Frequently Asked Stump Grinding Questions
Will the stump grow back?
No! Whether you have the stump removed completely or we do stump grinding, the stump will not grow back. With stump removal, the root system is severed and therefore will die. With stump grinding, the stump is ground to several inches below the surface and covered so that it will not grow back. Some species of tree can put off runner roots even when the stump is ground down, however these roots are small and can easily be pulled up or mowed down.
Will stump grinding and removal damage my lawn?
Stump grinding will minimally disturb the surrounding lawn or landscaping. The equipment used to grind will not cause damage to the areas around the stump. However, if you are having a stump removed, there will be some disturbance to the surrounding areas. The process of completely removing a stump is labor intensive and can require some larger equipment in order to haul the stump and root ball out. However, we do fill in any areas that are disturbed in the process.
How does stump grinding work?
Stump grinding chips away the stump until it is below the surface of the yard by several inches. A specialized piece of machinery turns the wood into mulch, then the remaining hole is covered in mulch and soil. You’re left with mulch you can use anywhere in your yard, and you can seed over the old stump.
I want to plant a new tree where the old one was. What do I need to do?
In order to plant a new tree where the old tree was, you need to remove the tree stump completely. By removing the old tree stump and root ball, you make room for a new tree to be planted. If the tree stump is simply ground down, most of the root system and stump remain underground, meaning a new tree cannot be planted. If you opt for tree stump grinding instead of removal, any new trees will have to be planted nearby, but not directly where the old tree was.
Will there be a hole in my yard?
Tree stump removal and grinding both leave holes, however we clean up after ourselves! Our professionals will fill in any holes that are left from the grinding and removal process, leaving you with a beautiful, flush yard.
Is any maintenance required after the stump removal or grinding?
Depending on the weather and how large the hole was from the stump removal, you may need to add topsoil to the area. As rain and time compact the soil, a slight dip may develop where the tree was. However, adding a layer of topsoil to it will make it flush again and eventually the soil will be compacted enough that it will no longer require maintenance. If the roots of the tree were not removed or killed, small runner roots may appear nearby. These roots are easily pulled up, or can be mowed over in order to remove them.
Why should I have my tree stump removed?
There are several reasons to have tree stumps removed or ground down.
- Obstacle to lawn mowing
- Cause damage to lawn equipment
- Hazard that can cause trips and injuries
- Pests can nest in stumps
- Continues to send up new growth
- Root system continues to grow causing problems for foundations, sidewalks, underground piping, etc.
- Want to plant a new tree
Should I have my tree stump ground or removed?
That decision depends on a number of factors. Tree stump grinding is an effective way to get rid of the unsightly stump itself, however it leaves the root system intact. If the root system is affecting nearby structures such as a foundation or drainage lines, then grinding will not kill the roots. If you are planning on planting a new tree or building a fence or other structure that will need space underground, then the stump will have to be removed in order to get rid of the root ball beneath the surface. Tree stump removal will leave a large hole in your yard and will take longer to do, however the root system will be killed. The larger the tree, the larger the root ball, and therefore not all tree stumps can be removed.
Why do I need a professional to take care of my tree stump?
Stump removal can be dangerous business if not taken care of properly. The tree root system is much larger than the stump itself and can be extremely heavy. Trying to pull out a tree root with a chain and truck can be not only dangerous, but deadly! If you want to try to rot a stump out yourself with chemicals, it can take months, or even years. Our professionals have the proper equipment and training to be able to safely and effectively remove the tree stump or grind it down, all while causing minimal disturbance to the surrounding area. For us, it’s all in a day’s work.
What cities do you serve?
We are located in Milwaukee and serve customers in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Waukesha, Brookfield, Elm Grove, New Berlin, Greenfield, West Allis, Greendale, Fox Point, Shorewood, Mequon, Thiensville, Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Brown Deer, River Hills, Glendale, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, West Allis, Butler, Franklin, Muskego, Lannon, Sussex, Greendale, Hales Corners, St. Francis, Cudahy, Oak Creek, and surrounding areas. We also have friends at Wilmington Tree Service.