If you've moved onto a property with a big tree stump in the yard, you may wish you could get rid of it. A tree stump can take decades to rot away, and during that time it can attract termites or keep you from enjoying the space in your yard.
Stump grinding is an effective way to deal with an old tree stump. You can hire a stump grinding service to remove the stump even if they didn't cut down the tree. Here's how grinding a stump is done.
A Stump Grinder Chews Up The Wood
There are different types of stump grinders. The larger they are, the quicker they work. Your contractor may need to use a small grinder so it fits through your fence gate if the tree is in the backyard. Grinders all work the same way. They are machines that have a type of saw blade the contractor pushes against the stump to grind it down. They might ride on the machine or push it up against the stump and shave off grindings a bit at a time.
The length of time it takes to grind away a stump depends on how big the stump is, how deep you want the grinding done to get rid of roots, and how hard the wood is. Grinding might take a couple of hours. You'll want to keep kids and pets out of the yard since bits of wood could fly around and hurt them. The contractor wears protective gear to stay safe while grinding.
There Will Be A Lot Of Debris Left
The contractor may take the debris away so you don't have to deal with it. They might also bury the debris in the hole left behind and compact the soil on top so the debris can rot, but this might cause a depression in your yard later. How you deal with the debris depends on what you intend to do with your yard.
You may want to dig all of the debris out of the hole and get rid of it. Then you can fill the hole with soil and compact the area to make it stable and level. This is probably the best approach if you plan to put a patio slab over the area. You can put a new tree in the space instead as long as the hole is prepared properly by digging down deep enough to get rid of roots and adding soil.
Stump grinding is a quick way to eliminate an eyesore from your yard and free the space for you to do something more attractive such as put in new landscaping, a walkway, or a patio.
For more information, contact a local company, like J&L Tree Service Inc.