What is Stump Grinding?
Stump grinding is the process of cutting the stump of a tree into small, reusable wood chips. This procedure destroys the stump and kills the underlying root system. A stump grinder is a powerful machine that uses a rotating disc covered in sharp, tungsten teeth to grind the stump down into a mulch. A tree surgeon uses a stump grinder once a tree has been removed to prevent the tree from growing back, to create space to plant new saplings and to prevent the stump from attracting pests or disease.
Why Stump Grinding?
Any arborist could tell you that stump grinding is an essential part of tree removal. Stumps remain connected to the tree’s root system. This can lead them to survive long after the tree has been cut down. Due to their connection to the root ball of the tree, removing the stump requires a hole far bigger than the circumference of the stump and will often require a crane to extract. This can be expensive and damaging to your garden. Stump grinding is a far easier process; cheaper for you and better for your garden.
- Once our team have removed the tree and any hazards, we bring the stump grinder on site.
- We then set the grinder’s teeth over the stump and begin the process of dismantling the structure.
- As the wood is broken down by the machine, it is turned into mulch derived from organic wood and soil from your garden.
- The Tree Surgeon will determine a depth for the machine to ensure that the stump will decay and new vegetation can be planted.
- Once completed, the machine and all large materials and waste will be removed from the site.
- The premium mulch will be used to fill the hole left by the stump, creating an optimal site for new saplings, vegetation or land use.
- A full cleanup of the site is done, leaving the property in a better condition than it started.
Featured Project – Stump Grinding In Melbourne’s Suburbs
Our team recently completed a job over in Hurstbridge, VIC. Two dead Eucalyptus Trees were cut into smaller segments and removed from the site. The stump grinder was then brought in to finish it off.
The tracks on the machine make it highly adaptable to different terrain, easily traversing both the flat ground and the grassy slope.
Only one qualified operator is needed to control the machine. It made quick work of the stumps, grinding them both down to wood chips in under 30 minutes. This full service stump grinding and cleanup came to approximately $300.
What is the cost of stump grinding?
This cost is based on time spent on site by our crew. This will depend on the size, species and age of the stump. Speak with our team for an obligation-free quote.
Is it better to grind a stump or to remove it?
Removing a stump involves digging a hole large enough to fit not only the stump, but also the root ball and the root system. This method is more destructive to your garden, more hazardous, requires more expensive machinery, more crew members and more time.
Stump grinding solves these problems. By grinding the stump down below the surface, the stump can be killed and allowed to decompose without digging up your whole garden. Less people, time and machinery is required, all resulting in less cost for you.
Will stump grinding kill the roots?
Yes. Once a stump has been dismantled and ground up, the roots can no longer access the nutrients they need to survive and will eventually die off completely. Some species are more resilient than others and may require the assessment of an Arborist to determine the best way to ensure no regrowth can occur.
How long does it take to grind a stump?
Depending on the size and species of the tree, grinding its stump can take as little as 10 minutes, or as long as a couple of hours.
Can you plant a new sapling after stump grinding?
While the mulch created from grinding the stump can provide quality nutrients in the soil that are great for growth, sometimes the remaining root system needs time to decompose before planting a new sapling. This is dependent on the species of tree and the cause of its removal. Our Arborists can assess the best location for planting new seedlings, which may be directly over the old stump, or a few feet away to give the new roots space to grow.
Our tree specialists favour stump grinding because it’s better for your garden, cheaper for you and safer for the crew. The trust we have built in the community and the confidence clients have in our team is due to the professionalism we bring to every job. All of our work is fully covered by industry leading insurance, allowing you to rest assured that your home is protected. Our teams are highly qualified and trained in all safety protocols. We use the best industry tools and machinery to ensure our work is done to the highest quality and efficiency, meaning less time on site and more time for you to enjoy your pristine garden.
Jim’s Trees services all of Australia
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Our friendly team are ready to help you through the process. Whether you need an obligation-free quote, some guidance on what to do with your trees or the help of a qualified arborist – we have you covered. We’ve helped hundreds of thousands of happy customers with their tree requests.
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