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Stump Grinding vs. Stump Removal

01 MAY 2021

Stump Grinding vs. Stump Removal

At Sesmas Tree Service, we have a deep appreciation for trees and have dedicated our lives to servicing and caring for trees, shrubs, bushes, and other perennial woody plants. We prefer to exhaust every option before resorting to removing a tree, but we understand that desperate times call for desperate measures. Sometimes, there is no other option than to remove the tree. Aside from the moral issue, there is also some physical issues to address. This article will focus on the stump. Specifically, is it better to grind the stump or remove it? As you will see, the answer depends on your specific situation. If you have any specific questions or concerns, or if you would like to hire a tree service specialist, then call Sesmas Tree Service. Our representatives are always happy to help.

What Is Stump Removal?

If you were to just infer from its name, you would think that a stump removal is a simple task. In reality, a stump removal involves a lot more than simply removing the stump. After you have cut down and removed your tree, the stump generally remains until it and its roots rot away. A stump removal is an intrusive process in which the stump and roots are forcefully removed from the ground. As you might imagine, this can devastate your yard and leave your property in ruin.

What Is Stump Grinding?

We understand that having a tree stump jutting out of the ground can be aesthetically unpleasant. It is also a serious trip hazard for you, your family, guests, and even pets. If you want to get rid of that hazard without destroying the yard, then a stump grinding is an option. Stump grinding does not involve removing the roots. Rather, the stump is grinded as far as 18 inches into the ground, away from sight. Granted, stump grinding does leave a hole in your yard, the hole is nowhere near as exaggerated as the one left by a stump removal.

Which Should You Choose?

There is no right answer here. It all comes down to your preferences and circumstance. Instead of choosing one or the other for you, we will review some of the pros and cons of each choice and the choice is up to you. In either case, Sesmas Tree Service is here to help.

A stump removal completely eliminates the stump and the roots, saving you from having to wait for a lengthy root decay. It also eliminates the possibility of regrowth. However, a stump removal is typically more costly than stump grinding. Add the cost of restoring the yard after the intrusive procedure and you are looking at a significant dent in your wallet.

Meanwhile, a stump grinding is quick and efficient. It is much less intrusive and destructive while leaving your yard free of visual unpleasantry. However, the roots remain and can take a long time to fully decay. Also, the sawdust left behind must be properly removed if you want to avoid attracting termites.

If you want to schedule an appointment with an ISA-certified arborist, then call Sesmas Tree Service for a consultation. We are always happy to help.