If a tree dies in your yard, it will need to be cut down to the stump and then the stump grinded? There are many reasons people have stumps on their property grinded away. Mowing and weed-eating around stumps can be challenging, and stumps can also cause a hazard to children playing. Stumps are a perfect place for unwanted insects to inhabit. It will need to be removed if you want to build a dwelling, add a pool or landscaping projects. It is highly recommended that a homeowner hire a tree expert to grind a stump on your property.
Here are the most common questions people have with answers regarding stump grinding.
Decomposition time depends on the tree. Some tree stumps start to send out shoots in an effort to regrow; they can eventually grow into a new tree instead of decomposing. The stump from an older, larger tree can take 20 years or more to rot and decompose naturally. Sometimes, decomposition can be sped up by ants, bugs, diseases, fungus, mushrooms, or moss.
Whichever way you look at it though, a naturally decomposing stump takes a long time to disappear and can be an unsightly, unsafe hazard during that time.
1. Dig out a tree stump
This involves using an excavator and will cause significant damage to a large area around the stump. It cannot be done for stumps that are near structures or hardscaping and is generally expensive. However, it can remove all (or nearly all) major tree roots and maybe a good option if you’ll be removing many stumps at once and landscaping the area afterward.
2. Grinding a tree stump
To turn a stump into wood chips use a stump grinder. It usually involves less mess and a much smaller hole than other options and can be done in nearly any location.
A stump grinder is a piece of heavy equipment with a spinning carbide-tipped steel wheel on the front (similar to an extra-large circular saw blade). We lower the wheel onto the edge of the stump and move it from side to side as it spins, grinding deeper into the stump with each movement. When complete, the entire tree stump will be ground up into small wood chips, including the main roots below the stump.
Most people choose to grind a stump after a tree removal as it is an eyesore, because it is a tripping or safety hazard, or because they want to plant something else in that area. If you’ve removed a diseased or pest-ridden tree, grinding a stump can help ensure that the disease or pests do not spread. Stump removal also prevents the tree from growing back.
If done correctly by a professional tree expert, stump grinding will not damage your property. Grinding a stump does leave a hole, which can be filled in with dirt and the wood chips created.
Yes, a stump grinder is both noisy and messy. A stump grinder is a loud machine that is literally grinding up a very hard piece of wood. The woodchips and sawdust that it creates can fly in all directions (which is why we use protective barriers to prevent damage to nearby structures).
As with all tree removal equipment, stump grinding can be dangerous. When using a stump grinder, we take every safety precaution, are familiar with the powerful equipment, know the risks involved, and are properly trained to eliminate excess danger. We recommend that you stay a far distance away while a stump is being ground as the blade can sometimes kick up rocks and debris that can cause injury.
Depending on the size and location of the stump, it can take 15 minutes to 2 hours.
Stump grinding only removes some of the tree’s roots. We grind the stump about 6 to 8 inches below ground level. However, roots are quite extensive and spread both outward and down from the stump; it’s likely that there will still be many roots underground. This is why you generally can’t replant a tree in the exact spot where a tree used to stand.
The size of the hole depends on the size of the stump that was removed. The width will be a little wider than the stump, and the depth will be about 6 to 8 inches. Most property owners ask us to fill the hole with the wood chips from the stump.
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