Are there any benefits to leaving the stump after removing a tree? Or should you have the stump removed or ground down? If you decide to leave it there to rot, damaging pests like termites or carpenter ants can make it their home and spread out into the yard or home. There are many benefits to grinding a tree stump instead of removing it. Here are some reasons why stump grinding is best instead of simply removing the stump.
- Stump grinding doesn’t require heavy-duty equipment to dig out the stump and roots. The equipment can destroy areas of the yard and leave a big hole to fill with dirt. Grinding the stump will leave the tree’s root system intact and a small area to fill.
- Stump removal is an invasive process that can be time-consuming depending on the size of the tree and how far its roots have spread. Stump grinding can be completed in a few hours.
- Some stumps can be ground 18 inches into the ground, though the industry standard for stump grinding is to continue until you can no longer see the trunk. It all depends on the size of the stump and the needs of your property. This allows you to get rid of the unwanted stump without leaving a large hole in the ground.
- It is a rare event for a tree to re-sprout after the stump has been ground down. Usually, the remaining tree roots will decay into the soil over a long period of time. It is not recommended to plant a tree in the same spot for several years because it will be hard for the new tree to establish a strong root system.
- There will be a considerable amount of sawdust created during the grinding process. It is best to use it to fill the hole from the stump and have the remainder removed to prevent insects from making it their nest.
Unless you’re excavating or you insist on planting a new tree right where the old one was, stump grinding is your best option. Call Integrity Tree Care today for professional help removing your tree stump.