Whether your home area in Tallahassee, Florida, just experienced a destructive storm, you have a tree root system compromising your home’s foundation, or you have a diseased tree that needs to be cut down, numerous reasons may warrant a total tree removal. After the tree removal service is done, one is left wondering whether to keep the tree stump or have it removed too.

Most people prefer to leave the tree stump in place, as removing it adds to the total cost of tree removal, which can sometimes be expensive. However, there are valid reasons why you should not delay removing the stump.

Here are the top reasons you should consider removing the tree stump.

Reasons to remove a tree stump

Cutting trees can be bitter-sweet for most people. There are numerous pros and cons to tree stump removal. However, most tree experts agree that complete removal is the best route to take when you find yourself in a dilemma.

While there are many benefits to tree stump removal, some of the most critical factors you need to consider include the health of existing plants, the aesthetics of the yard, and the safety of your loved ones.

Some of the most common reasons to consider stump removal include:

Decay

Over time, tree stumps and roots begin to rot. The rotting process creates a breeding ground for fungi and mold, which can be dangerous to the health of the people living close to the tree stump. The rotting root system can also spread to the rooting system of healthy plants in the yard, causing an infection that can kill otherwise healthy trees and plants. The best way to avoid ending up in a zombie garden after cutting down a tree is by having the stump completely removed.

Pests infestation

Rotting tree stumps are also very inviting to pests. Even stumps that are yet to start the decaying process still offer an ideal breeding ground for pests, including beetles, termites, ants, and others. Once they breed, you end up with an insect infestation in your home that may not be very easy to get rid of, not to mention the added cost of extermination. The best way to avoid this is by having the tree stump completely removed after the tree removal service.

Safety

While the stump may seem like an excellent addition to the yard, especially if you plan to use it for decorative purposes, it is also a safety hazard. Peta and kids will be tempted to jump over the stump in play, putting them one short limp away from injury. Stumps are also hazardous to adults as you can trip over them. The best way to prevent injuries is by having them completely flattened or removed.

Boosting curb appeal

While tree stumps can be charming to some people, they can be unsightly to your neighbors or others walking by your house. They can also significantly devalue the home, especially when left to decay and rot in its own time. If you want to maintain the curb appeal on your yard, you need to consider removing a tree stump after a tree has been felled.

Creating more space

Leaving a tree stump in your yard takes up prime real estate space that could have been out to use. You can significantly increase the size of your yard by having a tree stump removed after a tree removal service. With the extra space, you can put up extra outdoor sitting space, a flower garden, or even a play area.

Easier Lawn Maintenance

Mowing the lawn is already tedious on a flat grass bed with no obstacles. Having a tree stump in the middle of your yard can make the process even more difficult and time-consuming. This is because you would have to mow around the tree stump, which can be stressful. Having the stump completely removed will ensure you maintain your usual mowing process.

Tree stump removal methods

Hand stump removal

This is an ideal method used to remove small tree stumps. You can do it as a DIY project or have a professional handle the process. To remove a stump by hand, you need tools like a spade shovel or a sharp pony to dig around the stump root system. Once the roots are exposed, you can pry the stump out. This is a cost-effective method of getting rid of a tree stump.

Tree stump grinding

When a large tree is cut down, you are often left with a large tree stump that cannot be removed by hand. The best option for a large tree stump is tree stump grinding. While this method does not eliminate the root system, it flattens the entire stump body, allowing the underground flare to die with time.

Stump grinding can take as little as 30 minutes or an entire afternoon to complete, depending on how big the stump is. It is important to let professionals handle the process. They first come and assess the stump and check to see if there are any utility lines underground. This will ensure they grind the stump with caution not to damage the lines. They also come with their equipment, which is always in better working condition compared to the grinding machines on rent in the local store.

Machine digging

Stump removal with big machinery like an excavator is also an ideal option. However, this costs much more than the grinding process since the machine used for stump removal is also bigger. With machine digging, most of the root system is also removed, making it an ideal approach to eliminate the root system. This is also the best option if you plan to build a large structure on the spot the tree was standing.

Chemical stump burning

Stump burning takes longer than other processes and is mainly discouraged by tree care experts. To burn the stump with chemicals, you must drill holes in it and fill them with flammable chemicals and hot water. The stump will ignite over days and slowly burn. Once the burning process has been completed, you can easily remove the weakened stump. This process is primarily ideal for small size stumps as it can be challenging to accomplish with larger ones.