Although,there are a number of ways to remove stumps, using a stump grinder is the fastest way to remove a tree stump. A stump grinder is a specialized piece of tree care equipment that is designed specifically to grind tree stumps and grind tree roots. The stump grinder has a metal wheel with cutting teeth bolted to the wheel. Avery Tree Service will grind the tree stump by using the cutting teeth to chip away the tree stump. the wheel is passed back and forth, lowering it with each successive pass, to gradually grind tree stumps into chips.
For years it was thought that stump grinding was an optional tree care service that wasn’t necessary if the stump was in a remote location in the landscape. However, current research indicates that grinding out tree stumps can reduce the chance of other trees in your landscape from becoming infected with tree decay fungi. Stumps that remain after a tree removal can become infected with wood fungi. Over time these fungi will develop spores and fungi hyphae that will grow into the soil. If a healthy tree is wounded in the future the decay fungi will have the opportunity to infect the wound.
The depth to which a stump grinder machine can grind a stump varies from manufacture to manufacturer. The depth to which stump grinding is done on what is going to happen after the stump is removed. If the tree stump is going to be replanted with grass then grinding a tree stump to a depth of 4-6″ is probably sufficient. This will allow enough soil depth for grass roots to grow if another tree is going to be planted the Avery Tree Service can grind a deeper and wider hole to allow for space for the root ball of the new tree. If there are numerous surface roots, the stump grinder can grind out the tree roots too. Wood chips and soil that remain after the stump grinding is completed should be removed and replaced with topsoil before replanting.
The size of the tree stumps usually determines what size stump grinder Avery Tree Service will use to grind a tree stump. Stump grinding machines are brought to a job site on a trailer, but there are also stumps grinders that are towed behind trucks.
You should advise Avery Tree Service of any underground obstructions that may be presenting in your landscape, such as, electric wires for accent lighting, sprinkler lines, underground dog fences, septic fields, etc. Avery Tree Service or yourself should contact phone and utility companies in advance of stump grinding so the location of underground wires or pipes can be identified.
Here are a few questions to ask when you are looking to grind a tree stump:
- How deep will the stump grinder grind the tree stump?
- Will the wood chips be hauled away or left on property?
- Will the tree service contact phone and utility companies to locate underground wires or pipes?
- Does the tree service carry proper insurance coverage for stump grinding?