Stump Removal

Once a tree is removed, the stump remains. You may purchase a house where the previous owner left a stump or two in the garden. Unless the stump is a feature of your landscaping and you have covered it with pots of flowers, you probably want the stump removed. There are two ways to remove a stump. One is stump grinding, which is the process of grinding a stump until it is below the surface of the soil. The other is to dig out the stump.

Picture of felled tree and tree stump in the woods
Stump grinder cutting tree stump in the middle of some grass

Tree removal is a very specialized job. Do not try this at home. There are many considerations when removing a tree such as power lines and where the branches and trunk will drop. Each large branch needs individual consideration to make sure it drops safely without damaging outhouses, swing sets and other permanent structures in your garden.

Other reasons trees need to be removed include storm damage that cannot be repaired with pruning or trimming and positioning. It may be taking up too much space in your backyard that you need for living. Finally, you may need to remove a tree that is hanging over your house. This could void your home insurance and trimming the tree won’t help.

Only knowledgeable, licensed, insured and experienced arborists should undertake the removal of a tree. Chesapeake Tree Care Service arborists are licensed and insured providers. Any other tree cutter may put you, your property and the tree cutter are at risk.

Sometimes trees are closer to a neighbor’s house than your house. This means it has to be cut with careful consideration of the other’s property. As you can see, removing a tree is not as simple as grabbing a chainsaw and cutting it down. Just because a tree is cut down, doesn’t necessarily mean the roots are dead. Without removing the stump, you may notice small shoots appearing in your garden in the area where the tree was growing. These shoots can get pretty big and will need to be removed. The best solution is to grind away the stump so the roots are killed.

Stumps also make great environments for bugs and rodents. Wasps, ants and termites will be attracted to the deadwood and make nests. Rodents may dig nests under the stump.

 A normal stump grinder is about the size of a lawnmower. It has a disk with teeth that spins at high speed to grind the stump into chips. These chips are good and can usually be used for composting, along with potting soil or as ground cover. To reduce damage to the rest of the garden and get the job done quickly, it is best to have a qualified arborist from Chesapeake Tree Care do the job.

 Another stump removal technique is to dig it out along with the complete root system. This process damages the surrounding area and is usually reserved for situations where a building’s foundation is threatened by the roots or where roadwork is to be done. For domestic purposes and a smooth garden or lawn, stump grinding is recommended. Stump removal is a messy job, which is another reason to leave it to the professionals.

 If you need to clear a plot of land for building a new home, you may require both tree and stump removal to prepare the ground properly.



picture of a tall tree stump