Tree removal is often necessary for safety or landscaping reasons, but once homeowners remove a tree, they are sometimes left wondering what to do with the unsightly stump they now have sitting in their yard. Fortunately, removing stumps is usually a straightforward task.
When our customers call us about stump removal, we most frequently recommend a process called stump grinding. Stump grinding can be done in conjunction with tree removal and is an efficient and cost-effective method of removing tree stumps, allowing you to put fresh grass or landscaping in its place.
There are many reasons why you may not want a stump in your yard beyond the fact that it may not be aesthetically pleasing. Remnant tree stumps get in the way of children running around and playing, and they make it more difficult to mow the lawn. Stumps can also resprout, resulting in an additional landscaping chore of cutting down the new shoots. What’s more, as stumps decay, the rotting wood could become a home for termites, carpenter ants, or other insects that could spread and potentially cause damage to your home or yard.
Traditional stump removal is a lengthy, cost-intensive process that requires manual digging and the power to pull out stumps and individual roots, leaving behind a large hole. Stump grinding is much more efficient and still clears away a stump entirely. Since it doesn’t involve the removal of every underground root, this method is less time-consuming and less expensive.
A stump grinder looks a bit like a large lawn mower but has a metal disc with teeth that rotates at high speed. These teeth can cut into the wood with enough power to shred it down to small pieces. Since stump grinders are heavy-duty equipment and can be extremely dangerous, they are typically operated by professional arborists with the necessary training and experience, protective equipment, and insurance coverage.
You can use stump grinders on small, medium, or large stumps to grind them down well below ground level. A thick layer of dirt will sit on top of whatever remains of the stump, so you can’t see it from the surface. Once the stump grinding is complete, you can use the wood chips created by the grinder as mulch for other areas of your yard or to fill in the small hole where the stump used to be. Only the roots are left underground, and they will decay naturally over the next 5–10 years.
Based in St. George, BA Robinson Tree Service is your top choice for tree care, trimming, and removal in Southern Utah and the surrounding regions. With nearly 15 years in the industry, our professional arborists are friendly, helpful, and can help you keep your yard looking its best. BA Robinson Tree Service is ISA certified, fully bonded and insured, and a member of the Utah Community Forestry Council. Contact us today to learn more or get a free estimate.