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4 Options For Having A Tree Stump Removed

If you've moved into a property with a tree stump in the garden, you may be wondering how to deal with it, particularly if it's in the middle of a space you'd like to use. Stumps are not the most attractive garden features, but there are four possible stump removal techniques for you to explore with a tree surgeon. Here's an overview of the options:

Dig It Out

A stump can be dug out of the ground if it's from a young tree whose root system isn't well-established. The surrounding soil is removed until the roots are visible, and this allows the roots to be cut away from the stump with a root saw. Once free from the roots, the stump can be dug out of the ground, and if required, the roots can be pulled out, too.

Grind It Down

A stump grinder can be used to remove larger stumps to below ground level. This machine is placed over the stump and breaks the wood down into chips that can be composted. The grinder severs the roots from the stump, and the hole is then filled with soil. If requested, turf can be placed over the site of the stump.

Burn It

Some stumps can be burned to ground level, but there are a number of considerations with this option, including the species of tree, the location in your garden and what you want to use the space for when the stump is removed. It's not suitable in small gardens within a residential area due to the risk of damage to surrounding properties, but it can be a safe option in secluded or larger gardens.

Use A Chemical Remover

Chemical stump removers are an effective and favourable option for those who don't want to expose their neighbours to the noise of a grinding machine or the smell of a burning stump. Deep holes are drilled into the stump and the chemical stump remover is poured into the holes. Over a period of a few weeks, the chemical remover will cause the wood to soften and begin to decompose, and at this point it can be removed in pieces by hand. If you have pets or children, you'll need to keep them away from the treated stump until it is removed, as the chemicals used are toxic when ingested.

Your tree surgeon will assess the stump you'd like removed and recommend a removal method, but if you have a preferred method, they'll be happy to carry out the work using your chosen method if it's safe.