

Forested Land

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Is your lot full of trees? Expect to pay between $733 to $2,333 per acre to clear a lightly forested area. Clearing a heavily forested area ranges from $3,395 to $6,155 per acre.  These land clearing prices do not include the cost to grade or level the land.  

The more forested land you need to clear, the higher your bill will be. Depending on the wooded area’s density, clearing an eighth of an acre of trees (5,445 square feet) will cost most landowners between $92 and $769. Landowners who need to clear 2 acres of forested land will need a budget that ranges between $1,466 and $12,310

Size of lotSquare footageCost to clear lightly forested landCost to clear heavily forested land
⅛ acre5,445 sq ft$92 to $292$424 to $769
⅕ acre8,712 sq ft$147 to $467 $679 to $1,231 
¼ acre10,890 sq ft$183 to $583$849 to $1,539 
½ acre21,780 sq ft$367 to $1,167$1,698 to $3,078
¾ acre32,670 sq ft$550 to $1,750$2,546 to $4,616 
1 acre43,560 sq ft$733 to $2,333 $3,395 to $6,155
2 acres87,120 sq ft$1,466 to $4,666$6,790 to $12,310

Forestry Mulching

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Forestry mulching involves turning trees and brush into mulch as the land gets cleared. This method leaves an organic mulch layer over your land that nourishes the soil. Another advantage of forestry mulching is that you don’t need to worry about debris removal costs. 

Forestry mulching is optimal for landowners who don’t plan to grade or excavate the land right away. The mulch can remain on the ground in the meantime. Expect to pay between $150 and $250 per hour or $400 per acre on average. 

Size of lotSquare footageCost of forestry mulching
* by the acre
⅛ acre5,445 sq ft$50
⅕ acre8,712 sq ft$80
¼ acre10,890 sq ft$100
½ acre21,780 sq ft$200
¾ acre32,670 sq ft$300 
1 acre43,560 sq ft$400
2 acres87,120 sq ft$800

Brush Removal

Brush removal isn’t all that expensive compared to removing or mulching trees. Most landowners pay between $20 and $200 per acre for brush removal. 

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Other Factors That Affect Cost

The size of the land to be cleared has a significant impact on your overall costs, but it’s not the only factor. Land clearing has eight other factors that will affect the cost of your land clearing project: 

  • Site Preparation: Once you’ve cleared the land, what’s next on the list? If the ground needs leveling or grading, you’ll need to factor those services into the bill. 
  • Land Condition: You may get a higher bill if the pros need to maneuver their equipment over hills and uneven terrain. A flat surface is much easier to clear than a bumpy one. 
  • Permits: Before clearing the land, you’ll need to acquire a permit. 
  • Land Survey: A land survey ensures you know where your property lines are. 
  • Erosion: If erosion is a problem on your lot, you may need to pay for additional services to resolve this issue.  
  • Existing Structure: Need to tear down an old building? It won’t demolish itself for free. 
  • Tree Removal: Sometimes, all you need is to clear out a tree or two. 
  • Stump Removal: Is your lot full of old tree stumps? We will show you how to estimate your bill. 

Site Preparation

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The average cost to prepare a lot for building a house costs $1.18 to $2 per square foot. This cost includes clearing and leveling the land to make it a suitable surface for a foundation. 

Here’s how pros do this: First, pros remove the trees, rocks, overgrowth, and debris from the landscape. Then, they move soil from high elevations to lower elevations to reslope the landscape and make it level. 

Why site preparation rapidly increases your costs: If all you need is to remove debris from your property, that’s going to cost you much less than preparing the lot for construction. Talk to your contractor about the specific services you’re expecting from the land clearing job. 

For example, clearing a half-acre of forested land will cost most landowners between $367 and $3,078.  But preparing half an acre of land to build a home is much more expensive, with site preparation costs ranging between $25,700 and $43,560

Size of land
* in square feet
Cost to clear the land and
prepare the land to build a house
1,000 sq ft$1,180 to $2,000
2,000 sq ft$2,360 to $4,000
5,000 sq ft$5,900 to $10,000
10,000 sq ft$11,800 to $20,000 
21,780 sq ft (½ acre)$25,700 to $43,560 
43,560 sq ft (1 acre)$51,401 to $87,120

Land Condition

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The more level your lot is, the less you’ll need to pay for clearing or grading. If your land is relatively flat and you want to build a home on it, you might have to pay only for land clearing. You’ll have a larger bill to pay if your land is exceptionally hilly.

Permit

Before clearing your property of trees and debris, you’ll likely need to apply for a permit. Permit requirements vary from county to county, so check your local ordinances before tearing down any trees. On average, a land clearing permit costs $200

Land Survey

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It’s smart to hire a land surveyor before inviting backhoes and dump trucks to your property. A land surveyor will identify your property’s precise boundaries so you can avoid any legal discrepancies down the road. 

A land survey helps ensure you don’t accidentally clear out parts of the neighbors’ land –– or if a neighbor clears out yours by mistake, you’ll have legal documents that certify where your lot begins and ends. A land survey costs most landowners $500

Erosion

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If your land has significant erosion problems, your pro will likely suggest adding erosion control solutions to your budget. A home won’t be safely supported if it is standing on eroding earth. 

One popular option for erosion control on large properties is hydroseeding. Hydroseeding involves spraying a slurry mixture of water, fertilizer, grass seed, and mulch over the land.

Hydroseeding is an effective and affordable way to grow grass while targeting erosion. On average, hydroseeding costs between $0.08 and $0.20 per square foot. 

Demolish an Existing Structure

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Is a building standing in the way of your new construction project? Clearing land also includes demolishing any existing structures, but it’s going to cost you extra. Expect to pay between $4.33 to $11. 67 per square foot to demolish a house. 

But not so fast: Before knocking down an old building, you’ll need to pay for an asbestos test. On average, an asbestos test costs $496, typically ranging between $242 and $784. 

What is asbestos? Asbestos is a group of natural mineral fibers existing in rocks and soil. The fibers are flexible and resistant to chemicals, heat, and electricity. In the past, it was common for  manufacturers to use these fibers to make construction materials, such as:

  • Vinyl tiles
  • Siding 
  • Insulation
  • Shingles 

When items containing asbestos are destroyed, the fibers break apart and are released into the air. Breathing in these fibers can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. 

Before tearing a house down, ensure no traces of asbestos exist in the construction materials. Otherwise, the asbestos fibers will get released into the air and create a toxic environment.  

Tree Removal

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A small-scale land clearing project might involve removing just a single tree. If that’s the case, expect to pay an average of $630 per tree for tree removal.

Your total cost will vary depending on how large the tree is — the taller the tree, the riskier the job. 

Take a look at the cost estimates below to see how much removing a tree can cost.

Keep in mind that not every arborist will categorize your tree’s size the same way. Some pros might categorize a small tree as under 30 feet tall, while others might classify it as under 25 feet tall. 

Tree sizeTree heightCost range
Small TreeUp to 30 feet tall$150 to $385
Medium Tree30 feet to 60 feet tall$350 to $800
Large Tree60 feet to 80 feet tall$750 to $1300
Extreme TreeOver 80 feet tall$1,050 to $1900

Stump Removal

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The average cost to remove a stump is $326 plus $40 to $83 per additional stump removed after the first.

If you have several stumps that need removing — such as an entire acre of stumps — your stump removal pro might charge by the hour. Pros typically set their hourly rates between $94 to $163 an hour. 

Removing a stump also involves removing its root system. When preparing for a construction site, it’s best to have the whole stump and its root system removed to avoid any roots getting in the way of new construction. Stump grinding is another clearing option, but it leaves the roots intact. 

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Once your land is clear and flat, you are ready to plant or put something — maybe a new house — on your property. Here are the added costs for some common home and property improvements for which you need the land cleared first: 

  • Conduct a soil test
  • Excavate a basement
  • Pour concrete 
  • Landscape your yard
  • Install an in-ground pool 

Soil Test

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Testing soil costs most homeowners $1,268, with prices typically ranging from $801 to $1,755. If you’re looking to save some cash, consider buying a $10 to $20 DIY soil test kit at your local home improvement store. 

But why pay all that money for a soil test? Here are some benefits of soil tests to consider: 

  • A soil test identifies any nutrient deficiencies, pH imbalances, or abnormal salt levels in the soil. 
  • Understanding your soil’s health allows you to optimize plant growth in your lawn, garden, and flower beds. 
  • A soil test helps you to determine the best fertilizer and fertilizing frequency for your yard. Applying only the amount your lawn needs prevents excess fertilizer from polluting waterways. 

Basement

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Interested in building a basement for your new home? That’s going to require moving more earth and hiring excavation pros. On average, building a basement costs between $10 and $20 per square foot.  

Concrete Slab

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Concrete should be poured over a flat surface. Now that your lot has been cleared and graded, it’s the optimal space for a new concrete slab. 

Pour your new concrete driveway, garage floor, shed foundation, or patio for an average price of $6.60 per square foot for materials and labor. Prices will vary depending on your concrete slab’s strength, design, and finish. 

Landscaping Improvements

Now that you’ve cleared out the old landscape, it’s time for a fresh start. There are no limits to your dream landscape design (except your budget). 

Homeowners typically spend between $4,000 and $20,317 to landscape around their home, but total spending will vary depending on the landscaping project. 

Landscaping projectAverage cost
Sod Installation$0. 87 to $1.76 per square foot
Pathway Installation$8 to $22 per square foot
Tree and Bush Planting$25 to $3,000
Flower Bed Planting $650 to $3,000
Pergola Installation$2,216 to $8,959
Retaining Wall Installation$4,025 to $8,711
Gazebo Installation$5,364 to $9,027
Outdoor Kitchen Installation$5,057 to $17,276

In-Ground Pool

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How long has an in-ground pool been part of your dream home? With the land cleared, the ground is ready for installing the perfect in-ground pool.  

The average cost to install an in-ground pool is $45,583, but prices will vary depending on the pool type. The three most common pool types include vinyl liner, concrete, and fiberglass. 

Vinyl liner pools are the most affordable, with concrete pools costing the most. Fiberglass pools are more expensive than vinyl liner pools, but they’re popular among homeowners for their cost-effectiveness. 

In-ground pool typeAverage cost
Vinyl Liner$24,000 to $44,000
Fiberglass$24,333 to $70,000
Concrete $31,000 to $71,666

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Cost of Land Clearing Across the U.S. 

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The prices listed in this land clearing cost guide are all national averages. On a local scale, prices will likely vary depending on where you live. Land clearing professionals will set their rates according to the region’s market and demand for land clearing. 

The average prices listed in this guide should help you estimate your total spending, but it’s normal to find your total bill falling below or above the national range. 

Cost of DIY Land Clearing

Land clearing isn’t always an ideal DIY project. It’s a time-consuming endeavor, and you need to know how to operate heavy machinery safely. 

When clearing or preparing your land, expect to pay an expensive fee for renting equipment.

Your total DIY bill will vary depending on the project’s scope, which machines you need, and how powerful the machines are. The bigger and more powerful the equipment, the more you can expect to pay in rental fees.  

Machine rentalDaily cost rangeWeekly cost rangeMonthly cost range
Dump Truck$200 to $2,000$750 to $4,200 $2,000 to $12,000
Excavator$200 to $3,500 $1,250 to $5,000$3,000 to $15,000
Bulldozer$200 to $800$1,000 to $1,600$3,000 to $5,000
Stump Grinder$190 to $380 $420 to $900$1,070 to $2,240

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FAQ About Land Clearing

1. How long does it take to clear an acre of land?

The time it takes to clear a 1-acre lot will depend on the pro you hire and the equipment he or she uses. On average, it takes about two to four hours to clear land. 

2. How many acres of land can professionals clear in one day?

How many acres a team of pros can clear in one day depends on the land clearing company you hire and the equipment they own. Generally, pros can clear 2 to 4 acres a day, and sometimes more.

3. Can you keep specific trees intact when clearing land?

Yes, pros can work around specific trees as long as you let them know which trees you intend to keep.  

4. How much does it cost to check for underground utilities?

Before disrupting the earth, check for underground utilities. Call 811 and request a utility company to come to your lot and identify the utility locations. Most utility companies will perform this service for free. 

Conclusion

Clearing land is a mighty project, so be sure to have your checkbook or credit card ready. Total spending will vary depending on how much land you need cleared, the type of debris removed, debris removal, and the method of clearing.

If you’re preparing the lot for construction, you’re looking at a bill that’s thousands of dollars. 

Once your land is cleared and level, it’s time to transform your dream landscape into a reality. Call a local landscaping professional near you who can pour a concrete patio, plant flower beds, install a water garden, erect a fence around your property, or handle any other myriad landscaping improvements. 

The average cost of clearing and preparing the land to build a house is $2,581, with most landowners paying between $1,266 and $3,900 or between $1.18 to $2 per square foot. 

Small land clearing projects that don’t require much labor average around $563, while extensive projects have an average cost of $8,313. Anything you want to put on your cleared land — or a pool you might want to put in the ground now — will cost extra.

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2022 Land Clearing Costs | Avg. Cost Per Acre

Land Clearing Cost

The average cost to clear land to build a house is between $1,150 and $3,680. Land clearing cost per acre ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 on lightly wooded lots and between $3,790 to $6,710 for a heavily wooded area. Depending on why you need the land cleared, what needs to be removed, and the acreage of the land, you could see prices as low as $500 for a quarter-acre and as high as $7,000 for a full acre lot.

The price to clear land will vary depending on the size of the lot, the purpose of the land preparation, and the density of trees, brush, rocks, and stumps that need to cleared. While you could do the work yourself, this price guide looks at getting the land clearing done professionally.

Cost To Clear Land
National Average Cost $2,680
Minimum Cost $500
Maximum Cost $7,000
Average Range $1,150 to $3,790

Table Of Contents

  1. Land Clearing Cost
  2. Land Clearing Cost Per Acre
  3. Additional Land Clearing Prices
  • Brush Removal
  • Tree Clearing
  • Land Grading Cost
  • Forestry Mulching Cost Per Acre
  • Site Preparation
  • Equipment Rental Costs
  • Cactus Removal
  • Cheapest Way to Clear Land
  • Hiring Your Land Clearing Services
  • Excavating Contractors Near Me
  • Land Clearing Cost Per Acre

    The costs to clear land will vary based on how heavily the acreage is wooded with brush, trees, stumps, and rocks. Lot clearing costs around $950 on a quarter-acre for light clearing on flat ground without rocks. To clear a full acre of flat, light brush, without grading or rock removal costs about $3,790. For a heavily forested lot the prices to clear the trees can be $7,000 or more.

    Most companies will give you a quote on the final cost to clear your land based on a quarter acre- or full acre price.

    • Quarter-acre: $950 – Light clearing of small young trees no taller than 9’ on a quarter acre—where the ground is flat and doesn't need to be graded or have any rocks removed.
    • Full acre light underbrush: $3,790 – To clear a full acre of the same level of light brush, also without grading or rock removal.
    • Full acre heavily forested: $7,000+ – For a heavily forested area with tall trees, lots of brush, and grading.

    Cost to Clear Wooded Lot Per Quarter Acre

    The average cost to prepare land for building or house on a quarter-acre lot is between $950 and $1,680 depending on the level of brush, trees, and how much grading will be required. Here are average lot clearing prices:

    Lot Clearing Prices
    Brush Level Cubic Yards of Debris Average Cost
    Clear light brush and grub roots 87.5 $950
    Clear medium brush and small trees, grub roots 105 $1,090
    Clear brush and trees to 6" trunk diameter 455 $1,200
    Clear wooded area, pull stumps 490 $1,680

    Cost to Clear Underbrush Per Acre

    The price to clear light to medium underbrush is between $3,790 and $4,360 per acre, which is around 350 to 420 cubic yards of debris to be removed. For a heavily forested area with lots of trees and stumps, expect to pay between $4,820 and $6,710.

    Land Clearing Cost Per Acre
    Brush Level Cubic Yards of Debris Average Cost
    Clear light underbrush & grub roots 350 $3,790
    Clear medium underbrush & small trees, grub roots 420 $4,360
    Clear underbrush and trees to 6" trunk diameter 455 $4,820
    Clear wooded area, pull stumps 490 $6,710

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    Additional Land Clearing Prices

    Typically, land clearing is charged by the acre or quarter-acre, but in some cases, the average price ranges between $1 to $2 per square foot for complete land clearing and site preparation.

    How Much Does it Cost to Clear Land to Build a House?

    Clearing land to build a house costs between $1,150 and $3,680 on average. A smaller lot that only needs one contractor and a bobcat with a shredder attached, you can expect to pay between $1,200 and $1,500, depending on the density of the brush, grass, and rock.

    Brush Removal Costs

    Clearing brush is less expensive than trees and costs between $1,254 and $1,755 per acre on average. In some cases where the brush is very light and thin, clearing the overgrowth could cost as little as $200 per acre.

    Brush Removal Cost
    Brush Level Average Cost
    Light Brush $1,254 per acre
    Heavy Brush $1,629 per acre
    Wooded $1,755 per acre

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    Tree Clearing Cost

    Clearing a single tree will cost between $200 and $400 on average. Tree removal costs around $70 to $200 if the tree has fallen down already. Tree clearing per acre ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 on lightly wooded lots and between $3,790 to $6,710 for a heavily forested acreage.

    Tree Clearing Cost
    Tree Height Average Cost
    8′ to 12′ $150 each
    13′ to 18′ $210 each
    19′ to 24′ $330 each
    25′ to 36′ $419 each

    Land Clearing Stump Removal

    The total cost of tree stump grinding will depend on the number of stumps, the tree stumps’ diameters, access to the stump(s), the depth of the grinding, the root system, and mulch removal. On average, you can expect to spend $160 for first stump and $40 per additional stump to be removed.

    Tree Clearing Cost
    Stump Width Average Cost
    6″ to 10″ $67 each
    11″ to 14″ $88 each
    15″ to 18″ $110 each
    19″ to 24″ $131 each
    25″ to 30″ $139 each

    Clearing Rocks From Land

    Clearing rocks from land typically costs $5. 53–$9.15 per linear foot depending on the hardness of the soil and rock. Rock drilling requires the use of a pneumatic truck-mounted wagon drill which requires a $2,500 minimum job charge.

    Excavation Cost Per Acre

    Land excavation is essential when building a structure that requires a foundation, such as a garage or home. Also, it is used to turn a wooded plot into farmland or a garden. The average price of excavation is between $1,600 and $4,400.

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    Land Grading Cost

    Land grading costs $100 to $200 per cubic yard, depending on the terrain and level of erosion control. When you are working with land that is not entirely flat, and it needs to be leveled for use or for construction, it will need to be graded. In this phase of preparing the land, it will either be scraped and removed from the location or scraped from a higher elevation on the land, and the dirt then used to fill a lower elevation to level it out.

    Land Grading Cost Per Acre

    Land grading costs $17,400 to $43,600 per acre, depending on the site conditions, slope steepness, and fill dirt or topsoil needed. Work done in clay, shale, or soft rock will cost 10% to 25% more. To strip, stockpile on site, and then replace topsoil costs $15 to $25 per cubic yard.

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    Forestry Mulching Cost Per Acre

    This is a much cheaper option for removing individual trees and bits of brush. When clearing land that isn’t going to be built on immediately, and assuming the land is as flat as you want it and doesn’t need to be graded, you could have contractors come to mulch everything.

    In this scenario, equipment called a forestry mulcher, masticator, or brush cutter would be brought in to shred everything and leave a carpet of mulch spread out across the ground. There are different tools required for the job which can be attached to tractors, excavators, or even bobcats, and the most common is a rotary drum with steel teeth which shreds the vegetation.

    Depending on how your contractor prices the work, it can either be hourly for which you could be looking at $150 to $250 per hour, or they may charge a flat rate of $400 per acre.

    The heaviest duty equipment available can take care of around 15 acres per day, but for smaller applications, it is not feasible to transport that size of equipment to a residential plot—the equipment will need to be smaller, and depending on how thick the brush is, it may take half to one day to clear an acre.

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    How Is Land Clearing & Site Preparation Done?

    • Land Survey: If you haven’t already done so, in the case of clearing for construction and property lines, check your most recent land survey and make sure the proposed build site is within any setbacks from your property lines. It might be wise to get a new survey if your current survey is quite old. A land survey costs between $480 and $540 for a residential survey.
    • Land Clearing Permit: Each state or county may view this differently, but more often than not, when there is a significant amount of grading to be done, you are nearly always likely to need a clearing permit. Also, specific sizes of trees are protected and cannot be removed, so those trees must be marked. $200+
    • Utilities: Before work is done, you will need to check for any underground utilities, especially if grading is required. Call 811 to start the process for the relevant utility companies to come out to your property to identify and flag off the utility locations and directions. This service is free.
    • Flood zone: Check the FEMA flood maps for your property to make sure the local zoning for your land hasn't changed. Zoning is more applicable when grading is being done, because of its ability to change the flow of water on your property.
    • Clearing: You may need to demolish existing structures, then begin clearing the trees, brush, and rocks from the land.
    • Stump Removal: Pros may grind or burn the tree stumps on site.
    • Grading: Grading will make the surface of the land level and ready for construction.

    Additional Cost Factors

    • Distance to your property from the contractor’s location
    • Distance from your property to the dump
    • Removal of any additional nonorganic debris like demolished building materials

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    Land Clearing Equipment Rental Costs

    Land clearing companies sometimes pay thousands to rent the right equipment for your job plus the delivery and pickup costs of between $150 to $250, insurance at 9% of the rental rate, fuel, and qualified operators. On average, it takes around 3 to 4 hours to clear an acre of land. If you were to hire professional labor, costs would be around $130 to $250 per hour per operator.

    Bulldozer

    • 65 horsepower dozer - $312 for a half day, $445 for a day, or $1,330 per week
    • 140 horsepower dozer - $568 for a half day, $811 for a day or $2,310 per week

    Excavator

    • 25,000 to 29,000 lbs. excavator. $828 for a day, $2,211 for a week, or $5,920 per month
    • 43,000 to 49,999 lbs. excavator. $1,121 for a day, $2,880 for a week or $6,659 per month

    Dump Truck

    • 25 to 30-ton articulated truck - $1,800 for the day, or $3,950 for a week
    • 12 to 14 cubic yard dump truck - $750 per day or $1,700 per week
    • A truck which can hold between 5 and 6 cubic yards - $300 per day or $800 per week

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    Cactus Removal

    Whether you need to clear land for farming or construction, there is a high likelihood that you will need to remove cactus plants from it, which is no easy job.

    Low-Density Cactus Removal - Below 100 Plants Per Acre

    • Fast and high cost – At $80 to $100 per hour for a contractor to arrive with the necessary equipment to dig out cactus. The total price can quickly get into many thousands if they have to use the skid loader on high-density infestation on multiple acres.
    • Slow and cheap – A systemic herbicide containing picloram is used on the cacti. This treatment is slow since you not only have to wait until there are no drought conditions to apply the herbicide—because it is best absorbed through new growth—but it can also take up to two years for the cacti to die and wither. However, at the price of about $20 per acre, it is an inexpensive solution.

    High-Density Cactus Removal - More Than 100 Plants per Acre

    If the density of plants per acre makes the manual extraction or herbicide treatment cost prohibitive, you can go with either broadcast herbicide at $250+ per acre or prescribed burn at $1 to $10 per acre or a combination of both, as long as the size of your land and the location of the cacti will allow for it.

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    Cheapest Way to Clear Land

    • Financial assistance – If controlling or removing cacti from your land is something you are facing, you can call the local US Department of Agriculture office to inquire about their National Resources Conservation Service, and you should also look into the availability of federal grants to help in the control and removal of brush.
    • DIY Land Clearing – Clearing the land yourself is always an option when there isn’t a significant amount of work to be done, you are in no particular rush to get the work done, and you have the equipment and manpower you need for a few weekends. If you don’t have any of the right equipment, some of the necessary expenses you would be looking at are below, along with the rental prices of large pieces of equipment mentioned above.
    • Sell The Trees – Lumber companies will sometimes be willing to remove them for free in exchange for being able to sell the wood. This usually only works if you have a lot of trees of a variety that makes for good firewood or furniture. While it’s tempting to find anyone you can to come and chop them up for firewood, you could end up paying thousands if they are injured on your property because they didn’t have liability insurance.

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    Hiring Your Land Clearing Services

    To find the best professional team to clear your land, check out the experts listed here on HomeGuide to get the work done. Create a shortlist of 3–5 contractors and get bids to find the right provider to come and clear your land. Use the following as a checklist to create your shortlist:

    • Are A/A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau
    • Have equipment operators with the necessary certifications or licenses
    • Are insured and bonded
    • Have been in business for a decent number of years
    • Have great reviews on HomeGuide and Google

    What Should Be Included in a Bid?

    Typically, unless you are providing a solution for one or more of the components of the work yourself, the proposals you get should cover the following:

    • All labor
    • All equipment needed
    • All equipment-related expenses including transportation to and from the site, gas, insurance, etc.
    • All debris removal and any dumping fees
    • All grading service prices (if your contractor provides that service)

    Get free estimates on HomeGuide from trusted land clearing companies:

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    ✅ Cut trees on the site: prices for work

    Cut trees

    Cut trees

    Tree cutting

    Zemlechist company cuts trees at sites in Moscow and the Moscow region. We provide services to individuals, commercial organizations - land owners. In some cases, it is possible to cut down a tree on your site without obtaining an administrative permit, the work is done quickly, with a guarantee of quality.

    Professional chainsaws with a chain mechanism are used for felling. The work is carried out by an experienced team consisting of a feller and an assistant.

    Customers are guaranteed:

    • the choice of the best way to cut trees;
    • safety compliance;
    • cutting wood into firewood;
    • cleaning of the territory and removal of garbage upon completion of work.

    How much does it cost to cut down a tree?

    Prices for cutting trees are indicated in the price list posted on the page. They depend on the method of felling, the number of plantations and the diameter of the trunk, and the subsequent processing of wood. For a preliminary calculation of the total cost of services, a calculator program is used.

    If you find it difficult to determine how to cut down trees, contact a specialist for advice. He will make a calculation and fill out an application for a convenient day.

    Tree removal Barrel diameter, cm
    Ways to 30 to 40 to 50 to 60 from 60
    Guy cut, tree felling in desired direction 3,200 4,400 5,000 6 300 7 500
    Cut trees in pieces, free discharge 6 300 8 800 10,000 12 500 15,000
    Prices for additional work when cutting down trees
    Cutting the trunk for firewood 400 700 1000 1900 2,500

    Minimum order value 45,000

    When should trees be cut down?

    In most cases, clients want to cut down a tree in their dacha or garden plot due to changes in landscape design or planning of new buildings. Selective or complete felling is carried out in new areas located in the forest zone. In old summer cottages, apple trees often need to be cut down. The life span of a fruit tree is 50–60 years, so periodic replacement of plantings is inevitable. Apple, pear and other trees are also cut down due to freezing in cold winters or insufficient fruiting. Another reason is the shading of lawns and violation of the light regime in the house due to overgrown crowns. Cases when trees need to be cut down urgently include emergencies caused by fire or hurricane. Damaged plantings can fall on a house, car, people at any moment, and it is dangerous to delay their removal.

    Stages of cutting trees

    Felling is done manually with Stihl chainsaws for working from the ground and at height. Tree cutting sequence:

    • determining the direction and method of felling, taking into account the development of the site, the size of the trunk;
    • preparation of the working space;
    • cut wood;
    • barrel collision;
    • sawing wood into fragments and garbage disposal.

    If work is carried out far from buildings or on an undeveloped site, then the tree falls entirely. First, the arborist determines the direction of the fall of the trunk, taking into account its inclination, the shape of the crown. In preparation for work, the shoots around the tree and foreign objects are removed within a radius of 60 cm. In winter, snow is cleared. After that, a cut is made from the side of the roll. Its depth depends on the strength and direction of the wind, the magnitude of the slope. The shape of the notch is selected taking into account the diameter of the trunk: up to 18 cm - one cut, 18-50 cm - two horizontal cuts, over 50 cm - a rectangular cut. The saw cut of a tree is made from the side opposite to the saw cut at the level of its upper edge with a cut of 1–5 cm or more, depending on the diameter. After that, a collision is performed. The height of the stump is no more than 10 cm or 1/3 of the cut diameter. In the absence of a natural slope, a swath with a guy is used. To do this, a rope is tied at an accessible height and the fall path is set by an arborist's assistant or with the help of a winch if the trunk diameter is large. In conditions of dense development, the method of sawing a tree in parts is used. Work is done at a height with a guy line. With its help, the trajectory of the fall of the parts of the trunk is set, from which the branches are preliminarily cut. At the final stage of work, the trunk is freed from branches, sawn into circles for loading or cutting firewood. Garbage is removed from the site. The customer can additionally agree on the execution of stump uprooting.

    Deadlines for felling trees.

    FAQ

    1) What are the terms of the work?

    Felling time depends on the number and size of trees. For sawing and cutting up to 5 trees, a working shift is enough. The felling of one whole trunk is carried out within an hour.

    2) What is the seasonality of work?

    The service is available all year round.

    3) Does the tree splitting service include stump removal?

    This is a separate type of work that requires the use of other equipment - pneumatic crushers. Upon agreement with the customer, crushing of stumps can be carried out immediately after felling.

    4) What are the performance guarantees?

    Works are carried out under a contract with the signing of an acceptance certificate after they are completed. The material guarantee is limited to the total value of the contract. How is the payment done? Before the start of work, an advance payment of 50% is paid, and the final payment is made after acceptance. Garbage is taken out on a prepaid basis.

    Work examples

    Removal of trees in Domodedovo

    Terms: 1 day

    Number of trees: 3 pieces

    Details

    Tree removal in Podolsk

    Terms: 1 day

    Number of trees: 5 pieces

    Details

    Clearing 30 acres in Chekhov

    Terms: 5 days

    Area: 3,000 m 2

    Details

    Land clearing in Istra

    Terms: 5 days

    Area: 1,200 m 2

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    ✅ Felling trees 🌳: prices for work at the company ZEMLECHIST

    Felling trees

    Felling trees

    Felling trees

    The Zemlyochist Company performs tree felling at dachas and household plots in the Moscow Region. Works on private territory can be carried out without obtaining an administrative permit within the terms agreed with the customer.

    We guarantee:

    • the choice of safe felling technology;
    • uprooting of stumps;
    • sawing wood for firewood;
    • site cleaning and garbage disposal.

    Calculation of the cost of felling trees

    You can independently perform a preliminary calculation of the cost of cutting the stands. Prices for felling trees and additional services are indicated in the price list and are taken into account in the calculator program to calculate the total cost of work. They depend on the felling method and trunk diameter.

    Consult with our specialist to determine the sawing method. After specifying the location, number and size of trees, he will calculate the costs.

    Tree removal Barrel diameter, cm
    Ways to 30 to 40 to 50 to 60 from 60
    Guy cut, tree felling in desired direction 4350 5800 7250 8700 8700

    Minimum order value 45,000

    When do you need felling?

    Crop sawing - a service in demand when clearing a new site. When preparing a site for construction and laying out lawns, all plantings have to be removed. Some owners, when buying a dacha or a house, equip the garden to their liking and order selective felling of trees.

    Fruit crops have to be replaced in old summer cottages. The life span of an apple tree is no more than 60 years, after which it has to be cut down. Fruit trees are felled during freezing, drying and low fruiting.

    Barrels damaged by fire or storm require urgent removal. Such a tree can fall at any moment and damage power lines, buildings, a vehicle, and most importantly, people can suffer.

    Felling trees should be done if they disturb the light regime in the room or they shade the area too much, reducing its productivity.

    Stages and methods of performing work

    Felling of trees is carried out by a team of 2 or more people. It includes a professional arborist and assistants performing auxiliary operations. Workers are delivered to the site by 9 o'clock in the morning and during the shift they cut down and butcher interfering plantings. For this, Stihl chainsaws are used, the equipment and performance of which are selected in accordance with the method of removal and the diameter of the trunk.

    Felling stages include:

    • determining the direction and method of sawing;
    • workspace preparation;
    • sawing and pushing the trunk;
    • wood cutting and garbage disposal.

    Saw cut method

    It is chosen taking into account the inclination of the trunk and building density. The whole tree is felled in free space away from home. To do this, determine the direction of the fall of the trunk and prepare the working space. The direction is chosen taking into account the slope of the trunk and the shape of the crown. Then, in a radius of 60 cm, shoots, shrubs, and foreign objects are removed. In winter, snow is cleared. The notch of the trunk is made from the side of the felling. Depth depends on the slope, strength and direction of the wind. If the trunk diameter is up to 18 cm, the undercut is performed with one cut, with a diameter of 18-50 cm, two horizontal cuts are required. A rectangular cut is needed with a diameter of more than 50 cm.

    Felling is made from the opposite side of the cut with an undersaw of 1-5 cm or more, depending on the size of the tree. The height of the stump is no more than 10 cm or 1/3 of the cut diameter. After sawing produce a collision. The work is carried out in compliance with security measures, with access restriction for unauthorized people.

    Saw cut with a quickdraw is more labor intensive. This method is used when the trunk does not have a natural slope. At a suitable height, a rope is tied, and the arborist's assistant sets the trajectory of the fall. Trunks of large diameter are felled with the help of a winch.

    In case of dense buildings, the trunk is sawn in parts. The work is carried out with a compact chainsaw at a height, the trajectory of the fall of the barrel parts is set by pulling or hanging the parts on a system of blocks.

    The sawn trunk is freed from branches, cut into logs for loading or logging. Garbage is loaded into a container and removed from the site.

    When is the best time to fell trees?

    FAQ

    1) How long does it take to fell one tree of medium thickness?

    The duration of work depends on the number of additional services and the method of sawing. An hour is enough to cut down the whole thing, and when removing it in parts with uprooting the stump and preparing firewood, it may take several hours.

    2) What is the best time of year to cut down trees?

    With careful professional work, the season does not matter. We provide this service all year round.

    3) Is an advance payment required?

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