What is a Stump Grinder….
A stump grinder or stump cutter is a power tool that is used to remove tree stumps after a tree has been cut down. A rotating cutting disk on the grinder chips away all the wood in the stump with a high-speed disk with teeth that will grind a tree stump and roots down into the ground leaving small wood chips.
- It is difficult to replant another tree in the same place. Tree roots can extend out into the yard as far or further than the branches on the live tree. When you leave a tree stump in place, thicker roots are left behind and makes it impossible to plant a new, replacement tree anywhere in the old tree site. The stump must be ground down in order to plant a new tree.
- Old tree roots take a very long time to break down but once a stump has been ground up, the roots will break down quickly. Roots that are attached to a tree stump last longer and can make it difficult to plant shrubs, flowers, and other landscape improvements.
- Suckers may grow up through the stump. Some trees don’t actually die when they’ve been cut down and will grow suckers a year later. Instead of growing back as one tree, the stump will return many trees. Grinding down the stump including the thickest parts of the root system will prevent this from happening.
- There is a potential for a dirt cave-in in the yard from a large tree stump so it should be removed to prevent injury.
The best decision is to have the stump removed.