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Stump grinding and stump removal both come with their pros and cons. Choosing which route’s best for you mostly depends on the plans you have for your future landscaping.
Stump grinding is much less intensive than stump removal. When doing stump grinding, arborists use a machine to completely shred the stump down into small wood chips. Stump grinding is much more efficient than stump removal, however, it does leave the tree’s roots behind. If the stump is large, the chip pile produced can also be quite large, but the chips can be used as mulch for other plants in your landscape.
While stump grinding takes care of the visible remains of the tree, the old tree’s roots are still spread out underground, sometimes 4, 8 or 12 feet beyond where the stump stood. After grinding, these roots will naturally decay, but it’s a lengthy process. It can take 10-plus years for the roots to fully break down.
If you’re not sure whether stump removal or grinding is best for you, a professional arborist at Advanced Tree & Stump Removal, LLC can help. Call us today for a professional, free, no-hassle estimate of your stump grinding or stump removal project.