I cut down my tree, now what?

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We all want to have beautiful yards with healthy trees but in reality trees die and are cut down to prevent catastrophic damages. This article is to help you decide what to do with that pesky stump that gets left behind. The two ways of ridding your yard of that stump that will be discussed in this article are stump removal versus stump grinding.

As far as the process of the stump removal method, it is as simple as it sounds. Stump removal is simply pulling the stump from the ground. This is a preferred method if the root system is a future concern as this method removes both the stump and the root ball. This ensures that there’s no chance of the tree regrowing. Stump removal is usually costly, as it most likely will involve large equipment and will leave a landscaping issue with a giant hole left behind.

That leaves us to discuss stump grinding. This process will remove the stump of the tree but will leave the root system intact. This is done using a machine called a stump grinder which leaves nothing to clean up but fine sawdust. By using a machine, you the landowner are able to determine the exact depth to which the stump is ground down. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the root ball is still intact underground and that regrowth can happen. Also, due to stump height being a determining factor, there is also the potential tripping hazard.

Neither method is better than the other – it all comes down to preference and budget. Stump grinding is usually the preferred choice if looking for an economical method. If you are looking to replant a tree or ensure regrowth doesn’t occur, then stump removal may be a better option for you.

***Sublette County Conservation Districts’s Planting for Conservation Seedling Tree Program will be accepting seedling tree orders beginning Nov. 1. This year’s availability list can be found on our website, sublettecd.com.


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