Though proper tree care can help many trees grow as healthy as possible, there may be times when a tree service like trimming isn’t enough and the tree may need to be removed. Once this is done, only the stump is left behind. The stump can be left in place, but most homeowners will want to have it removed. Read below to learn more about stump removal and what you should know before it’s done.
Why Remove the Stump?
Stumps don’t have to be removed, but it is a good idea. They can get in the way and the land won’t be able to be reclaimed and used for something else. Plus, they can attract pests. Ants, termites, and other creatures will want to use the stump for food or shelter. When they’re attracted to the stump, that brings them a little bit closer to the home. No one wants termites or ants in the home, so homeowners should make sure food sources like tree stumps are removed.
When to Remove the Stump
It’s usually best to have the stump removed as soon as possible after the tree has been taken down. However, it doesn’t need to be done immediately if finances are tight or there just isn’t time to have it done right away. The longer it stays, the higher the chance it will attract termites and other pests. Still, stumps can be removed at any time, even years after the tree has been removed. Those who move into a home with a stump in the yard can have it removed even if they don’t know when the tree came down.
How the Process Works
The basics of stump grinding are simple. A machine is brought onto the property that will dig into and chop up the stump. The removal can be done on just about any stump, no matter its location. This work does take some time, depending on the size of the stump. Once it’s done, all that’s left is a hole in the ground and the wood chips from the stump. This type of removal doesn’t require pulling the stump out and the chips that are leftover can be left in the hole to help fill it. After the removal is done, the hole is ready to be refilled so the space can be reclaimed.
Dangers of DIY Removal
Basic tree care is always dangerous for those who don’t have proper training, experience, and safety equipment. Stump removal is no different. The equipment used for grinding is dangerous and training is recommended before use. Other ways to remove a stump, like pulling it, can be dangerous, as well. Many people who have tried to pull out a stump on their own end up with a damaged vehicle, as the stump may be a lot more difficult to remove than expected. On top of this, depending on the location of the stump, it’s possible to damage nearby buildings, plumbing, and other buried wires or pipes. Done wrong, even if it doesn’t lead to injuries, can require expensive repairs.
What to Do Once It’s Removed
Once the stump grinding is done, the hole will be partially filled with wood chips from the stump. It’s possible to go ahead and place new dirt in the hole, filling it up. Compact the soil as the hole is filled to help minimize compaction in the near future. Over time, the wood chips will break down, adding essential nutrients to the soil. This can cause some further compaction, so it may be necessary to watch and add soil as needed. Once the ground is stable again, the area can then be used for anything the homeowner wants to grow, whether that’s grass, flowers, vegetables, or even a different tree.
Are you having a tree removed? Or, are you tired of the stump left in the yard after a tree was removed in the past? Take advantage of a stump grinding tree service to completely remove the stump from the ground so the area can be reclaimed and used for something else. This is a job for the professionals, so call the experts today to learn more about stump removal or to schedule a time to have it done. 309-273-1100