Tree Stump Removal

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5 reasons why using a stump grinder to remove a tree stump is beneficial.

Cutting straight to it – you have a tree stump to remove, but you don’t know how to go about it or what options of removal exist, let alone which is the best solution or if you should remove it at all.

We are here to help you out. Explaining five reasons why using a stump grinder for tree stump removal may be the best option. Read along to find out how efficient and eco-friendly stump grinding is.

But why remove a tree stump?

You may have thought about leaving the remaining trunk alone to let Mother Nature do her thing. And of course, that is always an option but bear in mind that natural biodegrading can take many years. Alternatively you can be creative in thinking of ways to disguise a tree stump. Using other plant matter to keep it hidden, using as a table or stool or be utilised as a stand for a planter.

However leaving a tree stump can cause some unwanted problems. Left alone an unremoved stump can encourage the growth of fungus or pests which could disrupt surrounding trees, plants and wildlife. Tree sprouts and weeds tend to grow from stumps and on-going maintenance is required to counter this. Stumps can also be a hazard for children and pets and be a nuisance to mow or maintain the ground around.

So what is a stump grinder?

This would be a good point to explain what a stump grinder is and how it works. A stump grinder is a machine that has been designed with the sole purpose of removing tree stumps. Using mechanically engineered teeth as a cutting blade, it uses a sweeping left to right motion over the surface of the wood, grinding down the stump into wood chips. The machine grinds down the protruding wood above the ground and also the stump below ground level.

Once the stump has been ground down it will not regrow and the roots will break down naturally in time. Saving you from having to excavate and remove what could be a large and difficult tree root system.

Stump grinders come in all shapes and sizes. They can be small and compact in design with manual operation to large tracked machines that are remote controlled. The type and size of machine needed depends on the size, location and number of stumps that are to be removed.

But why should I consider using a stump grinder?

There are numerous other stump removal methods which include burning, digging, pulling or winching, cutting up and chemical removal. Each have their pros’ and cons’ but in this post we are looking at stump grinding as the preferred method of dealing with remaining tree trunks.

So let’s get into it and let us explain the reasons why you may like to choose stump grinding as your first choice.

1) The eco-friendly option.

No harsh chemicals are used. Chemicals used to kill off tree stumps can be toxic and therefore present a danger around children, pets, wildlife and other plant matter. There is also no guarantee that chemical removal will be successful first time. The waste created from stump grinding can be reused in your garden as mulch (as long as your tree wasn’t diseased) or can be popped onto the compost heap.

2) The easy option.

Forget the hard, back breaking work and potential blisters that manual removal would take. Using a stump grinder is an easy, one man operation. The machine does require pedestrian operation but it does all the hard work for you. A left to right sweeping movement is all the machine needs to eat away at the stump.

3) The less mess option.

Modern stump grinders are compact in design and are amenable to narrow access routes as a result. When in use the ground surrounding the stump is not effected. There is no large gaping hole left from the removal. The machine chips away at the stump and works the stump down to below ground level. The chips created can then be used to infill the space left then covered with topsoil. You don’t have to worry about the grinder messing up your lawn either. Depending on the type and size of machine there is very little disturbance to grass when using the machine.

4) The time saving option.

Completed in several hours opposed to several years using alternative methods. Using a stump grinder to remove a tree stump is quick and efficient. Once the stump is eaten away by the machined teeth of the grinder that’s it. Provided you have gone deep enough below the surface it’s done. No waiting around for the stump to rot away slowly if using chemical removal, or taking hours and hours of back breaking work digging it out (not to mention the man power required to remove if the stump is large) or the extra machinery that maybe required.

5) The safe option.

Safer than chemicals, burning, or using a chainsaw. Utilising a contractor with experience and knowledge, who is competent to operate stump removal machinery and has the correct PPE will ensure safe and effective removal. It may be more costly to consult a contractor than a DIY method but a qualified contractor will also be able to advise you on all aspects of stump removal, providing advice around other methods if grinding is not suitable.

In conclusion

So there you have it, 5 reasons why stump grinding may be the best option for tree trunk removal. Ultimately removal depends on individual circumstances and what you intend to with the area that you are removing the stump from.

Grinding out is a good option if you are to remove because its’ hazardous or perhaps if its’ unsightly. But not the best option if you intend to landscape over or re-plant a tree in the same space. That’s why we would recommend contacting a professional to talk you through the options on how to manage and carry out a stump removal.

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We offer stump grinding as a service and have a stump grinder available as part of our hire machinery portfolio. Hire information can be found here or if you’re interested in our stump grinding service you can contact us here. From stump removal to tree felling we can help.

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