Stump grinding involves the use of a stump grinder to turn the log into wood chips. This method is recommended for stump extraction because it is more economical, cost-effective and less time-consuming. Milling stumps converts a tree stump into fresh mulch, using a machine known as a stump grinder. Stump grinders vary in size, small shredders often run on gasoline, and large ones run on diesel fuel.
If you're not sure if it's best for you to remove or grind stumps, a professional arborist can help. Stump grinding is the name of the game for Todd Burke, owner of Dave's Tree Services in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, as it is one of the most commonly performed services in his area. Homeowners should consider hiring a professional, so they can spend their time doing other important things while the arborist is doing stump milling. If there are large stumps to remove, or if there is more than one stump to get rid of, it is best to hire a professional.
A stump grinder is a power tool or equipment accessory that removes stumps from trees by using a rotating cutting disc that cuts through wood. Burke says he has seen people use chemicals to remove stumps and others who tried to burn the stumps, but he says he personally has never seen that the best results come from these methods. But it's important to know that “removing the stump” means something quite different from “grinding the stump”. After the barricades are up and the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is turned on, he recommends taking a pick and go around the stump area to see if anything can be pulled before the grinding begins.
Stump shredding professionals have the training, experience, and safety equipment to perform this job safely and efficiently. The equipment can provide tree pruning, stump shredding, tree stump removal, tree wiring, and even tree planting. Most people choose to grind a stump after a tree is removed because it's an eyesore, because it's a tripping or safety hazard, or because they want to plant something else in that area. So, having your stump ground will leave your yard with a hole, but one that is much less massive than if you had taken the stump removal route.
Milling stumps can restore the space, beauty and function of your landscape, while improving your safety and making mowing a piece of cake. If you have removed a diseased or pest-riddled tree, grinding a stump can help ensure that disease or pests do not spread.