In this article, I’ll be talking about eucalyptus tree removal methods and costs.
The Eucalyptus tree is a species native to the region of Australia. It has become an invasive plant in America, California inclusive. They are known for growing in thick groves that congest the native plants. This results in a loss of biodiversity.
Since this tree poses such a problem, you may want to have it removed. Understandably so!
How To Remove Eucalyptus Tree
There are various ways by which you can remove a tree. These include burning, pulling, grinding, and with the use of a herbicide.
Let us take a look at these methods one by one.
Using a herbicide to remove eucalyptus tree
This is one of the safest ways to kill a eucalyptus tree, this is because herbicides get to the roots of the tree so there will be no chance of other trees sprouting.
Being that it is an invasive species, you wouldn’t want more eucalyptuses growing out of the roots, do you? I thought not.
Things you will need
- Handheld spray bottle
- 5/16-inch flat spade drill bit
- Power drill
Follow these steps and the eucalyptus tree will be gone.
Cut the tree to a stump: Since you are using a herbicide, you would want to give the chemical less work to do. This means cutting the tree down to its lowest level is a good idea. As you may have thought, the less of a tree there is to kill, the faster the herbicide will work.
Dig out the bottom area of the stump: Dig up the surrounding areas around the bottom part of the stump, deep enough that you can see the connecting part of the root to the trunk.
Drill holes at the top of the stump and the sides: After the tree has been felled, take a power drill and make as many holes as you can at the top and sides of the tree. The holes should go about 12mm deep.
Drill extra holes into the exposed parts of the roots.
Pour the herbicide: With your spray-can filled with herbicide, pour as much as you can into the holes you created.
If it is a liquid herbicide, then you can go ahead and fill the holes to the brim. If it’s in powder form, you can make a solution first, then pour it into the holes. Follow the instructions on the pack.
Repeat the process: It will take the herbicide about 3 to 4 weeks to start manifesting itself on the eucalyptus tree. While you wait, you can check on the holes in the stump and see if the herbicide has been fully absorbed. If it has, then you can add more so the process will be sped up.
Remove the tree: After the course of time has passed and the herbicide has succeeded in killing the tree, it is now time to remove it.
Take an ax and chop off the connecting parts of the root to the trunk so it can easily be yanked off.
Dig more around the surrounding areas to loosen up the dead stump and the roots.
By this time the eucalyptus tree has been rotted and softened. This would make it easier to pull off the soil.
Always guard yourself against potential herbicide splashes. They are not to be ingested or inhaled.
Make sure you put on protective goggles to screen your eyes and a facemask to guard your mouth and nostrils against the chemical.
Also, be careful when handling the chainsaw. It is a very sharp tool that can cause serious injuries to persons so operate with caution. Turn off the chainsaw when you are not cutting.
If you are using the herbicide method to kill a eucalyptus tree during the winter season, create spaces that are 1 inch apart in the trunk. The tree could be dormant in the winter season. If it is, you will need a lot more herbicide to kill it.
Removing eucalyptus tree with heavy-duty machines
This is another method with which you can remove eucalyptus trees. Using this method will cost you more than the herbicide method, but it is a whole lot faster.
Heavy-duty machines such as grapplers will rip off both the tree and its roots from the soil in no time. These grapplers have very sharp teeth that wrap around a tree’s trunk, and with the help of powerful hydraulics, the operator simply pulls the tree from the ground.
Unfortunately, you may not be able to do this on your own, since I don’t assume you own such a machine, neither do you know how to operate one. That being the case, your best bet is to hire a tree removal service to come with their grappler and yank that eucalyptus right off your yard.
As I mentioned before, it will cost you a decent amount of money, depending on the size of the tree. Expect to spend between $2,000 to $5,000.
These figures are merely estimates, as many factors determine the cost of tree removal.
Burning Eucalyptus Tree Stump
There are various ways by which you can burn tree stumps. You can use kerosene, diesel, or charcoal. All the methods work just as good.
To burn a eucalyptus tree stump with charcoal, you first have to dig around the base of the stump. By doing this, you will be exposing as much of the eucalyptus roots as you possibly can. Remember, the eucalyptus tree is an invasive species, and to properly remove it means killing it from the root.
Not tackling the problem from the root will mean the birth of several other eucalyptus trees down the line.
After the base area of the eucalyptus, tree stump has been dug, drill some holes at the top of the stump and fill it up with vegetable oil. Leave the oil to soak into the eucalyptus tree stump overnight.
You can also drill some holes in the exposed roots and fill them up with oil, just so you get faster results.
The following day, grab a bag of charcoal and dump it at the top of the stump. Also stuff the hole you dug around the tree stump with as much charcoal as you can. By doing this, you’ll be making sure the roots of the tree will also be killed.
You can place some firewood in the charcoal if you wish, as it will speed up the process.
With everything in place, proceed to light up the heap. Make sure you maintain a safe distance when burning the eucalyptus tree stump.
Also, be sure to control the flame as it burns. You can dampen the area surrounding the tree stump so that the fire will not cross the marked out region. You can also build a small wall with rocks around the stump before you burn it.
All these measures will keep the fire controlled.
The things you will need to burn eucalyptus tree stump with kerosene, diesel or charcoal include –
- A shovel to dig around the base of the stump (to expose as much root as possible)
- A power drill to make holes for the inflammable liquid (kerosene, vegetable oil, or diesel)
- Firewood to help kindle the fire
As for safety, you will be needing a few items too. These include –
- Goggles to protect eyes from smoke
- A facemask to protect smoke inhalation
- Gloves to protect hands from fire burns and blisters
- Cellphone to call fire service in case of an emergency
Eucalyptus tree removal cost in the U.K
The cost of removing a eucalyptus tree in the U.K will vary based on various factors.
These factors include –
Size: The bigger the tree the more expensive it will be to remove, and vice versa.
Location: If the tree is located in a high-brow neighborhood in the U.K, then expect to pay more for the service, and vice versa.
Obstacles: If the tree is situated near an obstacle such as a power line, a fence, or is leaning too close to the roof of a house, then it would take a longer period to remove. This will of course attract extra costs.
How Much Does Eucalyptus Tree Removal Cost?
Different tree removal companies will charge different fees for their services. To make sure you are getting the best deal, try and get as many as 4 different quotes. Compare prices and go for the most favorable.
On average, a tree with a 30cm diameter trunk and a 2 story height will cost between £1,000 to £1,500. Another tree with a larger trunk diameter of 50cm and 4 story height will cost around £1,800 to £3,000.
A very large tree with a trunk of 75cm in diameter will cost between £5,000 to £8,000.
As I said before, costs will depend on various factors. These are just average estimates.
I trust this article on eucalyptus tree removal methods and cost has been very informative.