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How Does a Stump Grinder Remove Tree Stumps?

If you’ve had to cut down or remove any trees from your property, you’re often left with a stump where the tree once stood.

Why remove a tree stump?

The stump might not bother you, but it does start to affect the appearance of your yard.

Stumps will typically stick around for at least 15 to 20 years, so don’t expect them to naturally disintegrate anytime soon. The stump might send up new shoots, trying to regrow itself. If the tree was cut down due to disease or pest issues, the stump can still spread those issues on to other things in your yard. Stumps tend to attract ants, termites, mold, and fungi. Plus, it can be a pain to mow around a stump and the above-ground roots, and can damage your lawnmower and other equipment.

How can I get rid of a tree stump?

There are two options for stump removal – taking the entire stump out or using a stump grinder.

Removing the entire stump costs a lot more than stump grinding (usually about ten times more), is a difficult process, and can leave giant holes in your yard. Since you’ll have to grab the stump and pull it out of the ground, the roots come with it, and they can be up to 40 feet long in some cases. Roots go wherever the water is, so sometimes they are wrapped around pipes or under sidewalks or foundations, so when you pull out the stump you’re never quite sure what the roots will take with them!

A stump grinder, on the other hand, removes a stump without pulling up all the roots in your yard. The stump grinder has a vertical saw that the operator moves slowly back and forth, turning the stump into fine woodchips or sawdust. This sawdust can then be used to fill up the hole that is left, making it easy for you to place dirt and grass seed or sod over the location.

Can’t I just rent a stump grinder and do it myself?

You could, and that may be an option for a smaller stump. However, a stump grinder is a dangerous piece of powerful equipment, and should not be used by anyone who is not familiar with that kind of machinery. In most states, you must contact the local utility company several days before to ensure that no power or phone lines are near the stump. If you hit a rock with the stump grinding blade, you may be responsible for replacing the blade, and they don’t come cheap.

Stump grinders available for rent are not professional grade and will only reach few inches into the ground, leaving most of the roots untouched. They also have a lot of hidden costs for fuel usage and extra teeth, and are incredibly dangerous if you do not know how to handle them or if you do not take the proper safety precautions. For instance, if you hit a rock in the soil, it can easily become a projectile.

Hire a professional to remove stumps safely

Overall, we highly recommend using a professional to do your stump grinding.

Here at Beaver Tree Service, we have a professional grade stump grinder that is large enough to remove large stumps, but small enough to fit through tight spots in your yard. It also grinds about 16 inches into the ground, removing the full stump and the roots that are above ground and thus removing any tripping hazards. Grinding the stump 16 inches below ground also ensures that you will be able to plant and grow grass where the stump once stood.

Stump grinding is messy, noisy, and dangerous. We have years of experience operating stump grinders and know the right safety equipment to wear, what precautions to take, and how to remove your stump without ruining your landscape. We also have worker’s compensation and the proper insurance to cover any incidentals.

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