Stump Removal / Stump Grinding

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Do You Need A Stump Removed?


Global Tree Care can evaluate your situation and give you an estimate of how much it will cost to remove the tree stump. You may be surprised at how affordable it is. Most stump removal is fast, and even large stumps usually take only a few hours.

We always offer our stump removal services when we remove a tree, including explaining the benefits of having your stump removed professionally and describing the benefits of tree-stump mulch for your garden.


Stump Removal Vs. Stump Grinding

Every project estimate for tree removal includes chipping and haul-off as part of the tree services we provide to the Greater Tampa Bay area. However, stump grinding is not typically part of the overall price. When Global Tree Care removes a tree, we cut the trunk within inches of the surrounding ground level. If you prefer to have these stumps removed, we can offer cost-effective solutions for removal. Stump grinding mulches the existing tree roots several inches below the surface hiding as it decays naturally. If you’ve just removed a tree from your property, you might want to sit back and enjoy crossing an item off your to-do list. However, the job’s not over yet — if you don’t follow up by scheduling stump grinding, you might have to deal with more issues than the problem tree was causing in the first place. Here are a few things that can happen if you neglect your tree stumps.

3 Effects of Neglecting Stump Grinding

1. Tripping Hazard

Once you have a diseased or problem tree removed, you may think the hard work is over. However, if you don’t remove the stump that’s left behind — no matter how low to the ground it may be — it creates a tripping hazard on your property. From painful injuries to potential liability claims, the risk is not worth leaving a stump unaddressed.

2. New Growth

In some cases, removing a tree without the stump is a lot like treating the symptoms of a medical problem without addressing the source. Some trees store leftover energy from the sun and nutrients from the soil in their roots, which remain even when the trunk and branches are gone. This means, despite the investment you made in tree removal, the failure to schedule stump grinding could cause the tree to regrow with multiple trunks.

3. Spread of Disease

If your tree was removed due to the discovery of a disease, stump removal is even more of a necessity. In this case, the chance of regrowth is incredibly likely. Avoiding stump grinding could cause the tree’s disease to spread through its roots and into other plants in your yard — ruining the hard work you’ve put into making your landscape healthy and lush.

What Is a Stump Grinder?

Stump grinders are powerful machines that look—depending on their size and model—a little like a lawnmower and a circular saw had a baby together. They’re designed to be rolled up to the stump and then grind it into little pieces.

How Does Stump Grinding Work?

A stump grinder chews away at the stump wood that’s left after a tree has been cut down. All stump grinders use a powerful, rotating blade that rips into the wood as it turns. The blade’s teeth cut the stump wood into small pieces. The operator guides the blade over the entire stump as the blade reduces the wood to chips, and takes the stump down to well below ground level.

Global Tree Care LLC has State of the Art equipment, with our 4x4 Stump Grinder being one of them. This is a top of the line Stump Grinder that can fit into back yards through single door fences is well maintenance and serviced regularly. We take pride in knowing our equipment is running tip top shape to ensure safety for all.

What Happens To The Wood From The Tree Stump After Grinding?

Stump grinding results in lots of chips of wood. You’ll make more of them than you think, but they can be used as mulch on-site or added to your green waste can. You’ll also have a hole, since you’ve just ground out all the stump volume that filled it. You can shovel the wood chips into the hole to decay, or you can import soil and fill the hole so that it’s even with the surrounding ground.

Is A Stump Grinder The Same Thing As a Stump Remover?

Stump grinders are different from stump removers, as a stump remover is auger-like and bores down into the stump from above, removing all trunk wood and anchoring roots.


Does A Tree Stump Need To Be Removed?

Ultimately, it’s your choice, but you may want to learn more about what to expect if you don’t remove the stump after you remove your tree.

Many homeowners can’t anticipate how much a left-over tree stump will stand out after a tree is removed, especially if the rest of their garden is tidy and maintained. Grinding out the stump, by comparison, gives you a clean slate for future landscape design, because it chews stump wood down below ground level, a stump grinder ensures that your tree stump won’t re-sprout with suckering growth around its perimeter. This is often the best argument for stump grinding; leaving a stump in place can mean repeated sucker pruning, a garden chore that offers little satisfaction, as you’re never done.

While suckering sprouts are a natural response by the tree after its trunk has been cut down, none of this growth is useful and won’t make a healthy new tree. Instead, you’ll have lots of sprouts that turn into branches that will need to be cut down over and over until the tree exhausts its energy reserves. This can take a long time. A leftover stump doesn’t always have to be removed, but ask yourself if you want to look at a tree stump for years to come, or deal with its suckering growth.

Depending on its size, height, and location, a stump may be an eyesore (especially as it slowly rots away), and it also may become a tripping hazard. It can also attract insect pests, develop fungal diseases (that can spread to nearby trees), and cause soft, sunken spots in the surrounding lawn or garden as it decomposes.

On the other hand, a stump can become part of a funky garden design, can be used as an informal base for potted plants or sculptures, and can be painted, decorated, or sculpted.



NOTE: Coppicing is an ancient practice where woodland or forest tree trunks are cut down to ground level and new sprouts are encouraged to grow from them. Depending on a tree’s species, the new, sprouting wood grows until it’s harvested for firewood, fencing, thatching, or woodworking. On a healthy coppiced tree, these cycles of growth and harvesting can go on for decades and longer. But chances are you won’t need this in your yard!

Can I Build Or Pave Over The Are Where A Stump Was Ground Out?

One important consideration is whether or not you plan to build where the tree stump is, or add a patio or paving. Because a tree stump is wood, an organic material, it will decompose over time. This means that it isn’t a stable base material for construction, and any foundations, footings, or rigid materials will move over time.

So even if your stump is ground out, there may be trunk and root material left below ground that will decay and settle, damaging your construction. In this case, you’ll want to make sure all remaining stump and roots are removed and that the hole is in-filled with native soil (not bagged potting soil), and then compacted to the level required for construction.


Are There Situations Where A Stump Cannot Be Ground?

Most easily-accessible trees that are removed can also have their stumps ground out. Sometimes a stump has to be removed for safety reasons, or because it blocks access. But there are situations where stump removal may be difficult or impossible.

Hard-to-reach trees in places where access is limited or where equipment is too large to bring in may not be candidates for stump grinding.

Stumps that can’t be fully removed by grinding can be ground first and then pulled out with a skid steer or an excavator; this adds cost but may be the only way to go.

Trees that were growing in small planting holes surrounded by concrete or other hardscape materials may leave behind a stump that can’t be removed without damaging the surrounding material, or the material may need to be removed first. This can be costly or impossible.

A tree stump that’s close to other trees or valuable shrubs may damage these other plants and their root systems if their stump is ground out.

Stumps that are close to buildings or other structures may be hard to grind out because of the chance of damage to foundations, footings, or underground utilities and pipes.

It’s best to check for hidden liabilities before starting to grind a stump, especially if you DIY.


What Are The Alternatives To Stump Grinding To Remove A Tree Stump?

If you have a very small stump, you may be able to remove it with hand tools. Having a stump with a few feet of trunk left on is useful here, as the trunk can be used as a lever to help loosen the trunk. You’ll first use a shovel or a pick axe to loosen and dig out the soil around the stump to expose its roots. After you’ve uncovered the roots, you can use gravity and your body weight to rock the stump loose. If you have loppers or a pruning saw, you can use them to sever large roots and help free the trunk. This is strenuous physical work, but it’s not impossible.

You’ve probably seen bottles of chemical stump remover at your nursery or hardware store. These products are often made of potassium nitrate, and work by speeding up wood decay. They require that you drill holes into your stump, fill them with stump killer, add water, cover your stump, and wait.

Potassium nitrate isn’t poisonous, but it can cause minor eye and skin irritation, and you’ll want to keep children and pets away from it and your stump.

Another way people remove stumps is to pour kerosene over a stump and light it on fire. Please, don’t be the person who thinks a flaming tree stump is a good use of time and resources.