After a tree has been felled it still has nearly half of its mass intact, namely the stump and the root system that we cannot see by virtue of it being underground. Tree stumps can also be an eyesore on the landscape and a hazard for tripping or an obstacle to mowers. These tree stumps and root systems can also regenerate the tree due to the evolutionary processes that respond to lightning strikes, forest fire, or animals that damage the trunk beyond repair. The best way to prevent a tree from putting up new shoots and reestablishing another tree is to either have the stump and root clod manually removed or ground down by special machinery.
The most common way to tackle the problem of tree stumps is to bring in a specialized machine called a tree stump grinder. The grinder is positioned above the stump and lowered into the central mass of the tree stump, pulverizing and mulching the wood until nothing remains but the root system. Our tree removal company will bring this equipment and the knowhow to your property to do away with the offending tree stump as well as remove any material that is produced in the process.
Manual Excision of tree stump
A more comprehensive method for tree stump removal is to use digging equipment to excavate and cut the root system a certain distance around the circumference of the tree stump. Once the root system has been uncovered and severed the whole root clod and tree stump is broken up and removed, ensuring that the tree is unable to regenerate. This method is the most intensive but often produces the best results for homeowners and gardeners seeking tree stump removal services.
Habitat for pests
Rotting tree stumps are the perfect environment for a variety of pest and vermin that can become detrimental to the health and safety of your home. Termites can nest up in the stump and then spread to the foundation of your home, undermining the timbers and causing thousands of dollars of damage. Wasps and other stinging insects can also take up resident in the decaying stump. This magnet for dangerous and damaging pests is especially concerning when it is close to a home or other structure used by homeowners.
Unsightly stumps are a hindrance
Tree stumps remaining after tree removals are an eyesore for the landscape. Nothing ruins a view of your lawn more than a decaying tree stump, or even worse, a stump that continues to put up more regenerative shoots that then grow into misshapen trees. Tree stumps also stand in the way of foot traffic and mowers, making the job of lawn maintenance that much more difficult. Many homeowners spend hours trying to burn or chemically kill the stump without any tangible results, therefore we highly recommend our tree stump removal specialists to help you solve this problem before it starts by coming out to grind the stump or manually remove it.
The stump removal process is the more intrusive of the two. It involves heaving up the bulky tree stump and then digging out all the tree’s widespread roots. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time, elbow grease, and powerful tools to get the job done. The upside? After stump removal, you’re left with a clean slate open to any new ideas you have for your landscape. What’s not so great is that stump removal leaves behind a large hole that can be an eyesore until it’s filled in.
Stump grinding is much less intensive. In this case, arborists use a machine to completely shred the stump down into small woodchips. Grinding is much more efficient than stump removal, however, it does leave the tree’s roots behind. If the stump is large, the chip pile produced can also be quite large, but the chips can be used as mulch for other plants in your landscape.