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Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding

A tree stump grinding service involves the removal of a tree’s root plate. This can be a difficult task for homeowners and landowners, particularly those who are unfamiliar with the procedure. We have extensive knowledge and experience in grinding tree stumps, as well as the necessary equipment to finish the operation effectively.

If you require stump grinding…

Please get in touch with us first. We will assess the situation and give you an estimate for removing the tree stump. When compared to doing it yourself, you might be surprised at how inexpensive it can be. Most stump removal jobs are completed in a matter of hours, even for large stumps.

We always offer stump removal services when we remove a tree, including explaining the benefits of having your stump professionally removed and the benefits of tree-stump mulch for your garden.

  • What Is A Stump Grinder

    A stump grinder is a powerful machine that resembles a lawnmower/circular saw hybrid. They are intended to easily access the stump and then grind it into small pieces that can be removed or distributed in the surrounding area.

  • Do you need Stump Grinding?

    It’s your choice, but you might be interested in learning more about what to expect if you don’t remove the stump after removing your tree and what you can do with it if you decide to keep it.

    Many people underestimate how much a remaining tree stump will stand out after stump grinding, especially if the rest of their garden is neat and well-kept. Grinding out the stump, on the other hand, provides a blank slate for future landscape design.

    Of course, there are numerous possibilities. It all depends on where the stump is. Is it smack dab in the middle of your lawn? Is it a tripping hazard for children, the elderly, visitors, and so on? Is it on the outskirts and not really in the way? Are the roots causing damage to structures such as the house, conservatory, or border fencing?

    The stump grinder ensures that your tree stump will not re-grow with suckering growth around its perimeter because it chews stump wood down below ground level. This is frequently the strongest case for stump removal; leaving a stump in place can mean repeated sucker pruning, a garden chore that provides little satisfaction because you’re never done.

    Suckering sprouts are the tree’s natural response after its trunk has been cut down, but none of this growth is useful and will not result in a healthy new tree. Instead, you’ll have a lot of sprouts that turn into branches that need to be cut down repeatedly until the tree’s energy reserves are depleted. This may take some time.

    NOTE: Coppicing is an ancient practise in which woodland or forest tree trunks are cut down to ground level and new sprouts are encouraged to grow from them. Depending on the species of the tree, the new, sprouting wood grows until it is harvested for firewood, fencing, thatching, or woodworking. On a healthy coppiced tree, these cycles of growth and harvesting can last for decades or longer. However, this is unlikely to be necessary in your garden!

    Stump grinding isn’t always necessary, but think about whether you want to stare at it for years or accept its sucking progress. Make it into a garden ornament.

    Depending on its size, height, and location, a stump can be both an eyesore (especially as it rots) and a tripping hazard. It can also attract insect pests, start fungal diseases (which can spread to nearby trees), and cause soft, sunken spots in the surrounding lawn or garden as it decomposes.

    A stump, on the other hand, can be used to create a one-of-a-kind garden design, as an informal base for potted plants or sculptures, and painted, decorated, or sculpted.

  • What Is The Process Of Stump Grinding

    A stump grinder eats away at the stump of wood that remains after a tree has been removed. Stump grinders all use powerful, rotating blades that cut into the wood as they turn. The teeth of the blade splinter the stump’s wood into small pieces. An operator guides the blade over the stump, reducing it to wood chips and removing it to well below ground level.

    Stump grinding generates a lot of wood chips (a lot!). The actual amount will surprise you, but they can be used as on-site mulch or added to your green waste can. Because you just ground out the stump volume that filled it, you will also have a hole after the stump grinding.

    You can either shovel the wood chips into the hole and let them decay, or you can import soil and fill the hole to level with the surrounding ground.

    Local businesses or groups (schools, nurseries, parks) may sometimes welcome you with open arms to drop off the “waste.” And you will be seen as contributing to the community. However, this requires you to collect it on-site in the first place. Leaving it on-site is the preferred option.

    Lightweight grinder models are available for small jobs, as well as large, powerful grinders for large stumps and complex logistics. Among the various types of stump grinders are:

    Grinders that are guided by hand, walk behind, or have a “handlebar” are small and lightweight. Because of their small size, they are the most portable, as they can fit in the back of a truck.

    Rear-hitch, wheeled stump grinders can be attached to a truck or trailer for transportation and then uncoupled and steered into position at the job site.

    Riding grinders are manoeuvrable, similar to bobcats or small tractors, with the operator controlling the grinder from a seat.

    Skid stump grinders have tank-like continuous track treads and are driven from behind or from atop by an operator. Where the ground is soft and traditional wheels would churn up soil or turf, continuous treads grip large surface areas.

    A stump grinder attachment can be attached to a skid steer and operated by the same arms that guide the trenching or bucket attachments.

    Stump grinders, like most powerful pieces of equipment, are purpose-built.

    Stump grinders are not the same as stump removers, which are auger-like and bore down into the stump from above, removing all trunk wood and anchoring roots.

    Stump grinders available for public rental are smaller and less powerful than those used by professionals, and you are unlikely to have a variety of stump grinder models to choose from. As a result, it is usually preferable to hire a professional.

    Industrial Professionals, such as trained tree-care specialists, typically use stump grinders. The risk of injury is high, as it is with most heavy, powerful equipment. Before picking up a stump grinder, DIYers should be confident in their abilities. Make certain that you have been adequately instructed on how to use the stump grinder you intend to hire.

    When operating the stump grinder, operators must wear protective equipment to shield themselves (and other personnel nearby) from flying debris and noise. Debris can be anything from sharp pieces of wood to dirt, stones, bricks, glass, and much more.

    Professional tree surgeons and tree removal companies are also insured (or should be) against accidental property damage caused by tree removal and stump grinding. Stones can be thrown at high speeds, shattering glass and damaging structures, cars, and other objects. A do-it-yourselfer should consider the possibility of this and ensure that they have insurance that will cover any damage to their own and their neighbours’ property.

  • How Deep Can Stump Grinding Go?

    If you have a tree stump in the middle of your lawn and want to remove it to plant grass seed, you only need to go so far.

    According to Munns, 15 – 18cm of soil beneath a new patch of lawn is more than enough, so you would only need to grind down 20cm to provide plenty of room. You may also want to grind some surface roots at the same time, but they only need to go down to 20cm.

    Another scenario is that you want to plant a new tree in the same spot as the existing stump. In this case, you’ll need as much depth as possible to ensure the tree is properly planted and has enough space to spread its roots.

    Before you do any grinding or hire someone to do it for you, consider why and how far you need to go.

  • What Is Left After Stump Grinding?

    After you have removed the stump, you will be left with a large pile of stump grindings that should be disposed of. Here are a few ideas for reusing stump grindings:

    The stump grindings can be used to fill the hole left by the stump and then covered with topsoil.

    Mulch is made from stump grinding. Spread a one-inch layer of wood chips over your soil and rake it into your flower beds. This will allow the grindings to decompose and contribute to the soil’s nutrients. Just make sure the tree isn’t diseased, and if you’re dealing with pine trees, use mulch sparingly because it can raise the acidity of your soil, making it difficult for plants to grow.

    You can also compost your stump grindings. Allow the stump grindings, along with your other organic waste, to decompose in your compost heap. It will take about three to four months to complete the process, but once completed, you will have a nice pile of compost to use in your garden.

  • Will The Tree Come Back After Stump Grinding?

    Many homeowners who are looking to have a tree stump removed have this question.

    The answer is no, because roots cannot regrow after a stump has been ground down. What happens to the roots is that they gradually deteriorate over time.

  • Can I Replant After The Stump Is Ground?

    Is it possible to plant a new tree over an old stump?

    As previously stated, you should not plant a new tree in the exact same location or over an existing stump. However, you can plant your new tree near the stump of an old tree.

    Choose a location that is six to eight feet away from the site of the stump removal.

  • Can I Build In A Place Where Stump Grinding Has Been Done?

    One critical consideration is whether you plan to build on top of the tree stump or add a patio or paving. Because it is made of wood, an organic material, a ground tree stump will rot away over time. As a result, it is not a stable construction base material, and any foundations, footings, or rigid materials may shift over time.

    Even if your stump has been ground out, there may be trunk and root material beneath the ground that will decompose and settle, potentially causing future damage to your building. In this case, make certain 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 construction work.

  • Can Every Stump Be Ground?

    The short answer is yes, pretty much.

    The only thing that could affect your ability to grind out a stump using a stump grinder is whether or not you have good enough access the get the stump grinder to the stump.

    Some trees that have been grown in rockeries or hill slopes may not be accessible by stump grinding machines and you may have to consider alternative methods for removal.

  • How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost?

    How long is a piece of string?

    As with most things, there can be many factors to consider when pricing up a stump grinding quote.

    Let us consider the typical removals in typical settings with easy access for a standard stump grinding machine.

    Also consider the price per stump will be reduced considerably when stump grinding multiple stumps at the same location on the same day.

    30 min – 1 hour stump grinding can be  between £90-£150

    1 to 2 hours can be between £150 – £300

    2 to 4 hours can be between £300 – £600

    Full day can be between £1,200 – £1,500

    Contact us for a quick quote.

  • How Do I Measure A Stump?

    Typically, measure the diameter of the stump at 6 inches / 15 cm above ground surface level of the tree.

    Stumps are not always circular, so if you are required to relay the stump size to a stump grinding contractor, it may also be a good idea to take a photo with some kind of reference object (a person, a house brick etc)

  • What Are The Alternatives To Stump Grinding?

    If you have a small stump that isn’t worth stump grinding, you might be able to remove it with hand tools. A stump with a few feet of trunk left on it is useful in this situation because the trunk can be used as a lever to help loosen the trunk. To expose the stump’s roots, first loosen and dig out the soil around it with a shovel or a pick axe. Once the roots have been exposed, you can use gravity and your body weight to rock the stump loose. You can use loppers or a pruning saw to sever large roots and help free the trunk. This is physically demanding work, but it is not impossible.

    You’ve probably seen chemical stump remover bottles at your local nursery or hardware store. These products, which are frequently made of potassium nitrate, work by hastening the decay of wood. You must drill holes in your stump, fill them with stump killer, add water, cover your stump, and wait.

    Although potassium nitrate is not poisonous, it can cause eye and skin irritation, so keep children and pets away from it and the stump.

    Another method for removing stumps is to pour kerosene over the stump and set it on fire. Please don’t be the person who thinks a flaming tree stump is a good way to spend your time and money.

  • Can Your Stump Grinder Reach My Stump?

    There is a stump grinder for every type of job.

    Stump Grinder manufacturers know the typical access restrictions to standard properties and have designed with this knowledge in mind. One of the large machines we use, The Predator 38x has adjustable tracks that are normally 39″ in width, but the can be reduced to 26″ to pass through gates and narrow passages. This equates to 670mm – 1000mm.

    We normally ask for a brief 1 or 2 minute video, walking from where we can park our van to the stump that requires grinding. That way we can be more certain that we can gain access to the stump to be ground.

  • Can't I Just Leave The Stump?

    Yes you can. However, it will continue to grow and depending where the stump is located or what you want to do where the stump is.

    Here are some reasons why you would want to remove the stump:

    • The stump could be a trip hazard
    • The stump roots could damage/disrupt structures close by, ie. house, garage, shed, border fencing
    • Aesthetics, you don’t want the “suckering” to grow and spoil you view.

    Here are some reasons why you may not need to remove the stump:

    • You have removed the tree to bring light in to the garden and you are not worried about the stump being a trip hazard
    • You want to use the stump as a feature; Washing line, Hammock, garden table, etc.

     

     

  • When Is Stump Grinding Not Possible?

    Most easily accessible tree stumps that are removed can also be ground out. A stump may need to be removed for safety reasons or to allow access. However, stump removal may be difficult or impossible in some cases.

    Trees in difficult-to-reach areas with limited access or where the equipment required is too large to transport may not be suitable for stump grinding.

    Stumps that cannot be completely removed by stump grinding can be ground first and then extracted with a skid steer or excavator; this adds cost but may be the only option.

    Trees that grow in small planting holes and are surrounded by concrete or other patio materials may leave a stump that cannot be removed without causing damage to the surrounding material, or the surrounding material may need to be removed first. This can be costly or impossible to achieve.

    If a tree stump is too close to other trees or valuable shrubs, the root systems of those plants may be damaged or destroyed.

    Due to the risk of damaging foundations, footings, or utility lines and pipework, stumps close to buildings or other structures may be difficult to remove.

    It’s always a good idea to look for hidden hazards before starting to grind a stump, especially if you’re doing it yourself.

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