Tree stump removal is the last part of removing a tree. Many people don’t take the time or money to remove them. Stumps are unattractive and can mar the appearance of your property. If you have ever considered having them removed, I caution you it can be a challenge to do it yourself.
Using a stump grinder is not as difficult as you might think. It also is not as easy as it seems when done by a professional. If do-it-yourself projects are not for you, talk to your tree care provider to find out how much extra it will cost to remove your tree stumps. If you have more than one stump to remove, you can probably get a nice price for the whole job.
Tree Stump Removal with a Stump Grinder
A stump grinder not only removes the roots but can grind the tree stump below ground level, making it invisible to the naked eye. Imagine the pride you will have, when you tell your friends, you did the job yourself and saved money!
Another option is to purchase stump removal products that can be used to dissolve the tree stump. It will still take a year or more for them to break down. There are some who do not enjoy doing this type of work, but if you are a man or woman who loves a challenge consider, removing the stump yourself.
Dealing with Tree Stumps
Removing a stump is a nuisance, and many people don’t want to pay the extra money to have them removed. Once the tree is down, the stump is an unsightly reminder you did not want to pay to get rid of it. I have seen homeowners try to camouflage a stump, by making it a plant holder, a chair, and other creative ways. However, you are not fooling anyone. It is still and ugly stump!
If you are hiring a tree care professional, to remove a tree on your property, ask your tree care professional, to cut down the tree as low to the ground as possible. This will make it easier for you when removing the stump with a grinder.
Renting a Stump Grinder
You can rent tree stump grinder from many major hardware chains or heavy equipment rental companies. Sunbelt Rentals is a well- known company and located nationwide.
Before you rent a stump grinder, you will need to do a little research on the types of stump removal equipment available. Stump grinders come in different sizes, weight and have different features. Google, “stump grinders” and choose the one you can handle and one that fits your budget.
Choosing the Right Stump Grinder
Renting a stump grinder will cost you from $125 or more a day. It will be more cost effective, if you have several tree stumps you need to remove. You can also share the project and the cost with a neighbor.
What do you need?
• Measure the height and the diameter of the stump or stumps you plan to remove
• Make sure you rent a stump grinder large enough to handle the job
• Consider a grinder that has a protective skirt, which will protect you from flying wood chips
• Self-propelled stump grinders are quicker and easier to use
• For added convenience, rent a stump grinder that can be towed behind your truck
Talk to the heavy equipment rental professional, for instructions on how to safely use the stump grinder. They will give you complete instructions on how to safely use the equipment. It is important to know how to stop the stump grinder in the case of an emergency.
When using a stump grinder, safety is very important. You will need:
- Ear plugs
- Eye protection
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Steel-toe footwear
Do a visual sweep of the area around the stump and remove any large stones or rocks.
Removing the Tree Stump
Before you turn on the stump grinder, make sure the break is set. Lower the blades of the stump grinder in front of the stump and then turn it on.
Make sure you have a steady grip on the stump grinder and begin to move the stump grinder from side to side in a sweeping motion to grind the stump to the level you want.
It is also a good idea to have someone present with you, in the case of an emergency. Whenever dealing with heavy equipment, you must be as safe as possible. Good Luck!