After we fell a tree, it is strongly advised that you also remove the stump. If it is left behind, it can be a dangerous trip hazard, it can be a pain to maneuver the lawnmower around and it can encourage ant or termite infestations. They are also just not that nice to look at, are they?
So, we have a number of options open to us when it comes to getting rid of that pesky stump. Physical and chemical removals have their advantages and disadvantages but one of our more popular options it to employ a stump grinding machine.
As popular as they are, some people do have some understandable queries about these machines and how we will use them. That’s why we’ve put together this little guide about our grinders.
Grinding One Stump At a Time
Why Use a Stump Grinder?
There are a number of advantages to using a stump grinder. Primarily, we are going to employ them on larger and or older stumps, plus those with elaborate and well-developed root systems.
We will also use them when a tree has been removed in a landscaped yard or close to lawns or parts of yards that you want to protect from damage. The physical method of removal can damage the ground by tearing it up as the tree roots are ripped out.
Grinders are also very mobile, which means we can get them into position and use them without having to drag or drive heavy equipment over your lawn.
Finally, the advantage they have over the chemical removal is that this method may not be suited in yards that are used by pets or children. The grinder leaves no chemical traces behind, so it is safer in this respect.
What is a Stump Grinder?
We have several models of different sizes that we employ in different situations and on different sized stumps. The larger models resemble a large lawnmower, whilst the smallest are hand held models rather like a car buffer (except you don’t want to use these tools on your car paintwork!)
How Does it Work?
They basically have a very sharp blade mounted underneath. The blade vibrates to cut the stump down. During use, the blade is set to one level and the machine is moved back and forth over the stump until that level is completely ground down into easily collected wood chips.
We then reset the machine to a lower level and go again – and again, and again until the stump is ground right down into the and below ground level. It’s that simple – and that effective.
Of course, as we did point out above this is only a very brief guide! If you want a more in depth explanation, or if your question has not been answered here, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a more in depth discussion.
Also remember that we will never proceed with any work unless you completely understand and are in full agreement with our plans.