Stump Grinding vs. Stump Removal

Which Method is Right for You


Whether you’ve cut down a tree yourself or had it professionally removed, you’re probably still left with the stump in the ground. Stump removal is a separate process with several different methods of getting the job done. Stump grinding is one of these methods, but it doesn’t get to the root of the problem. Learn more about both terms and determine which method is right for you.

What is Stump Grinding

Once a tree in your yard is removed, you still have several inches of stump protruding from the ground. This could create an obstacle or eyesore in your lawn and need to be removed. Stump grinding helps to cut away at the stump until it’s a few inches below the soil. You can then use the stump debris for mulch or wood chips. Cover the new hole with dirt and/or soil and it will start the decaying process.

However, the roots of the tree are left intact. If you’re removing a tree because the root system has caused—or will potentially cause—damage, this may not be the ideal solution. Also, the roots will eventually decay, but not in time if you want to plant a new tree immediately in place of the old one.

Stump Removal

To remove the entire stump, including roots, stump removal is the better solution. It may be a more challenging and time-consuming solution, but it leaves less of a trace of the tree. Remember, the root ball can grow to be about four to 10 times the size of the tree, so getting the whole thing out will take extra care and experience.

Which Method is Best?

Can’t decide between stump grinding or removal? Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Are you looking for the most economical solution?
  2. Do you want the job done quickly?
  3. Want some wood chips out of the deal?

If you answered yes to all of these, look into stump grinding.

  1. Do you care about the regrowth of the old tree?
  2. Are you planning to plant a new tree in place of the old?
  3. Do you want the area cleared of all tree remnants?

Yes? Then choose stump removal.

Other factors, including soil, stump size, tree age, and root system all factor into your decision. If you’re still unsure about your options, contact Elite Tree Care for more information and a consultation.

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