10 MAY 2019
So, you had a tree removed recently and are left with a stump. At Sesmas Tree Service, we like to expend all options before resorting to removing the tree. Still, property owners remove trees for a variety of reasons ranging from aesthetic concerns to safety hazards. But, what do you do with the final part of the tree: the stump? Most people are only familiar with removing the tree stump to be freed of the eyesore. However, there is another option: stump grinding. You would be forgiven if you do not know about stump grinding. So, we have put together this article to go over the two options and share our opinion. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with an ISA-certified arborist, then call Sesmas Tree Service today.
What Is A Stump Removal?
This name might be misleading because a stump removal entails more than just removing the stump. After you have cut down your tree, the stump and its roots remain until they rot. If you prefer to cut to the chase and remove them, then you can expect an intrusive process. The stump removal process involves pulling up the massive tree stump and then digging out all of the trees extensive roots. This requires heavy-duty equipment and leaves your property in ruins.
What About Stump Grinding?
Stump grinding has a more self-explanatory name. This option is much more manageable because it does not involve removing the roots. Instead, the stump is grinded as far as 18 inches into the ground. This does leave a hole in your yard, but nothing near as devastating as what a stump removal leaves.
Which Is the Better Option?
There is no one size fits all here. Every property owners situation, property, and goals are different. Rather than choose one or the other, we will go over the pros and cons of each option and you can determine which option is ideal for you.
As we mentioned earlier, a stump removal leaves your yard dug up in order to dispose of all of the extensive roots. Meanwhile, stump grinding leaves those roots in place. The drawback of leaving those roots in place, however, is that they make it difficult for new trees to grow. Fortunately, though, those roots will deteriorate over a span of a decade or two. So, if you plan to plant more trees, then a full removal might be the better option. If you intend to leave your yard open, then stump grinding should be enough.
A stump removal is a longer process and will end up being more expensive, especially considering the yard restoration process. Stump grinding is not without a cleanup process, though. The sawdust left behind will have to be removed, lest you risk attracting termites.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with an ISA-certified arborist, then call Sesmas Tree Service. Our arborists have years of experience and are always happy to help.