Back to Blog
If you have a stump from a dead tree on your lawn and have attempted to get rid of it yourself, you’ll know that it can be very difficult to remove. It sits there, making the lawn look ugly, causing people to trip over and remains as a general hazard. Our tree surgeon can remove the stump by grinding it away. But what exactly is stump grinding?
When a tree has been felled or is cut to ground level, a part of the trunk is left in the ground, which is called the stump. Dependent upon where the stump is located, if you want to replant your lawn, then removing the stump is unavoidable. The same will apply if you are adding an extension to your house or are planning to construct something in your garden. Unfortunately, the only way forward is to remove the stump from the location where a foundation will be placed.
The most effective way of removing a stump is by hiring a tree surgeon who will use a stump grinder. A stump grinder is essentially a saw equipped with a large disc that has numerous sharp teeth located around the circumference. This is placed above the stump to be removed and is slowly lowered while moving from left to right until the stump is ground to mulch.
Will a Tree Grow Back After a Stump Has Been Removed?
Stump grinding is not completely guaranteed to prevent a tree from growing back. Several species of trees can put up shoots and new growth from the roots that could not be reached below ground.
Fortunately, it is not a difficult issue. Sprouts that grow back after stump grinding can simply be mowed and over time will stop growing back, as the roots left will eventually expend their energy reserves. You can also pop around to your closest garden shop and purchase some stem killer that can be used to hasten the dieback of the roots. If you are worried about the environmental impact of chemicals, white vinegar does nearly as good a job.
Can All Stumps Be Removed Using a Stump Grinder?
If a tree becomes uprooted due to rot or a windstorm, the stump cannot easily be dealt with, if at all, by a grinder. If there is quite a bit of root material above the ground, the stump grinder may not be able to cut it apart if the roots are too high above the ground.
It really does depend on the type of tree and how it grew as it may pull up masses of dirt, grass and other subterranean material when it falls. The remains after grinding an uprooted stump may be less mulch and more soil and not be proper for use.
Weather can also determine how and when stump grinding can be performed. A lengthy period of rain can make soil oversaturated. Using a stump grinder in soggy soil can make quite a bigger mess than normal and can harm the surrounding area because of the machinery's weight.
We Can Remove a Stump from Your Lawn
Get in touch if you need help with the removal of your stump today. Or click here to find out more about our stump grinding service. We can remove tree stumps of all tree types and sizes. Free visual quotes are offered to all customers.