The Difference in Stump Removal and Stump Grinding

In some situations, even after a tree has fallen or been cut down, the tree stump will stay behind. In some cases, the stump can hang around for quite a while. This seemingly small, insignificant part of the tree is actually quite difficult to remove. After all, there are some roots that can reach many feet into the ground.

If the stump is left in place, several issues can arise. The stump can attract insects and pests, it can cause damage to lawnmowers and injuries to people in the yard, and is quite unsightly. As a result, you may choose to have the stump removed.

There are two ways that a stump can be removed, which include:

  • Stump removal
  • Stump grinding

Getting to know a little more about each option can help you make an informed decision.

Stump Removal

If you choose stump removal, it means you are going to have the entire stump removed, including the root ball. This is considered the more difficult of the two processes. In most cases, when a tree grows, the root ball also grows. This means this root ball expands quite a bit, leading to massive root sizes, in many cases.

In some cases, the root ball can be four to 10 times bigger than the size of the tree. This is why this is the more challenging method of stump removal. Also, once the job is done, there will be a huge hole left behind, which will have to be filled, leading to another expense.

Stump Grinding

After the tree is cut to be at ground level, or after it is removed, the stump can be eliminated using stump grinding. When this is done, the stump will be ground with a stump grinder into extremely small pieces. When the stump grinding process is done, the pieces will be so small and fine that what is left behind can be used as mulch or some type of ground covering. Once the stump is completely ground, until it is a few inches below ground level, then the rest can be covered with dust and dirt. After a certain amount of time, this part will decay, along with all the roots around it.

What Technique is Right for You?

If you are looking for a time saving and affordable option, then stump grinding is best. However, with stump removal, everything is removed, which means there is no chance of new sprouts emerging. As a result, you have to decide which option best suits your needs and speak with the professionals.