The reason why people start taking down trees is to clear space for the sunshine to get through. The cleared area allows enough heat for other plants in the backyard to get nourished. Other reasons could be that the tree is diseased, or cluttering the area, and taking it down for aesthetic purposes. Removing the tree gives way to that process. However, when ithas been removed, the next big problem for you to handle is the tree stump. In whatever way you removed the tree, the stump will stay there.
Before you embark on your journey of getting rid of your tree stump on your property, you need to understand a bit of science about tree stumps and how they become stumps in the first place.
What are tree stumps? What’s the best way to leave the tree spot unmarked?
Tree Stumps Explained
Many people believed that taking down a tree is a lot simpler than getting rid of the stump. The stump is what is left anchored to the ground after removing pieces of tree branches and trunk. The sturdy chunk of a tree remnant is what we call a stump.
In time, this stump will become an eyesore in your yard when kept untouched. But what can you do with it, either cut it along with the rest of the tree or grind it to the ground, is another question to unravel.
If you can’t decide on what to do with the stump, tree experts recommend you assess what you need the space for the vacated stump spot. An old stump might not cause a problem at all, but because it protrudes, it can serve as a trip hazard for your lawnmower. And if you plan to plant a new tree, you need to have that spot flattened.
Another hazard your stumps pose is that they can attract ants, termites, and other pests known to our naturists. Decaying stumps can cause the proliferation of harmful bugs. Eventually, they can crawl to the ground and invade other parts of your home. Consequences, which are unpleasant and varied, may come up just because you did not remove the stump.
So, while you can leave the stump there, the following might occur:
- Difficulty in lawn mowing. The stump can also damage your machine when you run over it.
- The proliferation of pests and critters can harm other plants.
- Insufficient space for new plants or trees
- Compromise the look of your lawn. Decayed stumps are an eyesore to your landscape.
- Devalues your property
How do you remove a tree stump?
If you want to remove the stump by yourself, you must have the proper tools to do it. You can rent a stump grinder if you need to remove every little root to the ground.
Putting away the stump means removing the bulkiness of the tree’s base. Unearthing heavy roots takes longer than stump grinding to lift the stump. As you know, trees have large and wide roots beneath the surface. And when the stump is gone, it leaves an empty hollow space unless you fill it in with soil or plant a new tree.
The downside of renting a grinder or any other equipment is your ability and license to perform the job. Eliminating this technique will allow you to use smaller tools that would take you hours before you can eradicate the stump to the ground.
In stump grinding, tree surgeons use tools to shred wide roots, twigs, and woodchips. Stump grinding is the more common option for homeowners when they want to get rid of the stump in the backyard. Even the roots left behind can be shredded down to bits to serve as the mulch. And these are the components the grinder must shred to keep the spot immaculate. Also, the roots underneath the ground take years to decay, leaving no risk for other surrounding plants.
Whether you choose to remove or grind your stump, it is better to seek the advice of professionals. Certified tree surgeons, sometimes called arborists, know much better. For another helpful topic next, we will discuss how arborists differ from tree surgeons and why the Alpine team are called tree surgeons.
Let us help you decide
The most viable technique to get the trunk out of your yard is to call a tree contractor, somebody in the landscaping business, a tree surgeon from Alpine Tree Surgeons. Our team uses a commercial stump grinder that could only take a couple of hours to grind the entire stump. Even roots left behind which are dead will be collected so that there will be no chance for them to sprout back.
For suggestions and consultation, reach out to us, and one of our staff will gladly assist you. Call 01730-821277 today.