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Should You Remove A Tree Stump?

After cutting down the tree that just didn’t work out in your yard, you are now left with the stump to contend with. You have an option to leave it as it is, grind the stump, or completely remove it for the sake of aesthetics and protect you from decay, pest and all diseases that comes with it.

Can’t decide what to do? Continue reading to answer some common questions about why and how to remove a tree stump.

Reasons Why You Should Remove a Tree Stump

Majority of Professionals and trained arborist always recommend to remove a stump whenever available and possible.

“An old tree stump might not cause problems at first, but the longer you let it stick around, the more it can become a nuisance,” Brian Cox from Davey’s Dallas, Texas office said. “Old stumps can get in the way of mowing your lawn or be a trip hazard for you and your family. Plus, they make it hard to plant a new tree when you’re ready.”

Do Tree Stumps Attracts Termites?

Over time, a rotting stump will eventually become homes to harmful pests like termites, carpenter ants and the likes. In the process of leaving a stump to rot, creepy critters that comes with it might spread out to other plants in your yard, and worse invade your home. Grinding or total removal of the stump, is the best way to avoid these pest problems in the long run.

More Reasons to Remove a Stump?

Aside from critters, you should also consider removing your stump due to:

  • The affected over all look of your yard. Imagine a single rotting stump pulling down the beauty of your landscape.
  • The limited mobility in your lawn. Mowing your lawn or having a picnic over your yard could greatly sits off limit in your yard.
  • Planting new trees nearby is a no go as long as the stump and far-reaching roots are in the way.

Stump Grinding or Removal? You Decide!

Stump grinding and removal has its own pros and cons. Choosing the best options will mostly depends on the future plans you have for your landscape.

Stump grinding is much less intensive and efficient. However, it does leave the tree’s root behind. Whereas, stump removal will leave you a clean slate open to any new ideas for your landscape after filling up the large hole left in the process.

Always contact a professional arborist to help assist and recommend you on whether to grind or remove a stump.

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