Stump Grinding vs. Stump Removal

January 21, 2021

Trees are beautiful features of landscapes and they are essential to our planet’s health. But there will come a time when trees die, they are damaged during a storm, or are inflicted with a disease. In most cases, dead or unhealthy trees are cut down, which can not only help prevent disease from spreading, but can also help maintain a landscape’s aesthetics.

However, when a tree is removed, the stump that is left behind can also cause issues. Stumps can be an eyesore in a landscape, they can become a tripping hazard, and they can make maintaining the grass and lawn surrounding the stump difficult. Two solutions that are available are stump grinding and stump removal. Even though they sound like similar tree services, there are differences and pros and cons of each.

What is the Difference Between Stump Grinding and Stump Removal?

The main difference is that with stump grinding the roots are left behind, while with stump removal, the roots are removed entirely. If there is a stump on your property that needs to be removed, it’s incredibly important that you hire a professional tree care service. Stump removal requires special equipment and machinery that can be very dangerous to use without proper training.

Stump Grinding

This method of stump removal involves a powerful machine that grinds down the stump to ground level. With stump grinding, some of the stump will still be visible, but at this height, the stump will no longer be a tripping hazard and a lawnmower can go right over the stump. Grinding a stump, however, will still leave the roots behind, so there is a chance that sprouts or fungi could grow from the stump. If sprouts begin to grow, and if they are not cut regularly they will eventually grow into another tree.

Pros of Stump Grinding

  • Quick and efficient
  • Less costly than removal
  • Less intrusive

Cons of Stump Grinding

  • The tree roots remain in the soil
  • There is a risk that sprouts or fungi will grow

Stump Removal

Stump removal involves both grinding down the stump as well as digging into the soil to remove the tree roots. This method commonly uses chemicals as well to ensure the roots are dead. While this eliminates the chance that sprouts of fungi will grow from the stump, it can leave a big hole in the ground where the roots were. Tree services will typically fill in this hole when requested.

Pros of Stump Removal

  • Completely removes the stump and its roots
  • There is no risk of sprouts or fungi growth

Cons of Stump Removal

  • Can cost more than grinding
  • Leaves a hole in the ground where the roots were
  • Time intensive
  • Uses chemicals

If there is a stump in your yard and you have decided that it needs to go, stump removal or stump grinding are two great options. At Apex Tree Experts, we can help you determine which option is best for your needs and budget. Whatever you decide, we can help clean up the debris, fill in the hole, or leave the after-care maintenance to you if that’s what you decide. Above all, our team wants to provide you with the very best possible service. Get in touch with our Tacoma, Washington team today.