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Getting rid of a Conifer/Hedge

Evening all, 

looking for some advice please. 

Currently got a job I’m trying to price up which includes removing a row of conifers which act a hedge between the 2 neighbours. 

There’s about 10 stumps and the conifers are approx 10ft tall. 


Any advice ice on how to price such a job?

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  • I'd probably price it at a day plus waste

  • Depending on the width of the hedge I would over estimate rather than under estimate the amount of waste.  Confiers always seem to bulk up.  Also there will be loads of dead material at the base if the hedge is quite thick.  Are you hiring a stump grinder or digging the stumps out?  I would estimate between £500 -  £700 for a tree surgoen, based on 2 man days, disposal and stump grinding if a 2 man team could do it in a day and what the access is like.  That also depends on where you are in the country.

    • Thanks Ben. 

      I’m in the Midlands.

      Approx width is about 3.5/4ft. I was thinking to dig the stumps out, but there’s about 10 of them. :-(

  • Without knowing the age of the hedge and consequently how well its establised/thickness of the trunk + roots, how you're disposing of the waste, it's really impossible to give an idea of price.

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      Digging conifer stumps out manually is not impossible if you can get some movement at the roots and if you have already made that assessment but its very time consuming so i would factor this in , If they dont need to come out you can cut them to ground level . 

      If the conifers are old and have been maintained at 10 feet tall sounds like the  roots will be difficult to dig out and depends on what the customer specifys about the stumps so i wouldn't price the job on the basis you can get the stumps out .


      • Is there access for a digger? It would be easier than hand digging them and would be more effective than the poxy little grinders that the hire centres have.  It would of course generate a skip load of trash.  John's advice on cutting to ground level could be a good one to sell to the customer, just make sure that you have an old chain on your saw and that you wear goggles as well.

        • Hi Ben, unfortunately no access for a digger, so it’s a manual approach

      • Thanks John. I’m repalcing the conifers for fencing, so chances are some/all of them will need to come out

  • Conifers tend to dig-out fairly easily in my experience, particularly if only 4ft girth...  we put a saw up each trunk and stripnthe branches then use each trunk for leverage, sometimes against the tree next to it via ratchet strap.  I’ve seen 2 guys dig/pull out 20 in a day easily, but it depends on the guys, the experience and the tools available

    • As a gardening gardener, planting between the stumps has always been fine. The soil will need enriching, but I've got two apple trees in a neighbours that have been very productive having removed 6 leylandii for her. I know some owners have been 'scared' about them rotting and causing problems but that's just old-fashioned thinking. I've always thought some contractors quote for stump-grinding because it's nice extra....


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