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What is Tree Stump Removal: Everything You Need to Know

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Stump removal is an important aspect of tree maintenance that should be executed properly. But many homeowners don’t realize how important it is. In fact, there are many reasons why property owners should consider eliminating tree stumps in the yard—and it’s not just about aesthetics. Here is everything homeowners need to know about stump removal.

The Importance of Stump Removal

Stumps are unsightly obstacles. If left unchecked, they can become hazardous for a couple of reasons. One is they could rot and creating a major health concern for the people living around the stump. The rot could also spread around healthier plants in the yard.

Pests could also make a home in these stumps because they are attracted to the decaying wood. Carpenter ants, beetles, and termites can infest these stumps.

Beyond these health concerns, stumps are also tripping hazards. If there are kids running around the yard all the time, they might trip and hurt themselves while playing. The problems double if you have multiple stumps lying around. Eliminating them ensures the safety of family members as well as neighbors.

Of course, the aesthetic factor should not be ignored either. Stumps are simply unattractive, and can actually ruin the look of the property. While having trees in the yard can add to its value, stumps aren’t as precious.

Not to mention that stumps can get in the way of new construction projects that you may have in the future. Homeowners who want to build something new will eventually have to get rid of the stumps in their yard.

Stump Removal: How is it Different from Stump Grinding?

There’s a good chance you have read about stump grinding as one of the options for removing these pesky stumps. While this is a good solution, the usual DIY route is actually more challenging than simply hiring a professional to do it. Tree service experts like Joel’s Pro Tree Services can finish the job quickly and efficiently, whether it’s a stump removal job or a stump grinding project.

So which one is better and how are they different from one another? These two services provide nearly the same result: the stumps in the yard will be gone by the time the arborists are finished. Knowing the difference can help you decide which option is better.

Stump removal involves pulling the stump from the ground. It usually requires heavy use of force, and the machines used have high-power requirements. It can leave the environment in a messy state afterward, but stump removal also removes the root of the stump. This means there is no chance of regrowth or sprout. The process of disposing of the stump and root is usually more expensive. Stump removal is recommended for homeowners planning to build something afterward.

Stump grinding, on the other hand, excavates the stump of the tree without removing the root. A stump grinder is used to mechanically grind out the stump, leaving fine sawdust as residue. The stump will be ground down to your desired height. It can be done to just 1 inch below the soil level, or as low as 12 inches underground.

Most property owners prefer stump grinding because it is easier to execute. Some even choose to rent a stump grinder and do it themselves.

But either way, both stump removal services take a lot of effort. Thankfully, tree service providers like Joel’s Pro Tree Services can get these labor-intensive tasks done efficiently. Joel’s team of certified arborists are equipped with state of the art tools and machinery. They also use nothing but the safest industry techniques.

How Much Does Stump Removal Cost?

If you need to remove the stump completely, including the root, it might cost between $370 and $675 per stump—but these are just the average prices. Prices vary between tree service companies.

As for stump grinding services, the average price range is from $75 to $400 per stump. These prices can also change depending on the number of stumps, the size of the stumps, the age, and quality of the tree, the root system, etc. There are a lot of factors to be considered. Old and rotting stumps are much easier to grind, so it might cost cheaper, for example.

Joel’s Pro Tree Services is known for its upfront pricing, and high-quality customer service. In fact, homeowners can get a free estimate within hours. Contact Joel’s Pro Tree Services at 855-212-1464 today!

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