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Stump Grinding

Tree removal is a large job that consists of several specific tasks

  • Tree felling, the cutting of a standing tree
  • Limbing, the removal of branches
  • Bucking, the cutting of the downed tree into lengths
  • Stump Removal, the grinding of the stump left by the felling

After tree removal has been done, the task of how to deal with the stump remains;

What Is Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is a process that requires the services of arborists to excavate the stump of a tree by grinding away the stump. This is done by using a machine called a stump grinder which is employed to mechanically grind out the stump, leaving behind fine sawdust and mulch. The main advantage of tree stump grinding is that the stump is ground down to a desired height, and the grinding can be just 1 inch below the soil level or as low as 12 inches underground.

Stump grinders will mechanically grind out the main root plate, leaving just fine sawdust behind. Although stump grinding equipment can be rented, they can be potentially hazardous to operate and require training and experience to use safely. For this job it’s always recommended to hire a professional.

When hiring a professional to remove your stump it is important to know how deep you would like the stump ground to. Shallow grinding, which is 20-25cm (8-10in), is normally sufficient for laying turf, but you should allow for deeper, 30cm (1ft), or more if replanting or landscaping. Something also to think about is what you want to do with the mulch that’s left behind.

Mulch can be used to fill in the hole left by the grinding process or, used as mulch in other areas of the garden, or taken away to be repurposed elsewhere. It’s a good idea to know which of these you would prefer before the grinding work is started and to be sure to have any diseased wood removed completely.

Since the stump is finely ground, it eventually mixes with the soil. This then levels with the ground and eliminates the need for extra filling. 

Removing stubborn stumps and roots from the ground is an arduous process. Kelowna stump removal is particularly difficult given the compactness of our type of soil and the size of the trees in the Kelowna area.

What Happens if You Don't Grind a Tree Stump?

Having an old tree stump might not cause problems at first, but the longer it is left, the more it can become an issue. Old tree stumps can ruin the landscape of your yard. Not only do they get in the way of mowing your lawn, they can also be a tripping hazard for you and your family.

Tree stumps can be left in the ground after felling, but this can lead to problems. Because tree stumps are no longer alive they can also attract pests and fungal growth. Having tree stumps removed will prevent suckering and fungal root rot. Suckering is where new shoots arise from the trunk and roots. Though dead stumps won’t form suckers, they can play host to root diseases such as honey fungus. Often large and heavy, tree stumps can be removed entirely with the right equipment. The team at Action Tree Service in Kelowna has the region’s largest fleet of tree removal equipment. So our team can easily help take care of that old tree stump. Tree stumps can be physically removed at any time. Having a professional tree surgeon company, such as Action Tree Services, Kelowna, to remove stumps is the most convenient and safest way to have your stump removed without any additional hassle.

At Action Tree Services, we believe that avoiding pests, diseases and weeds by having old tree stumps ground away is an excellent practice for the future plans that you have for your property’s landscape.

Stump Removal or Stump Grinding, Which is Best?

The stump removal process is the more intrusive of the two. It involves excavating the bulky tree stump roots and all . Depending on the size of the tree, this can be very time consuming and is very hard work. Often heavy equipment is needed to remove stumps from large trees – which is why you should use a specialist tree company to do the work. The hole left from the removal then needs to be filled in with soil or mulch. The good thing is that after a tree stump removal, you’re left with a clean slate for any new ideas you have for your property’s landscape. 

This is why stump grinding is seen as a much less intrusive and simpler option. Professionally trained arborists use an operated machine to shred the tree stump down into mulch. After a stump has been ground down some roots will continue to remain in the ground. The roots will not continue to grow and eventually will rot down. Because stump grinding leaves most of the root behind it is a much more efficient method.

Will Stump Grindings Attract Pests?

Shortly after the stumps are separated from the tree that once stood in your backyard, stumps begin a prolonged decaying process. And over time, a rotting stump can become a hub for property damaging pests such as termites or carpenter ants.

Although you can choose to leave the tree stump and let it rot, the insects and pests that ‘move in’ during this rotting process can spread out to other plants and trees in your backyard or home. Therefore, realistically, removing the stump, or grinding it down, is the best way to avoid any issues with potential pest problems.

What Can I Do with Leftover Mulch Stump Grinding?

You can quickly turn your tree stump grinding piles into a beneficial layer of organic mulch. It doesn’t matter how large or how small your stump grinding piles are. Our experienced team is more than capable of helping you with an environmentally friendly solution. Our expert team of arborists can help you with the work.

What Happens to Roots After Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding may take care of the visible remains of the felled tree. The old tree’s roots are still spread out under the ground, sometimes even 4, 8 or 12 feet beyond where the stump stood. Although after grinding, these tree roots will naturally decay, it’s still a lengthy process. It can take 10-plus years for large roots to break down entirely. However with the roots that are left behind still underground, you will not likely be aware of them after your stump has been ground and forget they are there.

Who can grind a tree stump in Kelowna?

Properly removing a stump requires a thorough understanding of the tree root system.  We have ISA certified arborists who are equipped with professional stump grinding equipment and know precisely how to remove a stump without causing significant damage to your property. 

Maintenance of a tree stump will do the following:

  • Will stop future tree growth as seedlings can take hold around the base.
  • Make things safer, particularly when trying to mow or move stuff around the garden
  • Stop the infestation of insects and disease which can spread to other tree neighbors
Trust the professionals

Action Tree Service offers professional stump grinding services in Kelowna the Okanagan Valley. Contact us today for a quote to have your tree stumps removed.