Cities and suburbs across the nation are seeing tree loss at an alarming rate. The USDA Forest Service estimates that we lose an estimated 175,000 acres of tree coverage each year.
The reality is that this loss of tree coverage is often preventable with proper maintenance and care. However, some trees are beyond salvaging and pose a risk to both humans and the surrounding infrastructure. When a tree becomes a hazard, it needs to be removed.
After tackling tree removal, many homeowners are left with an unsightly and problematic stump in their yard. Stump removal is a necessary step and one that shouldn't be tackled without the right tools and know-how.
What is stump removal and why is it important? Read on to find out.
What Is Stump Removal?After a tree falls or is cut down, you're left with a stump and the entire root system. Even if the stump is only a few inches tall, it can be disruptive to your yard, and ultimately, it's best to remove it.
There are a few different methods to approach stump removal, some of which are more invasive than others. Stump removal (sometimes referred to as stump grinding) removes that final chunk of the fallen or cut tree from your yard, creating space for your grass or other plant life to grow.
How Does Stump Removal Work?Some homeowners wonder if they can handle stump removal on their own. Is this a job fit for the master of DIY?
Unless you have specific equipment, you're going to find that stump removal isn't as easy as it may seem. In fact, the most common DIY method for stump removal isn't one that we recommend. Let's take a look at both the DIY method and the safer, easier method we use at Riverview Tree Services.
The DIY MethodIn order to remove a stump on your own, you will need:
The second set of holes will go into the side of the stump at about a 45-degree angle. You want to make one angled hole for every vertical hole so that the sets of holes are connected.
Once this is complete, you will pour stump remover chemicals into the top holes and let them make their way down into the tree. Over time, these chemicals will kill the root system. From there, you can use your ax to remove the dead stump.
Why don't we recommend this method? While stump remover chemicals aren't inherently harmful to your lawn, they are poisonous. They must be handled with care and kept away from animals and children.
Our MethodAt Riverview Tree Services, we skip the chemicals altogether. The reality is that your tree's root systems will decompose over time, and that decomposition will actually enrich your soil in a natural and healthy way.
How do we make this happen? We bring in a stump grinder that grinds your stump down until it's between four and twelve inches below ground. We then reduce that wood to wood chips which can be used to refill that hole or as an attractive mulch for your yard.
From there, we let mother nature take over!
Why Is Stump Removal Important?You may be wondering why stump removal is important. Isn't it just an eyesore? The reality is that stumps can cause problems when left in the ground and we'll take a look at what those problems are.
Stumps Are Hazardous to People and EquipmentStumps that are low to the ground aren't any safer than stumps that are a few feet tall. In fact, these hidden stumps can present some major problems of their own.
For kids playing in the yard, stumps create a tripping hazard if they are too low. Taller stumps may encourage climbing, which is best reserved for safe play equipment.
Stumps can also break the blades of lawn equipment like mowers and edgers, creating some pretty costly problems.
Stumps Can Spread Decay and Other Unwanted CrittersStumps are prone to attracting decay, mold, and fungi. Not only can these things be dangerous for your pets and children but they can spread to otherwise healthy trees and flora, wreaking havoc on your yard.
In addition, stumps are a welcome home for critters like beetles, carpenter ants, termites, and other wood-boring insects. While you may not mind what they do to an old stump, you won't be happy if they make their way over to your deck!
Unsevered Roots Can Cause Structural ProblemsWhen stumps are left untampered with and the roots are unsevered, the roots can continue to grow. Depending on where the stump is located, these roots can cause damage to sidewalks and driveways. If the stump is close to your home, these roots can even cause foundational problems.
Get Stump Removal in Temple Terrace, Florida TodayIf you're a homeowner or landlord dealing with a stump on your property, don't let it sit any longer. Look for stump removal services near you and protect your yard, your family, your home, and your equipment.
If you live in the Temple Terrace area, Riverview Tree Services is here to help. We offer full-scale tree and shrub maintenance, from planting to pruning to removal. Contact us today to get a free estimate before you decide if we're right for you.
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