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Two Effective Ways To Get Rid of a Tree Stump

One of the distinguishing features of the Coral Springs Center for the Arts is its well-manicured lawn. On it stands some beautiful statues, which are great works of art. Even if you aren’t so into the arts, this is one place you will definitely enjoy visiting. You’ll get to see the sculptures, paintings, and even performed arts through dance and theater. You won’t regret the visit, and you can be sure you’ll leave with some inspired ideas on how to make your home look better.

So, as far as your yard goes, have you removed a tree in the past and the stump remained in its place? Has it been proving to be a hindrance to your landscaping plans? Well, consider stump removal or grinding.

Stump Removal

Two Effective Ways To Get Rid of a Tree Stump

This is the most basic way to get rid of a stump. Depending on the method you choose to use, there are appropriate times to remove it.

A tree stump can be removed at any time after the tree is felled, but manual removal is sometimes easier if the stump has aged and dried out somewhat.1 If you have the ability to let the stump remain in place for a full year or even two, the dried wood may be easier to cut out than when working on a new stump that is still green. Chemical removal, however, should begin immediately after you remove the tree.2 Read more at The Spruce

You could consider manual removal for small trees, chemical removal for large stumps or burning out the stump.

Stump Grinding

Two Effective Ways To Get Rid of a Tree Stump

Another method of removing a stump is by grinding it. This uses a special machine called a stump grinder. Here’s some more info about this process.

A stump grinder chews away at the stump wood that’s left after a tree has been cut down. All stump grinders use a powerful, rotating blade that rips into the wood as it turns. The blade’s teeth cut the stump wood into small pieces. The operator guides the blade over the entire stump as the blade reduces the wood to chips, and takes the stump down to well below ground level.

What happens to the wood from the tree stump after grinding?

Stump grinding results in lots of chips of wood. You’ll make more of them than you think, but they can be used as mulch on-site or added to your green waste can. You’ll also have a hole, since you’ve just ground out all the stump volume that filled it. You can shovel the wood chips into the hole to decay, or you can import soil and fill the hole so that it’s even with the surrounding ground. Read more at American Climbers

With grinding, you have the chance to level the ground after the stump is fully removed.

Which Option is best?

Two Effective Ways To Get Rid of a Tree Stump

Say you have an offer and can choose whichever of the methods of stump removal. Which one would you go for? Here are some thoughts to consider:

Stump Grinding vs. Removal

When considering which method to have a professional tree service perform, there are a few things to consider. One of those things is costs. Stump grinding is a far more cost-efficient method than stump removal. Stump removal requires removing and disposing of the tree stump, and the extra cost in filling the hole. Stump removal, though definitive, is costlier because of the multiple steps that must be taken to perform properly. The second thing to consider is your long-term lawn care plans. Stump grinding leaves behind roots that might allow fungus and sprouts to form and the potential for the stump to regrow. You will have to be attentive to remove unwanted mushrooms and spouts, or break up the regrowing stump, until the roots completely decay, which can take up to ten years! Read more at McCullough Tree Services

Need some help to decide which method is best for you? Talk to EPS Landscaping and Tree Service. Our experts in stump grinding and removal are ready to help you choose the most favorable tree stump removal option. And if you need landscaping services too, we are happy to give your yard a fresh new look.