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Why stump grinding is the only way to go when it comes to removing tree stumps

Updated: May 15

Trees are one of humanity’s greatest assets and it is normal to be reluctant to chop them down but there are a multitude of legitimately good reasons to fell a tree. The tree might be dead or on its way out. Often this can create safety concerns for people or pose a threat to property and structures. Too much foliage around the house might pose an untenable fire risk and a broader perimeter might need to be established. A tree or trees might have been damaged in a storm or they may have become sick due to bug-infestation. Whatever the reason, once the tree has actually been cut down, the job is only partially complete. You’ll be left with the tree’s stump and there are a multitude of reasons why these also have to go the same way as the rest of the tree.  

Why you shouldn’t just leave the tree stump

If removing the tree stump sounds like too much effort, here are a few highly convincing reasons why that is a really bad idea:

Safety first: Tree stumps pose a significant trip hazard. Even if they aren’t in a high pedestrian zone, vehicles, particular mowers and other equipment can be badly damaged when coming into contact with them. The risk of this only increases as grass and other foliage begins to consume the stump. 

It’s unlikely to stay the same size: Tree stumps have a really bad habit of resprouting. If the tree was a problem in the past the sporadic resprouting of saplings from the stump can be an even bigger headache. Don’t let all the hard work of removing the tree be in vain by leaving the stump to resprout.

Beauty is truth: A random tree stump can be a real eyesore, especially if it begins resprouting. A clean and well manicured yard will increase not only the aesthetic value but the actual value of your property.

Pest attraction: A tree stump left to rot in the ground becomes an absolute magnet for pests and once they are done chewing through the stump they will begin to look for other timber around your property to tuck into. Don’t risk your garden and home.

Why stump grinding is the best approach

So it’s established that the stump has to go but what makes stump grinding the best choice for solving the problem of the remaining tree stump? There are other methods, such as poisoning or uprooting the whole stump to get rid of it but in the case of poisoning it is inefficient and highly toxic. Uprooting the stump, on the other hand, is highly laborious, for that reason, highly expensive and also results in you being left with a gaping big hole in your property that you then have to resolve. 

Stump grinding, in contrast, is highly efficient, non-toxic and way more efficient than uprooting the whole thing. It clearly stands out as the best approach for dealing with a tree stump for the following reasons:

Efficiency and effectiveness: A stump grinder is an impressive piece of machinery that chews at the stump using powerful rotating blades. The blade’s teeth tear the stump up into little pieces. As a result, you’re left with wood chips, which can be utilised elsewhere in the garden, rather than a giant hole, a whopping great big stump to dispose of or a toxic space. When executed by a trained arborist, the efficiency and effectiveness of stump grinding cannot be beaten. 

Lack of side effects: As mentioned, tree stumps can be poisoned but as well as being incredibly inefficient in destroying the tree stump the risk of toxicity to yourself, loved ones and other plants on your property are substantial. With stump grinding offering a toxic free solution, this option simply doesn’t make any sense. Also, as the stump only typically needs to be ground down 6-12 inches below the ground, you’re not left with a giant hole that would need to be filled for safety reasons or to be able to repurpose the space for new landscaping ideas.

Stump grinding is the solution to removing your unwanted tree stump so contact Arbor Co Tree Services to get yours cleared ASAP.

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