You cut down a tree or inherited a property with a stump, what do you do now?
Leaving it there is certainly an option, but most of time, it will save you money in the long term to go ahead and have it removed. Read more about it below, or talk to one of our professionals by clicking the button.
Is it better to grind a stump, or to remove it?
The process of removing an entire stump and all of it's roots is certainly not easy, but at the end of the process it leaves you with a clean slate of land to do whatever you want with. On the other hand, stump grinding can be just as effective, particularly if you don't plan on having anything dependent on ground stability in that area, such as fence posts.
Stump grinding is more cost effective, although stumps will eventually decay after about 10 years. If you still aren't sure what's best for you, getting answers from one of our professionals is a 5 minute call away.
What happens to roots after grinding a stump?
While grinding a stump is often the best option, it does leave long roots in the ground- usually anywhere between 4 and 16 feet away from the stump. The decay process of of these stumps takes about 10 years (sometimes more) but is perfectly fine as long as you don't need to landscape anything in that area.
What are the reasons I should remove a stump?
Leaving a stump in the ground is an option, but often it needs to be removed to use the land for other purposes, or possibly even just aesthetics (in fact, stumps reduce property value). One reason would be just the convenience of not worrying about destroying mower blades every time you go near it. Maybe you want to plant a new tree nearby, but will never grow due to the preexisting root system from the old tree.
One of the biggest reasons a lot of home owners in particular need to remove stumps is because they are often host to bugs and termites, which can be the death of a great home if nearby.