Stumps: When to Grind and When to Remove
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Stumps: When to Grind and When to Remove

A stump on your property may not raise any concerns initially, but over time it becomes a safety hazard affecting value and aesthetics. Regardless of the reason you have for leaving a tree stump unattended, the last thing you want is to deal with unwanted critters or injuries. There are two options for getting rid of the eye sore in your backyard: stump removal or stump grinding. If this is your first time dealing with a stump, hiring a tree service company is crucial to ensure everything is done with the utmost professionalism.

Why You Should Care About a Stump

There are many reasons you should get rid of a stump, from easy mowing to developing newly planted trees. Once the tree is cut, the stump slowly decomposes, quickly becoming home to destructive pests like carpenter ants or termites. While homeowners have the option of leaving the stump to decay, you risk spreading these pests to healthy trees on your lawn or house. Stump grinding or removal is the most effective way to avoid an infestation and significant property damage. Hiring a reputable tree care company allows you to leverage their experience and standard industry tools for safety and quality.

The Difference Between Stump Grinding and Removal

Stump grinding is a simple and manageable solution because it doesn't involve intrusive procedures like digging and excavation. Our technicians use a stump grinder to shred the stump until it reaches the desired size above or beneath ground level. Although stump grinding will leave a hole in your backyard, it is small and easy to manage.

Stump removal is usually done when looking for a clean slate on your property for other projects like construction. On the other hand, removal entails extracting the stump and roots. This is an intrusive procedure that requires heavy-duty equipment and can even result in intensive manual labor like digging.

Should I Grind or Remove the Stump in My Yard?

While stump grinding and removal have their fair share of pros and cons, it can be difficult to determine the best course of action for your landscape. Some factors to consider when deciding how to deal with a stump include budget, time, and stump size to ensure you don't make things worse. Stump removal is more expensive and intrusive, requiring a tree care company's specialized tools and expertise. If you choose stump removal, our experts will use a winch, tractor or hydraulic jack and digging tools to remove the widespread roots.

Stump grinding entails using a ground saw machine to shred the stump into sawdust until it can't be seen. You can grind it to ground level or beneath the ground where it is no longer an eye sore. This method is less expensive and doesn't involve labor-intensive procedures like stump removal.

If you are wondering whether to remove or grind a stump, contact us at Southern Star Stump and schedule a consultation with our tree service experts. We'll be happy to assess the severity of your situation and offer advice accordingly.