Stump Removal Services
Do you have an unsightly tree stump that needs to be removed? Call Ned Patchett Tree Care & Consulting today!
Do you have a tree stump on your property that’s a terrible eyesore, in that perfect spot to plant a new tree, a pain to mow around, a trip and fall hazard, or even just taking up usable space? When a tree is removed, and the stump is left behind, some homeowners find it to become a nuisance over time. Even if they chose to leave the stump there intentionally, they often wish they’d just removed it as time goes on.
That’s because stumps can become more than just a hassle—they can actually lead to much bigger problems down the road.
When a tree needs to be removed, it is recommended that homeowners consider removing the stump right away. Otherwise, issues like fungus, pest infestation, and trip hazards can occur. Not to mention the space a stump takes up that could be utilized for something else; like a new tree.
If you have a stump that needs to be removed, read on for some options, or give us a call to speak with one of our friendly team members!
Reasons To Have A Tree Stump Removed
Having a tree removed from the property can be a difficult choice for a lot of homeowners. Trees can have special meaning to many people and have a lot of memories attached to them. Once the tree has been removed, the remaining stump can cause just as many issues as the dead tree.
On the other hand, many homeowners are not aware of the essential reasons to remove the stump. The extra cost is typically a deterrent, but there are several reasons why the additional cost is worth it.
Here are the most important reasons to have a stump removed:
- Safety: Depending on the size, tree stumps can cause a trip hazard. This is especially true during the fall and winter when they can be covered up with leaves or snow.
- Aesthetics: Leftover tree stumps can be very unsightly. When they are in the front yard, they can take away curb appeal and make the yard look unkempt.
- Space: Stumps can also take up space that could be used for other things. New trees, sheds, patios, and many other things can be put in its place.
- Insects: No one wants an infestation of bugs anywhere near their home. Stumps will eventually decay, causing them to become an attractive place for bugs to congregate. Also, insect infestations can spread to other trees and the home itself.
- Decay: A decaying tree stump will start to grow fungus in the form of mushrooms. Not only is mushroom growth not attractive in an otherwise well-manicured lawn, but they can be dangerous for kids and pets.
- Roots: Many homeowners are not aware that roots can continue to grow even after the tree has been removed. Tree roots (or stump roots in this case) can cause problems with water and sewer lines, plus they can eventually cause bowing in sidewalks and driveways.
Problems with Tree Stumps
For one, stump rot is quite common when a stump is left in the ground. As the stump begins to decompose, it is a messy process that can easily become an even greater eyesore. It is also typically an invitation for pests to make a home in the rotting wood. Carpenter ants, for instance, are known to take up residence and build nests inside of decaying stumps. Termites and bark beetles like old stumps too!
You’ll also find that fungi, like mushrooms, will begin growing on your tree stump. This is not only unattractive but it’s potentially harmful to your children or pets that may be playing in the yard.
These are all problems that you don’t want to deal with. Fortunately, stump removal is an easy and effective solution.
Using a tree stump grinder, the leftover stump can be ground into mulch. Ideally, this service would be performed at the same time as the tree removal. However, it can also be performed on tree stumps that were left behind from previous removals.
What Is Stump Grinding?
Stump grinding is a stump removal option a lot of homeowners take advantage of after they have had a tree removed. Stump grinding is more efficient and inexpensive than traditional stump removal.
Stump grinding is done by using a large grinding machine that uses rotating blades to chip away at the wood. The stump in essentially turned into a large pile of wood chips. Many homeowners opt to use the wood chips for mulch or for other landscaping needs.
Unlike traditional stump removal, however, the roots are left behind when the tree stump is ground. For the most part, once the tree has been removed and the stump has been ground down, the likelihood of the roots causing a problem becomes very slight.
All in all, stump grinding is an efficient and relatively easy way to remove a tree stump that is causing an eyesore, trip hazard, or taking up space that could be better used for other things.
Choosing a Tree Stump Removal Service
Finding a tree removal company that offers both tree and stump removal is ideal for a comprehensive and effective solution. However, even if you have stumps on your property from previous tree removals, stump removal as a stand-alone service can still be performed. As mentioned, it’s beneficial to get rid of tree stumps not only to eliminate eyesores and free up space, but to prevent inviting pests and disease onto your property as well.
At Ned Patchett Consulting, we can handle all of your tree and stump removal needs to ensure that you are fully satisfied with the end result. We understand that getting the job done right is important so that you can get back to enjoying your yard and stop stressing over anything that detracts from your enjoyment—or use—of the space.
If you’d like to learn more about our tree stump removal services, we invite you to contact us to discuss your specific needs.
Ned Patchett Tree Care & Consulting has been the stump removal specialist in San Carlos, CA since 2006. As dedicated arborists, removing a tree is always the last resort, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Give us a call to hear your options for both tree and stump removal at (650) 728-8308.