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Should I get rid of a tree stump?

The question of whether you should get rid of a tree stump is one we get asked all the time. Often people think it’s simpler to just leave the stump in the ground after tree removal. However, this fails to consider the long-term issues a lingering stump can cause. Whether the stump was left there by a previous owner or was left after tree removal or tree felling, getting rid of the stump will actually save you a lot of time, money, and headaches in the long run.

The problems with tree stumps

There are many reasons that there could be a stump in your backyard. Maybe the tree fell down and you never got around to having it removed. It could be there because a cheap tree removal service didn’t have the capacity to deal with it. Or maybe it has just been there as long as you have. Whatever the reason, there are a number of problems this tree stump can cause you in the near and long term.

Dangerous

A stump protruding from your garden can be dangerous for a number of reasons. It can be a tripping hazard. While that may seem like a minor thing right now, if and when someone hurts themselves falling over that stump in the future, you may regret never having it removed. However, a stump can also be a danger to you and your home for the reasons listed below.

Attracts pests and disease

A rotting stump can be a lure for unwanted pests, rodents and diseases. The root system of a tree doesn’t get the message when a tree is removed. This means that the roots will continue to send water and nutrients from the soil to the stump, despite the fact that it has nowhere to go. Pests and disease can thrive on these nutrients, using the stump as a new home from which to grow and spread. This puts the rest of your garden at risk of infestations, mould and fungus.

Destructive

As the roots of your rotting stump continue to expand and explore through your soil, they can push up through the ground and reduce the stability of the land. This can result in cracks in garden paths, walls and even crack piping. The easiest way to prevent this destruction is to cut off the roots from their life source by getting rid of the stump.

Obstructive

A stump can cause major frustration if you hope to do work on your property. Whether that’s garden work, or a renovation and expansion of your house, a lingering stump can be an annoying obstacle to overcome. Without removing that stump, you are unnecessarily restricting the amount of property that you can do work on.

The difference between stump grinding and stump removal

There are two common approaches for getting rid of a tree stump: stump grinding and complete stump removal. The latter involves pulling out the stump and its root system from the ground. This method is much more destructive to the surrounding ecosystem as it requires unearthing the entire area encompassed by the roots. Arborists will almost always recommend stump grinding as it has a far smaller impact on the environment, is simpler, and highly effective.

How to get rid of a tree stump

Our teams can help you get rid of a tree stump through the stump grinding method. Using a powerful machine with a rotating blade fitted with tungsten teeth, our crews will grind down the stump to below ground level. By doing this, they remove the obstructive stump and cut it off from the roots. This results in the roots dying and breaking down and allow you to use that land again for whatever you desire.