If you want to get rid of a tree stump, grinding can be an efficient and affordable solution.
The process involves the use of powerful machinery that cuts through and shreds the stump at a very high speed, leaving wood chips and fine sawdust behind. Stumps are typically ground down six to eight inches below the soil level, which erases them from view and allows for planting of grass or flowers in the same location.
Tree stump grinding has several advantages over stump removal, in which the root ball is dug out of the ground with an excavator or backhoe. Here, we explain why grinding is the way to go.
Compared to digging out a stump and its roots, grinding is a much faster process. A trained professional can usually complete the task within just an hour or two. And removal not only takes longer, it’s also quite a bit more labor-intensive.
When you remove the entire root ball of an old tree, you’re left with a giant hole in the yard and, in many cases, damage to the surrounding landscape from the heavy equipment required. After grinding, the area is nearly ready for reuse – all you need to do is add some topsoil and smooth the surface.
Some of the wood chips and sawdust produced by the grinding process fill the space where the stump used to be, and the rest can be used as ground cover or mulch elsewhere on your property. As the method results in zero waste, it’s an eco-friendly solution.
Grinding a stump down is easy on your wallet, much more so than digging it out. According to HomeAdvisor.com, a trusted online information marketplace, removal can be as much as $350, and it comes with average labor costs of $38 per hour. In contrast, the national average price for grinding a stump is just $299, and most projects fall between $163 and $471 in total.
Though you can rent a stump grinder and tackle the project yourself, doing so can be dangerous. The equipment requires training to operate, and contact with any nearby underground utility or plumbing lines can compromise your safety and cause significant damage.
What’s more, renting a grinder can cost you as much as hiring a professional tree care service. And if taking the do-it-yourself approach doesn’t save you money, what’s the point?
Rivendell Tree Experts offer free, no-obligation professional consultations and estimates to homeowners and businesses throughout Salt Lake City and the greater northern Utah area. Contact our Lehi office and schedule an appointment to discuss tree stump grinding today.