After a tree removal, some property owners choose to have the tree stump left. Either to cut costs or maybe they have something else in mind for it. But all too often we will see several rotting tree stumps while passing through town.
While tree stumps may not pose an immediate threat or danger, they can be difficult to deal with on your own in the long run. In this blog post, we will discuss why it may be easier and safer to let a professional handle your stump removal needs, what stump grinding entails, and why you shouldn’t let the stump rot out.
Stump Grinding Vs. Stump Removal
Stump grinding is the process of using a large specialized machine called a Stump Grinder. These machines are equipped with a powerful blade that grinds the stump below grade so that all visible stump and roots are ground down just a few inches below soil.
When you opt for stump removal, the entire tree stump and root ball are completely excavated from the ground. This is done by using a backhoe. The backhoe is a machine that has a bucket that can be used to dig up the stump and root ball. Once the stump and root ball are removed, the hole is filled in with dirt and then compacted.
Stump removal is often necessary when a tree has died or been damaged. It can also be done to make room for new landscaping or to improve the appearance of your yard.
DIY Stump Removal
As tree care professionals, we highly advise against removing stumps yourself. Of course, it can be done if you have the tools and the manpower to do it. However, there are many risks involved in stump removal, and it is often best to leave it to the professionals.
You can remove a tree stump chemically, but it can often take up to a year for it to completely decompose. If you’re thinking of removing it with tools, it will be costly if you don't have the right ones, it is hard manual labor and you pose a risk of injuring yourself.
If you are considering removing a stump yourself, be sure to weigh the risks and benefits carefully. If you are not comfortable with the risks, it is best to hire a professional to do the job for you.
The Dangers of Leaving a Tree Stump Rotting
There are many reasons why you shouldn't leave your stump to rot. Let's take a deeper dive into why.
Stumps not only invite pests when they’re decaying, but they also provide a cozy space for ants, termites, beetles and other pests you don’t want hanging out in your yard. These insects will eventually make their way into your home and you'll be paying an exterminator more than what it costs to grind down a stump.
Disease and Decay
Disease and decay can spread throughout the root system to other nearby plants and trees. The rotting stump can grow mold and fungi that can be dangerous to your family’s health.
A lone tree stump can be a source of fun and excitement for children. They can run around it, jump on and off it, and even use it as a makeshift stage for their own plays. However, it is important to remember that a tree stump is also a potential hazard. Children could easily trip over it and fall, potentially breaking a leg. Even adults could trip over a tree stump, especially if they are not paying attention.
Contact A Tree Care Professional
When needing any kind of tree service, it is always best to leave the tree to the professionals. This is because tree removal is a dangerous job that requires specialized training and equipment. Professionals have the skills and experience to safely remove trees without damaging property or injuring themselves or others. They also have the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. In addition, professionals are insured, so you can be sure that you are protected in case of an accident.