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Difference Between Stump Grinding And Stump Removal

Tree removal is no small task. Even after removing a tree, it leaves one frustrating reminder: the stump. There are some cases where the stump remains long, even when the tree has been cut. While some think there is no harm in leaving the stump remain on the ground, this can be unsightly and dangerous at times. That said, removing the stump not only opens up the space but also eliminates stump-related hazards.

There are two ways professionals can remove a leftover tree stump. They can either do stump grinding or stump removal. It is worth noting that there is a difference between stump grinding and stump removal.

Stump Grinding

A qualified arborist uses professional machinery to grind down the leftover tree stump. The process reduces the stump down to ground level or up to 12 inches below to be well hidden. Doing this will allow you to build over the site. Also, the process produces mulch which can be recycled for gardening.

Since the procedure clears the protruding portion of the stump, you will still have the tree’s root system in the ground. So if you ever want to dig underground and install something, the roots will still be in the way.

Stump Removal

This process is more complex than stump grinding. It involves removing the entire stump from the ground, including the root system. Arborists recommend stump removal when the roots pose an issue to your garden.

Another reason why some arborists recommend complete stump removal is that tree roots may become infected, grow fungus and attracting pests to your garden. This process eliminates possible tree regrowth.

Which one is more suitable for your tree? Between the two, stump grinding is more practical and time-saving as it leaves no huge hole in the ground after the job.

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