Stump removal and stump grinding are both tree services that allow you to clear a hazardous or unsightly stump from the yard. However, the technique, application, and result of each varies. Understanding the difference between the two tree services can help you determine which is best for your needs.

Stump Removal

What Is It?

Stump removal is the complete elimination of a stump, in which a professional service removes the entire stump and root system. The removal of the root ball makes this a more complicated and intensive technique. Roots cover a large area, sometimes as much as five times the size of the tree.

Pros & Cons

Once the removal is complete and the root ball is extracted, there is often a huge hole in the ground. Some of the advantages of this technique are that it removes any health hazards associated with root decay, and it makes replanting trees easy. On the other hand, it is a rigorous task that can make a mess of the site and the surrounding land.

Stump removalStump Grinding

What Is It?

Stump grinding is the process that happens once a tree has been cut to ground level. Essentially, the stump is grated into small pieces, but the root system remains. The stump is filed down below the surface and then covered with dirt and sawdust.

Pros & Cons

One of the advantages of stump grinding is that owners can choose how far they want the stump ground down, whether an inch or a few feet below the topsoil. Compared to stump removal, grinding is quicker, easier, and not as messy. However, because the roots are still present, there is the risk of eventual decay or resprouting.

 

Consult with Bluegrass Tree Service, LLC, to help you decide if stump removal or grinding is best for your situation. This Florence, KY, company can help you with all your tree maintenance needs, whether it’s residential tree services for your home or complicated arboreal needs at your commercial property. Call (859) 746-0708 for a free estimate, or visit their website to learn more about their tree care services.