How Stump Grinding Works
All stump grinders use a powerful, rotating blade that rips into the wood as it turns. The blade’s teeth cut the stump wood into small pieces. The operator guides the blade over the entire stump as the blade reduces the wood to chips, and takes the stump down to well below ground level.
Cost for Stump Grinding Removal
According our research most customers pay about $298 as national average stump removal cost. Most professional tree services companies charge between $2 and $5 per inch in diameter, measured at the stump’s widest point. For a price quote from us please call TEXT pictures or setup an on site appointment.
How To Get Stump Grinding Removal
Call us first. The Tree Service People can evaluate your situation and give you an estimate of how much it will cost to remove the tree stump. Many of our customers are happily surprised at how affordable our stump removal is . Most stump removal is fast, and even large stumps usually take only a few hours.
The Tree Service People is a full service tree company so we always offer our stump removal/grinding services when we remove a tree. Let a experienced team take care of it and we can explain the benefits of having your stump removed by profesonals. There is many benefits of tree-stump mulch for your garden and having your tree stump grinded ALWAYS get it done or consider it.
What Happens With Roots?
The stump grinding process takes full care of the above ground visible remains of the tree, the old tree’s roots are still spread out underground, sometimes 4, 8 or 12 feet beyond where the stump stood. After grinding, these roots will naturally decay, but it’s a lengthy process. It can take 7 to 10 years for the roots to fully break down.
Stump Grinding VS Stump Removal
Stump grinding and stump removal both come with their pros and cons. Choosing which route’s best for you mostly depends on the future plans you have for your landscape.
The stump removal process is the more intrusive of the two. It involves heaving up the bulky tree stump and then digging out all the tree’s widespread roots. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time, elbow grease, and powerful tools to get the job done. The upside? After stump removal, you’re left with a clean slate open to any new ideas you have for your landscape. What’s not so great is that stump removal leaves behind a large hole that can be an eyesore until it’s filled in.
Stump grinding is much less intensive. In this case, arborists use a machine to completely shred the stump down into small woodchips. Grinding is much more efficient than stump removal, however, it does leave the tree’s roots behind. If the stump is large, the chip pile produced can also be quite large, but the chips can be used as mulch for other plants in your landscape.
DIY = DON’T INJURE YOURSELF
You can find lightweight grinder models for small jobs, as well as big, powerful grinders for large stumps and complex logistics. The types of stump grinders include:
TYPES OF STUMP GRINDERS
- Hand-guided, walk-behind, or “handlebar” grinders are small and lightweight. Their small size makes them the most portable, as they’ll fit in the back of a truck.
- Rear-hitch, wheeled stump grinders can be attached to a truck or trailer for travel and are then uncoupled at the job site and steered into place.
- Riding grinders are agile, like a bobcat or small tractor, with the operator controlling the grinder from a seat.
- Skid stump grinders have continuous track treads like a tank, and are driven from behind, or by an operator riding atop. The continuous treads grip large surface areas and are used where the ground is soft and traditional wheels would churn up soil or turf.
- A stump grinder attachment can be added to a skid steer, where it will be operated by the same arms that guide its trenching or bucket attachments.
Stump grinders are generally used by professionals, such as trained tree-care specialists. As with most heavy, powerful equipment, the chance for injury is high. DIY homeowners should be sure of their skill before picking up a stump grinder.