Typically when trees are removed, the stump is left in place as close to the ground as is possible. However, if you are like a majority of people, you might not want a stump sticking out in your yard.
A stump can ruin the aesthetic of the landscape, and you may find yourself constantly mowing around it. Removing a stump can also become necessary when it starts to decay. Removing a stump is a great option to utilize during the tree removal process. There are two ways to remove a stump, full stump removal and stump grinding. Stump grinding is the preferred method by tree care professionals, and the least complicated.
Stump Grinding Versus Stump Removal
The main difference between stump grinding and full stump removal is how much of the stump and roots are left behind. Stump removal is a more difficult process and involves removing the entire stump along with the root ball.
The root ball is considerable in size, and will result in a large hole following removal. Full stump removal would be necessary in the event you wished to plant new trees, or build on the space and needed to dig out a foundation. Stump grinding uses a stump grinder to ground down the stump below the surface level where it will no longer be seen.
Stump Grinding Process
Following the removal of a tree and tree pruning to ground level, the stump grinding technique is used to grind down the remaining portion out of view. The stump grinder grounds the stump into small pieces that can be used as ground cover or mulched, if needed.
The stump is ground down until it is a few inches below ground level, and is then covered by dirt. The remaining roots and stump will decay over time. The stump grinding process is preferred to remove a stump from site, and remains the most economical and time saving option.
When to Grind a Stump
Depending on your needs, stump grinding is a great option to remove a stump from sight. Stump grinding is also the best option if you have no need for a large hole. The removal of stumps can often be put off until a later time if the base of the tree was removed after dying or if other factors contributed to the tree removal, such as the presence of power lines.
However, if the stump also shows signs of decay, removal can prevent future problems and costs. Stumps that have started to decay can attract bugs and insects, which can cause significant long-term issues, and be unhealthy for your landscape.
Why to Hire a Professional
The safest and easiest way to get a stump removed is to look to a professional. Due to the complex nature and specialized equipment often required, a trained professional brings the experience and training needed to analyze the surrounding landscape to determine the most effective removal process. Give us a call today to discuss our stump grinding option.