If a tree on your land has been felled, either intentionally or unintentionally, you might be tempted to leave the remaining stump and roots where they are. After all, how much trouble can a tree stump cause?

As it turns out, that innocuous tree stump in your yard or garden can cause a variety of problems and can pose a serious threat to your home, your bank account, and even your health. To play it safe, any dead, decaying tree stumps on your property should be professionally removed as soon as possible.

Why Should You Have Tree Stumps Removed?

A moldy old tree stump sitting in the middle of your yard can definitely be an eyesore, and highly visible tree stumps can have a small but significant negative effect on your property’s value. Tree stumps that are visible from the road can be especially bad for your property’s curb appeal, so removing tree stumps is always advisable if you plan to sell your home in the foreseeable future.

As the dead stump decays, it can become a haven for termites and other wood-boring insects, as well as other pests such as ants and silverfish. If the offending tree stump is relatively close to your home, these pests can start to migrate from the stump into your home, with the potential to cause serious damage and spread dangerous diseases.

Tree stumps can also represent a serious trip hazard, especially if they are masked by surrounding vegetation or landscaping. If you have young children, they may trip over the stump and injure themselves while playing. A neighbor or visitor tripping over your stump can be even worse and may leave you vulnerable to lawsuits and health insurance liability if they require medical attention.

When Should You Have Tree Stumps Removed?

Ideally, tree stumps should be removed as quickly as possible after a tree has been felled. The longer a stump is left in the ground, the more decayed and unsightly it will become. Badly decayed tree stumps can also be more difficult to remove thoroughly, especially if you want the stump’s roots removed as well.

Some species of tree are also capable of regrowing from stumps, and these species tend to be relatively fast-growing. If you wait too long to remove a stump, you may find yourself having to remove an more than just a tree stump, which is considerably more expensive and time consuming.

How Should You Have Tree Stumps Removed?

Getting rid of an unwanted tree stump on your land is a labor-intensive and time-consuming procedure, and unless the stump is very small, the job should generally be handled by a professional tree service contractor. If you choose professional stump removal services, you have two removal options to choose from.

Full Stump Removal

Full stump removal involves removing the entirety of the stump, including any underground roots that are still connected to the stump’s main body. If roots attached to the stump run deep, this removal method may require a significant amount of excavation work, so choosing full stump removal can cause serious disturbance to any surrounding landscaping.

However, full stump removal may be necessary if the stump is showing signs of regrowth, such as new shoots appearing around the stump (or on the stump itself). Some species of tree are capable of regrowing from a tiny portion of root tissue left in the soil; in these cases, all traces of the stump must be removed to prevent future, unwanted tree growth.

Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is a faster and less expensive option than full removal, and may be sufficient if the stump is unequivocally dead and shows no signs of regrowth. Tree services companies can use stump grinders to completely shred and destroy the main body of the stump, while any remaining roots are left undisturbed.

Stump grinding is a messy process, but much less disruptive to the surrounding area and less expensive than complete stump removal. The wood chips left over after the stump has been destroyed can also be useful for mulching purposes.

If you have any more questions about how to remove unwanted tree stumps on your property, contact the tree service professionals at Knuckleheads Tree Service.

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