When getting a tree removed, the stump is the last piece that gets left behind. Homeowners often ask what to do with it. Should they leave it alone or get rid of it with the tree? Should they opt for grinding the stump instead? We here at JLG Tree Service, are here to help you answer these questions.
The decision to remove or grind a stump is a hard one. There are lots of pros and cons of each to consider. When a tree stump is left, it slowly starts to deteriorate and rot. When it starts to rot it becomes a prime environment for termites and carpenter ants, both of which can damage your home. We recommend removing or grinding the stump to prevent pests and keep an unsightly object on your property. Another reason to let go of a stump is that it will always be in the way when you mow your lawn and running over the roots still attached to the stump may damage your mower.
If you’ve made the decision to do something about your tree stump, the question now is to either grind it down or completely remove it. Stump removal involves completely hoisting the stump up and ripping out the roots. This whole process is time-consuming, needs specialty machinery, and just overall expensive. The result of all that hard work is that it creates a clean slate for any landscaping work you might want to do.
Stump grinding on the other hand is inexpensive and more efficient than stump removal. The problem with just grinding is that the tree roots are left behind. Roots are spread out 4 to 12 feet beyond where the tree stood. The roots will naturally decay and blend in the soil but it will take over 10 years for it fully deteriorate.
If you have any more questions or are still unsure about whether you want your stump removed or ground contact our team at JLG Tree Services for help. We will provide you friendly and professional advice about what is best for you.