Stump Grinding or Stump Removal – Which one should you go for

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If you have a tree stump in your garden leftover from a tree removal, you’ll likely have heard both terms – Stump Grinding and Stump Removal. So, what’s the difference and does it matter which option you go for?

The bottom line is that both grinding, and removal achieve the same outcome. They are simple different methods to go about removing the unsightly and potentially dangerous stump.

Does the stump need to be removed?

You may be wondering if the stump needs removing at all? Our recommendation is that you don’t leave it in place. If the tree was removed in the first place due to disease or decay, the stump will still be infected and could spread spores to other trees and plants in your garden. Over time the roots may start to rot creating a home for fungi and pests. The roots could even continue to grow which might end up causing damage to your property, especially if the tree was removed because of its location to property.

Another reason to remove the stump is due to safety. If the stump is not hugely visible it could be a trip hazard. You will also get some garden space back by removing it.

Stump Removal

Removal method requires digging out around and down the tree stump, exposing all the roots and cutting them up to loosen the stump for removal. As you can imagine this is quite labour intensive and difficult job. Requiring tools and some level of skill. Depending on the age of the tree, and the complexity of the roots system, it can be more of a lengthy, tricky job.

Stump Grinding

This a the quicker, more efficient way to remove the stump. To do this, however, does require the use of a grinding machine, that arborists operate to quickly grind away the stump. Stump grinding with this machine can also remove the roots as long are there are no obstructions in the way.

This machine is fast, safe and can get into small spaces – see our stump grinder squeezing through a small garden gate below.

Which method is the right one?

Both ways will get the job done. The really depends on multiple factors. If you’re going to attempt, it yourself (we don’t recommend if you have no experience) then removal is likely the only option. If your tree stump is from a small tree, you have the right tools and use the correct technique (you’ve done it before) removing the stump could be quite straight forward. However, if you are working with a larger stump, we’d recommend working with a local arborist. Depending on the size of the stump, they may decide a straightforward removal will work, or for a larger excavation, the job can be carried out quickly, safely with a stump grinder.

If you have a stump that needs removing, get in touch and we can talk over the best option for you – Call us at 01228 561745

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