June 3, 2016

Stump Grinding vs. Stump Removal

stumpPeople often ask about the difference between stump grinding and stump removal. There are a few differentiating factors to keep in mind:

Stump Grinding

Stump grinding leaves the roots in the ground. The stump is grinded down until it is a few inches below the soil. The grinding process yields small pieces of stump, which can be used as ground cover or mulch. Any visible portion of the stump is covered with dirt or dust, and it often decays along with the roots underground.

Stump Removal

Stump removal clears the entire stump including the root ball of the tree. This process is challenging and time consuming because the root ball can grow to be 4-10 times the size of the tree. Once all of these parts are removed, there is a hole in the ground where the tree once stood.

Which method is best for you?

Choosing the right method starts with identifying your desired outcome. If you are looking for the most economical method, then
stump grinding is usually the best choice. Because it does not require root ball removal, stump grinding takes less time than stump removal. However, there is also the risk that the stump can grow back. If you want to plant a new tree in the same spot or ensure that no re-growth will happen, then your project will likely require stump removal.

Soil conditions, stump diameter, type and age of the tree stump as well as its root system are factors that will affect the price of a stump grinding or stump removal project, so be sure to collect multiple job quotes from tree professionals. We’d love to be included.