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How to Go About Tree Stump Removal

By June 8, 2020August 20th, 2020Stump Grinding
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Are you looking to properly remove a tree stump?

Precision Tree in Colorado Springs has removed thousands of tree stumps over the many years we have been in business.

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Tree stump removal can be a challenge. Trees have expansive root systems, so the stump that is left after a tree is removed can be very well rooted and difficult to get rid of. For this reason, sometimes people choose to just leave the stump where it is.

The size and location of a stump are big factors in deciding whether to leave it or get rid of it. If it makes sense to do so, having a stump removed can be a great way to open up your yard.

The Benefits of Stump Removal

Tree stumps are often removed for the simple reason that stumps can be an unsightly detraction from the yard. Stumps will eventually start to rot which will also attract bugs and fungus.

They can get in the way of other things that you would like to do with the yard. Stumps can be a real problem when it comes to mowing the lawn. Shorter stumps can be more difficult to see when grass grows over them which can make them a problem.

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There are some species of trees, such as cottonwoods and elms, that can sprout back and regrow from the stump. It is usually not preferable to have a tree start growing back when money and time have been spent to remove it and get it out of the way.

Once a stump is removed it allows you the opportunity to plant over where the stump was. You can put sod or even a garden in its place. It is also just one less thing in the way for yard projects or for play space for the kids.

How to Remove a Stump Yourself Using the Stump Grinding Method

There are many tips and suggestions out there for how to remove an unwanted stump yourself.

While digging a stump out or using chemicals can work, these methods can be very labor-intensive. The most practical way to go about removing a stump is to grind it out using a stump grinder. A stump grinder is a machine that has a disk with teeth that spins to grind out the stump.

A stump grinder works by grinding the wood of the stump into a pile of chips and dirt.

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Stump grinder rentals are usually available at your local hardware store.

There are several things to consider when renting a stump grinder. Be sure to check the condition of the grinder. Sometimes the teeth can become worn down and dull over multiple uses which will make the job much more difficult.

The size of the machine is also important. If it is too small, it may take a while to take out a larger stump.

Access is also important to keep in mind. If you are removing a stump in a fenced-in backyard, make sure that the gate is large enough for the stump grinder to fit through (the gate typically needs to be at least 36” wide).

If you do decide to grind a stump out yourself, it is important that you call 811 first before you dig to make sure that you won’t be coming in contact with any utility lines.

Hiring a Tree Company to Remove the Stump

Many people opt to have tree stump grinding done professionally. Stump grinding is a labor-intensive task, even with a stump grinder. Larger stumps may also need a commercial stump remover for a large sized stump which would require removal services from a stump grinding company.

Tree service professionals have years of experience in using the equipment to do the job efficiently and safely, even when the stump is large or inconveniently located. A tree company will also use high-end stump grinding equipment to remove the stump.

Stump grinding is a stand-alone service, but a tree and stump removal are often done together. This way, all of the tree debris can be removed leaving the space open to be repurposed. Stump removal cost is usually determined by the diameter of the stump.

What to Do Once the Stump Grinding is Done

Stump grinding turns the tree stump into a pile of wood chips and dirt. The left-over chips can be great to use as a mulch around other trees, bushes, or garden spaces. Mulch can be beneficial for insulating and holding in moisture around other trees and plants.

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However, if you don’t wish to use the mulch it can simply be hauled away. A tree service company will do this for you per request.

With the stump cleared away, you will have a new open space to work with. Sod can be planted back over the space where the stump was to fill in your lawn or this space can serve as a new gardening area.

Precision Tree offers free estimates and is available to answers questions you may have about stump grinding and removal.



Join the discussion 14 Comments

  • You made a great point about the amount of effort and labor it would take to grind a stump yourself. This is especially true for our yard since we have around three or four stumps we need to be removed before we can even work on it and turn it into a patio as we’ve always wanted. To save us the trouble, I’ll find a stump grinding service in the area and have them use their professional equipment to help us out.

  • Thank you for mentioning that you can safely remove a tree stump from your property by hiring a professional to grind it for you. I have an old tree stump in the middle of my yard that I want to get rid of, so I’m considering hiring a professional to grind it this month. I’m going to search for a good business in my area that offers tree stump grinding services.

  • It’s terrific that you elaborate on how stump grinding can be used to improve the aesthetics of your yard. My wife and I want to get rid of the old tree stump that is in the center of our back lawn, so we’re thinking about hiring a stump grinding service soon. I’m going to see if there is a good business in the area that offers stump grinding services.

  • I hadn’t considered how a tree stump could eventually be a breeding ground for bugs and fungus that could harm the plants around it. We just moved into this new house and I was planning on starting a nice little garden in our backyard with the stump as a decorative piece among the flowers and plants. Although if there’s a hazard that it could end up being a detriment to the plants around it, it seems that hiring a stump grinding service would be my best option. Thanks for letting me know. As much as I like the look of having a tree stump in the center of my garden, I wouldn’t want it to become the source of a big hindrance that ends up killing all my flowers.

  • My house is filled with stumps, and since these are dangerous because someone might trip, I’m thinking of hiring a service that may get rid of those. I also agree with you that these will attract bug accumulation. Thank you for sharing the importance of using the right type of equipment too.

  • I appreciated how this post mentioned that stump grinder rentals are typically provided at hardware stores in your area. My sister wants to remove the stumps on her property. I should advise her to call a stump grinding service to make sure it’s done properly.

  • Great tips for tree stump removal! It’s true that stumps can be unsightly and attract bugs and fungus as they rot. Grinding the stump using a stump grinder seems like the most practical method. Renting a stump grinder from a local hardware store is a good option, but it’s important to check the condition of the machine and ensure it’s the right size for the job. Hiring professionals is another convenient choice, especially for larger or hard-to-reach stumps. Once the grinding is done, the wood chips can be used as mulch or hauled away. Overall, removing stumps opens up new possibilities for your yard.

  • Not long ago, my sister moved to another house, and it came with a tree stump. She has tripped over it and gotten injured because of it several times, so I’ll suggest she hires a professional tree company to remove it for good. I appreciate your intake on how stump removal is a labor-intensive task.

  • Mia Evans says:

    It really helped when you said that stump grinding is the most practical way to remove the stump with the equipment with a disk and spinning teeth. I have that kind of issue in my backyard and I almost tripped on it earlier this week. That is the reason why I realized that I need to research for the services that I can get to get rid of it before my kids also trip on it when they play in the backyard.

  • I liked it the most when you shared that tree stumps can be an unsightly element from the yard. My friend wants to remove their tree stumps. I should advise her to hire an expert in stump grinding to improve her yard.

  • I like how you said that professionals will have the right experience and equipment to do the job safely. My husband and I have a large tree stump in our backyard that we decided that we want to get rid of sometime this month, so I was wondering if it would be best to hire a professional instead of doing it on our own. I appreciate you helping me learn more about the importance of hiring professional stump removal services.

  • Mia Evans says:

    I appreciate it when you explained that the stump has to be accessed easily, especially when the grinder is usually 36″ wide. I have to make sure that we open the area going into the backyard when we hire a stump grinding service so that they will do the job quickly. And we should remove any outdoor furniture going to the area where it is to prevent hindrances that cam make the job delayed.

  • Mia Evans says:

    I love that you talked about having a new open space that we can use once we hire stomach riding services to remove them from our property. I already need that as well because I almost tripped with that in our backyard. And I do not want my children to also be in an accident like that causing them to have wounds and injuries which is why this is also important to get rid of.

  • Thanks for also talking about how stump grinding can also be great for the removal of bugs in my garden. I’m interested in getting one of the stumps on my garden removed because fungi are starting to grow on it. I think that will attract insects later on.

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