Trees, Stumps, Grinding, Removal – MA
After the massive undertaking of removing a tree piece by piece is done, what’s left behind is the strong sturdy stump that once cemented the tree in place.
What to do with that stump?
Should you leave it in your yard untouched, or remove it in one fell swoop with the rest of your tree? Or, what about grinding the stump—So many options – what to do next?
REASONS TO REMOVE TREE STUMPS OR LEAVE A TREE STUMP IN THE GROUND
An old tree stump might not cause problems at first, but the longer you let it stick around, the more it can become a nuisance. Old stumps can get in the way of mowing your lawn or be a trip hazard for you and your family. Plus, stumps can get in the way and make it hard to plant a new tree if you choose to go in that direction.
MANY ASK IS IT OK TO LEAVE A TREE STUMP IN THE GROUND?
Not long after the stump is separated from the tree that once stood in your yard, stumps begin a very slow decaying process. Beware though because over time a rotting stump becomes a hub for home damaging pests like termites or carpenter ants.
While you can opt to leave the stump and let it rot, the critters that usually come along in the process might spread out to other plants and trees in your yard or even invade your home. Removing the stump, or grinding it down, is the best way to avoid these pest problems.
OTHER REASONS TO REMOVE A TREE STUMP-
The freeloaders that are moving into the stump aren’t the only argument for removing a tree stump. You should also consider letting go of your stump because:
- A decaying stump isn’t so pretty. It can throw off the whole look of your yard and even affect your property value
- The spot where the stump sits is off limits when mowing your lawn, and the stump or roots may even damage your mower if you accidentally roll over it
- Planting new trees nearby is a no go as long as the stump and far-reaching roots are in the way
IS IT BETTER TO GRIND A STUMP OR REMOVE IT?
The pros and cons of stump grinding and stump removal; Choosing which route’s best for you really depends on the future plans you have for your landscape.
Going with the stump removal process is more intrusive. It involves pulling up the huge tree stump and then digging out the tree’s massive and sprawling root system. As you The upside? After stump removal, you’re left
with a clean slate open to any new ideas you have for your landscape. What’s not so great is that stump removal leaves behind a large hole that you will want to fill in quickly.
Stump grinding is much less intensive. In this case, we use a machine to completely shred the stump down into small woodchips. Grinding is much more efficient than stump removal, however, it does leave the tree’s roots behind.
WHAT HAPPENS TO ROOTS AFTER GRINDING?
Stump grinding takes care of the visible remains of the tree, the old tree’s complex root system is still spread out underground, where the stump stood. After grinding, these roots will eventually decay naturally – this process can take up to 10 years.
Let Scott’s Tree & Landscape help you reach the best decision for you, your property, and your long-term landscape goals.
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