The certified tree care professionals at Greater Pitt Tree Service in Pittsburgh, PA want to educate consumers about tree stump removal.
Decisions to remove trees should not be taken lightly. Arborists are trained to know how to save trees that are damaged or diseased. However, sometimes, due to disease or proximity to buildings, tree removal is the only option. Once your tree removal is complete, you will still be left trying to decide what to do with the leftover stump. A stump is an unpleasant remnant of the tree that used to be there that is taking away from the aesthetic value of your property.
What’s The Difference?
Deciding to remove the stump is an important step in rehabilitating the place where the tree once stood. Arborists use two different methods to take care of the stump after tree removal.
- “Stump removal” refers to the process by which a tree service will dig and cut a stump out. Stump removal involves the use of heavy equipment to dig around the base of a tree while saws are used to sever the roots. Stump removal can be labor-intensive and time-consuming. The machinery involved can also damage the site, making it more difficult to rehabilitate.
- Stump grinding is a superior method to stump removal because it can be done quicker, cheaper, and with less invasiveness. If you choose to have your stumps ground down, a tree service will bring a specialized machine with a large blade that reduces your stump to wood chips. The grinder will remove the stump to several inches below the surrounding grade so the tree has no chance of regrowth.
Why You Need To Have Your Stumps Removed
Even though most of the tree has been disposed of, the roots are still feeding the tree. The stump will try to send out new growth that is weak and unsightly. Removing the stump will prevent you from having to repeatedly prune the stump to try and kill it.
If you do manage to kill the stump, it will still take a very long time for the stump to rot away. The whole time the stump is rotting it will be an eyesore and you won’t be able to plant anything in its place to beautify your landscape.
Can You Plant Trees After The Stump is Removed?
Yes! Of course, you can! The biggest benefit of having stumps removed or ground down is that you can immediately plant new trees, shrubs, or turf grass in its place. Removing the stump clears the area so that instead of taking away from the aesthetic value of your property, you can quickly enhance it.
Working With Professional Tree Services
The certified arborists at Greater Pitt Tree Service take their jobs seriously. Nothing is more rewarding to an arborist than watching a tree or landscape begin to heal after a diseased tree is cared for or a dead tree and stump are removed. We’ve been caring for trees and landscapes in the Pittsburgh, PA area for nearly three decades and are happy to apply our knowledge and experience to your trees. Call today (412) 867-9631 for all of your tree care needs.