If you have moved to a new place with a large tree in the backyard or the driveway, or if you have an infected tree that has become a safety threat, then your most reasonable option is to remove that tree. However, even if the tree is cut down, the stump and roots remain. Therefore, to completely eradicate the diseased tree or to make your driveway or yard smooth, you must remove the stump as well. There are two options available for eliminating the stump, either you ‘remove’ it or ‘grind’ it. Between the two, stump grinding is the preferable option.
So, if you’re thinking of stump grinding, you need to understand some essential things. Keeping that in mind and with the help of tree experts, we’ve created a complete guide on stump grinding that will tell you everything about it.
Do I Really Need to Remove the Stump from my Property?
Some people prefer to leave the tree stump as it is on their property, thinking removing them is too much trouble and wastage of their time and money. However, a stump left behind starts to decay eventually and attracts all kinds of pests that can cause diseases.
There are other reasons besides the decaying stump that you need to consider before making a final decision. However, stump grinding will not only save the aesthetic of your lot but saves you from a lot of future problems.
Another disadvantage of leaving the stump is that the area where the stump is off-limits when you’re trimming your lawn. The stump can also damage your lawnmower. Rooting new trees in that area is moreover difficult because the old roots will interfere in the growth of new ones.
Why Stump Grinding is the Best Option?
Stump removal implies the removal of the tree stump and all the tree roots. Unless you want to build a new building on that plot or don’t care much for aesthetics, you might want to refrain from choosing the stump removal. Stump removal destroys your yard if the tree was old and its roots were spreading on a larger area. On the other hand, Stump grinding is the better option because it uses less machinery, so the cost is low, and it also does not end up destroying the aesthetic of your plot. In stump grinding, the stump is first broken or grounded into small parts, and the remaining tree trunk is scraped until it’s gone.
After Stump Grinding, What Happens to the Tree Roots?
This is a very puzzling question. What will happen to the old roots once the stump is grounded? Most people think that the leftover roots can germinate into a new tree, but that is not possible. Instead, the roots will slowly decay over a long period. This deterioration of roots will make your soil richer in nutrients. Another question that makes people afraid of stump grinding is that if the roots disappear after the decaying process, does it mean there is a gaping hole in our backyard that can collapse in on itself? Our answer is again no. The decaying process takes decades to complete and happens in such a way that the roots that remain are mixed with the soil or form a new soil layer.
Can I Replant a Tree at the Same Spot as My Old Tree?
Our answer to this question by our client is that yes, you can, but we suggest you don’t. The first question we ask is why did you even bother to remove that old tree by spending your money if you want to replant the new one at the same place? Whatever the reason for your new decision is, you must understand that replanting a tree at the same spot or near it will be very difficult. Stump grinding only grinds the stump but leaves the roots behind, so these roots will most likely interfere with the growth of the new tree. But if you are adamant, you need to choose stump removal rather than stump grinding. You also need to get your soil tested by a professional because the decaying process of the previous root can disturb the acidity and nutritional level of the soil.
How Much Does A Stump Grinding Cost?
It totally depends on the individual case and the condition of the stamp. In some cases, hiring a professional for stump grinding costs even cheaper as compared to renting a stump grinder and doing everything yourself. To give you some idea of the cost, most homeowners pay an average of $313 for this work, and for the low-end stump grinding project, the cost even gets reduced to $158.
Suppose you’re doing it yourself and don’t own a stump. You can expect to spend somewhere $200 to $400 per day for renting a stump grinder. Not to mention that you’ll need other equipment that includes safety tools and chainsaw that can increase additionally cost you around $370.
Removing an old tree is sometimes inevitable due to various reasons. Whatever the reason for the removal, if you want to save your money and time, then stump grinding is the best option for you.