On occasion a tree stump can sprout, resulting in many small trees growing from the stump. Since this is now growing, the sprouting trees are now pulling nutrients from other areas of the landscape.
For one stump, the process can take 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size of the stump, the location, and more. Some sites with more than 60 stumps may take more than just one full day.
Shortly after they’re separated from the tree that once stood in your yard, stumps begin a very slow decaying process. And yes, over time a rotting stump becomes a home for damaging pests like termites or carpenter ants. So, while you can opt to leave the stump and let it rot, the critters that come along in the process might spread out to other plants and trees in your yard or even invade your home. Removing the stump, or grinding it down, is the best way to avoid these pest problems.
Critters aren’t the only reason for removing a stump.
You should also consider letting go of your stump, a decaying stump isn’t very pretty. It can throw off the whole look of your yard and even affect your property value.
You also woud have to avoid the spot where the stump sits when mowing your lawn, and the stump or roots could damage your mower if you accidentally roll over them.
Planting new trees nearby is a no go as long as the stump and far-reaching roots are in the way.
Grinding is much more efficient than stump removal, however, it does leave the tree's roots behind. If the stump is large, the chip pile produced can also be quite large, but the chips can be used as mulch for other plants in your landscape.
Stump grinding and stump removal both come with their pros and cons. Choosing which route is best for you mostly depends on the future plans you have for your landscape.
Stump removal can involve two methods:
physical tree stump removal, or stump decomposition.
Removing a tree stump physically while it is intact generally includes a lot of manual labor. Depending on the tree stump’s size and age, stump removal may involve digging and chopping roots and a truck or similar vehicle to pull the tree stump from the ground.
Once you have removed the tree stump, the hole left behind must be filled for aesthetic and safety reasons and the stump disposed in a safe way. Stumps usually have to be cut up into pieces and either hauled, chipped, or burned because most city trash services will not pick them up as part of yard waste.
Digging out a tree stump is very labor-intensive, and so it is generally recommended (and practical) to remove small stumps only. Not only that, but the cost of labor – regardless if you hire out the work or do it yourself – can be higher. If you do it yourself, you’ll be devoting the better part of the day to removing the tree stump.
Unlike the stump removal methods above, stump grinding offers many benefits to getting rid of a stump, such as:
Unlike other stump removal methods, stump grinding removes the stump four inches or more below the soil line and allows the subsoil portion to decompose on its own. Soil and wood chips fill in the portion where the stump occupied above and at the soil line, avoiding the need to add large amounts of soil where a
Unlike other stump removal methods, stump grinding removes the stump four inches or more below the soil line and allows the subsoil portion to decompose on its own. Soil and wood chips fill in the portion where the stump occupied above and at the soil line, avoiding the need to add large amounts of soil where a stump used to
While stump grinding takes care of the visible portion of the tree, the old tree roots are still spread out underground, sometimes up to 12-15 feet beyond where the stump stood. After grinding, these roots will naturally decay, but it’s a lengthy process. It can take 7+ years for the roots to fully break down.
If you’re not sure whether stump removal or grinding is best for you, a professional can help you with making a decision.
Stump grinding results in lots of chips of wood. You’ll make more of them than you think, but they can be used as mulch on-site or added to your waste . You’ll also have a hole, since you’ve just ground out all the stump volume that filled it. You can shovel the wood chips into the hole to decay, or you can import soil and fill the hole so that it’s even with the surrounding ground.
The average price of tree stump grinding in Louisiana ranges from $200 to $400 per stump in most cases. It can exceed $600 if it takes more time to grind the stump due to the topology or utilities in the area, age of the tree, and the root system.
Jayroe's Stump Grinding offers professional stump grinding services in Southeast Louisiana that will not hurt your budget. We offer free consultations for your project before giving an honest estimate that is suitable for the needs of your project and your proposed budget. We want you to receive the best quality service you deserve without breaking the bank.
Stump grinders that are available for rent by homeowners will be smaller and less powerful than those used by professionals and it’s unlikely you’ll find a range of stump grinder models to choose from.
Stump grinders are generally used by professionals, such as trained tree-care specialists. As with most heavy, powerful equipment, the chance for injury is high. DIY homeowners should be sure of their skill before picking up a stump grinder.
In addition to working the machine itself, operators need protective equipment to protect them from noise and from flying debris. Debris can be sharp pieces of wood, but also anything else that might be hiding in the ground: old fence posts, old piping, bricks, glass, nails, or even old "Shade Tree Mechanics" tools and parts.
Professional arborists and tree-removal companies insurance against accidental damage to property from tree removal and stump grinding. A DIY’er should think about the possibility of this and make sure they have insurance that will cover any damage to their own and their neighbor’s property.
A small, lightweight rented grinder means more time and physical effort for you, and your stump may be too large for a rental grinder to handle. And, as anyone who has rented machinery knows, there’s no guarantee that the equipment is in good working order, or even safe to operate.
If you’re thinking of DIY-ing your stump, you might first want to add up the time and cost of renting a stump grinder, including:
If you compare what you’ll need to do against the time and cost of having your stump professionally removed, you may find that the professional option is the better choice. We are experienced, fast and efficient, we have a trained crew and professional equipment.