If you have an exposed tree stump in your yard, it is a good idea to have it removed. This eliminates tripping hazards and ensures termites and carpenter ants don't get to the stump before you do. The easiest way to get rid of the stump is to hire a stump removal service to come grind it down. But since this is something most people only do once or a few times in their lives, you probably have a few questions about the process.
What kind of equipment will the company use?
Most commercial stump removal companies own large stump grinders that are on four wheels, and that they can drive around machines like a skid steer or ATV. They'll position the grinding part over the stump and then drive forward and backward as needed to grind the stump down. You may have seen smaller, hand-held stump grinders at home improvement shops or rental stores, but these are intended for amateurs and homeowners. The professionals usually use bigger, more powerful equipment because it lets them grind the stump down faster and with less physical effort.
How low will they grind the stump?
Homeowners usually assume the stump will be ground down until it is flush with the ground, which is why it can be surprising to find that your stump is ground down below the ground's surface. The stump grinding company may grind it down as much as 18 inches below the soil surface! There's a good reason for this, though. It allows you to fill the hole in with soil and plant grass over top of it. What remains of the tree's roots below ground will rot away, out of sight.
What happens to the wood chips from the stump?
In most cases, the stump removal company will collect the wood debris and take it with them. They may turn it into mulch or compost that they can either use for their own landscaping jobs or sell to a landscaping company. If you have a need for wood chips, though, you can typically ask the stump grinding company to leave them behind. They may even dump them in a pile for you so that you can use them more easily.
Stump grinding is an easy way to get rid of left-behind tree stumps, especially when you hire professionals to do the grinding for you. It will be over before you know it! To learn more, contact a tree and stump removal company near you.