When you cut down a tree for various reasons, ignoring the stump left behind is often the easiest solution. However, when it starts to decompose, it attracts unwanted critters to your property, compromising the safety and health of your landscape. A professional usually recommend two solutions to remove the eyesore: stump removal or grinding. While both techniques are adequate, the arborists from Southern Star Stump can help you make the right decision for your backyard. Leverage our extensive industry experience and knowledge to address all your questions and concerns about stump grinding. Here are some of the questions most people ask when they want to get rid of a stump on their property.
Decomposition usually depends on the type of tree. Some trees regrow shoots and eventually grow into a tree instead of decaying. If a tree is old and large, the duration it takes for it to decompose naturally is twenty years or more. The decomposition process is often enhanced by diseases, insects, fungus or moss, which use the stump for sustenance. Without catalyzing the process, a naturally decomposing tree will take time, turning your home into unsafe and unsightly premises.
As mentioned earlier, there are two ways to get rid of a stump quickly: digging out the stump or grinding it. Stump removal is the most invasive technique, as it involves excavating the stump with the root system. Heavy equipment like an excavator is used, causing significant damage to a large portion of your lawn. Regardless, it removes all or nearly all tree roots, providing a clean slate for future projects.
The other option for getting rid of a tree stump is grinding; a grinding saw is used to shred the stump into chips. This is less intrusive because the stump is ground beneath ground level, leaving a smaller hole than removal. If you have a stump you want to be removed, consider hiring a professional tree service to ensure it is done safely and efficiently.
If chopping down a tree in your backyard is a disease or pest attack, stump grinding prevents the tree from growing back and mitigating the spread to healthy trees. There are many reasons why stump grinding is recommended, from replanting space to removing a grotesque feature on your landscape and many more. If you are taking on maintenance as a DIY project, consult an expert to address safety concerns and queries.
If you grind a single stump, depending on the type of tree and size, it takes between fifteen minutes to two hours. There are other factors to consider that impact the duration of the process, and a tree expert puts all into account for optimal results. Contact us at Southern Star Stump and schedule an appointment with our representatives to learn more about stump removal and grinding.