If a tree falls in a forest, does anyone know if it fell down at all? We can answer this: the stump does. And in a neighborhood or residential area, well outside of a forest— well, everyone knows.
The unsightly appearance of a stump or cluster of stumps in the middle of a yard can cause countless issues, the least of which might be its aesthetic value. Stumps are a breeding ground for pests like beetles, termites, and various other wood-boring species. Left near a house, such stumps susceptible to these insects can invite pests to migrate from stump to house, causing major damage and costly, long-term repairs. Not all stumps are susceptible, of course, just as much as not all post-tree removal stumps have to be fully removed as well following its stalk. St. Joseph Tree Service Pros provides such professional opinion in our thorough analysis of every tree species and its stumps, the surrounding environmental and climate factors, and any tell-tale signs of pests within the region that will either pose a risk or fall benign to the stump in question.
Less threatening but perhaps equally challenging in sheer inconvenience, stumps can act as stoutly stubborn obstacles when it comes time to perform simple tasks like lawn mowing, or the more arduous endeavors on your to-do list like landscaping. They are also, in short, terrible tripping hazards, especially for younger children. A stump left unattended can even promote unwanted new tree growth— something you might not necessarily wish to invite nor irritatingly deal with, especially if you’ve just paid to have a tree removal performed.
While it is true that homeowners can be equipped to remove small stumps with non-commercial tools, it requires special equipment and experiential knowledge to remove large stumps.
A stump grinder is the most common tool used for this task. The stump grinder is a large piece of machinery tree service companies will employ to grind down anything significant remaining of the tree— stump and roots alike. This is done until the stump is slightly below ground level, doing away with any visible or physically blockading stump parts. This will then eliminate most, if not all, of the issues related to the stump, and provide new possibilities and opportunities to plant new trees and assorted topiary in its stead.
If there is indeed a stump small enough that you feel confident in removing it by yourself, it can be done through digging it out. If you have time available to wait, you might also employ the ‘rot out’ technique. This special process involves creating ten-inch holes using a drill all over the top surface of the stump, then filling those holes with a mixture of potassium nitrate and hot water. After three or so months, the stump’s wood fibers will have become a softer, porous, spongier sort of texture, and thereafter much easier to remove with the use of simple axes and
picking tools. You may also easily swap out epsom salt in lieu of the potassium nitrate/hot water concentration. When going down this route, it should be put into consideration the process of coating of the entire stump exterior with epsom salt, covering it with a tarp, and waiting the several months before your pickaxe-wielding stump removal begins. Nevertheless, a large tree stump will not succumb to this tactic, and most of us simply do not have the time to take on such a lengthy process. That is where we may step in! For a stubborn stump removal you either have tried or cannot begin to imagine to take on, please contact us to allow our experts offer you their assistance in quick, efficient stump removal.
If stump removal is required as part of a tree removal job, the two services can be bundled and offered at a great reduced rate, saving you the time, money, and headache.