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Stump Grinding Versus Stump Removal: What Do You Need?

Posted on December 4th, 2020

Stump Grinding Versus Stump Removal: What Do You Need?


Did you recently have to remove a tree on your property? Were you left with an ugly tree stump? If you ask any tree removal service company, they will give you two options to address the issue: stump grinding and stump removal. But which one should you go for? Read on to find out.

How Does A Stump Affect Your Home?

A tree stump is a small portion of a tree that remains after it has been cut. Once a tree is removed, the tree stump stays on your property, serving no purpose at all. More often than not, tree stumps end up being an eyesore and a cause of a few problems.

Tree stumps can lead to the growth of other smaller trees because of their roots that are still in the soil. These could affect other plants on your property and will be costly to remove. Meanwhile, decaying tree stumps attract insects like termites, beetles, and ants that can harm your other plants and your home.

Kids and other people could stumble over the tree stump and get hurt. Similarly, you might accidentally run over the stump with your lawnmower, break it, and potentially injure yourself.

Stump Removal

With stump removal, the tree stump is taken away by pulling it up from the ground with a backhoe. This is a rather intrusive process that leaves a hole in the ground and the rest of your property messy. It is also time-intensive and expensive due to the need for high-powered machines.

The stump can be replanted after removal. However, that is not an environment-friendly choice because it requires the use of potassium nitrate to soften the soil before the actual removal process.

Stump removal is ideal for large properties and if you intend to replant the cut tree. However, it may cause too much damage.

Stump Grinding

With stump grinding, the stump of the tree is removed by mechanically grinding it out. This process leaves a fine sawdust residue and the rest of the roots intact. You can opt to have the stump ground to your desired height—whether soil level, an inch below, or up to 12 inches below soil level. The sawdust left by the stump grinding process then becomes mulch for your garden.

However, since stump grinding leaves the roots intact, there remains the possibility of a new sprout, if not root decay, that could both damage nearby plants.

Stump grinding is a cheaper and less labor-intensive process of removing tree stumps. It also does not require chemicals, but it leaves your property vulnerable to new sprouts and root decay. Nevertheless, stump grinding is the more preferred choice of homeowners who do not want their garden damaged by heavy equipment.

Final Thoughts

Stump removal is indeed a simple process, but it could be dangerous when done by non-professionals. To ensure the safety of everyone, contact an expert to remove the tree stump for you. Consult Tree Removal Service to find out which process is more suitable for your property.


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