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STUMP GRINDING

Stump Grinding

Stump Grinder at work

When you want a tree-stump stump grinding (removed), a tree stump removal company may suggest grinding it out if access and conditions around the stump allow it. Questions to ask yourself; Should you go for stump grinding? How long might it take? What is the benefit of removing a stump? Should you do yourself or employ a contractor?

We answer all of those questions about stump grinding – and more – in the article below.

 

 

WHAT IS A STUMP GRINDER?

A stump grinder is powerful machine that can look a little like a lawnmower/circular-saw combined. They are designed to easily access the stump and then grind it into small pieces that can be removed or dispersed in the local area.

A typical Stump Grinder

Predator Stump Grinder

HOW DOES STUMP GRINDING WORK?

A stump grinder eats away at the stump of wood that remains after a tree has been removed. Stump grinders all use powerful, rotating blades that cut into the wood as they turn. The teeth of the blade splinter the stump’s wood into small pieces. An operator guides the blade over the stump, reducing it to wood chips and removing it to well below ground level.

 

A stump grinder at work

Stump removal

HOW TO USE THE WOOD FROM THE TREE STUMP GRINDING

Stump grinding generates a lot of wood chips (a lot!). The actual amount will surprise you, but they can be used as on-site mulch or added to your green waste can. Because you just ground out the stump volume that filled it, you will also have a hole after the stump grinding.

You can either shovel the wood chips into the hole and let them decay, or you can import soil and fill the hole to level with the surrounding ground.

Sometimes local businesses or groups (schools, nurseries, parks) may welcome you with open arms for you to drop off the “waste”. And you will be seen as contributing to the community. However, this requires you to collect it on-site in the first place. Leaving it on-site is the preferred option.

 

Stump Grinding Wood Chip

Stump Grinding waste

WHAT TYPES OF STUMP GRINDING MACHINES ARE THERE?

Lightweight grinder models are available for small jobs, as well as large, powerful grinders for large stumps and complex logistics. Among the various types of stump grinders are:

  • Hand-guided, walk-behind, or “handlebar” grinders are compact and portable. Because of their small size, they are the most portable, as they can fit in the back of a truck.
  • Rear-hitch, wheeled stump grinders can be attached to a truck or trailer for transportation and then uncoupled and steered into position at the job site.
  • Riding grinders are manoeuvrable, similar to a bobcat or small tractor, with the operator controlling the grinder from a seat.
  • Skid stump grinders have tank-like continuous track treads and are driven from behind or by an operator riding atop. Where the ground is soft and traditional wheels would churn up soil or turf, continuous treads grip large surface areas.
  • A stump grinder attachment can be attached to a skid steer and operated by the same arms that guide the trenching or bucket attachments.

Stump grinders, like most powerful pieces of equipment, are purpose-built.

 

 

Types of Stump Grinder

Types of Stump Grinder

 

 

 

IS STUMP GRINDING THE SAME THING AS STUMP REMOVAL?

Stump grinders differ from stump removers, as a stump remover is auger-like and bores down into the stump from above, removing all trunk wood and anchoring roots.

Auger v Stump Grinder

2 different types of stump removal machinery

RENTING A STUMP GRINDER

Stump grinders available for public rental are smaller and less powerful than those used by professionals, and you are unlikely to have a variety of stump grinder models to choose from. As a result, it is usually preferable to hire a professional.

DIY = DON’T INJURE YOURSELF

Industrial Stump grinders are normally used by professionals, such as trained tree-care specialists . As with most heavy, powerful equipment, the chance for injury is somewhat high. DIYers should be confident and capable before picking up a stump grinder. Make sure you have been adequately shown how to use the stump grinder you intend to hire.

 

When working the stump grinder itself, operators need protective equipment to protect them (and other personnel nearby) from flying debris and noise. Debris can be more than just sharp pieces of wood, things like: dirt, stones, bricks, glass and much more.

Professional tree surgeons and tree-removal companies also have (or should have) insurance against accidental damage to property from tree removal and stump grinding. Stones may be propelled at great velocity and can easily shatter glass or damage structures, cars etc. A DIY’er should think about the possibility of this and make sure they have insurance that will cover any damage to their own and neighbor’s property.

IS RENTING A STUMP GRINDER REALLY WORTHWHILE?

Probably not. A lightweight, small, hired grinder means more time and physical effort for you, and your stump may simply be too large for a rented stump grinder to cope with. And, as anyone who has hired them knows, there’s no guarantee that the equipment is in good working order, or even safe to use. Steer clear of this option where possible.

Stump Grinding Hire Shops

Typical plant hire store in the UK where you might hire a stump grinder.

WHAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN PLANNING TO RENT A STUMP GRINDER?

Considering a Stump Grinder

Things to consider when hiring stump grinding equipment

If you’re thinking of “Doing It Yourself” tree stump removal, you might first want to add up the actual time and cost of renting a stump grinder, including:

  • Fuel to power it
  • Personal safety gear for you
  • Ability to load, unload and move the grinder
  • Ability to maneuver the grinder
  • Sheet materials to protect the surrounding ground from damage (heavy, awkward and expensive)
  • Material or screens to protect property from flying debris
  • Chance of damage to the hired stump grinder, blade and teeth from hidden debris
  • Debris cleanup and disposal
  • Substantial liability insurance cover
  • Yours and any helpers time to do the work, including lost earnings away from your job.

If you compare what you will need to do with the time and cost of having your stump professionally removed, you may find that the professional option is the better choice. We’re experienced, fast and efficient, we have a trained crew and professional equipment, we’ll make wood chip mulch for you, and we’ll clean up after ourselves!

IS IT POSSIBLE TO REMOVE A TREE WITHOUT LEAVING A SITELY STUMP?

Flush Tree Stump and Grinder

Stump grinder removal of flush tree stump

In a nut shell… No. Tree-removers can’t cut a tree down flush with the ground, so there will ALWAYS be a stump.

 

 

 

IS STUMP GRINDING NECESSARY?

It’s your decision, but you may want to learn more about what to expect if you don’t remove the stump after you remove your tree and what you can do with it if you decide to keep it.

Many cannot anticipate how much a left-over tree stump will stand out after stump grinding, especially if the rest of their garden is tidy and maintained. Grinding out the stump, by comparison, gives you a clean slate for future landscape design.

There are of course a multitude of scenarios. It depend where the stump is. Is it in the middle of your lawn? Is it a trip hazard for children, the elderly, guests etc? Or is it on the periphery and not really in the way? Are the roots affecting structures like the house, conservatory or border fencing?

Because stump grinding chews stump wood down below ground level, the stump grinder ensures that your tree stump will not re-grow with suckering growth around its perimeter. This is often the best argument for stump grinding; leaving a stump in place can mean repeated sucker pruning, a garden chore that offers little satisfaction, as you’re never done.

Spot the Stump

Tree stump with suckering well underway.

 

Suckering sprouts are a natural response by the tree after its trunk has been cut down, however none of this growth is useful and won’t make a healthy new tree. Instead, you’ll have lots of sprouts that turn into branches that will need to be cut down over and over until the tree exhausts its energy reserves. This can take a long time.

NOTE: Coppicing is an ancient practise that involves cutting down woodland or forest tree trunks to ground level and encouraging new sprouts to grow from them. The new, sprouting wood grows until it is harvested for firewood, fencing, thatching, or woodworking, depending on the species of the tree. These cycles of growth and harvesting can last for decades or longer on a healthy coppiced tree. However, you are unlikely to require this in your garden!

Stump grinding is not alway necessary, but consider whether you want to look at it for years or come to terms with its suckering progress. Or turn it in to a garden ornament.

A stump, depending on its size, height, and location, can be an eyesore (especially as it rots away) and a tripping hazard. As it decomposes, it can also attract insect pests, start causing fungal diseases (which can spread to nearby trees), and cause soft, sunken spots in the surrounding lawn or garden.

A stump, on the other hand, can be incorporated into a unique garden design, used as an informal base for potted plants or sculptures, and painted, decorated, or sculpted.

CAN I BUILD WHERE STUMP GRINDING WAS CARRIED OUT?

One important factor is whether you intend to build on top of the tree stump or add a patio or paving. A ground tree stump will rot away over time as it is made of wood, an organic material. This means that it is not a stable construction base material, and any foundations, footings, or rigid materials could very well shift over time.

Roots and patios Stump Grinding solutions

Tree roots can cause severe structural damage to surrounding areas

Even if your stump is ground out, there may be trunk and root material below ground that will decompose and settle, causing potential future damage to your building. In this case, ensure that all remaining stumps and roots are removed, and that the hole is filled with native soil (not bagged potting mix) and compacted to the required level for your building works.

SITUATIONS WHERE STUMP GRINDING CANNOT BE DONE

The stumps of most easily accessible trees that are removed can also be ground out. A stump may need to be removed for safety reasons or because it is impeding access. However, in some cases, stump removal may be difficult or impossible.

  • Trees in difficult-to-reach areas with limited access or where equipment is too substantial to bring in may not be suitable for stump grinding.
  • Stumps that cannot be removed completely by stump grinding can be ground first and then pulled out with a skid steer or excavator; this adds cost but may be the only option.
  • Trees growing in small planting holes and surrounded by concrete or other patio materials may leave a stump that cannot be removed without damaging the surrounding material, or the surrounding material may need to be removed first. This can be expensive or unattainable.
  • If a tree stump is close to other trees or valuable shrubs, those other plants’ root systems may be injured or destroyed.
  • Stumps close to buildings or other structures may be difficult stump grinding out due to the risk of damaging foundations, footings, or utility lines and pipework.
Awkward stump grinding jobs

Awkward stump grinding job

It really is best to check for hidden hazards before beginning to grind a stump, especially if you’re doing it yourself.

STUMP GRINDING ALTERNATIVES TO REMOVE A TREE STUMP

If you have a small stump that isn’t worth stump grinding, you might be able to remove it with hand tools. A stump with a few feet of trunk left on it is useful in this situation because the trunk can be used as a lever to help loosen the trunk. To expose the stump’s roots, first loosen and dig out the soil around it with a shovel or a pick axe. Once the roots have been exposed, you can use gravity and your body weight to rock the stump loose. You can use loppers or a pruning saw to sever large roots and help free the trunk. This is physically demanding work, but it is not impossible.

 

Dragging out a stump

Alternative methods to remove a tree stump

You’ve probably seen bottles of chemical stump remover at your nursery or hardware store. These products are often made of potassium nitrate, and work by speeding up wood decay. They require that you drill holes into your stump, fill them with stump killer, add water, cover your stump, and wait.

Potassium nitrate isn’t poisonous, but it can cause eye and skin irritation, so you’ll want to keep children/pets away from it and the stump.

Another way people remove stumps is to pour kerosene over a stump and light it on fire. Please, don’t be the person who thinks a flaming tree stump is a good use of time and resources.

IF YOU NEED STUMP GRINDING WORK DOING…

Feel free to contact us first. We can assess your situation and provide you with an estimate for the cost of removing the tree stump. You might be surprised at how inexpensive it can be, compared to doing it yourself. Most stump removal is quick, and even large stumps can usually be removed in a matter of hours.

When we remove a tree, we always offer stump removal services, including explaining the benefits of having your stump professionally removed and explaining the benefits of tree-stump mulch for your garden.

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Stump Removals/Stump Grinding in Wrexham and surrounding areas

After a tree has been removed/felled, the last thing to do to ensure it doesn’t grow back is to remove the stump left in the ground. 

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We can remove any number of stumps in one visit. We are happy to do this after we have removed/felled a tree or even as a stand-alone service for trees that have already been brought down by somebody else.

Tree Removals in Wrexham and surrounding areas

Providing the finest tree removal Wrexham has to offer, our Wrexham tree surgeons have safely and efficiently removed many trees of all shapes and sizes over a long period of time, so our expertise is top quality.

We are able to both remove and dispose of a large number of trees from any site or premises in one attempt. Our wood chipper “chips down” the tree(s) into smaller pieces of wood; we do have clients that like to keep these smaller pieces of wood for either landscaping purposes in their gardens or even for the play area of their school premises.

 

Tree Felling in Wrexham and surrounding areas

The felling – or cutting – of a tree is exactly what it says on the tin. As trees are like our babies, it can be an easy or a difficult decision for you to get this done, but our experts will help to make it a smooth and easy process for you.

Tree Felling Liverpool

Tree Felling Wrexham

 

Tree Pruning in Wrexham and surrounding areas

This has two main benefits; number one, pruning can help a tree to look more aesthetically pleasing, and number two is that it can help to maintain and even improve the health of tree, leading to being in an environment that is safer for everybody.

Tree Pruning

Pruning

Crown Reductions in Wrexham and surrounding areas

Reducing the crown will allow more light to pass over the top of it – leading to less shading! – as well as just reducing the overall stress that the tree may have had.

Crown Reductions

Crown Reductions

Crown Thinning in Wrexham and surrounding areas

Multiple benefits of thinning the crown; by removing some of the smaller or tertiary branches, more light can travel through the tree, there will be less wind resistance and also, a reduction in weight.

Crown Thinning

Crown Thinning

If the tree service that you would like is not listed, please don’t panic, we just don’t want you to fall asleep reading this; we carry out all tree work – big and small – and this list has the most common services that we are asked for.

Hedge Trimming/Hedge Cutting/Hedges Removals in Wrexham and surrounding areas

Like trees, hedges come in all different shapes and sizes, but our Wrexham tree surgeons have all of the equipment that is needed to complete hedge reductions or trim them(including hedge cutters on a pole).

hedges

We understand that the privacy of our clients is important so for that reason, we always bear in mind the height/width of the hedges when cutting/trimming them as well as any neighbours that are close by.

Whatever tree surgery you would like us to do for you, please get in touch with Wrexham Tree Surgeon now to discuss your requirements, either by filling in the form on this page or calling us on  01978 600354.

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How We Are A Tree Surgeon you can rely on All Year Round

Here at Wrexham Tree Surgeon, we are readily and happily available to help you whenever you need it, we have you and your trees covered.

We have a team of experts that are fully aware of the impact that the weather can have on trees; you may have a tree that prevents the sun from getting into your garden in the summer months, or on the flip side of things, you may have a tree that has been the victim of some weather damage during stormy times and you need the help of some local help, and Wrexham tree surgeons can take care of this QUICKLY.

A Tree Surgeon near me and Its Neighbours Have On Their Doorsteps

To be the first tree surgeon locals think of when needing tree work completed, we cover all areas in and around Wrexham . Wrexham  Tree Surgeon cover everywhere in the Billinge and Seneley Green,  Blackbrook,  Bold,  Earlestown,  Eccleston,  Haydock,  Moss Bank,  Newton,  Parr,  Rainford,  Rainhill,  Sutton,  Thatto Heath,  Town Centre,  West Park,  Windle and surrounding areas.

Please get in touch with our tree experts now. You can either fill in the contact form on this page, or call us on 01978 600354.

Clients Of  Wrexham Tree Surgeon

Our Wrexham tree surgeons have carried out work for a variety of commercial and domestic clients. This includes councils, landlords, homeowners, office blocks, facilities management companies, schools and nurseries, to name but a few. 

There is a GOOD chance that we have completed some form of tree surgery for a client similar to you – whether you are running a business or a home – and we are always happy to take a look at what you would like doing to your trees and talk you through the safest and most efficient way of doing it. 

Get in touch with one of the best tree surgeons Wrexham has to offer, today, by either filling in the contact form on this page, or by calling us on 01978 600354.

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