Here are questions related to Selling Trees on Your Land for Lumber.
I have just over an acre in southeastern coastal Georgia. The property has been vacant for many years. We are now in the beginning stages of preparing the property to build a home within the next couple of years.
There are many hardwoods such as poplar, cherry, oak, etc., but there are also at least five very old growth long-leaf pines that must come out. I have spoken with the Georgia Forestry Commission to see if they knew of local mills that may be interested. The problem is, as with everyone else here, there just aren't enough trees to make it cost effective for the timber buyers, the loggers, or the mills. Besides that, they are just too large!
The picture is representational of all the trees. These are the "middle sized ones." Two are larger and at least one is slightly smaller in diameter. These are the only "twins." These two trees will not be removed, but there are at least five others that will be.
We are prepared to pay a certified arborist/tree surgeon to remove them, but I was hoping to find a smaller, local buyer who would be able to use the timber and we would be able to recoup some of the price of removing the trees.
Most of these trees are or over 4' in diameter and are too large for portable saw mills. They are also very straight (except maybe one). The limb diameters alone are the size of most mature pines on some of these trees.
I don't mind paying (and I know it will be expensive) to have them taken down professionally by an insured tree surgeon, but I just would hate the timber to end up in the dump. Several of these trees are at least 150-200 years old, and the rest must be at least 100.
The heart pine would be a woodworker's dream.
I have a property on the south coast and have approx. 5000 spotted gum trees of mature age.
By cybergrannie 08/02/2014
I do not know what country you are from but I believe you will have to contact local mills for this information.
You could try Google for information. Maybe search "Selling Spotted Gum Trees in ?" will give you a start. Just enter your area and search from there. Lots of information is available and you can narrow your search to your local area.
Who buys trees on our land in Sevierville, Tennessee?
By Teri from Cosby, TN
I have two red oak and two white oak to sell in Maryland. They are approximately 80' tall.
We have a redwood tree in Rochester NY, on our 3 acre property. We would like to sell the wood. How much can we expect to get for this wood?
By Steve and Mary
I have several large old oak, maple and pine trees. The oak is 18 feet around the trunk. Maple has a 16.5 feet circumference. there are several large other trees also.
By M. G. Gerhardt from Gig Harbor, WA
I have a very large ash tree on my property and was told that there are companies out there that would want to buy this tree.
By Elaine B
I have about 15 pine trees that could be used for telephone poles and about 4 other pines and one cedar that need to be removed.
By Carol R.
By cybergrannie 07/14/2014
Hi - do we know where you live?
Telling if trees can be used for telephone poles is usually a job for an expert but your trees must be large?
You may try calling your local agriculture center for some info or try calling local lumber mills or lumber yards.
It is very expensive to move equipment to an area so most companies will not do this for a small amount of trees unless they are working close by. Also, they may charge you instead of paying you for removing these trees.
I live in southeastern Michigan. I have some large hickory and oak trees on my property that I would like to sell. The trees are all close to 100 feet tall, and at least 20 inches in diameter.
By Sandy D.
I have 4 large oak tree that blew down. No decay. Is there anyone in St. Joe County Indiana who will take them?
By R West
Who in our area will buy about 75 to 100 pine trees that are big enough to make utility poles out of them?
By cybergrannie 06/23/2014
Thrifty readers do not (?) know where your area is but the answer would generally be the same.
Check out mills and lumber yards in your area. If no luck there you can check some of your local lumber sales "stores" and seek information from them. Maybe someone else will be able to help you more.
We have about 4 acres of wooded land on our property that we would love to have cleared so we can put in a fishing pond. Just curious if anyone has had luck clearing this small of an area, I've heard lumber yards want at least 10 acres. I have no idea what kind of trees they are large. The trees are at least 18 inches in diameter.
Who can I call to sell a maple tree in my yard?
I have almost 2 acres of wooded land I need cleared. Is there anyone that will clear it for the timber?
Who in our area will buy our trees for lumber?
By Ronald T.
I am interested in selling 55 large trees. They are mostly large cherry and maple.
By Albert from Evansville, IN
By cybergrannie 06/02/2014
I think you will have to contact companies in your local area to find out if anyone is interested in your trees.
Try lumber yards, mills and even local area farm stores may be able to help you.
I receive a tax break (Florida) for the trees on my property - which is better than the money made from selling them.
I have about a dozen mature trees on my property near Mountain in northeast Wisconsin that I need removed to construct a new home. All are 18"+ at the base and are tall and straight. They are white pine, hemlock, and black spruce. Is there significant value?
By Greg Z
By cybergrannie 05/29/2014
Hi - I have sold trees in Florida but I think you will have to check companies in your area for any information. Try looking for companies in your area and also your local or state agriculture department.
I have several large pines trees for sale. How do I find someone who will buy them and how much can I get for lets say an 80' tree? I have around 25 of them for sale.
We have one melaleuca tree in our yard and we would like to have it removed. We'd like to have it done by someone who has a use for it.
I have 7 redwood trees in my back yard. I would like to sell one. How much could I get for it?
I have 10-12 oak trees, 30-40 ft. tall and 5 ft.-8 ft. in diameter that I would like to sell. They are located in southwestern Michigan. Any references?
By Sue C.
I am a Roswell resident and have ten pines (in excess of 70 feet tall, and about a foot and a half in diameter), plus a bunch of scrub pines on my property that we want removed. I don't care to be paid for the lumber, I just want to know if there is someone who will come and cut them and take them. We recently had trees removed from our front yard - and they tree removal service had a lumber company come pick up our wood and sell it. Anyone have any thoughts?
By cybergrannie 04/25/2014
Hi - Sorry but I do not know where Roswell is located but I have had experience with having trees removed in Florida.
Since you had trees removed before - have you ask the same company about these trees?
There should be a list of companies in your telephone book or Google the info with your location. maybe local companies will be listed.
Also look for names of any lumber companies or sawmills.
The problem with pines:
1. Usually is not a favorite for firewood so smaller companies do not cut them.
2. Pines may take heavier equipment and moving that kind of equipment is expensive.
3. Also, a log truck may have to be used and that is costly also.
4. Tree companies would have to weigh the cost of sending the equipment, truck and labor against how many "usable" trees are at that location AND how close they are to a house or buildings (insurance).
5. They would also need to know if their trucks could drive into your yard.
I had pines similar to what you mentioned but finally had to pay to have them removed. Maybe there are more tree companies near you.
I have a little over an acre of trees. I want to sell some pines and some hardwood.
By Mark from Monroe, GA
By Carol Swanson 04/14/2014
I suggest contacting the Georgia State Grange. They might be able to suggest an ethical person who will help you timber your woodlot. You will find there are many people willing to cut your trees for timber, but they don't know what they are doing or they only want to cheat you from your money.
If the photo on this site is your property, it doesn't look to me like the trees are very old.
I have 12 acres in Timmonsville county with trees on it. Can you help me?
I have a 3/4 acre lot of Austrian pine. All trees are straight and tall, about 40 years old. I have talked to several lumber buyers and they all want at least 10 acres. I would like to sell them.
By Bill W.
I have about 90 acres in Texas and have a lot of timber. If I wanted to sell some, how do I get started?
By Bryson W. from Houston, TX
By Linda 03/04/2014
Be very careful and be sure you contact a reputable 'lumberjack'. My counsin contacted a business, they came out and didn't meet the needs of my cousin. Later that month when she returned to her land it had been cleared! Gate bolts cut and trees gone!
The lumber is free just; I just want them cut down. They are on the property we just bought. How do I find someone to do this?
By Lenore S.
By Rae B. 02/19/2014
Check for a Craigslist page for your area and place an ad for firewood or lumber. You can offer it for free if it is your desire to just get it done.
A lot of people need firewood or there may be someone in your area that can have the wood cut into usable planks. Good wishes to you. Rae
By Louise B. 02/16/2014
Unless you have a large number of trees on many acres of land, it is unlikely that anyone will want them for lumber. Lumbering is big business, and people involved in it don't come to cut down half a dozen trees. You MAY find someone who would cut them down for you for firewood. How many trees are you talking about?
Does anyone cut down big pine trees for the lumber?
By Tom D.
What is the price for 20 inch diameter choice hardwood maple trees to be harvested in Otsego county Michigan by Silver Leaf Logging Co.?
By Dale D
My husband recently purchased property on Lynches River in South Carolina. There are some older and rather large pine trees that we would like to have cut. Can you help us? How do I find someone to take them down?
We have 3 hickory nut trees. Is there value in their wood? Enough that someone would pay us to take them down?
By Ann from Brooklyn, MI
I have two truck loads of pines in my back yard. What is a fair price for selling them? I also have a truck load of hard wood.
I have a 30 foot x 48 inch girth black walnut tree for sale in south Jersey. How do I find a buyer?
Is there any company in Florida that will be interested in buying some pine trees from my property? I live in Gainesville.
By Edith L
I have 150 pine trees that I'll give away for free. They are 10-16 feet in diameter and 60 feet plus tall. I live in Ocala, Florida. Any suggestions on how to give pine trees away free?
By Lady S.10/18/2013
How old is this post? Do you still have those trees to give away?
Editor's Note: This request was posted on September 17, 2013 so about a month ago.
I have oak trees in my yard that I would like to get rid of. What should I do?
I have a huge Sequoia Redwood tree and would like to sell it.
By Sandra V
Hi Sequoia, Please find out if your tree is an endangered species that no one would be allowed to kill OR market before you take any action. You may risk fines or even jail time. Also, consider that the tree has been living there happily for many hundreds of years and cannot be regrown in our current environment. Just sell the property to someone who will appreciate the tree or give to Nature Conservancy!
I live in Ohio and have 3 black walnut trees that I want someone to pay me for. I want someone to come and cut them down and haul them away and pay me. Any suggestions?
I have a large ash tree in my garden that is 15 to 20 years old. It will be felled by the council as they are compulsorily purchasing some of my land to make way for a tram. How would I go about getting a quote for the wood value and have the tree felled before they take the land?
By Jane from Nottingham UK
How long do I need to cut trees for a lumber yard to sell?
I want to clear 4 acres of forest for residential use. I am hoping to use the money from the trees to help cut the cost of septic, well, electric, and building. I am trying to get a broad range guestimate as to, how much money might come from 4 acres of dense woods?
I was just wondering how much I could get for two large black walnut trees. They are hanging over my roof and they need to go.
By cybergrannie 08/20/2013
Hi - you should call several tree removal companies in your area (?) and see if they are even interested in buying. You may have to pay someone to remove them.
I have 24 pine trees and 1 ugly tree, I would like removed. Can you recommend a company willing to come out with such a small load?
By Debra H.
My 100 yr old oak tree fell this afternoon and I am wondering if its even worth anything. It has a pretty large trunk.
By Mata from Coppell, TX
I have 300 board feet of rough cut cherry lumber I want to sell. Where do I sell it?
By Ronald from Kirkersville, OH
I have 2 30ft oak trees on my front lawn and will be charged $3200 to have them cut down and hauled away. I know that the company that does it will sell the lumber to someone after the whole process is done. Is there anyway that I can profit from getting them taken down?
By Johnny make money from Tampa, FL
By Ken 07/22/2013
Get another quote or two from lawn care/tree trimmers. The amount you have been quoted is outrageous for cutting down two 30' trees.
I have about 50-60 mature pines that I need to remove. They are all over 50 ft tall. Can you recommend anyone that would want to buy these?
By Amy from Reading, MI
I am trying to locate a lumber mill or pallet company here in the midwest that would be interested in over 30+ acres of trees. There are a lot of oak, maple, cottonwood, sycamore, and some other trees; we have no idea.
I can provide pictures if needed. Or can you refer to a company that buys these trees. There are some very large cottonwoods as well.
By Kevin from Council Bluffs, IA
By leo holmes11/03/2013
Is timber still available? Could you send pictures?
I am trying to clear off some land at my home can you help me locate a company that buys trees in South Carolina?
By Nicole. C
I have 2 acres of land that I'm trying to clear, but I don't have the money to pay for someone to cut the trees. How do I find someone interested in cutting 70-90 ft pine trees for the lumber? Let me know.
By chelle in n.c.08/01/2013
Try your local classifieds sometimes they will post (cut trees for lumber), or check with lumber yards they may or know of someone who does,you could also put out your own classified. Hope this helps
We have 5 huge mahogany trees on our suburban property. Is there anyone in south Florida who can handle this removal and possibly purchase the lumber?
By Susan W.
I have two that came down in my yard. Is there any value to them?
By Bruce G.
I live in northern Lake County Illinois and have several mature oak and hickory trees I would like removed and possibly receive payment. Who would I contact for an estimate?
By Susan J
By Louise B. 06/14/2013
In my area, one has to pay to have trees removed. It is not profitable to remove individual trees for the wood. However, it may not be the case in your area for those types of hardwood trees. Look online for "tree removal services" in your area. You could also consult the yellow pages of your phone directory.
I live in Bethesda, Maryland and have a large fat tree in my yard that needs to go. Who can I sell the timber to and how?
By Christine N.
As many people have stated already you may need to Pay someone else to cut down your trees. This is not always the case however. Call up the lumber mills and logging companies in your area. They may be able to tell you whether they will do this or not.
In most cases they will not if you are a residential property; especially in a densely populated area. The reasons are that most contractors that would sell the lumber to a mill would have to pay too much to get their equipment to your site. If there are a large number of trees (100's) then it might be worth it, but only if they have a very good liability insurance company. The insurance requirements are completely different if they are harvesting from residential areas and are usually too expense to hold that kind of policy since it is very rare and not much, if any, profit in it.
But do not get discouraged as you can only know if you call. Also don't just call one lumber mill or logging company. If you are willing to take the risk, then there are less reputable companies that need any amount of money from a job. The risk is that something goes wrong and the company didn't have any insurance for the job. I don't recommend this though. The best you may be able to hope for is that they do it for free. Otherwise you have to pay someone else.
A couple of final thoughts: Just because a lumber mill says that they don't do that doesn't mean that they might not do it in a few months. The lumber industry is very volatile and sometimes they are desperate for wood and others not so much.
Also a lumber mill or logging company might not be the best choice if you have a highly valued hard wood tree. Contact some local furniture companies that make specialized wood creations. They may arrange to have the wood removed for you and even pay you.
How do I find out how much I can get for about 4 big trees and all the grass front and back yard?
By C Metcalf from Los Angeles
I have lots of trees in my yard and I would like to sell them. How much do they usually sell for? How do I price them?
By Penny R from Kalamazoo, MI
By Sandy 06/04/2013
In my neck of the woods we pay the tree removal company to remove the trees. I've never heard of the other way around, with the exception of Christmas tree farms. What kinds of trees can you sell?
I have 2 black walnut trees that I'm interested in selling to a wood mill. How do I do that?
By Penny from Rockies, IL
I have 4 very large pine trees in my yard and would like them removed before they do damage to our house. One has already split in half and almost hit our house. My question is who do I hire to do this and how do I sell the lumber? I would like to make some money off the lumber. Will tree removal services make a deal with me or do I have to hire them to cut it down and then sell to someone else.
By Louise B. 05/02/2013
I don't have any advice for you, but I do think you shouldn't get your hopes up about making any money from those trees. I think you will have to pay to have them taken down and have the wood hauled away, if you can't use it yourself for firewood. Please let us know if you do find some way of making money.
I have 75 acres of scattered hardwood and small pine trees that will be lost if not removed before mining starts. I would like to sell the trees if at all possible. I am located in east Georgia. Who can do the cutting for me? Thanks.
By Nancy Morris
By Pixiedust7 07/29/2012
All I can do is wonder why you would allow 75 acres of mature trees to be cut down for mining? Do really want mining in your own back yard? Do you know that trees refresh the air and keep the temperature down? Trees are the lungs of the earth. Mining destroys, pollutes and contributes to global warming. How can you even consider allowing mining on your property?
I live in Arkansas and have about 200-300 trees on 3 acres. Is there a logging company in Arkansas that will buy them?
By Sheilah Link 07/19/2012
Does Arkansas have a state conservation department like Indiana? If so, they can help you. I would suggest you prepare a written contract/agreement that all the mess--tops, holes, stumps, branches, etc.--be cleaned up and that you sell them by sealed bid. Loggers can leave a terrible mess--some will come in, cut just what they want and leave the rest, including the tree tops.
Some will come in with dozers, knock down the ones they don't want to get to the oak, walnut, and other valuable trees and leave a mess of downed trees, deep dozer tracks, etc. Frankly, tree buyers in general have a terrible reputation; there are some honest ones, but seller beware! Ask for references and check them, twice.
I have 2 maple trees that I would like to be removed (for free, in exchange for the wood/big trunk). I live in Massachusetts, north shore area. Does anyone know how I can go about this process?
By Susan D.
By Suntydt 05/09/2012
You can post on Craigslist for your area in the FREE section. If you aren't familiar with Craigslist it is Craigslist.com and you narrow down to the closest area nearest you on the right. I would be careful though, if the trees can fall on anything that could be a potential accident waiting to happen. You won't want just anyone dropping your trees.
You can also look on Craigslist for someone wanting wood in exchange for cutting it down.
You can try contacting a lumber mill, they may be interested in the wood and would know how to drop the trees without causing damage.
You can also call a lawn service and see if they know anyone they would recommend. Many landscape businesses recommend different businesses for services they don't offer.
Can I sell my walnut trees in Knoxville, Tennessee? Does anyone know of a company that might buy them or other method for selling these trees?
By Wess J.
It depends on where they are growing. If they are growing in your yard, lumbermills will not take the chance that there may have been a nail pounded into the trees over the many years it took to grow. Even one partial nail will kill a veneering blade, which is much more expensive to replace than the tree it was cutting. If the trees are in an orchard or forest, then research lumbermills, gunstock producers and firms that produce veneering products. Beyond those, fine furniture making shops where only one or two carpenters work might look for walnut stock, but these are harder to find and might not even be on the internet. One other idea would be to look for an Amish community nearby and see if they have a carpenter who could use whole trees. My family's farm has a grove of black walnut trees and we were not able to find a buyer for the wood because the grove stands on either side of our lane, with grass growing beneath the trees. From the lumberman's point of view, that constitutes a yard.
I have approx. 9 acres of property in Alabama that I want to clear and sell the trees. How do I get started and who do I contact?
By mind of milli from Atlanta, GA
By Frances Adams 09/19/2009
See if there is any logging/forestry companies local to you. Try checking in the yellow pages. They can usually give you the names of some that may be interested.
I would like to sell my 20-30 full mature pine trees. Does anyone know of any company that would buy them?
Diana from Ocala, FL
By Linda Crawford 01/06/2009
Call your local county extension agent. They`'ll be able to tell you how best to procede.
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Sarah from Livingston, NJ
Recently, a story appeared in the news in Rochester, MN, about a company going door-to door and offering residents money in exchange for their walnut trees. As many of you probably know, Walnut is a type of wood highly prized for its strength, versatility, and beautiful wood grain, and currently, the price of Walnut has gotten quite high.
The practice of selling off your backyard trees is legal and in most cases, the companies buying them are perfectly legitimate. The problem is that during tough economic times people sometimes become shortsighted and have a difficult time passing up a seemingly great deal.
In most cases, leaving the trees there is of much greater value to homeowners than the money offered by companies to remove them. Not only do the trees provide shade, fresh air, contribute to water quality, and provide shelter and food to neighborhood animals, but mature trees (the ones usually sought after by companies) can add up to 10% to a homeowner's property value. That equates to a dollar amount that is usually a far greater than they receive for selling them.
Make sure if you are thinking about selling one or more of trees on you're property (especially if it's an urban property) that you consider all aspects of the deal before committing to the transaction. Also be aware that legitimate companies do not usually go door-to-door making offers, and all should be happy to provide you with a copy of their license and insurance, as well as several references.
Here are some other ways to make money from the trees (and plants) on your land without necessarily selling them:
By Cheryl Waldrop03/16/2008
If they are big old oak trees, I'd suggest calling a local furniture maker, cabinet maker, or lumber mill. Large old oak trees can be quarter-sawn to produce a grain called 'tiger oak', which is extremely rare and quite expensive. There are very few large old oak trees left which are large enough to be cut this way, in order to produce this wood grain. I would not under any circumstances pay someone to cut these trees. I'd sell them. The furniture that will be made from them will be sold for hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars! Do a Google search for 'Tiger Oak Furniture' and see what the prices are for yourself. I only know this because I own several pieces of this type furniture (I inherited it, I could never afford it). I do know that when the big old oak tree in my front yard goes down, i'm having some furniture made out of it.
I hope that this helps you!
By debbie (Guest Post)01/24/2008
Hi, I posted an article on freecycle. Its a yahoo group you can sign up at no cost. Post the wood and say bring a truck and friends to help you and you can have all you want.
By Marjorie C. Woodworth 01/22/2008
Call a few lumber yards in your area, and find out if there is a company who will remove your trees and pay you for the wood.
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