Is it Better to Grind a Stump or Remove it?

Winter and spring storms can cause irreparable damage to your trees. Whether your tree has been cut down or has fallen over, the stump will need to be removed. There are a couple methods to taking care of a tree stump: stump grinding and stump removal. Learning about both methods will help you determine which is most appropriate for your tree stump.

Stump Grinding
Grinding is the fastest and most economical method for removing a stump. The tree is cut to ground level, then ground into smaller pieces. These pieces are often used as mulch or ground cover. When the stump has been ground down below the surface, it can be covered with dirt and sod. Over time, the stump and roots will most likely decay.

Stump Removal
This method removes the whole stump and the root ball. Roots continue to grow over time and can be up to ten times the size of the tree. Removing the root ball involves major digging and may require the use of a crane to pull the entire root system from the ground. After the stump has been removed, the hole left behind will need to be filled and any lawn or landscaping damage repaired.

When deciding which removal method is best for your situation, you’ll need to consider the outcome you’re wanting to achieve. While stump grinding takes less time, the stump has the potential to grow back. If you plan on replacing the tree, stump removal is the best option to ensure there is no re-growth from the previous tree. To have a tree stump safely removed from your property, contact Ivan’s Tree Service. We will help you determine the best removal method for your stump!