Stump Grinding and Stump Removal – All You Need To Know

Stump Grinding

Trees may need to be removed or cut down for a number of reasons. 

However, the stump that’s left behind following a tree removal may also need to be dealt with. That’s because tree stumps can pose a tripping hazard, attract pests and also reduce the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space, especially when located in a prominent position such as the middle of a lawn. 

While it’s clear that tree stumps shouldn’t be left in the ground, what many property owners don’t know is what’s involved in the tree stump removal and grinding process.

As leading tree care experts, here is an overview of both processes to help you understand what we do, along with the importance of professional tree stump removal. 

What is Stump Removal?

Simply put, stump removal covers all the steps involved in removing tree stumps from the ground. 

Tree stump removal gets rid of not only the tree stump which is visible above the ground, but also the root ball below ground. 

The process requires special machinery to excavate the stump leaving a hole in the ground once finished which can then be covered over again.

Further information about tree stump removal can be found in this helpful RHS guide. 

What Is Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding is the process of using a specialised machine called a stump grinder to grind a tree stump or tree roots into small wood chips. This machine features a rotating cutting wheel with carbide teeth that quickly and efficiently grinds the stump below ground level.

Based on the depth and strength of tree stump, stump grinding can be arduous work. But by using specialist machinery and also factoring in our expert tree knowledge, a stump grinder can make light work of the task. 

Stump Removal VS Stump Grinding

Many people get confused over whether they require stump removal or stump grinding since both services sound similar. 

Stump removal is when a tree surgeon undertakes the stump removal process. 

In contrast, stump grinding is when the tree stump which has been removed is broken down into smaller chips or mulch. 

Not sure which service you require? Contact us at any time to get further advice. 

Opting for a Stump Grinding service? Here is what you need to know:

Preparation Before Stump Grinding

Before stump grinding, thorough preparation is necessary. Tree surgeons such as Scott Davies in Manchester can inspect the area, remove obstacles and mark underground utilities to avoid damage during grinding. Clearing access paths and ensuring adequate workspace is essential to ensure safe and efficient stump removal.

Aftercare Stump Removal and Maintenance

After stump grinding, the resulting wood chips and mulch can be utilised for landscaping or disposed of responsibly. Professional tree care services may offer additional services such as backfilling with topsoil to level the area and prevent weed growth. Regular maintenance ensures the long-term aesthetics and safety of the landscape.

Stump Grinding FAQ’s

Why Is Stump Grinding Important?

Stump grinding is essential for several reasons. Firstly, it eliminates unsightly stumps from the landscape, improving the aesthetic appeal of the property. Additionally, removing stumps prevents potential hazards which may result in trips or falls. Moreover, grinding stumps prevents them from sprouting new growth, eliminating the need for ongoing maintenance and reducing the risk of pest infestation.

Will A Tree Grow Back If You Grind The Stump?

No. A tree will not grow back from a stump that has been properly ground. Stump grinding removes the entire stump, including the roots which prevents regrowth. This ensures that the area remains clear and prevents future issues with tree growth.

Having soil that is free from tree roots is also essential if you plan on planting anything else where the tree once stood. Even if you want to keep the ground clear, stump removal will ensure future problems don’t arise due to the remaining stump.

What Equipment Is Used In The Stump Grinding Process?

Stump grinding requires specialised equipment, namely a stump grinder. Stump grinders come in various sizes, from compact models suitable for residential use to large commercial-grade machines. These grinders feature a rotating cutting wheel with sharp teeth that grind the stump below ground level. Additionally, safety gear such as goggles, gloves and ear protection is essential when operating a stump grinder.

Is Stump Grinding Safe?

Absolutely. When performed by trained professionals like tree surgeons, stump grinding is a safe process. However, it requires careful operation and adherence to safety protocols to prevent accidents and injuries. For ourselves here at Scott Davies Tree Surgeon in Manchester, this is all part of our daily work and so is something we are extremely competent in. 

What Is The Fastest Way To Remove A Tree Stump?

As tree stump removal specialists, the combination of our stump removal machinery and professional insights is the quickest way to restore the look of your garden. From smaller stumps to large stubborn stumps, no removal process is too complex for our team. 

In contrast, opting for a DIY option will result in hours of digging that may not fully remove all of the roots underneath. In fact, depending on the age of the tree, trying to remove a tree stump yourself can prove to be a fruitless operation due to the depth and strength of the remaining stump. 

Choose Scott Davies for Stump grinding and tree removal services in Manchester and surrounding areas!

Based in the Manchester area and in search of a quick and hassle free way to remove tree stumps from your garden or commercial land?

We can travel to your location with our specialist equipment to perform specialist tree stump removal. As noted above, we can also carry out stump grinding to remove the debris from your land following a stump removal. 

If you are located in Manchester and are in need of a stump removal service, don’t hesitate to contact our team for a free consultation. You can also give us a call on 07853 582 444.