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.