Tree Stump Removal

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Tree stump removal could possibly be done by a homeowner, but is best left to experts. Anytime steel-toed boots must be worn to protect toes against slipping tools, it sounds like a job for professionals with the know-how and the right tools. Smaller shrubs can more easily be removed by property owners, but even then precautions must be taken.

In any inherently dangerous activity, safety is a top priority, and eliminating trees and stumps is hazardous. Tree stump removal begins when a professional tree removal company cuts down the tree. Once this is accomplished, a stump grinder is used to tackle the tree stump removal and scrape and dig at the stump until it is pulverized.

Reasons for Tree Stump Removal

Many trees are cut down without removing the stump since few trees sprout or cause problems after the trunk is eliminated. Broad-leaved deciduous trees will sprout--that includes the willow, red alder, and the bigleaf and vine maple. Most conifers will not sprout from their stumps after they are cut.

Tree stumps are unattractive, however, and they may damage lawn mowers if the stumps are left in the lawn. They do take up space, and for a tree trunk of any size in a small yard, the space consumed may be excessive. Stumps also decay, and sometimes mushrooms grow in clusters around the area where the tree used to be. A stump grinder is both noisy and messy, as wood chips fly all over the place, but the machine saves a lot of intense labor and a lot of time for tree removal services.

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