What to Do With That Ugly Old Stump

December 8, 2020
December 8, 2020 Ryan McFadgen

What to Do With That Ugly Old Stump

For most situations, a tree removal is an inevitable part of home ownership. Trees get sick and die, and must be removed when they become a danger. Problem is, they leave an unsightly stump in your yard when the job is done. If you’re wondering what to do with that ugly old stump, here are a few common courses of action. Some are more advisable than others.

Leave it there. Some homeowners simply leave the stump in their yard, and let nature take its course. This isn’t the best plan for a few good reasons. Eventually the stump will begin to rot, and attract pests and encourage the spread of certain tree diseases. You could be placing other trees at risk, or even your home if the rotting wood attracts a termite swarm.

Dig it up. Believe it or not, some stumps can be dug or pulled out of the ground. This is only the case when a young tree has died or been removed, because they haven’t yet established an extensive root system. However, for species with fast-spreading roots, or older trees, digging out the stump can be impossible – or at least wreck your yard if you try.

Burn it. Some people choose to burn old stumps, but this method can be risky for obvious reasons. Fires can quickly get out of control and put your home at risk, especially during dry weather. And in some municipalities you could violate the law.

Grind it down. Stump grinding is the best course of actions for more mature trees with extensive root systems. However, we want to caution you that stump grinding can be dangerous work, and it’s not something you want to attempt alone or without the right training.

If you have an unsightly stump in your yard, give us a call to discuss your options. In most cases stump grinding is the way to go, and we will leave your yard looking like the stump was never there!


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