Do you want to have a tree cut down, but you’re wondering what you’re going to do with the stump? Are you torn between preserving the stump of your freshly cut tree in a planter or in its natural state (leaving it to rot in the soil) and having it removed? You should be aware that, aside from the appealing rustic character that a recently cut tree stump can add to your yard, it’s always preferable to remove it. For this, you’ll need to do business with a company that employs experienced professional arborists, as this is a guarantee of safety that will help you avoid a number of problems.

But do you know exactly what stump removal entails? It involves mechanically removing a tree stump and its roots with the aid of a stump grinder. This machine grinds and shreds what’s left of the tree up to a depth of approximately 20 centimeters (8 inches) below ground level.

Here’s some information to give you a better understanding of stump removal.

Why remove a tree stump?

There are various reasons why it’s preferable to remove tree stumps. The main ones are as follows:

  • It’s an ecological extraction method that doesn’t affect the environment
  • It doesn’t do damage to the surrounding land
  • It prevents the appearance of new shoots
  • You avoid attracting numerous insects like carpenter ants (which can then make their way into your home) and small animals that might make a nest or den in the stump
  • It prevents the proliferation of mushrooms
  • It prevents the foul odors caused by rotting organic matter
  • It can increase the value of your property

The stump removal procedure

A professional arborist company like Émondage SBP will pay you a visit to examine the work to be done before removing the tree stump. The experts will need to determine the type of tree, the diameter of the stump, whether it’s accessible to the stump grinder, whether it’s located on a slope, whether there’s nearby infrastructure, etc.

After securing the site, the team of arborists will bring the stump grinder to the location of the stump without damaging the surrounding property, as the machinery is lightweight and equipped with wheels. They will then grind the stump down to approximately 20 centimeters (8 inches) below ground level. If you wish, it’s always possible to go even deeper.

Next, depending on your preference, they can gather up the wood chips and dispose of them ecologically, use them along with dirt to fill in the hole or simply leave them where they are. The arborists will also clean up the area to leave your property clean and free of obstacles. All that’s left for you to do is plant some grass, lay down some sod or landscape the area.
Do you require the services of a professional to fell a tree or grind a stump? Contact the experts at Émondage SBP today to make an appointment to get an estimate on having your tree stump removed!

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