When the time comes to chop down a tree, you need to be realistic with the scale of what’s involved. Generally speaking, any tree that’s even remotely large or positioned close to people or property should only be tackled by the experts. Even when it seems like a fairly straightforward job, the reality could be quite to the contrary.

But once the tree itself has been cut down and disposed of, you might still find yourself stuck with an unwanted stump. Depending on who you work with and the service package you select, tree stump removal might be included in the services the tree surgeon provides. In others or if you do the work yourself the stump will be left behind after the tree is gone.

Whether or not it’s necessary to remove the stump is up to you. In some instances, larger stumps can be both attractive and even practical additions to an outdoor space. But if you decide you want to get rid of it, there are a couple of options available to you.

Grind It Away
First of all, the more obvious option is to simply grind the stump away to such a point that it is gone from sight. This involves using a high-power stump grinder a tool with rotating blades that cut through the stump and grind it into smaller pieces of woodchip. If looking to take this approach, you’ll need to acquire the best stump grinder you can find, to be used to grind the stump away to at least six inches below the surface of the ground. It’s then simply a case of covering the top with soil, grass or anything else required.

However, using this kind of industrial equipment without the necessary training and experience is not recommended. Along with fully familiarising yourself with the equipment and how to use it, you will also need to make sure you have all the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear while carrying out the process. When taking into account the costs associated with buying or hiring all of the equipment needed and the clear health and safety implications, it is usually better to speak to the professionals and have the experts tackle the job. Along with superior results, it could work out more cost-effective than tackling it yourself.

Chemicals
The second common option for getting rid of tree stumps is to use a specific cocktail of chemicals designed for this precise application. While it’s true to say that chemical treatments can be effective in removing tree stumps, it also takes considerably longer for this method to be effective. Not only this, but it’s worth bearing in mind that the chemicals used will not only make the area treated somewhat hazardous to pets and children for quite some time, but also its immediate surroundings. Should it rain at any time following the application of the chemicals, it is somewhat inevitable that they will find their way into whatever surrounds the tree stump.

There are ways and means by which chemical tree stump removal can be both safe and effective, but only when working with the professionals. Once again, if you do not have specific experience and expertise in the use of chemicals for these kinds of applications, health and safety becomes an immediate and pressing concern. Even if you are intending to go about the job yourself, you might still benefit from speaking to the professionals for advice, before going ahead.

Does It Really Need to Be Removed?
Of course, the easiest and most affordable approach of all is that of deciding to leave the tree stump exactly where it is. Assuming that the stump in question has not developed any signs of disease or deterioration, there may be no real urgency for its removal. You might even find that a conveniently positioned tree stump can serve as a wonderful plaything for children, or even an additional piece of naturally occurring garden furniture. Wanting to rid your outdoor space of a tree stump is perfectly fine, but it’s definitely worth noting that you might not need to remove it, unless it is showing signs of disease.

As with all aspects of tree management and maintenance, the key to success lies in both doing your homework and considering your options carefully, before getting started.

For more information on tree stump removal or any of the services we offer, get in touch with the Target Trees customer care team today.