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  • Writer's pictureRussell Fey

The Benefits of Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding

Part of home ownership includes the care and maintenance of your lovely landscape. Your landscape will need pruning from time to time as plants, shrubs, and trees die off, making room for new ones to be planted and nurtured.

Try as we might to save that mighty oak, when the time comes to remove it, you’ll also need to deal with the stump your arborist may leave behind. Stumps can not only be unsightly, but they can pose genuine hazards to you and your property. The process of stump grinding quickly deals with this eyesore, leaving you with an opportunity to place new vegetation and landscape décor there.

What is Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding is the process by which a tree stump is removed from your yard. A specialized grinder tool is used to eliminate the stump, cutting it into tiny pieces that can easily be removed. Professional arborists use stump grinders after a tree has already been removed from your lot.

Why is stump grinding necessary?

Some homeowners fail to remove stumps until they see a problem arise with their presence. Others see the need to remove them for several reasons, including:

  1. A better-looking property. The most common reason people remove stumps is that they are unsightly. These eyesores are difficult to mow or even walk around, and their presence makes it difficult to craft a landscape design that is pleasing to the eye. Removing stumps allows you to create the kind of healthy landscape that you’ve always dreamed of.

  2. Removal of a safety hazard. Young children and pets who play outside regularly can quickly injure themselves on or around a stump. Navigating in the dark outside? Forget about it. Many an ankle or wrist has been broken due to tripping on what’s left of your favorite tree. Removing this safety hazard creates level ground once more, which is safer for anyone using your outdoor space.

  3. Avoids regrowth. If you’re going through the trouble of removing a tree from your property, you don’t want it to grow back. Trees are a hardy bunch; if stumps are left in ideal soil conditions, there is a good chance that they will regrow. This may take a long time, but you’ll inevitably have to remove the tree again, making more work for yourself.

  4. Limits Pest Infestation. Pests such as ants, termites, and beetles love moist, rotting wood; they seek out these oases to make a home on your property. Once they’ve set up camp, it’s only a matter of time before these unwelcome visitors make their way into your home. Reduce the likelihood of insect tenants and grind those stumps shortly after you’ve done away with the rest of your tree.

After Removal

After your stump has been ground, shredded wood from the tree can be used for various projects. Mulching, creating a compost pile, and building raised beds are just a few of the many projects made possible with this added scrap wood.

DIY project?

While it is possible to rent a grinder and attempt to do the work yourself, it is not recommended. Rented equipment is smaller and less powerful than commercial grinders. If you don’t use them correctly, you could end up injuring yourself and doing harm to your property as well. This dusty, dirty work is best left to a tree care professional with the knowledge and equipment to do the job efficiently.

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