Sometimes, your best (or only) option is to cut down a tree on your property. Whether it’s for safety reasons or aesthetics, you also need to consider whether the stump should stay or go. Stump removal and stump grinding are the most common stump elimination techniques, but they are two very different processes. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between stump grinding and stump removal in Paso Robles, CA so you can choose the best method to eliminate any stumps in your yard.
Why you should excavate tree stumps
One of the most important steps in tree removal is eliminating the leftover stumps. Yes, stump removal is probably necessary even if they are not in your way or aren’t completely visible. The advantages of excavating tree stumps are as follows:
- Tree growth: Leaving the stump behind keeps this part of the tree alive, meaning it will seek out nutrients from the soil and the plants surrounding it. These plants will eventually weaken or die. Stumps may also sprout other smaller trees around them.
- Pests and tree disease: Ants, termites, beetles and other pests are attracted to decaying wood. These pests pose a risk to other trees and your home. Also, fungi, mold and diseases on stumps put surrounding plants in danger.
- Safety: Tree stumps are hazards around your yard. Simply put, they are accidents waiting to happen. People can trip and fall over them or run lawn mowers over them and damage the blades.
- Aesthetics: Trees make beautiful additions to any yard, but left-behind stumps are unsightly. Not to mention the fact that weeds and mold may start growing on or near them.
Of the two removal options, stump grinding is faster and more affordable. It takes less than an hour to complete and costs between $100 and $400, depending on tree service rates in your area. The grinding technique uses a grinder to break stumps down to mulch. The grinding machine goes far down into the ground, oftentimes hitting some roots, but there are some downsides.
As for the cons of stump grinding, the first issue people have with it is that it pollutes the air for a short time. Sawdust flies everywhere and is not safe to breathe in. Another drawback of grinding is that it leaves all or most of the roots behind. This can make planting new trees a lot more difficult.
So, you’ve cut down the tree from the canopy all the way down to the stump—now what? If you try removing the stump on your own—say, by digging it out with shovels or tying it to the hitch of your truck and trying to pull it out—that could mean a lot of wasted time. It’s also not a guaranteed success, and it poses a risk of injury. Alternatively, you can hire a professional to kill it using chemicals or to physically extract it, roots and all. Professional removal may cost hundreds of dollars, but your yard will be safer, look nice and be ready for new plants.
For more information about stump removal or stump grinding in Paso Robles, CA, call the team at Neumann & Sons Tree Service today!