What is Stump Grinding and How Does It Work?

November 24, 2021
November 24, 2021 Ryan McFadgen

What is Stump Grinding and How Does It Work?

After you’ve removed a tree, you now face the choice of what to do about the stump. You can leave it, pull it up, or grind it. For many homeowners, stump grinding seems to be the middle-ground approach; you get that unsightly stump out of your yard, but without the larger expense of removing the root ball.

So how does it work?

The stump grinding machine removes all of the stump, and the tops of some of the roots. Over time, the rest of the roots break down and decompose underground. So, stump grinding will help you achieve the look of a smooth, uninterrupted lawn, but without the work of pulling up all of the roots.

Stump grinding can take from 15 minutes to several hours, and it all depends on the individual tree. Some trees are more dense than others, and are harder to grind down. The size of the stump matters, too. Larger stumps require more work, even up to a full work day, whereas smaller stumps are often quick jobs.

Either way, the equipment is the same, and we do have to haul it out to your property and set it up. So if you have more than one stump in your yard, we should discuss getting them all done at the same time.

Stump grinding reduces the stump to dust and wood chips, which we can haul away so that you don’t have to deal with a mess.

Overall, stump grinding is usually preferable to removing the root ball, because it leaves your lawn undisturbed. But occasionally, you might experience new shoots coming up from the old roots. In that case you want to deal with those right away.

For more information on stump grinding, give us a call to discuss your project. We can give you an estimate on the work, so that you know what to expect.


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