The quickest and most effective method for removing tree stumps of any size is to use a professional, insured operator with a stump grinder. With the proper equipment and experience, most tree stumps can be taken out within an hour.
On platforms such as YouTube, you may come across various attempts by individuals to undertake DIY tree stump removal through methods such as burning, winching, pulling with trucks, or chemicals. However, removing a tree stump is not a simple task, and there are no shortcuts. In fact, a significant portion of our work involves rectifying failed attempts by homeowners who tried to remove tree stumps themselves.
The cost of tree stump removal can range from £100.00 and above, and several factors can influence the quote. These include the size of the stump, accessibility to the stump, obstacles around it, such as the presence of gas and electricity which may require additional precautions.
Our state-of-the-art stump grinders allow us to grind the stump down to any depth below the ground. We have a variety of stump grinders in different sizes, suitable for all types of tree stumps, and there is no stump we cannot remove, unless the surrounding obstacles prevent the operation of the grinder.
Typically, removing an average tree stump should take no longer than an hour, which includes preparation of the ground, pre-machinery checks such as sharpening the blades, and setting up safety guards to prevent any flying debris.
To prevent regrowth, some over-the-counter chemicals may be effective for certain tree species, primarily garden shrubs. However, the use of root killer or commercially available stump removers are often ineffective for most cases.
The rate at which a tree stump decomposes depends on the species of the tree. In eastern California’s White Mountains, there is a tree stump believed to be approximately 4,805 years old, making it one of the oldest known stumps in the world.
The depth of a tree stump can vary based on the species of tree, but it is usually around 400-600mm from the surface level. Our stump grinders have the capability to remove any size of tree stump at any depth.
When it comes to grinding out a tree stump, larger machines are generally better. They provide more power and make the job easier for the operator, reducing stress on the machine. Stump grinders come in various shapes and sizes, from pedestrian grinders that require manual movement by an operator to larger, self-propelled models that are controlled by an operator using manual controls.
A chainsaw is not a useful tool for removing a tree stump. While it may be used to cut through lateral roots, it quickly becomes dull because it is not designed to cut through small particles such as stones and soil.
Typically, it takes about an hour to remove a tree stump, which involves preparation of the surrounding area, utility safety checks, installation of protective barriers to prevent debris from flying, and finally, clean up.
Once a tree stump is ground up, only the grindings are left behind. These consist of fine wood chips and soil, and they are then filled back into the area where the stump was and levelled. In some instances, the hole is left empty to allow for the planting of a new tree.
It is not a good idea to leave the grindings behind as they might come from an acidic tree, which would make it challenging for new grass roots to establish. It is suggested to spread some topsoil over the area for optimal growing conditions for new grass.
Professional stump grinders range in price from approximately £8,000 to £70,000; however, smaller and less powerful grinders manufactured in China may not be suitable for removing larger stumps and may only be able to handle stumps smaller than a cereal bowl.
Before using a stump grinder, the stump is typically trimmed down using a chainsaw, which speeds up the grinding process, reduces the impact on the grinder and produces less debris during the stump removal.
Removing a tree stump without causing damage to the surrounding area is best achieved through the use of a professional stump grinder and trained operator, this method proves to be the most efficient for stump removal.
For a tree to stop re-growing, it’s important to remove the root plate, which takes in moisture and nutrients from the soil. Some species of trees may continue to grow as long as the root plate is still attached to the stump.