What’s the difference between stump grinding and stump removal?

What’s the difference between stump grinding and stump removal?

Discover which tree removal option is suitable for your tree.

When it’s time to remove a tree from your home there are a few crucial steps you need to take. The tree should be inspected and removed by a professional. Arborists specialise in the maintenance and removal of trees. They understand how a tree grows along with the most effective way to remove them.

What’s also important is safety. When a tree is removed correctly it needs to be done with the right safety practices to ensure no one is at risk of harm. When a tree is not removed correctly there can be a risk of injury. This often occurs when people use the wrong tools or misuse equipment.

Another factor to consider is the potential damage to your property. Your tree may be close to an easement, water pipes, or electrical wires. You could run the risk of damaging these property features if you don’t check the ground near your tree. After most of the tree has been removed from the ground up, it’s important to focus on the tree stump.

A professional Arborist will use a number of tools and equipment to safely remove a tree stump. Depending on the type of tree and its size there are a number of ways that a tree stump can be removed. The two most common methods are stump grinding and stump removal.

Why does a tree stump need to be removed?

A tree stump that gets left behind can cause a number of issues in your backyard. It won’t just take up space and create an eyesore. Stumps that get left behind will decay over time. As the roots start to rot they become a breeding ground for fungus and pests like termites.

The roots will also continue to become an obstacle for any construction or renovations such as installing fencing, concrete or pavers on the ground. It’s obstacles and issues like these which encourage people to book a tree stump removal service.

Stump grinding

Using specialist machinery, a professional Arborist will grind down whatever is left of the tree stump. The stump can be reduced down to ground level or up to 12 inches below so it can be well hidden. This process allows you to re-turf or build over the site. Another great outcome is that the portion of the stump removed is reduced to mulch which can be recycled for gardening.

After the process of stump grinding, you will still have the tree’s root system in the ground. So unfortunately, the roots will still be in the way if you ever want to dig underground and install something new such as a decking post.

Stump removal

Compared to grinding, stump removal is far more complex. It involves the process of removing the entire stump from the ground. This process includes removing the root system. Stump removal is commonly chosen by an Arborist when they have assessed the roots pose an issue to your garden.

In some cases, tree roots may become infected, spreading fungus and attracting pests to your garden. Even after the majority of the tree has been removed, it’s still possible that it can grow back from the stump. It’s just another reason why some Arborists recommend a complete stump removal. This process eliminates the possibility of the tree ever growing back.

Which one is the best choice for me?

The choice between stump grinding and stump removal really comes down to what you’re planning on doing with your backyard. Some people remove a tree for aesthetics. They want it out of the way so it doesn’t have a drastic effect on the look of the backyard. Other times someone may choose to remove a tree that poses a threat to safety.

If a tree collapses, it can cause costly damage to your property. Another reason to remove a tree may be to eliminate the threat of pests. In some cases, a tree can become home to invasive insects like termites or elm leaf beetles that could migrate to other trees or your property to cause more damage.

A professional Arborist can assess the health of your tree and let you know whether a stump removal or stump grinding service is more suitable for your tree. At this point, it’s also best to let the Arborists know what your plans are for the area where your tree currently is.

Get professional advice from Daryl’s Tree Care

Here at Daryl’s Tree Care and Surgery, we have a team of dedicated and professional Arborists. Our Arborists can come to your property and assess the condition of your tree. They can recommend either a stump grinding or stump removal service based on your needs.

Our team of professionals have the equipment and the expertise to carry out a thorough removal of any tree stump in your backyard. So call us today on 9897 4418 to get your tree assessed and removed professionally.