What is tree stump grinding?
Stump grinding is a form of stump removal that uses a specilised stump grinding machinery to remove the visible part of the stump but leaves the roots in the ground.
Once a tree has been cut down and the pieces are taken away, your garden will be left with a tree stump. You have the option of removing it, or leaving it. While the stump may not cause problems at first, we recommend removing it at the same time the tree is cut down. This is done through services we offer called “stump grinding” and “stump removal“.
Stump Grinding Central Coast
If you have a broken or cracked tree due to high winds or a storm, our Central Coast Arborists can also assess the best method to remove it. We used specialised machinery and matting that minimises the pressure on a lawn and prevent it from becoming damaged while we work.
Reasons to remove tree stumps
It’s better to remove a tree stump than to leave it in the ground. We recommend tree removal and tree grinding, particularly on the Central Coast, where termite infestations are a risk. A tree stump will begin to rot and decay and become a welcome environment for pests like termites or carpenter ants to thrive. Removing or grinding the stump down is a way to avoid these pest problems.
There are more benefits to removing tree stumps:
- It makes mowing your lawn easier and removes any risk of your mower becoming damaged.
- It removes a potential tripping hazard from your yard.
- With the stump and roots removed, it frees up space for a new tree or other vegetation to be planted.
- Left in place it is an eyesore that can make your property look rundown and affect the curb appeal and property value.
- It prevents the roots from potentially damaging the infrastructure of your walls, fencing or home.
- It prevents the stump from sprouting regrowth.
Stump Removal vs Stump Grinding
Stump grinding and stump removal both have benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the two options.
Why stump removal?
How it works: Powerful tools and strong workers heave the bulky tree stump up. They then dig out the tree’s widespread roots.
The pros: Once the stump has been removed, you are left with fresh ground ready to plant and landscape.
The cons: Stump removal leaves behind a hole that needs to be filled in.
Why grind a tree stump?
How it works: The arborist and team use a machine to shred the stump down into tiny woodchips using a chipping machine.
The pros: It is less invasive and more efficient than removing the stump manually. Chip pile produced from the process can be used as mulch for other plants in your garden.
The cons: Stump grinding leaves the tree’s roots in the soil. They will, however, decay over time.
Our professional arborist can recommend if stump removal or grinding is best for your situation. We’ve worked with hundreds of happy customers on the Central Coast, and we can help you too.
About stump grinding machinery
When we want to remove a tree stump using the stump grinding method, we use a specialised machine. It is powered using a gas or petrol-powered engine. Stump grinders come in different sizes, which are used for different situations. It can take anything from 15 minutes to two hours to remove a stump.
A sharp cutting wheel with re-enforced carbide teeth spins at high speed allowing our team to grind away at a tree stump, turning the stump into wood chips. Hydraulic pistons control the pivots. The operator controls the cutter wheel with hydraulic controls around the handles. Smaller stump grinding machines are usually hand operated. They have a pivoting or swivel mechanism so the operator can move the machine up and down and left and right.
Ready to remove a tree stump?
We have an excellent reputation for removing and grinding tree stumps on the Central Coast.
If you have a tree stump left over from previous tree removal, it’s advisable to have it professionally removed by our arborist and team. We can help you remove the tree stump using our specialised stump removal or stump grinding processes.
Get in touch today to arrange an inspection and let us advise you of the best solution for your exact situation.