If a palm tree grows to the point that it encroaches on the power lines running overhead, the utility company may remove it for free. There are no other free options for palm tree removal as of 2016.
Utility companies generally trim or remove trees that pose a threat to the continued safe transmission of electricity via overhead power lines. Utility companies often hire contractors for tree removal, and contractors typically remove all debris from the yard after taking the tree down. The homeowner does not pay for the removal.
Palm tree removal costs vary from area to area and generally depend on the palm tree’s height. Tree removal companies usually charge from $150 to $450 for removing palm trees up to 30 feet in height, $200 to $950 for trees between 30 and 60 feet in height, and $400 to $1,100 for trees between 60 and 80 feet in height. Trees from 80 to 100 feet in height may cost $1,100 to $1,500 or more to remove.
The condition of the tree may also affect the cost of removal. Trees regularly trimmed may cost less than those that require additional trimming prior to removal. Emergency removals with little notice may cost more, and if the company removing the tree travels a distance to reach the job site, the cost is often more.
Other costs that factor into removing a palm tree include grinding away the stump, which often adds up to $300 more on the bill, and hauling away the trunk, which may cost up to $350, as of 2016.