When you have a tree removed you could be forgiven for thinking that’s it, right – job done? What you may not realise, is that you’re actually left with a stump that you can either leave in the ground, or have removed. Here we take a look at why you should have the stump removed, what your options are and why tree stump grinding is a great option for most homeowners.
Why You Should Remove The Stump
If a stump is left in the ground once a tree has been removed, it can cause a number of issues. Some of these issues are:
- The remaining stump can be a hazard and cause of accidents
- It’s difficult to mow and garden around
- It can encourage pests and disease into your yard
- Stumps are generally not that aesthetically pleasing
Tree Stump Removal Options
There are basically two options when it comes to removing stumps:
1. Tree stump grinding
Tree stump grinding is an efficient process that uses a specialist piece of machinery called, oddly enough – a stump grinder. The stump grinder is brought onsite and using its extremely sharp blades, shreds the stump into fine woodchip to below ground level. Whilst stump grinding removes the main root ball of the tree, it doesn’t always remove the entire root system of the tree as this can extend out far from the tree, however the roots will normally decay and breakdown naturally over time.
Some of the main benefits of stump grinding are:
- Environmentally friendly process that doesn’t use any chemicals
- It’s efficient and effective
- It’s relatively inexpensive (price will depend on the size and location of your stump)
- It doesn’t destroy your yard
- Stops unwanted tree from growing back
- Your yard can be replanted
- No waste – woodchip can be used as mulch
2. Tree stump removal
This process is much more intrusive and labour-intensive. Tree stump removal involves literally digging out the tree stump and the tree’s entire root system, which usually involves machinery such as an excavator or bobcat. Tree stump removal can be quite destructive, so it is generally most suited to building and development sites rather than comparatively small, residential blocks with houses and gardens.
DIY vs Hiring A Professional
If you need to have a tree stump removed, it’s almost always best left to the professionals. A site assessment needs to be carried out prior to the work being done to check for any underground pipes or utilities and to ensure the site is suitable for the grinder.
Stumps come in various sizes and hardiness of timber, so you’ll need the right grinder to match to get the job done.
Like most tree work, tree stump grinding can be highly dangerous, and unless you’ve got the right safety equipment and a lot of experience, it’s just not worth the risk.
Why Take The Risk?
Get the job done right. Call Aussie Tree Solutions for a free quote on our professional stump grinding services. We have been safely and efficiently removing stumps for decades and offer a full range of expert tree care and maintenance solutions from tree removals and pruning to Consulting Arborist services.