STUMP GRINDING in CHESHIRE
Tree stumps can be unsightly and hazardous, making tree stump removal a desirable choice for many homeowners. Stump grinding provides a safe and cost-efficient way to remove tree stumps. A tree stump removal company can assess the access and conditions around the stump to determine if grinding it out is the best option for removing it. With the help of specialized equipment, they can quickly and safely remove the remaining roots and grind down the stump to ground level, leaving your yard looking neat and tidy.
Questions to ask yourself; Should you go for stump grinding? How long might it take? What is the benefit of removing a stump? Should you do yourself or employ a contractor?
WHAT IS A STUMP GRINDER?
A stump grinder is a powerful tool used to remove tree stumps from the ground. It is a specialised machine that uses a rotating cutting wheel to grind away the wood of the stump, leaving behind nothing but soil and roots. Stump grinding is an effective way to get rid of unsightly stumps without having to dig them out or use chemicals. It can also be used for other purposes, such as creating space for landscaping projects or preparing land for construction.
Stump Grinding is something usually done by professionals because of the dangers involved.
HOW DOES STUMP GRINDING WORK?
A stump grinder chews away at the stump of wood that is left over after tree removal has been done. All stump grinders use powerful, rotating blades that grinds into the wood as it turns. The blade’s teeth smash the stump’s wood into small pieces. An operator guides the blade over the stump as the blade reduces the stump to wood chips, and removes the stump to well below ground level.
Stump grinders are a must-have for any tree removal job. With their powerful, rotating blades, these machines easily chew away at the stump left behind after a tree removal has been done. Not only do they help to clear the area of stumps quickly and efficiently, but they also help to prevent future growth from taking place in that spot. By using a stump grinder, you can make sure that your yard remains safe and free of new growth for years to come.
HOW TO USE THE WOOD FROM THE TREE STUMP GRINDING
Stump grinding creates lots of chips of wood (lots!). You’ll be surprised by the actual amount, but they can be used as on-site mulch or added to your green waste can. You will also have a hole left after the stump grinding since you have just ground out the stump volume that filled it.
You can shovel the wood chips into the hole to decay, or you can import soil and fill the hole so that it’s even with the surrounding ground.
Sometimes local businesses or groups (schools, nurseries, parks) may welcome you with open arms for you to drop off the “waste”. And you will be seen as helping out the community. However, this does involve you collecting it on site in the first place. Ideally, leaving it on-site is the preferred choice.
Stump grinding is a great way to get rid of those unsightly stumps that may be taking up space in your yard or garden. Not only does it make your outdoor space look neater, but it also creates a lot of wood chips which can be used as on-site mulch or added to your green waste can. You’ll be surprised by the actual number of chips created, so take advantage and recycle them for future use!
IS STUMP GRINDING THE SAME THING AS STUMP REMOVAL?
Stump grinding and stump removal are two methods of removing tree stumps from your property. While both can be effective, they are different in terms of cost, time, and the amount of work required. Stump grinding involves grinding down the stump to a depth below the soil surface while stump removal requires digging out the entire root system. Depending on your needs and budget, one may be better suited for you than the other. This article will explore the differences between stump grinding and stump removal so that you can make an informed decision about which is best for your situation.
IS STUMP GRINDING NECESSARY?
It’s your decision, but you may want to learn more about what to expect if you don’t remove the stump after you remove your tree and what you can do with it if you decide to keep it.
Many cannot anticipate how much a left-over tree stump will stand out after stump grinding, especially if the rest of their garden is tidy and maintained. Grinding out the stump, by comparison, gives you a clean slate for future landscape design.
There are, of course, a multitude of scenarios. It depends on where the stump is. Is it in the middle of your lawn? Is it a trip hazard for children, the elderly, guests, etc? Or is it on the periphery and not really in the way? Are the roots affecting structures like the house, conservatory, or border fencing?
Because stump grinding chews stump wood down below ground level, the stump grinder ensures that your tree stump will not re-grow with suckering growth around its perimeter. This is often the best argument for stump grinding; leaving a stump in place can mean repeated sucker pruning, a garden chore that offers little satisfaction, as you’re never done.
Suckering sprouts are a natural response by the tree after its trunk has been cut down; however, none of this growth is useful and won’t make a healthy new tree. Instead, you’ll have lots of sprouts that turn into branches that will need to be cut down over and over until the tree exhausts its energy reserves. This can take a long time.
NOTE: Coppicing is an ancient practice that involves cutting down woodland or forest tree trunks to ground level and encouraging new sprouts to grow from them. The new, sprouting wood grows until it is harvested for firewood, fencing, thatching, or woodworking, depending on the species of the tree. These cycles of growth and harvesting can last for decades or longer on a healthy coppiced tree. However, you are unlikely to require this in your garden!
Stump grinding is not always necessary, but consider whether you want to look at it for years or come to terms with its suckering progress. Or turn it into a garden ornament.
A stump, depending on its size, height, and location, can be an eyesore (especially as it rots away) and a tripping hazard. As it decomposes, it can also attract insect pests, start causing fungal diseases (which can spread to nearby trees), and cause soft, sunken spots in the surrounding lawn or garden.
A stump, on the other hand, can be incorporated into a unique garden design, used as an informal base for potted plants or sculptures, and painted, decorated, or sculpted.
CAN I BUILD WHERE STUMP GRINDING WAS CARRIED OUT?
One important factor is whether you intend to build on top of the tree stump or add a patio or paving. A ground tree stump will rot away over time as it is made of wood, an organic material. This means that it is not a stable construction base material, and any foundations, footings, or rigid materials could very well shift over time.
Even if your stump is ground out, there may be trunk and root material below the ground that will decompose and settle, causing potential future damage to your building. In this case, ensure that all remaining stumps and roots are removed and that the hole is filled with native soil (not bagged potting mix) and compacted to the required level for your building works.
IF YOU NEED STUMP GRINDING WORK DOING…
Feel free to contact us first. We can assess your situation and provide you with an estimate for the cost of removing the tree stump. You might be surprised at how inexpensive it can be, compared to doing it yourself. Most stump removal is quick, and even large stumps can usually be removed in a matter of hours.
When we remove a tree, we always offer stump removal services, including explaining the benefits of having your stump professionally removed and explaining the benefits of tree-stump mulch for your garden.