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Land Clearing/ Invasive Trees

Land Clearing

Land Clearing is removing trees, stumps, and other vegetation from wooded areas. The purpose of the practice is to achieve needed land use adjustments and improvements in the interest of natural resource conservation.

Invasive Trees

An invasive plant is one that is out-competing indigenous plants in natural areas. Invasive plants compete for nutrients, water, sunlight and of course, space. Sometimes they do it so well that our indigenous cannot keep up the pace. Removing them is imperative.


Land clearing costs will vary depending on the size and thickness of trees and brush on your land. We will break down for you the cost to clear land and trees per square foot and acre.

The national average cost to clear land is $3,680 per acre. This is the price of a lightly wooded acre with some larger trees. Heavily wooded lots of land with mainly large trees can cost upwards of $7,569 per acre of land.

The average cost estimates to clear the land will vary depending on the following factors:

  • Tree density in the area
  • Rocks, bush, or stumps
  • Clearing service provider
  • Time of the year
  • Size of trees in the area

The cost to prepare land for building is different and requires grading machines. This is a separate cost.

Land clearing vs. tree clearing

It’s important that we make the distinction early on so there is no confusion. “Land clearing” is a fairly open term that can refer to rubbish removal, debris removal, undergrowth removal, and the grading of the land so it is flat and ready to build.

In this article, we are looking at clearing trees from your land. Prices do not include the grading or land with a bulldozer. This is a different land clearing service as it’s preparing the land to build a house or other structure.

There is some overlap in what companies can handle depending on their equipment. Some companies just do trees, others just grading and others do both. You may need to shop around to find the right service for your needs.

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. 
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