Stump grinding is a crucial part of the tree removal process that involves removing the stump left behind after felling a tree. Leaving a stump in your yard can cause diseases that can affect nearby trees and make your yard unsightly. It can also pose a trip hazard and send up unsightly suckers that can form an ever-spreading bush.
Stump grinders are powerful machines that reduce the stump to chips and sawdust using a circular saw that rotates at high speed, tearing away at the wood well below ground level. The resulting chips can be removed by operators, used as green mulch on flowerbeds, or placed back into the hole to decay naturally, which is a faster and more complete process than if the stump were left whole. The remaining tree roots will also decay much more quickly once the stump has been destroyed.
While it is possible for homeowners to hire and use a stump grinder themselves, it’s important to consider the cost of renting a suitable machine, providing personal safety gear, transportation, petrol, and equipment to protect the surrounding area from flying chips and debris. Additionally, there is a risk of damage to the machine from hidden hazards like bricks, stones, and discarded metal objects near or under the stump, which can be costly.
It’s always best to hire a professional tree surgeon who carries extensive insurance to protect you from any incidents that may occur. The cost of stump grinding depends on the size of the stump and the difficulty of access to the site. Professional tree surgeons can provide suitable stump grinders and removal machines and offer free, friendly, no-obligation advice and quotation services to assess the situation, set out your options, and provide estimates of the cost.
Stump removal by a professional using the proper equipment does not take long and can be surprisingly affordable. Most stump removal is fast, and even large stumps usually take only a few hours. Professional tree surgeons will also explain the benefits of having your stump removed professionally and the benefits of tree-stump mulch for your garden. If you need a stump removal service in South West London, contact Take A Bough Tree Care today for a free quotation and expert assistance.