Grinding down old tree stumps promotes a more aesthetically pleasing landscape, reduces tripping hazards and reduces the possibility of pest infestation by removing the stump as a potential habitat for termites, ants, rodents and other animals. Stump grinding is typically less expensive than complete stump removal and also leaves less of an impact on landscaping.
Typically, property owners remove stumps for aesthetic reasons after removing a tree. However, if trees require removal due to decay, disease or pest infestation, removing the stump is necessary to limit further damage to remaining trees.
Stump grinding is a method of stump removal which uses a small stump grinding machine to grind a stump to the ground. The small hole left behind can be filled with the stump grindings and dirt, and any leftover stump grindings from healthy trees can also serve as excellent mulch for surrounding landscaping.
Stump removal often requires large machinery which leaves tracks on driveways and a deep stump hole after removal is complete. Stump grinding, however, requires only one small grinding machine, which can be as little as 36 inches wide. This reduces impact on landscaping and damage to property.
While the cost of stump grinding varies depending on the height and diameter of the stump, the type of tree and the number of surface roots, stump grinding is typically less expensive than stump removal by digging.