Do These Before Removing a Stump Using a Grinder
Stuck with a tree stump in your yard? Loose stumps can take up space, leave your yard looking undesirable, and even rot. That’s why it’s important to get rid of stumps shortly after removing a tree.
There are many approaches to stump removal, and stump grinding is a favourite among tree planters.
In order to have a successful stump removal using a stump grinder, you’ll need to prepare – this will make your removal more efficient and smooth.
Read below to learn all about stump grinding, from how it works to what you need to do before the process begins.
What Is Stump Grinding?
Stump grinding is one of the most popular and effective methods of removing an unwanted tree stump. The process involves using a stump grinder – this tool looks similar to a lawnmower, but has a crane-like saw at the end of it. The stump grinder is placed over the stump and shreds through the wood using its rapid blades. Ultimately, the stump is shredded into small bits that are barely visible.
How Does It Differ From Stump Removal?
Traditional stump removal is an entirely different process. It involves using heavy machinery to remove the whole stump along with the underlying roots of the tree. This option completely removes everything, but leaves a large hole and requires more time and effort. Grinding, meanwhile, is cheaper, faster, and more environmentally friendly, but may leave behind decaying roots.
Why Is Stump Removal Necessary?
Whether you choose stump grinding or traditional stump removal, the process is beneficial for many reasons.
Here’s what might happen if you leave a stump in the ground for too long:
The roots will continue to grow, damaging parts of your property including pipes and even your home’s foundation
Unwanted pests could form a new home in the stump, leading to a spread to your other trees
The stump could become diseased, and the disease could spread to surrounding trees
Stumps are major safety hazards, as people, lawnmowers and vehicles can trip or became caught in them
By grinding away a stump, you can limit these risks while creating a fresh patch of ground.
How to Prepare For Stump Grinding
Ensure That You Have Safety Gear
Stump grinding is a high-risk process, and you should approach it with safety at the front of your mind. This means being careful and aware of your surroundings, as well as having the right equipment.
Make sure to wear these at all times when operating a stump grinder:
Pants that are designed for chainsaw use
Clear the Nearby Area
To use a stump grinder, you need plenty of space – and that space shouldn’t be cluttered. Make sure you remove anything that might be in the way, like tools, plants, or yard décor. Not only will it serve as a distraction, but your grinder might damage or destroy it.
Warning: Children, pets and animals should not be near a stump grinder when it’s in use.
Read Instructions Carefully
Your stump grinder likely comes with instructions and similar manuals. Read these carefully, as these will provide pertinent information about the high-calibre equipment you’ll be using. By knowing how your equipment works, you’ll have a safe and successful stump removal.
My Stump is Gone – Now What?
You’ve finished stump grinding – now you’re left with small wood chips. Here’s what you should do to get your yard restored.
First, use a rake to get rid of anything left behind by the grinder – wood chips, bark, or branches. Get rid of any remaining roots as well. After waiting at least one day, add topsoil, seed the area, and start planting seeds. As you continue in the growing process, you’ll be able to see the growth of a healthy tree in place of what was once a busted old stump.
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When in Doubt, Seek a Professional
Stump grinders are dangerous, complicated machines. Unless you’re experienced with using them, we recommend seeking the assistance of a professional arborist. Tree maintenance pros know the ins and outs of this machinery – beyond just using it correctly. They know which angles to approach stumps at, and how to remove stumps safely and efficiently without any hassle.
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If you have any bothersome stumps laying around, don’t hesitate to remove them. Getting rid of stumps prevents pests and diseases, and allows you to plant fresh trees.
At Green Thumb, our team of arborists is dedicated to ensure that your stump and tree removal needs are met. Contact us to learn more about how we can bring the best out of your yard.
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