Should You Remove A Tree Stump Or Grind It Down?

When you’ve had a tree chopped down, the vast majority of the time you’re left with this unsightly stump in the ground. Removing the tree above the ground is the easy part; but the deep networks of roots below, and the close proximity to the ground make clearing the stump a much more difficult task.
Many people are torn between the best way to remove a tree stump: by grinding it down or pulling it out of the ground? Homeowners want to keep their yards looking beautiful and need space for other things like planting gardens and enjoying outdoor activities with family.
Both stamp grinding and removal have unique advantages and disadvantages. Whatever route you decide to take will depend on the plan you have for your landscape.


So, should I grind my stump or pull it out? Let’s explore both options below!


Stump Removal

Stump removal is the more challenging of the two. It involves heavy use of force, sometimes with heavy machinery to dig all the roots and pull the stump from the ground.


It is time-consuming but always leaves you with clean space giving you the freedom to be creative with your landscaping ideas. It leaves no part of the stump in the ground, eliminating any chance of decay or regrowth. You can always use the hole left to plant new healthy trees or feel it up with soil.


The major downside to trump removal is that it sometimes involves harmful chemicals that do not make an environmentally friendly process; and it can be disruptive. The process also creates waste from the removed stump, requiring extra effort to dispose of, though a good stump removal company should clear this for you.


Stump Grinding

Stump grinding, on the other hand, is less intrusive. Here an arborist will use a machine to shred the subject trump into tiny wood chips completely. The method is much more efficient and faster than stamp removal; it only takes a few hours, and you are done.
It shreds the stump to between one and twelve inches below the ground and leaves the rest to decay. The process does not leave you with gaping holes after extraction.
It is also environmentally friendly as it does not use any harmful chemicals and reduces the trump into mulch and residual sawdust, which you can use elsewhere in your yard or poultry.
The only downside to trump grinding is that it doesn’t remove the roots, and the plant may eventually sprout after some time. The roots also decay under the surface and may introduce termites and other tiny organisms to your property. Plus, you cannot replant on the same spot after grinding.

Which is More Expensive?

The bottom line for a lot of people; typically stump removal is more labor intensive and therefore costs more. Stump grinding can be relatively quick and easy to remove the waste product – sawdust, left behind.


Final Word

Both stump grinding and stump removal have unique pros and cons. Depending on your situation, one may outweigh the other. For example, if you do not mind filling up the hole left by the extraction, then removal could be your perfect choice, but if you have something less intensive, go for grinding.


Many risks come with trying either of the above methods on your own, stump grinding is extremely dangerous, and stump removal creates a lot of mess, and can even be damaging to plumbing, drainage etc.. Plus it can be pretty back-breaking; we recommend that you let your trusted professionals, Mad Beaver Tree Service, do the hard work.


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