While some might think the difficult part of tree removal is actually removing the tree, many forget that after the chainsaws are quiet, and the heavy tree pieces have been removed, the job is not quite done. Depending on the size of the tree, often a huge sturdy stump that held that tree in place remains and thats when stump removal is needed.
What do you do with it? Should you leave it as is? Should you remove it along with the rest of the tree? Can you grind it up?
Leave it Alone…
While a stump might not cause any issues at first, it can become a nuisance, getting in the way of lawn mowing and becoming a tripping hazard. Additionally, as a stump rots, it can invite destructive pests such as termites and carpenter ants into your yard and perhaps your home. Simply from an aesthetic standpoint, it’s not very attractive and can make your yard look unkempt and even affect your property value.
If you choose to get rid of the stump, do you grind it or remove it?
Choosing which route to take with stump removal weighs heavily on how you plan to landscape the area where the stump currently resides. Stump removal is a pretty intrusive process involving heaving up the tree stump and digging out the roots. Depending on the size of the tree and subsequent stump, this can result in quite a big project. However, once it’s complete you’ve got a clean slate that you can landscape as you wish. But you won’t want to dilly-dally with that landscaping because you’ve probably got big, unsightly hole in your yard.
Stump grinding, on the other hand, is more efficient and less intensive than removal. In this process, a machine is used to completely shred the stump down into small woodchips which can then be used in your landscape as mulch. Unfortunately, while grinding takes care of the tree’s visible remains, the roots stay behind and can reach up to 12 feet beyond where the stump was. While the roots will eventually break down, it can take a long time—think 10+ years.
If you aren’t sure what’s the right route to take, contact New England Recycling for a free estimate. We specialize in removal and grinding of stumps and have tub grinders and horizontal grinders that can tackle any job—big or small. Our goal is to provide fast, affordable service.