Stumps can be ground for several reasons, but the most common reasons people have their stumps ground down are to increase visual appeal, to prevent attracting pests, and to remove an obstruction or hazard. Stumps left behind can bring problems, but stump grinding solves those.
The entire stump including its root system can be removed but is a more intrusive process. Tree root systems of larger trees can reach out over large areas. Stump grinding leaves behind those roots to decompose, so you do not have to tear up as much land removing the stump.
Stumps are typically ground down to around 4-6 inches below ground so that you can fill in the hole and plant grass, landscape, and even plant other trees. Some stumps are ground deeper based on the situation but will require more planning and increase the costs.
After a stump is ground, the debris left behind will be a pile of woodchips/dirt that can be used for landscaping projects, nature trails, garden mulch, weed prevention, or can be cleaned up and hauled out so you do not have to deal with them.
Depending on the size of the stump, grinding it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours. With larger stumps that have lots of surface roots, it can take longer due to the amount of work required.
We can grind stumps that are near structures such as sidewalks, homes, sheds, etc. with our experience and some careful planning. While there will be certain limitations of how deep the stump can be ground and how much of the surface roots will be able to be ground, it is still possible when done properly.
Stump grinding costs vary based on the size of the stump, quantity of stumps, if there are rocks that need to be removed, if there are surface roots, and if there are any limitations/complications with the stump’s location. The best way to get an accurate estimate of how much stump grinding will be is to contact us for a free and fair quote.
While you can rent a stump grinder yourself, it requires experience, protective gear, pickup and drop off, etc.. The best way to make sure that the job is done right and that you remain safe is to hire the experts. Often times the price of renting the equipment is more than our price.