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Stump Grinding Vs Stump Removal

What’s the difference between Stump Grinding and Stump Removal?

So, you have removed that tree and now want that stump gone. Perhaps the tree has been gone but now you have a stump that just sits there in your yard. Even if it has been cut down very low, they can still cause a flat tire or be unsightly for the most part. I want to give you some ideas and let you know the difference between stump grinding and stump removal. Let’s start.

What is Stump Removal?

I know the two sound the same but they are very much different. You can have a large hole in the ground with stump removal that may need to be filled but sometimes this is necessary. With stump removal, the entire stump and the roots involved are removed from the ground.

Is this a much easier task?
Absolutely not! A lot of work is involved when removing a stump. The work time is extended by several hours. This is because you are removing everything. The roots and all. Did you know that roots can go into the ground several feet? This how far one will have to go to remove the stump completely.

Why remove the entire stump and roots?
Sometimes the roots can cause the tree stump to continue growing. By removing the roots and everything involved, the tree stump will be completely removed from your yard. It will be gone for good with no more worries.

Pro’s of Stump Removal.

  • No more growing of the stump.
  • It will be completely gone.

Cons of Stump Removal

  • A large hole will need to be filled in.
  • It can take hours to do.

You can find out more information on how to remove a tree stump at Thefamilyhandyman.com.

What is Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is when a tree stump is cut right below the ground’s surface. The rest of the stump is covered with dirt in hopes of eventual decay of the roots and remaining stump.

Is this much easier than stump removal?

For the most part, it is. If a professional comes in with a stump grinder, you can bet that the job will be done quickly and painlessly. The equipment involved is much less large than the equipment involved when removing the entire stump.

Why only grind the tree stump down instead of entire tree stump removal?

The amount of time it takes to remove a tree stump is greatly different. If you grind the tree stump down it will not require you filling in a large hole. Basically, the stump is out of sight and out of mind in a fraction of the time with much less work and no hole to fill in once it is done.

Pro’s of Stump Grinding

  • Smooths the surface of the land.
  • Requires less work
  • Stump can be used for mulching. 

Cons of Stump Grinding.

  • You may have some sprouts near where the stump was removed over the years due to the remaining roots.

This may not be something that will occur but there is a slight chance that it may occur.

You can find more information about stump removal at Prime-Scape Services, a tree service in Clearwater, Florida. They give plenty of information on how to remove a stump with a grinding process and why it is important.

Why Remove A Stump In the First Place?

Now that we have the basics of the two ways to remove unsightly stumps, we should ask ourselves why to remove them in the first place. After looking at the cost of stump removal, you may be wondering if it is worth it. Let us go over some of the top reasons to have a stump removed.

  • The Safety – you can drive or run into a tree stump and it causes a lot of damage to your car or persons. Not only people but pets can be at risk of harm with a trees stump.
  • The Bugs – so many bugs can pile up in a tree stump. Termites can ruin a home along with beatles. Also, wasps can be deadly.

Simplytreeservice.com gives a list of reasons to remove a tree stump. They give a lot of information on why it is important to get them out of your yard. It is worth looking into!

Last Thoughts.

Don’t wait around until someone or something gets hurt or damaged. Remove your tree stump ahead of time. The sooner the better. No matter what course you take, grinding or complete removal, it’s best to have them out and gone.

I know that there are endless ideas on the internet showing you how to remove a tree stump with chemicals. Please note that this can be dangerous. Always make sure that what you are using is safe around people and pets. Some chemicals can harm the environment. You must take into account the water table too. You wouldn’t want to contaminate you well.