Stump grinding and/or removal

Have you ever had a tree removed and just thought, nah, I won’t worry about the final stump, it’s not too bad.  After a while though, it starts to become a bit of an eyesore and every time you see it, all you can think of is how you wish you had it removed.

It’s not just the visual aspect.  There is also a risk that an old and dying stump can attract insects that you don’t want.  Insect’s that you don’t want neat your house because they eat wood, and not just stumps.  When they finish there, or breed, or provide another off-shoot colony, they are the type of insect which comes for your house.  Yep, you guessed it, we are talking about termites and other borers

This is one reason that we consider stump removal an equally important part of our business and services that we can provide you. 

We can do it quickly and easily, this method requires having it ground down to a level below the surface of the soil and grass so that it can be easily covered.  This does result in a pile of woodchips which can be removed from the property or left to mulch your garden (warning – untreated mulch can attract termites and borers as equally as the original stump did).  Although loud, this method only takes a small amount of time and often produces the best results.

There are other methods which include:

Burning – This can be hazardous and we do not recommend you try to burn off a stump.  It is harder than you may realise and is also likely to annoy your neighbours with a smoke nuisance.

Chemical applications – certain chemicals can hasten the break down process however this is normally from about 10 years to two or three years.  It’s still a long time.

You can always try cutting it out – Yeah.  We don’t recommend this.  Large stump go deeper than you think and you are only likely going to be left with a giant hole in your yard and a bad back from the effort.

Time – You can wait until your old and grey and let it rot!

Existing Stumps from previous contractors

One of the biggest problems you can encounter with stump removal, is that the stump is not always fully removed. You usually only find out after the contractor has left.

There can be a few reasons for this, most of them quite obvious.
Here are a couple for example:

  • Sometimes it is not possible to remove the whole stump because of its position, i.e. close to a fence or perhaps it’s in a raised area.
  • If there is uncertainty on the part of the contractor doing the job, of the location of gas or water pipes or telephone or other underground cables he will not go very deep for risk of hitting theses things. Stump machines will cut all of these things very easily and quickly, so it is best to standby the contractors judgement. If you have any doubts about this get an opinion from another contractor.
  • With large stumps there is lots and lots of wood chip and this can make it difficult to keep track of what you have worked on and what you haven’t, with the result that a piece of the stump can be missed.
  • Some stump removers will only go just below ground level.

To avoid disappointment with your stump removal, it’s best have an idea what you want to do with the area concerned and to let the contractor know that you wish to have the stump completely removed or partially removed as needed and ensure he understands what you need and want.

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