Tree stumps are a haven for all kinds of wildlife, from fungi to beetles, bats and birds. Sometimes however, due to location or site aesthetics, retaining a tree stump is undesirable. Stumps can be hazards in locations where children are likely to climb on them or people able to trip over them. Furthermore, retainment is impossible when the stump is conflicting with proposed development or where the area is to be replanted with a new tree.
In these situations, we can grind the stump out using one of our powerful stump grinding machines.
Advantages of stump grinding
- Accurate control to minimise damage to the surrounding area
With a stump grinder our tree surgeons have accurate control over where the grinder works to minimise the disruption to the surrounding area. This is especially important when dealing with tree stumps near walls, paths or other obstructions.
- Fast way to get rid of tree stumps
We have a Predator RX50 stump grinder that can grind a 45cm diameter stump in about 15 minutes. The speed of the grinding depends on the type of wood involved as softer woods like Willow can be ground faster than harder woods like Oak.
- Difficult to reach tree stumps
Stumps can be in difficult to reach places. We have a Rayco RG13-11 stump grinder, which is similar in size to a domestic lawnmower, that can be easily moved to reach stumps in difficult to reach places such as in raised flower beds.
- Immediately use ground after stump grinding
We normally grind down stumps to around 15 centimetres below the surface as this is sufficient for turfing over. We can grind down to a depth of 30 centimetres below the surface if required. This is usually sufficient to remove the bulk of the primary root system, which is necessary for replanting.
Usually after stump grinding only small roots are left which are unlikely to regrow. In cases with tree species that are known to easily produce shoots from severed roots, we can poison the stump prior to grinding. This ensures all roots will have died off before we grind the stump away.