Tree Removal and Clearing Stumps

Tree removal in urban and suburban landscape can be challenging especially when the neighborhood is surrounded by commercial structures and passersby. Since it is a highly technical task, tree removal should be performed by trained professionals that can accurately do the job and decrease the risk of hazards. Often, a tree is required to be removed if it is interfering with the growth of other trees and plants or if it’s competing with the other species to develop. When a tree is too old or poses a hazard to the community, it is likewise considered necessary to remove that tree.

Tree removal for large trees requires the use of heavy machinery that can only be operated by trained personnel. In general, tree removal involves taking down all the branches, wood cutting, brush chipping, and stump grinding as evenly as possible to the ground.  The use of specialized equipment is determined by the landscape of the area. After the tree is removed, it is your choice whether or not you remove the stump as well.

Tree Removal and Clearing Stumps

Here are the considerations why it is necessary to remove the stump:

Stumps are hazardous. Tripping over the excess stump after a tree is removed is a legal responsibility that should be avoided.

Stumps are not visually pleasing to your landscape. Removing the stump is beneficial to you if you are meticulous about your yard.

Stumps cause unwanted plant growth.  Stumps contribute to new trees to sprout around the stump, and when are not curtailed regularly, can make another unnecessary shrubs to sprout that may be difficult to control or removed.

Stumps are an obstacle to your lawn. It might be hard to move around your yard or mow your lawn if there are large stumps that are laying around. It becomes a nuisance that makes you unable to maneuver your landscape.

Stumps attract insects. The remaining tree may rot slowly and attract annoying termites and pests that may spread to your home.

Removing a stump can be done by using a stump grinder that is commonly a size of a lawn mower or as large as truck that removes tree stumps by chipping away the wood with a rotating disc. If it is impossible to hire a qualified landscaper for stump grinding, you can actually use the stump grinder by following some safety steps:

Clear the area around the stump. It is important that you do not grind stones or other fragments along the stump for it might dull the stump grinder’s disc.

Trim the Stump. Cut the side of the tree as closely to the ground as possible so that it would be easy for the grinder to clean the remaining stump.

Trace all the roots sources. Older trees have large roots that extend few feet away from the stump so it is necessary to cut all the roots first so that the leftover stub is easier to be ripped off.

Start grinding. Place the grinder above the stump and let it swallow the stump completely. Ensure that the stub levels with the ground and let it decay for a time as a good nutrient for the soil.

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