Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Stump Grinding
What happens on 'Stump Grinding' Day?
Stump grinding can be a noisy and dusty process, but the results are certainly worthwhile. The specialist stump grinder literally 'chews' the stump up, leaving a heap of chipped wood mixed with soil. The time it takes depends very much on the size and type of stump and I can advise this during the site survey. Once we have set a date for removal, there’s no need for you to be at home but I recommend that neighbours are advised of the work planned.
All work is carried out to the highest standards and we will remove enough to suit the planned 'after use'. The stump can be ground down to approximately 300mm below the surface which is plenty for re-turfing or planting annuals, herbaceous plants and small shrubs to transform the spot.
What happens to the roots?
Stump grinding concentrates on removing the main stump bole, but I can also grind down any prominent lateral roots if required. This will produce more spoil and ground disturbance and as a qualified arborist and keen gardener myself, I can discuss the pros and cons of this at the site survey. The old tree roots will remain underground, but without the stump they will rot in time.
Will it re-grow?
Very few tree species will re-grow from residual roots but I can advise this during the site visit and am qualified to chemically treat any suckers if required.
I always aim to cause minimal ground disturbance and leave a site neat and tidy. Unless you plan to re-landscape the area immediately you can simply leave the mix of wood and soil 'spoil' to settle naturally and then use it as a mulch around the garden.