How to Have a Stump Removed

If you have had a tree cut down from your garden or if it has fallen all on its own, it probably left a stump behind. The stump remains since there is just no way to cut a tree down that is level with the ground. There will always be a stump remaining. There are several different ways to remove a stump. Many people think they should just leave the stump because it is fundamentally harmless; however, that’s not the case. Stumps become the desired home of many different types of pests. As the stump dies, it will begin to rot. That rot will make the wood a perfect home for termites. Termites can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home before you even realise it. Also, you will see other insects making their home in the stump. Finally, mushrooms and other spores will proliferate in the stump. Those can be dangerous to your pets and to your children.

Stump Grinding

A tree removal company in Perth will likely suggest stump grinding first. Stump grinding is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to remove a stump. The company will bring a machine that grinds the stump down until it is level with the ground. Such grinding is preferable to other methods because it will leave the area around the stump undisturbed. In fact, it can be somewhat healthy since it naturally creates a mulch that can be spread throughout the yard. The nutrients of the tree will begin to leach back into the soil and make the grass grow better over time. Many people choose stump grinding because it can be done quickly. However, there are certain instances where stump grinding is not preferable or not possible.

In those cases, you will need a more standard stump removal.

Stump Removal

Before stumps were ground down into sawdust, they were removed the old fashioned way. Someone would dig around the stump until they had loosened enough dirt around it that the roots could be overcome. They would then pull the stump out of the ground. This could be done by hand or with a machine. Nowadays, the digging and the removal are done with machines, but the process is still the same. Stump removal in this manner is much more disruptive to the garden; that’s why it’s not the first choice. However, it is required in some cases.

Stump removal in this manner causes the ground around the stump to be uprooted. So, if you have to choose that method, you should also be aware that you’ll need to do some repair work to your garden. You’ll likely need to pour some topsoil and perhaps lay some sod down. The grass will grow back if you leave it undisturbed, though.