WHAT IS STUMP GRINDING?

Surrey Stump Grinding Services
At Grind My Stump, our company loves servicing trees and our customers, and we have created a series of guides on tree-root grinding fundamentals.

Although some opt for a stump grinder only when cutting down a tree, many choose a stump grind from the beginning as a way of using the same stump for planting sod or a tree root. Stump grinding generates mulch that has many uses around the yard. Read over these answers to some of the most common questions we have on the subject.

What depth can a stump grinder go to?

Generally, we grind four to six inches below grade (ground level). If deeper grinding is needed, it can be arranged, but stump grinding may cost more. The depth of a stump to which ground can be limited based on certain constraints.

The stump-grinding blade has a diameter of approximately 10 inches, and can only move up and down within a specific range.

Branch stumps or other objects close to the tree can impact how deep the grinder can go. Since the stump grinder is powerful, it only handles tree plant, wood, and dirt. Be mindful of:

Fencing, concrete, brick, or rock about a stump (such as a tree ring).

Roots under nearby trees may be possible.

Swimming pools, walkways, and patios may reduce the grinder’s access to all the roots.

Garden sprinklers, lawn irrigation, tree lighting wiring, and buried hoses.

We do not usually work to such a depth as to threaten the integrity of properly-installed utilities or buried cables, but unforeseen obstacles can occasionally require us to perform more refined excavation.

A homeowner can possibly be unaware of what is underneath a tree root, until it is time to start digging it out. Knowing the location of underground structures, such as irrigation lines, is mandatory when grinding a stump. We will withhold liability for damage caused to irrigation lines and other objects below ground that we do not know about. It is important to clarify your arborist of any sprinkler systems or other objects in the area before the ground work begins.

What gets left behind after a tree stump is ground?

As the saw cuts through the stump and surface roots, it produces a mulch made of tree material and soil. The mulch produced by tree stump grinding can generate a much greater volume than the tree trunk itself. (An analogy can be made between a block of cheese and that same cheese grated.)

As stump grinding generates mulch without a lot of wood particles, it is more nutritious than other kinds of mulch. The standard practice is to push the mulch back into the ground ( backfilling ).

Typically, there is a sizable quantity of extra mulch left behind after the tree stump has been cut down. Though the mulch is susceptible to settling, it’s typically still worthwhile to apply it to your garden rather than leaving it where the stump used to be.

Stump grinder mulch can be used for compost or applied to flower beds (Some mulches may work differently from mulch made from standard hardwood, and may need to be replaced sooner.)

After some time, when mulch has settled, it may be packed into the ground-out area, making the space ready for planting sod or for planting flowers or another small plant. If requested, we can deliver mulch bagging as an additional service after stump grinding, but our standard practice is to leave all grinder mulch on-site.

Does the tree return after the stump is ground?

Despite stump removal, some species of tree can continue to raise shoots and new tree trunks from the ground that remains after stump removal. The removed sprouts stop growing and will eventually cease coming back, due to the remaining roots fully using up their stored energy. White vinegar is an effective alternative for commercially marketed root killer.

Is it possible to replant after the tree stump is ground?

Our clients are typically interested in removing a tree from their lawn, but it’s best not to plant one in the same area. It’s difficult for a second tree to take root in an area after having the ordinary root system uprooted. Even when a deep cut is performed, an underground network of roots can make it difficult for a new tree to establish itself. Moreover, diseases remaining from the old root system may also be moved to the new tree. When replanting is sought, we can discuss finding a place for the new tree that is far from the removed tree to reduce the impact of the root system on the old tree. In cases where homeowners association or municipal regulations necessitate a tree to be removed at a specific spot, excavation or hand digging will be the only options.

Is every tree stump suitable for stump grinding?

In some instances, due to a fallen tree or a root rot infection, stump removal with the stump grinder becomes difficult, as the grinder’s arm is merely able to reach the center of the stump. If there is a lot of root material above the ground, the grinders may not be able to access it. Based on the type of tree and how it grew, it may pull a great deal of dirt, grass, and other underground substance up after the fall. After the grinding of the extracted stump, what remains has less dirt and more underground matter than tree matter, and isn’t suitable for mulch.

Weather can also determine if stump grinding is possible. If the ground is too wet for the stump grinders to operate efficiently, it may cause damage to the surrounding area. It may be necessary to wait until the area has dried off to even start a standard tree stump grinding.

An arborist will examine the particular circumstance of the job to guarantee that we offer an estimate or schedule this service as needed.

What is the cost of tree stump grinding?

The cost of stump grinding depends on three main factors: the size of the stump, the location of the stump, and just how deeply the grind must be. If you provide us with details and an image using the quick quote form we will send you a quote, in some cases it may be necessary for an arborist to visit. We will happily evaluate any other stumps you would like to be ground.

Generally speaking the cost of stump grinding varies depending on the size and type of tree stump. The average cost for a small stump is between £100 and £200. For a medium-sized stump, the average cost is between £200 and £400. For a large stump, the average cost is between £400 and £600.

How can I measure my tree stump?

The cost for the stump grinding job depends on the size of the stump in the length and width, including any above-ground roots. This measurement must be determined before or after a tree is removed. Be sure to go from the dirt to dirt for the best measurement. From the tree stump edge or root point (where it touches the dirt), measuring the farthest distance from the trunk to the opposite edge. It is important to measure from different directions and to take an average measurement as this best reflects what area of ground should be ground up. Dirt-to-dirt comparisons can be substantially larger than the tree’s trunk radius, and several circumstances where the tree removal costs more than tree stump grinding end up occurring.

Will the stump grinder reach my tree stump?

Our standard stump grinder is a machine is approximately seven feet long and three feet wide. At the front is an oval blade (similar to the tip of a chainsaw) that grinds the wood as it advances along the stump. The stump grinder is designed to ensure easy ingress into standard doors, but some older or narrow doors may not accommodate it. The machine’s weight can also prevent it from reaching certain places without damaging walkways or groundcover. While the grinding blade does have some maneuverability, clearance of at least seven feet on one side of the stump is required to allow the grinder to access that area. In smaller areas with inadequate clearance, we can use our smaller stump grinder, but this can raise the total cost of the procedure.

What if I just leave my tree stump?

It’s unnecessary to grind or otherwise eliminate a stump following a tree removal. We have clients who prefer a tree stump be left standing to use as a plant stand, table base, or tree reminder. Even if the tree is cut down close to the ground, it can endure for decades. Coatings can also be applied to extend the life of a standing tree stump.

Some homeowners prefer the stump to break down on their own. Old stumps can become homes for fungi, insects, and other creatures. As the stump breaks down, it can become rich organic dirt that can be incorporated into compost or utilized for planting. If the stump is not got rid of, regrowth can happen for years after it is cut. Drilling holes into the hole left in the stump and filling with Epsom salt or using commercial stump killer can help hasten stump dieback, but those methods are toxic to surrounding vegetation.