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Tree Stump Removal vs. Stump Grinding

Posted on August 7th, 2020

Tree Stump Removal vs. Stump Grinding

Not only is leaving that ugly tree stump in your yard an eyesore, but it can also take up a lot of precious land space and pose several safety risks to you and your property. 

Stumps need to either be ground down or totally removed as these leftovers from your once magnificent trees may present the following risks and dangers: 

  • Tree stumps attract pests. Tree stumps can rot, and once they do, the wood will attract pests. Beetles, ants, and termites will run rampant on your property. They might not cause any trouble to your garden, but they might find their way into your home. This is especially dangerous if you’re dealing with termites. 
  • Tree stumps grow. And, more often than not, they do so at a fast rate. Tree stumps don’t simply die after they’re cut down. Trees will sprout new growth around these stumps, and while having a young tree might not necessarily pose any problems, these sprouting and new trees may suck away your soil’s natural resources. While that stump is still active and alive, it will absorb nutrients and moisture that your other plants or trees need. 
  • Tree stumps are a hazard. While you may already be used to that tree stump in the middle of your yard, your visitors certainly are not. It’s easy to trip over a stump, especially if they’re cut low to the ground. This will result in bodily injuries, particularly for children and seniors. 
  • Tree stumps can spread disease. If you cut down your tree because it was diseased, leaving its stump there to rot can only spread the disease to nearby plants. 

So what can you do with these tree stumps? You have the option to grind or remove them. There are, of course, pros and cons with the two methods.

Stump Grinding 

Stump grinding is the method that leaves your tree’s roots in the ground. Typically, the stump is ground down until it is just a few inches below the soil. Grinding yields small pieces of stump that can be used as mulch or ground cover. Whatever is left visible can be covered with dirt or dust. This will then decay along with the roots underground. 


  • Faster process as it is not labor-intensive 
  • No gaping hole after the process 
  • Environmentally friendly 
  • Stump can be used for mulching 


  • Possibility of a young tree sprouting
  • Potentially harmful to children and seniors 
  • Root decay 

Stump Removal 

Stump removal is just what it sounds like. It’s the removal of the entire stump, including the root ball of the tree. A tree’s root ball can grow to be 4 to 10 times the size of the actual tree. Once this is removed, you’re usually left with a massive hole in the ground where the tree once stood. 


  • Complete removal of tree stump and roots 
  • No health or safety hazards
  • Replanting becomes easy 


  • Huge hole on your property 
  • Not environmentally friendly 
  • Time- and labor-intensive as it is more difficult to do 

The method that’s best for you depends entirely on your desired outcome. If you’re looking to take the more economical route, stump grinding is your best choice. On the other hand, if you’re planning on planting a new tree in the same spot and ensure no regrowth will happen, then you will likely have to go with stump removal. 

For your stump grinding and stump removal needs, get in touch with Tree Removal Services. We are composed of dedicated and certified arborists who are professionally trained and have the necessary equipment for any tree service you’ll need. We also give consultation on tree care, disease, and any other tree-related issues. Call 18773467103 today! 

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