tree diseases and the symptoms to watch for

tree diseases and the symptoms to watch for

The Benefits Of Stump Grinding Over Stump Removal

Wesley Perry

After you have a tree removed, you are left with a stump. How will you get rid of that stump? Really, there are two key options. You can have the stump dug out from the ground via a process known as stump removal. Or, you can have the stump ground down to the ground level, or lower, via a process known as stump grinding. There are times when stump removal is a good choice. For instance, you may want to have the stump removed if it is infected with fungi or infested with insects. However, in many cases, stump grinding is the better option. Here's why.

Stump grinding does not leave a big hole.  

If you have the stump removed, you'll be left with a big hole in the ground. This hole will be a tripping hazard; you may worry about someone falling into it, and mowing around it won't be easy. Yes, you can have the hole filled in, but that does require work and purchasing viable topsoil. 

Stump grinding, on the other hand, leaves the stump in place from the ground surface, down. The stump will be flat on top so nobody trips on it. It will break down slowly over time, filling in its own "hole" as it does. The hole may sink a bit as the stump breaks down, but you should easily be able to fill in this shallow divot with a bag or two of soil from the home improvement store.

Stump grinding requires less heavy equipment. 

Stump grinding is done with a piece of equipment known as a stump grinder. These are widely available. Most tree care companies have them, and you can hire them to grind the stump for you. Or, you can rent a stump grinder from a rental company and grind your own stump. 

Removing the stump entirely requires a lot more equipment. You'll need saws to cut the large roots away from the stump. You'll need a truck or tractor to pull out the stump, too. You'll also need ropes and chains to attach to the stump. 

If you had a tree removed and are now left to deal with the stump, having the stump ground down is usually the easiest approach. Call local rental companies to see if they have stump grinders. Or, call the tree removal company and ask if they can perform this service for you.

To learn more, contact a tree service.  


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tree diseases and the symptoms to watch for

Do you love the trees on your property? Are some of the trees looking as if they are not as healthy as they once were? Do the smaller trees get enough sun to grow tall? Sometimes, trees can develop diseases or become infested with insects that can cause them to die. If you catch these diseases and infestations early, you can oftentimes save the tree, or the surrounding trees. To learn what to look for on your trees, visit my website. There, you will find a long list of diseases and the symptoms to watch for to protect your trees from destruction.