Stump Grinding and Removal
Stump removal can come in two ways. We can use heavy equipment such as a backhoe to remove the stump by unearthing it, or we can also grind it to the ground until it is below the surface of the ground. However, there can be significant damages to the surrounding area when we remove the stump using the first method. For that reason, most of our clients opt for stump grinding rather than complete removal of the stump.
Stump grinding can be considered as one of the dirtiest tasks when it comes to tree services, but Tidde Tree Service can handle the job making sure that the area is clean before we leave for the day. We will not leave a trace of any tree debris in your property, and you will not even believe a tree stump existed in your yard because of how neat your yard can look. Stump grinding involves using one of our Morbark stump grinders, which is considered top of its kind. We never use substandard equipment in stump grinding or any of our services because we believe that the right equipment is one of the secrets to a successful stump grinding process. We will position our Morbark grinder where it can effectively and safely ground the stump with minimal impact to the surrounding property.
The level of challenge in removing a stump depends on different factors. We make sure to assess the stump to be removed so we can utilize the best method to remove it efficiently. Conifers tree stumps, like White Pines and Cedars, are much easier to ground compared to deciduous trees, such as Oaks and Maples with roots that run long and deep. Also, older and smaller stumps are easier to remove compared to larger ones.
Stump Grinding Process
Our stump grinding process comes in four steps:
- We will begin by clearing away rocks and other debris on the ground using a shovel and a rake. We want to ensure that the area is ready before beginning stump grinding.
- If the stump is not cut as close to the ground, we will cut away as much of it as possible for easier grinding.
- We will position the stump grinder over the stump, approximately 3-6″, and lower it into the stump moving the grinder from side to side.
- When the stump is ground to about 4″, we will place our grinder in place and repeat the process until the stump is 3-6″ beneath the ground and is no longer visible.
The grinding process can cause damage to the area surrounding the tree stump, and you can expect wood chips scattered all over the area as well. Tidde Tree Service will clear away all the wood chips as well as other tree debris to make sure the area goes back to its pristine condition. We will also repair the damages caused by stump grinding. Also, if you request it, we can re-seed the area to cover up the trace of the tree stump in that area.