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6 Steps to Starting a Tree Trimming Service

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 Starting a tree trimming service – Want to start a tree trimming business?  If you’ve been working for a trimming company for a few years and would like a new challenge, consider it. Tree felling is a skill that will always be needed.

When you drive down any street, look to the left and to the right, and what do you see?  You will see trees!   Eventually, 100% of those trees will need pruning, or cut down, because of wear and tear or weather damage.

If you have done tree work for about three or more years for a reputable tree care service and are:

  • An A-1 climber
  • Well versed in knots
  • Tree rescue techniques
  • Working with hazardous trees
  • Understand pressure cutting
  • Chainsaw usage and maintenance and,
  • How to properly dispose of wood and brush

WHY NOT consider going from a tree climber to starting your own business?

Starting Tree Trimming Service – Use Existing Skills

A tree trimming service will entail everything from trimming limbs, taking down trees, removing tree stumps to planting trees. If you ever worked for another tree company or have been a climber, it might be something worth considering. You have taken down trees, pruned and dead-wooded trees for years.

You have worked hard, risked your neck for other tree companies, and you realized the financial potential if you could get your own tree work. Now you are thinking about starting your own small business.

Granted, it is a big step from working on a tree crew and starting your own tree care service, so let’s look at the steps that need to be taken.

Your Business Plan

When you come up with a small business idea, you will want to draw up a business plan as this will be the road map instructions on how to write a business plan.  Before starting a small service, it will be advised to receive small business consulting help from the SBA/Small Business Association.

The SBA can help you will all aspect of starting a new business and their site has video training that is very helpful. Take time to determine how you want to start your tree trimming business and where you want it to go.

Trademarking your Business Name

Another good idea is to do a Federal Trademark Search to be certain the name you arrive at hasn’t been trademarked. Trademarking is a good idea later if you are going to build on the name or sell franchises.  A 50 state Federal Trademark is available.

It’s best to hire an attorney to interface with the US Patent and Trademark Attorney because they won’t guide you through the process if you make a mistake. Cost is around $2,500 to file through an attorney for a “50 states knock out” which keeps others from legally using your name in all 50 states. This is the same protection all the big-name businesses sought prior to expansion. So, start small but think about the big picture.

Registering your Tree Care Service

With your county: Make sure to register your business name with your state. This does not take much time and is pretty inexpensive.

With your state: A business license gives you the legal right to work in your state. Many people will ask if you are a licensed tree care service when they are looking to hire you for work.

With the Government: Go online or call the IRS to get an Employee Identification Number. You will use this number as your business identification number and will use it to open a business account at your local banking institution. You can register by phone and within a week to ten days, you will receive your certification in the mail.

Tree Climbing Equipment

  • Safety Equipment
  • Cutting Equipment
  • Climbing Rope
  • Helmet
  • Logging Saw
  • Clips
  • Bull Rope
  • Eye Guard
  • Climbing Saw
  • Wedges
  • Climbing Boots
  • Ear Protection
  • Pole Saw
  • Oil Can
  • Saddle
  • Orange Cones
  • Wedges
  • Ladder

Insuring your Tree Trimming Business

Purchase insurance: Insurance will be necessary to protect you from liability in case of damage to yourself, workers, and the client’s property. The minimum insurance will cover you for about $1 million in damages. You can also purchase insurance against you or your workers get injured.

While you can get away with working without insurance, you will get more jobs when homeowners know you are insured. Your tree trimming business will gain a good reputation and the word will spread that you are professional.  Also, consider signing up with a Local Arborist Society.

Promote your Business

alt="insuring your tree business"Advertise your small business:  If you have been doing tree trimming work on the side, you probably have some clients already.

  • Invest in professional business cards and printing out flyers to pass out.
  • You can also advertise your tree care services in your neighborhood penny saver for about $25.
  • Once the word gets out word of mouth will begin to spread through the community that you are available for tree work. Make sure that you have professional-looking business cards to hand out to contacts when you meet.
  • Get your tree trimming business listed at Google Local Business Center, for free. There you can write a blurb about your company, create coupons and provide direction to your business.

Finding your Tree Trimming Crew

Hiring employees. Independent contractor: A skilled and highly trained tree crew, will keep your tee trimming business running smoothly, with little or no incidence of accidents.

If you have been doing tree work for a while, you will probably have friends in the business who are looking for extra work. I have found placing an ad in the “general labor” section of Craigslist, very effective in finding people to do tree work.

Screen them and place them in the areas of their strength. Keep the workers that you work well with and are good hard workers. Eventually, as you get enough work you will be able to employ your tree crew full time.

Getting Business Leads

Lead Service:  There are services that provide leads for your tree care company for a small fee. Service Magic is one of the companies that provide this service.  They also provide a profile of your business that prospective clients can view. So if you don’t have a lot of contacts this may be a consideration for a while. Service Magic will bill you at the end of each week.

When you have a small tree care business, it is important to always be networking with other people in the business. You can get tree referrals from lawn care professionals and when you find someone who needs lawn work, you can refer them. Twenty-five percent of this business is referrals.

You can also ask friends and family if they or someone they know needs tree work.  They can be your first positive referrals when you do a good job.

Selling Wood

During the busy months of tree work, you may not think much about piling up wood, but during the winter months, selling wood can be a great way of making extra money at $150 a truckload of wood with stacking and cutting.

It is always good to keep a tally of clients who have fireplaces and may consider buying a half or a whole truckload of wood for you. If you don’t have a wood splitter, consider partnering with someone who does and split the profits.

Tree Removal – How Much Does it Cost?

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Pricing a Tree Removal Job – Tree removal can be very expensive. If you have trees on your property, sooner or later, you will need to call someone to care for your trees.  If you want to know whether a tree company is overcharging, it can help a little if you have an idea of how to price a tree job!

Tree work is extremely dangerous and challenging to both mind and body. It takes a lot of experience and skill to do it well.  Many people do not understand why tree trimming cost is so expensive. It takes several years to gain the skill of a tree expert. If it were really that easy, you would do it yourself.

Taking down a tree or stump removal is not always a cut and dry matter. When deciding if you are getting a fair bid to remove a tree, there are many things you have to consider such as are their electrical wires, fences that need to be moved or hazardous situations These things may make the job more expensive.

This article will help you to determine if the price your tree removal service is charging a fair price. This is not an exact science but will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.

Tree Trimming Prices (How we Calculate)

Small trees:  A small tree would be 25 feet and up and 5 inches in diameter. Cost: $8 – 10 a foot plus a removal fee. A tree of this size should only take a few hours.

Medium Trees:  A large tree would be considered anywhere from 25 to 50 feet tall and two feet in diameter. Expect to pay at least $10 – 12 a foot. Cost: $500 to take down a 50-foot tree, plus a dumping fee. ($40-$50 a truckload.)

Large Trees: A large tree would be considered anything from 50 ft and up. If you have at a 70-foot tree you can expect to pay about $700 plus a dumping fee. If the tree to be removed has several huge sized boughs it will cost more as each addition sized bough is the size or a regular small to medium tree.  So add an extra $150 to $200 to a multi-boughed tree.

Dangerous Trees can Be More Expensive

A dangerous tree is a tree that is dangerous to the tree care provider or your property.   If is different than cutting a tree from the ground or a healthy tree with no threats.  Keep in mind, dealing with a hazardous tree will take more skill and care to remove and will cost you more.  Also, make sure the tree trimming service has insurance which protects you both.  The last thing you want is for someone to get hurt or your property damages with no legal protection.

What would be Considered a Hazardous Tree Job?

Dead trees:  A dead or rotten tree is unstable and unpredictable, it takes skill to make sure the tree is removed in such a way, to prevent it from breaking unexpectedly and possibly falling on your property.

Insects:  It is best to have an exterminator to remove or destroy any insect colonies. This way you won’t have to worry about your tree man getting stung or worse. Remember he, not an exterminator.

Electrical wires:  When scheduling a tree job where a tree is next to telephone wires, the wires must be taken down and put back up by the tree service. If the tree is next to a live wire, the tree company must schedule a disconnect from the electrical company and then make sure that the service it turned on again after the job is finished. Check out OSHA rules for tree care.

Tree on a steep hill:  A tree that is on a steep hill can be extra dangerous and can fall in the wrong direction. There are times when branches have to be manually roped down to avoid damage to property or from rolling down the hill.

Trees covered in ivy:  Trees covered with ivy are slippery, dangerous, and always have insects like biting ants. The tree man has to manually pull the ivy off the tree to assure a true grip.

A tree hung up in another tree:  A tree that is hung up in another tree is unpredictable and takes extra skill to remove to avoid damage to property, himself or worker.

All these things will increase the price of the tree job.

Saving Money on the Job

Saving money:  One way to save money on the job is to agree to keep the wood, cut it up and move it yourself. If you have a fireplace burn it in the winter.   If you do not have a fireplace, place an ad in the paper or Craigslist, offering free wood.

Remember, many smaller tree removal companies will work with you concerning the price. You won’t know if you can get the job done cheaper if you don’t ask. So ask!

Tree Trimming Tips – When you Need to Trim your Trees

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When to Trim or Prune a Tree – Tree trimming is the key to a beautiful property, is the maintenance of its trees. During the year wind storms, ice and snow can take a toll on trees. Yearly you should take a survey of your trees, to determine how many broken, dead or damaged branch need attention. Trimming makes a tree more attractive and keeps them healthy.

Pruning also takes care of possible hazards of a dead branch falling and hurting a person or property. If you are familiar with the safety and techniques of pruning, you make want to take this on yourself. Most people work hard all week and would prefer a professional take care of this work.

Reasons for Tree Trimming

Trees are generally trimmed for appearance, safety or health of the tree.  For example:

  • Insects or disease
  • Lightening heavy branches
  • Branches blocking light
  • Dead, or decaying branches
  • Branches next to utilities or building
  • Branches blocking street signs or walkways

Appearance  – Tree trimming is a proven way to maintain the appearance of a tree.  Pruning does not necessarily make the tree symmetrical, but will main the natural growth pattern or design of the tree.

Safety – Dead or broken branches and tree limbs can be a danger of snapping and falling on your family, friends, and strangers who walk or drive past your property.  If not pruned it can be an accident waiting to happen.

Limbs – that block traffic signs or the right of way, need to be removed or cut back to allow unhindered vision.  Limbs that grow close to utility wires can cause problems such as loss of lights or cable.  The good news is, the utility provider will remove these hazards at no cost to the homeowner.

Health – It is sometimes possible to save an infected tree by strategically pruning away affected branches and limbs. Thinning the crown of a tree improves airflow, which can be very beneficial.  If branches are crossing or rubbing together, they should be trimmed so that they don’t fall unexpectedly.


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Tree Care Guide

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The Tree Care Guide is designed to give property owners an inside look at how to manage and maintain their trees and gardens to get the best benefits of your investment.  You can be a tree care professional, without ever having to climb a tree!

You don’t have to be an arborist however, it is a good idea to know how and why tree removal companies do what they do. Most importantly it helps to have an understanding of why they charge what they do for services; to assure you are not being taken advantage of.

As the wife of a tree care professional, I have been on the front line of the business, working in advertising, scheduling and as a ropeman and ground crew.  As a woman and consumer, I also understand how important it is to get the best deal for your hard-earned dollars.

Highlights on the Tree Care Guide

You are the Boss

A tree care professional can be your best friend or your worst enemy!  I am not trying to frighten you, but just want to encourage you to be proactive in deciding who working on your trees and garden.

No homeowner should be taken advantage of, or intimidated into hiring someone they don’t like.  You are the boss and if you don’t like what they are saying, or how they are treating you, don’t hire them.

I have often seen homeowners who needed work but did not know which way to proceed.  A good tree trimming company is knowledgeable and will take time to explain to you what they are going to do, and why.

They should also make sure you understand everything from when they are going to start, how long the job will take and how they will dispose of wood and brush.  A good company will also leave your property clean and undamaged. (accidents do happen so always check for insurance.)

Can we Talk?  Tree Care Costs

Depending on the tree removal service, you may be able to work with the cost of the job. That’s right, it’s OK to ask for a break.  Just like buying a car, you don’t have to pay full sticker price.  Many companies will be glad to cut a few dollars off the job, to keep your business.  So, don’t be afraid to haggle!  Remember, you get what you pay for, so don’t expect the job to be free.  Mutual respect will get you the best job and the best deal.


We hope is you find many tree care and gardening tips at, and we can help make your pocket fatter and your property more beautiful.  Feel free to ask a question, or leave a comment.

How to Safely Prune a Tree

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It takes skill to prune a tree.  Every year some homeowner is injured or killed because they think taking down a tree is easy or wants to save money.  It is mandatory to be a skilled tree care profession and has the proper tools and safety techniques to do the job.

Chainsaws, saddles clips, special ropes, wedges and other equipment, are tools needed to do a good job.  You also need to have the skill to use each piece of equipment properly.

When a knowledgeable tree care work does his or her job, it looks so easy.  This is because they are trained and have years of experience on the job.  So, like they say on, “TV. Please don’t try this at home!”

Pruning a tree can be complicated and there are things that must be considered, for your safety and the safety of the property around you. Unless you are a trained and tree care worker, you should not attempt to take down a tree yourself.    Believe me, it is quite a task, but a professional will make it appear to be easy.


Caution: Do not try this unless you are an experienced tree care professional!

Equipment Used to Prune a Tree

Other than skill, the most important part of removing a tree is having the proper equipment. Having the right equipment will make the difference between getting the job done correctly and losing the job because your saws keep breaking down.

It is also important to maintain your equipment.  After each job, you need to blow out your chainsaws. This will assure they are ready for the next job and they work properly and last longer.

Checking Your Ropes

Check your ropes often for snags and tears. You ropes are your lifeline and you want to make sure they don’t snap while you are in a tree. A broken rope can cause property damage to a client’s property and even worse, you get hurt or killed. It is also important to know the rules set by OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) and to follow safety precautions at all times.
Here is a list of equipment you will need:

  • Spikes
  • Saddle
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Ear protection
  • Bull rope
  • Chain saws
  • Climbing rope
  • Throwing ball & line

 What Each Tool Does

A throwing line:  Used to place mark the spot where you climbing rope will go. Once the line is in the tree, you can attach your rope to it, and pull it through the tree branch that you will climb to

A climbing rope:  Used to climb a tree. You can free style climb or spike up the tree using the rope as support.
A bull rope: Used to tie around a tree to support a large section of a tree that must be carefully lowered to the ground. This method is used when the tree being removed is close to a home or power line.

A saddle:  Used to support the climber, tie into a tree and attached needed clips and other equipment needed while in a tree.

Spikes:  Straps with sharp metal spikes, which a climber will use to pierce the tree for support as you climb a tree.

Chain saws:  Used to cut the tree. A climbing saw weights less and is used while up the tree. A logging saw is used to get through larger pieces of the tree.

Job Preparation for Pruning a Tree

Before starting the job check all your equipment to ensure it is working properly. Check ropes for frays or tears as well. Never start a job with a dull chain as this will make you less effective and the job will take longer. Make sure the chainsaws are idling and oiling properly.

Stripping a Tree

Locate the place where you want to place your rope and throw your throwing ball through the main bough of the tree.

  • Attach your climbing rope to your line and pull the rope through the tree. You now have a line from the ground to the tree, and you are ready to climb.
  • Wearing your saddle and spikes climb to the location you have marked out.
  • As you climb, remove branches of the tree, which is called stripping the tree.
  • Make sure you leave stubs that you will use as climbing support later.
  • Once the tree is stripped, you are free to chunk down large pieces of the tree as you move down the tree.
  • Cut the stump down as low as possible, or as the client requests.

Men on the Ground

Never do tree work alone.  If you have a problem, there is no one available to help you.  Someone on the ground should keep a watch to make sure the ropes don’t get tangled.  Your ground crew (one or more people)  should keep the area under the tree clear and cut up wood and brush, while the climber is working above.

Stop Tree Worms – How to Band a Tree

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Every year tree worms, inch worms, and other danglers, infest our trees.  Tree banding is an age old method of stopping tree worms from getting into trees.  In recent years, there has been an increase in falling canker worms (or inch worms).  You can hire a tree company to get rid of them, but if you feel like a project, you can do it yourself.

You may have seen them dangling from your trees for a few months each Spring. Their goal is to migrate to the top of your trees or shrubs to lay their eggs. Once that is done, it is too late.

Their hang around from four to five weeks. Fall cankerworms are not a threat to healthy trees. Especially if the leaves are gone. With the new growth of leaves, a healthy tree can still recover.

They are a real nuisance, falling on your cars and frightening your children. They drop on you when you walk under a tree and you carry then into your house. There is something your can do to lessen the effect of these worms and it isn’t difficult at all.

Battling Tree Worms

alt="tree worms and banding"There are many insects and pest that can destroy your garden if you don’t stop them. With Spring arriving, property owners also have to worry about the arrival of canker worms and other insects you can find in the trees around your home.

Leaf-eating insects are not only a nuisance; they can cause great damage or even destroy a grown tree. You may have run into one dangling from a silk thread as you walked under a tree. It is a battle between cancer worms and the trees you love and have planted and nurtured.  Inchworms come in two destructive types of moths that start as small larvae.

The moth lays its eggs on the bark of trees in the fall and hibernates as a pupa during the winter months. They brown or green in appearance eat the leaves of trees. The key to preventing these inchworms from getting to the top of your trees is to band your trees.

What is Tree Banding

Banding a tree is the process of creating a barrier to prevent insects such as tree worms from reaching the top of a tree. While banding is not very attractive, neither is a tree being destroyed by inchworms.  You can hire a landscape company to band your trees or if you want to do it yourself; it can be done with little problem.

The tools you will need to band a tree are, roofing paper, tar or Tanglefoot, Tangle Guard Paper Tree Wrap, a staple gun or tacks. You should be able to find tar and Tanglefoot at a hardware store, Lowe’s, HomeDepot or online.  Banding is not foolproof, even when you have banded your trees. Inchworms can be carried on the wind and a few can still end up in one of your trees.

How to Band a Tree

The bands should be put on during the first warm days of early spring before the females can climb int to trees to lay eggs. the process of banding can be redone yearly as needed.  These are the supplies you will need for the project. These materials are can be purchased at most hardware or garden stores:

  • Staples
  • A Staple gun
  • Tanglefoot™ (glue)
  • Disposable long length gloves
  • Cotton batting strip or fiberglass insulation
  • Electrical tape for small trees or bushes

Place a strip of cotton or fiberglass insulation around the tree. Position it about three feet from the bottom of the tree. Tightly put roofing felt or plastic sheeting over the strip and fasten it to the tree with the staple gun or electrical tape. Put on rubber gloves before applying a smear of Tanglefoot (TM) glue on the band.

If there are breaks in the tree or areas where insects can climb under the guard paper, place a fiber barrier between the paper and the tree before stapling or tacking the Tanglefoot (TM) guard paper to the tree.

In Conclusion

As you can see, preventing canker worms and other destructive such as tent caterpillars, gypsy root weevils, and pecan weevils, from destroying your trees, is pretty simple.  You can buy the products individually, or you can purchase a kit for about $40. Banding is a green way to combat pests in your garden.

  • 2-3 % oil sprays such as bacillus thuringite NSIS, can also be used to apply to the trunk to control and kill eggs.

How to Hire the Right Tree Removal Service

If you own property, sooner or later, you will have to hire a tree removal service, to prune back over-grown or dead branches; or take down a tree. A major storm has left damaged trees on your property. Now, what do you do? If you can’t do the work yourself, you will have to hire a tree company.

Hopefully, this will never happen to you or anyone you know.  However, there are times when situations occur, that are beyond your control. During severe storms or a tornado, the chances of a tree falling coming down, or falling on your home go up exponentially.

This is when you will need to contact a tree removal service to remove broken, damaged limbs or take down a tree. Hiring a tree care company can be a challenge, especially when you don’t know anything about the company. These are the things you need to look for when hiring a tree company.

The First Step to Hire a Tree Removal Service

alt="tree removal service"The first thing you should do is to contact your home insurance company to assess the damage and find out if the problem is covered by your insurance.  Hopefully, will pay for tree removal or home repairs.

The second thing you want to do is hire a good tree care company. It is important to get someone who is trustworthy and an expert in their field. I have heard horror stories about brushes left all over the property, window and roof damage, and clients that got fined when the brush wasn’t cut to proper specifications for the City to remove.

Word of mouth is a great way to find a service that you will be satisfied with. Someone you know has received excellent service from a tree removal company. You just have to find out who! Talk to your friends and neighbors, to find out who they call when they have tree work done.

If you get good feedback from the companies, they refer you to, contact them and speak to them personally. Most companies do not charge for a free estimate. Make sure they are licensed, insured, and registered with your state.

Getting an Estimate

Get two or three estimates from a tree removal service.  This way you will get a feel of what company and what kind of work you can expect.  Remember this is only an interview.  Don’t be shy about asking all the questions you need to make an informed decision.

Of course, it will take a little extra time to get a few estimates for tree work.  This will help you to compare prices and the knowledge of the tree technician.   It is also important to work with someone who communicates well and has a pleasing personality.  You do not want to deal with someone who is intimidating or unpleasant.

Because you have been given a free estimate, does not obligate you to use that service. Once you have made a decision, call the company you have chosen as well as the companies you have not chosen, to inform them, you will not be going with them. This is a courteous thing to do, especially since you were not charged for an estimate.

Getting more than one estimate will take a little time, but they are usually free and this will give you an opportunity to compare tree trimming or tree removal and other prices as well as tree care companies.  If you feel the price is too high, haggle!  You have nothing to lose!

Look for a Licensed and Insured Arborist

When looking to hire a tree service, check to make sure they are licensed and insured, to work in your state. If they are legally registered and if there are serious problems with the company you; have the recourse to contact your county office to lodge a complaint.  Several complaints can result in the county revoking the company’s license. If the tree service has their license revoked, if caught working in the area, they will be fined.

You will want to make sure, the tree company you hire has insurance. Insurance protects you, the homeowner against, damage to your property, yourself, and those working on your property. Don’t feel reluctant to ask that the company provide a current copy of their insurance.

Tree Stump Removal – Do-it-yourself Tips


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

Getting Instructions

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.

Safety Precautions

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!