Stump Grinding Information from Property Owners

Why should I grind my tree stumps?

There are several reasons why tree stumps and roots should be removed, and it includes safety and maintenance. Stumps will decay over time, but it can take up to ten years for the process to complete. Grinding the stump will allow you to use the area right away after the stump has been ground. Your yard will return to its attractive state as soon as the stump grinding procedure is done. 

What happens if I leave the tree stump in my yard?

Stumps can be home to a multitude of insects and pests, such as termites, ants, and roaches. These unwanted pests can invade your home without you knowing it. 

Can stumps cause property damage?

The roots of a live tree can compromise foundations, driveways, and pipelines. Some stumps tend to regrow after the tree has been cut, and their root system can make their way into your home through small holes and cracks. Stump grinding will prevent these worst-case scenarios from happening. 

Are tree stumps a safety concern?

Yes. Tree stumps can be a tripping hazard to anyone, especially kids playing around. Stump grinding eliminates the risks of having someone hitting the stump and ending up in the hospital due to an injury. 

How do you grind tree stumps and roots?

Stump grinding requires specialized equipment to complete the job. Stump grinders are used to get rid of the stump most efficiently. The process leaves a mountain of dirt and debris, but you can use them as natural mulch. 

What will happen with the grindings after stump removal? 

Once stump grinding has been completed, all the mulch and the grindings will be used to backfill the hole. This will allow you to use the area for other purposes, or you can even plant sod or grass over it. 

How deep can you go with stump grinding? 

The average depth for stump grinding is 10 to 12 inches below the ground. This depth will ensure that the stump will not persist growing. In case you require the stump to be ground lower than the standard, we can always accommodate your request. 

How can stump grinding be affected by underground utilities?

Any underground utilities and equipment will affect stump grinding. You should let us know beforehand if you have any cable, power, or gas line underground so that we can make the necessary precautionary measures. We will mark the utility lines to ensure we don’t hit them in the process. 

How much does stump grinding cost?

Stump grinding is a lot cheaper than most people think. The cost of stump grinding will depend on different factors, including the size, age, and its roots. We can give you a free onsite estimate based on the said factors.  

What is the mode of payment for stump grinding services? 

You should not pay a company until the stump grinding process is complete. Only pay when the job is done, and you are happy with the result. Be wary of companies that ask for full payment upfront or those asking for a significant amount for a deposit. 

Call Mike Grace from Grace Tree Service Spokane at 509-992-1700 for more information about stump grinding.

Stump Grinding FAQ

What is stump grinding?

Stump grinding is one of the most practical and effective ways to remove the existence of a stubborn stump. It entails using power tools such as a stump grinder to get rid of the sight of the stump completely. The stump grinder works as the rotating teeth of the tool chips the wood away. 

What are my stump removal options?

Natural Decomposition: Yes, this is an option, but it will take years before you can see the result. A stump completely rots in an average of ten years, which is why this option is not for you if you want instant results.

Chemical Decomposition: While some chemicals can hasten the decomposition process, it will still take years for it to complete. 

Stump Grinding: If you are looking for the most cost-effective means to eliminate a stump, stump grinding is the way to go. 

Excavation: This process involves the use of an excavator or track hoe to dig the entire stump out. Digging can be really costly due to the use of heavy machinery and labor required. Stump grinding is a better choice if you don’t have a big backyard that will allow the machine to move around.

Burning: While burning stumps is an option, it is not as effective as stump grinding because some stumps don’t burn due to the moisture stuck in their wood. Another problem with burning the stump is that you cannot get enough oxygen to burn it since it’s in the ground. 

How much does stump removal cost?

Stump grinding is less costly than many people expect. Stumps come in different sizes, shapes, and conditions. That is why it is not possible to give an accurate estimate without seeing the stump. When the tree company comes to your property, they will inspect the stump then provide you with a firm written quote. 

Can I plant in the area where the stump was?

Yes, you can. It is essential that you tell the tree company your preferences so they can let you know if it is doable or not. If you want to replant the area, the tree company will grind the stump up to the base of the stump and leave a hole where you can replant a new tree. 

How will the location look once stump grinding is finished?

After stump grinding, expect a mountain of shavings and debris on your property. You can ask the tree service to rake the shavings and haul them away. Stump grinding can produce a lot of dirt, but if you choose the right tree company, they can complete the job without leaving any trace of dirt. 

Where can I use the shavings and debris?

The stump shavings can be utilized as garden mulch or compost. They can also be used to backfill the hole left by the stump along with other dirt and soil. However, keep in mind that shavings will decompose eventually and even more quickly due to their size, which means they are not ideal to use a backfill.