Is Stump Grinding The Same As Stump Removal?

A stump in your yard can be a pain. They are notoriously difficult to remove and, not to mention, a bit of an eye sore. Aside from that, they can be a safety hazard. Eliminating the stumps of old trees is an important part of tree maintenance.

If you live in Coeur d’Alene or one of its suburbs like Dalton Gardens, and you’ve just had a diseased or otherwise dangerous tree removed, you’ve likely been left with a great big ugly stump in your yard. In order to get rid of that stump you generally have 2 choices: stump grinding or complete stump removal. 

It’s important to understand that stump grinding and stump removal are not exactly that same thing. While both processes do ultimately remove the stump, the processes are different, and each have their advantages and disadvantages. Most homeowners choose to go with a stump grinding as it is generally simpler and less costly.

Benefits Of Stump Grinding Vs. Stump Removal

Stump Grinding Is Less Invasive Than Stump Removal 

One of the biggest advantages of stump grinding over stump removal is that it requires so much less labor. If you choose to have a stump removed your tree service professional will have to bring heavy machinery into your yard and to remove the stump and all of its roots. You will likely have to knock down fences and allow a tractor to tear up all of your landscaping just to leave you with a gaping hole in your yard. Remember that tree roots can extend 3-12 feet in radius out from the location of the stump, meaning you could be left with a hole that is 24 feet in diameter and several feet deep.

Stump grinding however, is far less invasive. The machinery used is much smaller and more maneuverable, and simply grinds the stump down into sawdust or wood chips. The stump can be ground down to your specifications, meaning you can have the stump ground down to be the same level as your topsoil or up to a foot deep underground. The roots of the old tree are left in the ground to decompose naturally.

Stump Grinding Is Cheaper Than Stump Removal

Because of the fact that grinding a stump is so much easier and less time consuming that removing it completely it’s also much cheaper. This is another reason why homeowners will often opt for stump grinding. It’s a double bonus for people who are planing big landscaping projects because:

  • When you are planning a big landscaping project, costs can add up quickly.
  • If you are doing a big landscaping job, you don’t want to have to wait a long time for a stump to be removed before you can begin working on other parts of the project.

Stump Grinding Creates Useful Mulch

One of the major advantages of grinding your stump as opposed to having it removed is what you are left with in the end. If you choose to have the stump removed completely, you’ll find yourself with a massive hole in your yard along with a giant stump and a mangled mess of roots to get rid of.

On the other hand, if you choose to have a professional grind your stump, you will not be left with a hole and the only byproduct is wood chips. These can be great for use as mulch in your flowerbeds, or you can simply put them in your compost bin.

Disadvantages Of Stump Grinding Compared to Stump Removal

While stump grinding is cheaper, safer and quicker than complete stump removal, the only real disadvantage to stump grinding is that it leaves the roots in the ground. This is only a real problem if you want to plant another tree in the same spot, or you plan to do some serious excavating. If you are looking to start off your landscaping project with a completely clean slate, you will need to have the stump removed completely. Just keep in mind that you will need some fresh material to fill in the void left by the stump.

Stump Grinding And Removal In Kootenai

Getting rid of an old stump in your yard can be a real pain. Whether you’ve decided that stump grinding or complete stump removal is better for your project, call Kootenai Tree Service.

We are happy to either grind or remove your stump, as well as help your with any of your other tree service needs, like trimming or pruning or complete tree removal.