An old rotting tree stump can provide us with more issues than we anticipate - not just when mowing. When tree stumps begin to rot and breakdown, they can make a home for pests. This includes termites, ants, wasps, and bees that can cause property damage to your home and even medical issues! Anyone allergic to bee stings knows having a bee colony living in your old tree stump can be a complete nightmare.
If you want to spend the time and sweat it takes to dig the tree stump up on your own, you probably could. If you have a particularly hard-working teenager in your household, this could be a great way to save yourself money. However, lets be honest: digging up a tree stump by hand is hard work. Stumps are always larger than people expect and digging out the roots of a tree is a back-breaking endeavor. It’s probably not worth the effort and time.
Chemical stump removers do exist. However, even the fastest and most efficient stump remover available on the market doesn’t break down wood overnight - instead, these chemical removers slightly speed up a long decomposition process. So while a chemical accelerant can cut your decomposition time in half, it could still be months or years before you stop seeing that eyesore. Plus, spreading around chemicals in the yard your children and pets play in isn’t always an ideal situation.
You could also avoid professional stump removal by burning your tree stump - if you can get the fire lit that is! Stumps are mostly underground, which means fires don’t burn very well. A lot of poeple find that they smother the fire before they get the fire going hot enough to burn out the wood. After you burn the wood (if you can), you’ll be left with messy charcoal to clean up. If you decide to go this route, please remember to utilize safe burning practices! What if you get that fire going a little too well? Don’t start a wildfire because you want to get rid of a stump - we recommend burning during the winter, and never leaving fire on its own.
If these options sound like too much work or pressure, why not call our friendly and professional arborists to get the job done for you? We offer fast and simple stump removal options. We even offer stump grinding. Our stump grinder gets wood flush with the ground, which means that you won’t even know it’s there when we’re finished. This is a great choice if you don’t want to fill in a hole left by a stump, or if you have a stump that is particularly large.
Call us today and let us show you how we can save you time, money, and hassle!