You’ve just had a tree removed from your yard. Now what? Do you leave the stump, or should you have it removed?
Why Tree Stumps Should Be Removed
There are five good reasons for grinding and removing a tree stump:
- The stump may be a safety hazard, an obstacle, or is just plain ugly.
- With the proper soil amendment, you can plant a new tree in the same location – but only after the stump has been removed.
- Removal eliminates the possibility of attracting highly destructive carpenter ants and/or termites.
- Stump removal discourages the growth of harmful fungi from the rotting process which could spread disease to nearby trees or plants.
- Removing the stump is the only guaranteed way to prevent the tree from growing back.
How To Remove Tree Stumps
Without the right equipment and knowledge, stump removal can be an almost impossible task. Basically, there are two ways to remove a tree stump:
- Use an excavator – This is a quick way to get the stump out but it will cause major damage to a large area around the stump and can be very expensive. If you have a lot of stumps to remove and you’ll be doing major landscaping work afterwards, this may be an option for you.
- Use a stump grinder – This is the easiest way to get rid of a stump without causing damage to your property. Results are permanent (the tree won’t grow back), there are different sizes and styles of stump grinders to fit any location, and you’ll be left with only a small area to patch or sod. This isn’t usually a DIY project (see our article on renting and using stump grinders) so consult with a professional before tackling this yourself.
How Barts Removes Tree Stumps
Barts Stump Grinding has two stump grinders to tackle even the toughest removal job. We have a 50 horsepower Vermeer stump grinder with retractable tracks which enables it to fit through most gate openings and access tight places with very minimal impact to your landscaping. We also have a 85 HP grinder that can grind out stumps up to 10 feet in diameter!
A stump grinder has a steel wheel on the front with carbide tipped teeth attached to it. As this wheel spins like a saw blade, it is lowered down on the edge of the stump and grinds from side to side, going deeper in the ground with each swipe. The blade can go as deep as 12 inches below grade.
It’s an interesting process to watch – check out our stump grinding videos to see it for yourself.
For more details, see our Tree Stump Grinding FAQs with answers to the most common questions.
Three Options to Best Meet Your Needs
We offer three levels of service for removing your unsightly tree stumps which will help minimize your cost:
- Stump Grinding Only – Barts grinds the stump and leaves the wood chips for you to clean up or just place into the hole as mulch.
- Stump Grinding and Clean Up – Barts grinds the stump, removes wood chips, and rakes the area so there is just a hole for you to back fill with whatever you’d like.
- Stump Grinding and Seeding – Barts grinds the stump, removes wood chips, rakes the area, back fills the hole with screened top soil, and applies grass seed and straw. You’re left with a lawn that looks like nothing ever happened. This is a service that most stump grinding companies don’t offer.
Benefits of Using Barts for Stump Removal
Our commitment is to exceed your expectations regardless of how large or small the job might be. With this in mind we strive to deliver attention to detail, safety, and quality while always delivering our signature impeccable clean-up.
- Free Quotes
- Servicing Fairfield and Litchfield counties
- Equipment is low impact so there is no lawn damage in accessing stumps
- Any location (passes through traditional gates with retractable tracks)
- Grinds stumps 10″-12″ below grade
- Cleanup and backfill available
- Volume discounts available for multiple stumps
- Group discounts within a neighborhood
- Fully insured
- License # 0625619
Don’t forget to check out our Stump Grinding Photo Gallery.