Stump grinding is a popular method for removing tree stumps from your property. It involves using a specialized machine to grind the stump down to a level below the ground. Todd Burke, owner of Dave's Tree Services in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, is one of the most experienced professionals in the area and recommends taking certain precautions before beginning the process. Before grinding a stump, Burke suggests setting up barricades around the area to protect people and property from flying debris.
It's also important to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses and gloves. He also recommends taking a pick and going around the stump area to see if anything can be pulled before grinding begins. Burke says that he has seen people use chemicals or attempt to burn stumps, but he personally has never seen these methods yield the best results. He also cautions against not knowing what is under the ground, as this can lead to potential injury.
When deciding whether to remove or grind stumps, it's important to consider the total number of stumps that need to be removed. Professional arborists and tree removal companies have insurance against accidental property damage from tree removal and stump grinding, so it may be worth consulting with an expert if you're unsure of which method is best for you. Rental stump grinders are available for homeowners, but they are typically smaller and less powerful than those used by professionals. This means that it will take longer to grind large stumps with a rental shredder than with hydraulic equipment.
Additionally, many companies transport old tree stumps for an additional fee or include them in the cost of service, so be sure to ask before hiring a stump removal company.