You probably have no idea what a stump grinder is and what it does. Well, here’s the short answer: It’s an expensive piece of heavy equipment that you use to get rid of yard waste. Sounds gross but it’s true. A stump grinder is actually a type of waste disposal unit that grinds up stumps to remove their contents. And while this sounds like a great idea, many people wonder why they need this tool.
There are two main reasons why you should consider stump grinding your next landscape project: The first is the beautification factor. With each new tree you plant, you want to show it off. A nice thick layer of topsoil on the ground beneath your tree makes it look better. But, there’s also a second reason that this process works well. Let’s talk about this second reason.
Landscaping with a stump machine removes lots of the work that would have to be done before planting your new tree. A large hole would have to be dug (usually wider than the root system of the plant) and then a foundation established. Then a layer of topsoil would need to be placed, followed by a layer of topsoil and finally a layer of compost. Then you can’t plant anything else because you have to wait for the stump to fall out before plowing.
By removing all of that work, you can usually get an area that has twice the amount of hardwoods planted for much less money. And, you can avoid a lot of “time-consuming” labor by ensuring that you remove the tree roots as soon as possible. After all, if you don’t kill the roots left behind, they can eventually sprout again and you’ll end up having to do the whole process over again.
Another safety hazard to be aware of is flying needles. The biggest reason for this is the fact that they come from the tree roots. And, they’re especially dangerous to small children. If you have a large tree in your yard, consider removing the stump yourself and allowing a professional to take care of it.
The most common way to remove tree stumps is to do it yourself. In order to do that, you should have a large container to use as a stump “safe” to dig in. Get a handful or more of your nearest local lumberjacks to help you remove the tree stumps. Dig up the roots by hand. Use your pick to move them around and eventually break them apart. This method often takes a little time but it can ensure that there is no danger of injury or damage to property nearby.
When it comes to stumping, the process involves using your stump grinding machine to grind the old one down. After it has been completely ground down, you will then spread new soil in its place. You don’t want to make any permanent holes in the ground, so work with small circles. Once you’re satisfied with the quality and consistency of the soil, you can cover the hole with new bark or dirt and then prepare the surface of the area where the new tree will be planted.
When it comes to tree stump removal and stumping, the steps listed above are certainly effective. However, they can also be time-consuming and expensive. Instead of spending your money on hiring professionals, consider doing it yourself using your stump grinder and a spade. It’s not only less expensive but it can actually be less harmful to the environment as well.