Spring Clean Up and Stump Removal
Not all trees survive winter storms in Peoria, IL. Removing damaged trees and their stump is necessary, and there are various ways to perform stump removal in Peoria, IL.
Stump Removal Methods and Timing
We recommend having your stumps removed once the ground thaws in early spring. Early removal will allow you to reseed the area and allow grass or vegetation to grow through spring and summer.
A stump grinder is the most common form of stump removal. You may rent one to use at your home or hire a tree service professional to do the job. Most professionals only offer stump grinding or manual removal. You may also choose to remove stumps chemically or manually.
Using A Grinder for Stump Removal
After a tree has is cut down, the most popular and typically the quickest way to remove a stump is to use a grinder, especially on larger, mature trees. Stump removal of trees with complex root systems is often too difficult to do manually. Manual removal can leave a large hole in the ground from the removal of the root system. A grinder will mulch the stump to ground level without creating a large hole.
The first step to stump removal is to clear debris, sticks, dirt, etc., away from the stump, allowing room to work with the grinder. The next step with a grinder is to cut the stump as low as possible with a chain saw, leaving the grinder less wood to work through and saving time in the removal process.
Once that is complete, the actual grinding can begin. Most tree service companies grind the stump down a couple of inches below ground level. You may choose to use the mulch or dirt and leaves to fill in space, making it flush with the surrounding landscape.
Stumps grind down to ground level are acceptable, but take care to ensure it is flush and is not a tripping hazard.
Stump Removal Alternatives
To remove a stump manually, you dig it out. A manual removal is a popular option if you're looking to save money and don't mind a little hard work. Manual stump removal can be time-consuming and is typically best for stumps that are small in size. Materials required for manual stump removal include a shovel, digging bar, various sized saws. Stump removal begins by digging out the actual stump and the primary roots. If the root system is intricate manual removal can take a long time.
If you tackle your stump removal, you may hear of burning stumps is another inexpensive option, but we urge caution. You should adhere to your city ordinances before burning in an area, and it is essential not to be near other flammable structures.
Chemical stump removal speeds up the natural process of decay. This method is the least labor-intensive but not the quickest. Stump removal by chemicals requires several pieces of equipment, along with the chemicals. You will need a drill and tarp. Garden mulch and high nitrogen fertilizer are necessary. First, drill holes into the stump with the widest drill bit available and pour the fertilizer in the holes and around the stump. Then cover the stump with a tarp and garden mulch. Covering helps to keep moisture in and speed up decay. Every few weeks, you should remove the tarp and add more fertilizer. It can take several months to a year for the stump to decay.
Costs of chemical removal can vary, depending on the place of purchase, the fertilizer used, and the stump's size.
Your Stump Removal Professionals
Stump removal can be a time-consuming process. It can require tools and machinery that homeowners do not regularly encounter, adding risk to any stump removal process. At Tree Services Peoria, our professionals have the tools and experience to get the job done efficiently and safely. For your next stump removal, call us! 309-273-1100