What is Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding is the process of removing a tree stump using a piece of equipment that will grind it up quickly and turn it into mulch. Compared to other forms of stump removal, stump grinding isn’t as destructive to your property and it creates a useful byproduct that can be used in your yard or garden. 

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Stump Grinding vs. Stump Removal

Wondering if you should grind a stump or have it removed by other means? There are pros and cons to both, but most people find stump grinding to be the better choice. First, removing a stump without a grinder is labor-intensive and costly. Although the process ensures complete removal of the stump and the roots, it can ruin your landscaping and leave a large hole in your yard. On the other hand, stump grinding can be done quickly and with less destruction to your property. 

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Benefits of Stump Grinding

Hiring someone to grind down a tree stump might seem like an unnecessary step – after all, you could just leave the stump as is to naturally decompose on its own. Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to wait a couple of decades before you’re rid of it, and in the meantime, you’ll be left with an unsightly tripping hazard. Of course, there are other options for getting rid of a stump, such as complete stump removal. And, although you can certainly have the entire stump and all of its roots dug up, there are several reasons why you might want to consider grinding the stump as a better alternative.
Quick process
Less costly than having a stump removed
Removes tripping hazard
No large holes left behind
Prevent infestation of termites and ants
Improve the aesthetics of your landscape

FAQs About Stump Grinding

Why can’t I just leave the stump?

Although you can technically leave a stump in the ground, it will likely create more problems than it's worth. For instance, it can create a tripping hazard and an unwanted eyesore in your yard. Over time it will decay, but it can take 20 years or more to fully decompose. Plus, a rotting tree stump can also attract unwanted pests such as ants or termites.

Are there other options for getting rid of a stump?

Hiring an experienced professional with a stump grinder is one of the most popular ways to get rid of a tree stump. Another option would be to have someone perform a complete removal of the stump and the remaining roots using other methods. Of course, you may have heard stories of people who choose to DIY the task of removing a stump either through pulling, burning, or using a chainsaw to cut it off at ground level. All of these options may sound like a good way to save money, but they’re usually ineffective and they’re potentially dangerous.

Does stump grinding remove the roots?

Most tree roots are within the first 16 inches of soil, so a stump grinder can usually get rid of some of them without issue. Deeper or more expansive roots will naturally decay, but it will take some time.

Can I replant in the area where the stump used to be?

You can plant flowers and grass where the stump used to be, but keep in mind that if you decide to plant another tree, you’ll want to move a few feet away in case there are still some remaining roots.

How long does it take a tree stump to rot away if I leave it alone?

How long it takes a stump to rot depends on several factors including stump size, tree species, moisture, and insect activity. The stump from an older, larger tree can take 20 years or more to rot and decompose naturally. On the other hand, unwanted pests such as ants, termites, diseases, fungus, mushrooms, or moss will sometimes start to become incorporated into the stump, speeding decomposition but creating an unsightly mess.

Do you provide tree pruning services outside of Southern Pines?

Yes! We also provide stump grinding in Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Whispering Pines, Vass, Pinebluff, Seven Lakes, West End, Carthage, and other surrounding communities. To find out if we provide service in your area, please give us a call!

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Southern Pines is a locally owned and operated tree care company that values honesty, integrity, and hard work. If you’re looking for someone to help you get rid of a bothersome tree stump, give us a call or fill out our online form. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote and schedule service for a time that’s most convenient for you.