Almost all homeowners have had to deal with stump removal at one point or the other. We know how difficult it can be to find the right tree stump services. It gets even more difficult to choose the right stump removal method. There are several tree stump services that offer harmful stump removal options, like using chemicals.
These are 5 common stump removal methods you should know about.
- Dig It Out
Young trees can usually be dug out. We know it’s difficult for you to remove a young tree but sometimes there is no way around it. Maybe the tree got damaged in a storm or it is diseased. The good part is that young trees usually don’t have complex root systems. These roots can be easily dug up with the stump. However, the roots shouldn’t run too deep, as is the case with many fast-growing species. This is something you can do on your own with the right tools and a healthy dose of elbow grease.
- Use a Stump Grinder
This is our favorite method of removing a tree stump. This is usually recommended for mature trees with extensive roots. Stump grinding is not something you should do on your own. Always call the experts even if your neighbor lets you borrow their unused stump grinder. There is a lot that can go wrong with a stump grinder.
At best, you could harm the grinder’s blades by taking it too close to the ground. At worst, you could harm yourself. Grinding old stumps down to surface level is quick work if you call the professionals.
- Burn the Stump
You can always turn to humanity’s oldest tool to remove the old stump – fire. You should know that fire is highly risky, especially if the stump is near a structure. You should also check with local laws and look up fire conditions to make sure it is legal as well as safe. Fire can easily break down the stump and leave you with plenty of ash. Spread the ash on your flower beds to see some nice posies in spring.
- Let It Rot
Nature has its own way of dealing with tree stumps and other unwanted organic matter. However, we don’t approve of letting a rotting stump stay on your yard. Rotting wood is a hovel for pests, insects, and diseases. You could be placing your entire yard at risk with the stump. This method is also lengthy. And, you never know the stump may push forth new growth.
- Chemical Method
Few tree stump services offer to remove tree stumps chemically. This may be a dangerous method with lasting consequences. Putting chemical in your yard could destroy its soil integrity. It may also affect the ground water.