There are lots of reasons you may want to remove trees from your garden, whether they’re overgrown, storm damaged or decayed. Felled trees will remain as a stump in the ground unless further work is undergone, so you should choose whether you’d like to leave it in place or ask for a complete removal.
Here’s some food for thought when deciding on whether to opt for a tree stump removal.
Is the tree decaying?
If you have a diseased or decaying tree, leaving the stump in the ground isn’t a good idea. Tree disease (such as honey fungus) can remain in the stump and spread through the underground root system, although it may have also had treatment via a herbicide.
The remaining stump can also be subject to insects and other pests making it a home, so removing the entire tree structure is a must.
Are tree stumps dangerous?
Tree stumps can become a hazard in the garden, especially in overgrown areas where it’s easy to trip over uneven ground. Every year, equipment such as lawnmowers is damaged after the blades hit a tree stump, costing homeowners money. Stumps are also unsightly to look at, affecting the overall look and feel of the space.
Removing tree stumps results in safer spaces for kids to play while unlocking the potential of the remaining ground. Additional space in a garden is always welcome, and you could use the area for seating or plant beds.
What’s the best tree stump removing method?
While many people think a tree stump removal involves extensive digging, in truth, one of the most common methods is to grind it down to just below surface level.
Tree stump grinding equipment has circular blades that chop up the stump into tiny pieces, which can be taken away or used to fill the space at the base of the tree, depending on what you’d like to use the new space for. It’s a fast process that removes the stump within minutes.
When to remove tree stumps
The best time to remove a stump is during the felling if that’s an option from the tree surgeons you’ve hired.
Removing the stump at this time means the roots won’t form suckers, which are new growths that appear in places such as lawns and between paving slabs. They affect the aesthetics of the garden while leeching nutrients from the soil.
However, don’t panic if you’ve left some in situ or moved into a property with old tree stumps still present in the garden. Tree stumps can be removed at any time.
Get more advice & a free tree stump removal quote
Do you need the help of a tree stump removal professional? Call the team at DH Tree Services. We offer a wide range of tree care options across South West London and Surrey, including Esher and Leatherhead. To get started with free advice and a no-obligation tree stump removal quote, contact us now.