Are you having trouble with unsightly stumps of trees? Sometimes, it’s challenging to get rid of tree stumps. Digging and pulling won’t help, and even if you know your way around saws and tools, some tree stumps are just too big! That’s when you need specialized equipment for stump grinding.
Tree removal does not just mean cutting a tree off from the base. It also means the stump gets removed from the yard to prevent it from creating an obstruction. They can also be a safety hazard if left unattended.
While stump removal services sometimes use chemicals to remove larger stumps, that can damage the soil or other plants. Not to mention the environment, That’s why expert stump removal services involve stump grinders.
Let’s learn more about our stump removal service and grinding.
What is Stump Grinding?
Stump grinders are specialized tools or machines engineered to grind the stump into pieces. These devices are a cross between a circular saw and a lawnmower. This device simply gnaws at the stump left behind in the ground after cutting down a tree. It is powerful enough to remove a bulky tree stump.
The device has a rotating blade that bites into the wood of a leftover stump with a ripping action. Its sharp teeth cut away the wood as it is moved over the entire stump, thus turning the wood into fine wood chips. This action goes beneath the ground level for the complete stump removal of unwanted eye sores on your lawn.
There are different types of stump grinding equipment that can be used to handle stumps of various sizes. From hand-guided handlebar grinders to rear-hitch grinders, from riding grinders to skid grinders – each provides a different intensity of cutting and grinding. A tree expert will know which one to use for you.
What Is the Difference Between Stump Removal and Stump Grinding?
Quite often, stump removal is confused with stump grinding. But there are many differences between the two. The two differ in process and the final results, as well as the usage of power and removal agents. As a result, there is also a difference in the cost of stump grinding and removal services.
Stump grinding involves cutting and excavating the tree stump mechanically. It does not uproot the tree but grinds it down to the desired height, which can range between 1 inch above the ground and 1 foot below the ground. It leaves behind residual sawdust that eventually gets mixed with the soil.
On the other hand, stump removal is a process that pulls the stump out of the ground using force and chemicals. The process requires high power usage and leaves the surroundings in a messy condition. It is a method of uprooting the stump to create a provision for replanting and requires extensive disposal.
For stump grinding, only machines with blades are used. No chemical is involved in this. However, in the case of stump removal, potassium nitrate is used in high concentrations to loosen the soil and decompose the stump before the stump is uprooted with force using machines like cranes and tractors.
If you try to get rid of a tree stump by yourself, you will likely get the advice to burn the tree stump. In addition, you’ll need lots of tools and need to invest energy and time. That’s why most people choose professional tree services. However, it must be remembered the overall cost of professional removal is more than just grinding.
Does grinding a tree stump kill the roots?
Stump grinding does not entirely remove the roots of a tree. A grinder goes around 1 foot underground during the grinding process. But that’s not enough to destroy the roots of a tree. That’s because roots can be extensively spread out beneath the ground.
So even after grinding a stump, chances are some roots will still be left behind. Sometimes, the roots may take time to disintegrate. So, don’t be surprised if you see sprouts or regrowth from the hidden roots after the grinding process has been completed.
To remove roots, additional steps have to be taken, which is not recommended if you don’t want to put in extra effort or kill the tree roots. However, if the tree has been infected with disease, it’s best to dispose of the roots. That’s because this infection can kill the roots of trees anyway.
Can you plant another tree after stump grinding?
Grinding does not completely uproot the stump from the ground. It leaves behind some roots deep inside the ground after grinding up to a foot beneath the ground surface. Therefore, it is difficult to replant a new tree in the exact spot after stump grinding. Grinding also leads to sawdust, which must also be removed.
You’ll also need to bring in topsoil to ensure that the soil in the hole area returns to the same grade as the surrounding soil. Most people prefer to go for a complete stump removal if they have the plan to add another tree in the same area. While it’s possible, professional arborists advise against it.
Stump removal uses chemicals that can strip the soil of nutrients. Instead, after grinding, you can remove the roots of the previous plant, as well as the sawdust that might change the nutrient balance in the soil. Be careful about infections of the plant that may be transferred to the soil after removing or grinding.
What is the average cost for tree stump grinding?
Stump grinding can be pretty cost-efficient when you hire professional service providers. If you try to do it by yourself, you’ll need to invest in a stump grinder and protective gear for your safety. Instead, you can leave the job to a professional stump grinding service provider.
The amount you will need to spend depends on the stump’s size, the type of plant, its health, and more. However, you can expect to pay between $100 and $600 for this service. In comparison, professional tree removal is much more expensive and will give you a hefty energy bill.
For the best and most affordable tree removal and stump grinding service across Central Ontario Canada, contact Stumps ‘R’ Us today!