Tips & Advice
How long does it take a tree stump to rot away?
A tree stump can take up to 10 years to rot away if it is left to decay naturally. The exact time that it takes for the stump to rot completely will depend on the type of tree and the conditions present in your yard. You can speed up the decay process by applying a fertilizer with a heavy concentration of nitrogen to the ground that surrounds the tree stump.
Once a stump is removed, is there a big hole left where the stump used to be?
The stump removal method that you choose will determine whether there is a hole left where the tree stump used to be. Stump extraction involves removing both the stump and its roots, and the removal of the roots may leave you with a hole in your yard. Stump grinding removes just the tree stump, and since the stump's roots are allowed to remain, there is no hole left in your yard.
Can a new tree be planted in the same spot after a stump has been removed?
If you wish to plant a new tree in the same spot after a stump has been removed, your best best is to have the stump extracted. Stump extraction removes the old tree's roots, and this will give the new tree room to grow. With stump grinding, the tree stump's roots are left intact.
Is there a limit to the size of stump that can be ground or removed?
Tree stumps of all sizes can be ground or removed from your property. If you're choosing to have a very large tree stump extracted instead of ground, it's important to remember that this will be a major task, since a tree's root ball can grow to be four to ten times the size of the tree.
What is stump extraction?
Stump extraction involves removing the entire tree stump and its roots from your yard. Stump extraction is a more complicated and time-consuming procedure than stump grinding, which involves simply grinding away the tree stump and leaving the roots intact. With stump extraction, you may be left with a hole in your yard once the tree stump's roots have been removed.
What is the size of stump removal and grinding equipment?
Stump removal and grinding equipment comes in different sizes. Small hand-held grinders are available, and these allow easy access to tight spaces. However, they typically have low horsepower, and their cutting depth is limited to 10 inches. Self-propelled grinders are larger than hand-held models, but they're still compact enough to fit through the gate of a yard. These grinders have a cutting depth of 13-15 inches. Tow-behind grinders are the largest and most powerful choice available. These grinders need to be towed with a truck, and they have a cutting depth of up to 24 inches.
What happens to the wood chips after grinding the stump?
The wood chips that result after grinding your yard's tree stump needn't go to waste. These chips can be used as mulch to insulate your lawn's soil from heat and cold and keep the roots of your plants moist. The wood chips created by stump grinding may also be used to add decorative accents to your property's landscaping.
How long does it take to remove/grind a stump?
If you hire a professional to handle tree stump removal or stump grinding, you can expect the process to take roughly an hour for each stump. If you choose to grind the stump yourself with the help of a rented stump grinder, the process might take a few hours if you don't have previous experience handling this type of task.
How much does stump removal cost?
The cost of professional stump removal averages around $165 for the first stump, and, in many cases, you'll get a discounted rate for all additional stumps. Some stump removal companies charge by the diameter of the stump, and the average cost per inch is $2-$3, with a $100 minimum. If you choose to remove a tree stump yourself, you can secure a half-day rental of a stump grinder for between $75 and $150.
Stump grinding is a landscaping service that is performed to remove tree stumps that remain after trees have been chopped down. Tree stumps can be unsightly, and stump grinding may help improve the appearance of your yard. By removing tree stumps from your property, you'll also have more room available for the addition of outdoor furniture or landscaping features.