How Deep Can You Grind a Stump?
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How Deep Can You Grind a Stump?

Do you have a damaged or dead tree in your yard? If so, our arborists can recommend stump grinding as part of the tree removal proposal. While shredding the stump is not always necessary, many homeowners prefer getting rid of the tree and stump, providing space for other projects like planting a flower bed or laying sod.

While turning stump grinding into a DIY project is expected, you risk severe injuries and property damage. Southern Star Stump can eliminate such issues by leveraging industry-standard equipment and expertise. Here are questions about stump grinding we get from clients.

How Deep Can Stump Grinding Equipment Go?

We recommend stump grinding if you want a less invasive solution to the eyesore left behind after cutting a tree. A stump is usually ground between 4 to 6 inches below the ground, preventing the likelihood of regrowth. However, some instances deeper grinding is required, but there are limitations. The grinding blade should have a diameter of 10 inches, assess the soil around the tree to determine stump grinding depth, and ensure you don’t damage the irrigation system and other yard fixtures. A professional arborist can ensure your stump is safely ground at the correct depth without risking curb appeal or property damage.

What Remains After Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding in Lilburn, GA entails shredding the stump and surface roots using a grinder, producing mulch made from wood chips and dirt. The mulch is a precious organic material that provides essential nutrients to plants after breaking down. Rather than leaving a heap of ground tree material, you can apply it to your yard or garden to boost growth. We can recommend uses for the mulch, ensuring you have all the information before leaving your premises.

Will the Tree Come Back After Grinding the Stump?

Stump Grinding restores curb appeal and prevents unwanted critters from invading the decaying wood. However, some tree species develop fresh growth from the root system, calling for more effective solutions like stump removal. Nothing is more frustrating than continuously trimming and grinding a stump that keeps coming back. Although stump removal is a highly destructive alternative, it gives you a clean slate to start over. Some trees recommended for stump removal rather than grinding include chinaberries, crape myrtles, Bradford pears, and hackberries.

Can I Replant After a Stump is Ground?

Many people usually want to replace a tree by replanting another on the same sport the stump is ground. This is not a good idea, even if the stump is deep below the surface. The root system is still present and can interfere with the growth of your new tree. If the old tree was infested or diseased, you risk transmitting it to the transplanted tree and other healthy trees on the premises.

Now that you know the basics about stump grinding, contact us at Southern Star Stump and schedule an appointment with our expert arborists. Leverage our extensive experience and innovative strategies to maintain a healthy and appealing yard.