How Much Does Brush Removal Cost?
Brush removal refers to getting rid of all the leaves, branches, and other items in your yard. This is usually done in the late fall for leaves or in the early spring for branches and trees.
Those who own more than an acre of land will often find that a lot of their land is often filled with a lot of debris and brush. One of the main problems with trying to perform this job by yourself is that you do not have the tools and machines to make sure that the roots of the unwanted brush are removed rather than just the part that is above the ground. Since it would take a long time to remove this brush manually, many land owners prefer a professional company. The cost of removing brush from your property professionally will depend on the size of the land, the complexity of the job, and the amount of brush that needs to be cleared.
How much is it?
- On average, be prepared to budget around $1 to $2.25 per square foot for brush removal on most land. If you are going to want to get quotes by the acre, the costs can be anywhere from $150 for a simple cut to as much as $2,000 or more for lots that need to have trees, vines, and excessive brush removed. However, to budget properly, plan on spending around $250 to $700 per acre.
- If the land is filled with a lot of trees and is heavily wooded, the costs can easily get close to the $3,000 to $5,000 per acre range.
- Some companies may charge for brush removal by the hour, which can range from $25 to $40 per person. Typical jobs will have two to three people on the site.
- For example, users on the message board LawnSite,com claimed that it could be anywhere from $150 to upwards of $5,000 per acre. The cost heavily depends on what you want to have done and how much brush needs to be removed.
What is going to be included?
- Clearing land is generally going to involve clearing out brush, trees, vines, hauling and brush hogging. Special brush cutters are going to be required most of the time to get rid of certain types of brush. Depending on the complexity of the clearing, additional equipment such as chainsaws, bulldozers, and backhoes may be required.
- A common way to get rid of the brush can involve mulching. This is the process where the equipment can mulch the trees, leaving nutrient-rich chips behind. This is a great way to help the soil and avoid large disposal fees.
What are the extra costs?
- If trees or tree stumps have to be grounded down, it can be an additional price outside of the initial quote.
- After the brush has been cleared, some landowners opt to have grass seed laid down. To properly lay the grass, hay will have to be laid on top to prevent it from blowing away. SEE: “How much does tree removal cost?“
- Depending on your local laws, a permit may have to be pulled before the work begins.
- Fence removing, creating trails, or accommodating special requests can lead to additional charges.
- Depending on what is removed, you may have to pay to have the debris hauled away. The company you hire may include this in the service, but this is not always the case.
- If you want to do the job yourself, check into renting machinery such as a stump grinder to help with the project.
Tips to know:
- If you plan on clearing a lot of trees, consider talking with a few local timber companies. Some companies may be interested in purchasing or hauling your timber away for free.
- Brush removal is a job that can be done on your own. However, it will probably take up to three times longer to perform the job than a professional company would take.
- If you are doing the job yourself, make sure that you dress appropriately. Long sleeves and pants should be worn along with gloves to protect you from thorns and branches that could cut you. If there is any machinery involved, such as a chainsaw, safety glasses should also be worn.
How can I save money?
- When gathering quotes, always try your best to get at least three to five. Websites, such as HomeAdvisor.com can help you compare a handful of contractor quotes. When choosing a company, do not focus on the price, but rather, focus on their insurance, licenses and their experience.
- Sites that do not require a lot of clearing can often be done with smaller pieces of equipment that can be rented from a local store. Consider doing the job yourself to save the most amount of money.
- Instead of paying for removal of the debris, burn the brush in your back yard. You may need a permit for this, but it will probably be cheaper than the price you would pay for removal.