When Is Tree Stump Grinding the Right Choice?


​Here at Rivendell Tree Experts, we get a lot of questions about tree stump grinding from Cottonwood Heights homeowners. But the number one thing people want to know is why the service is worthy of consideration. Can’t stumps be left in place?


In many cases, stumps can be left in place, and sometimes that’s the right answer, especially if yours is out of the way or in a mulch area. The best way to determine what’s best for you is to consult the experienced team at Rivendell Tree Experts.


Here, our certified Utah arborists share several reasons to grind down old stumps.

Appearance

​No one ever says, “Wow, that old, rotting stump is beautiful!” In most people’s eyes, stumps are just the opposite – and leaving one in your lawn is sure to detract from the curb appeal of your Cottonwood Heights home. Hire a professional for tree stump grinding, and you’ll no doubt improve the aesthetic value of your landscape.

Safety

​You might never trip over a tree stump in your yard, but the same might not be true for children playing or for neighbors, visitors and delivery drivers who walk through the lawn. Someone could fall and hurt themselves – and you could be held liable. If you have one that’s located in the grass, stump grinding can help keep your property safe for everyone.

Pest

Some types of old, rotting stumps have the potential to attract beetles, termites, ants and other pests. This may not seem like a big deal, but the bugs could go on to infest other portions of the landscape – and they may even find their way into your Cottonwood Heights home. If this is applicable to your situation, talk to an arborist about whether it makes sense to have stump grinding done, so your property won’t be vulnerable to destructive insects.

Disease

​While Utah arborists are capable of treating many tree diseases, but in severe cases, tree removal is often the only option. But removing a diseased tree doesn’t eliminate the problem – the stumps of certain types of trees can harbor the same disease, which could sometimes put the surrounding landscape is at risk. If that’s true in your case, stump grinding could remove the potential for the disease to spread.

Regrowth

After tree removal, the stump left behind may not decay all that quickly – it could continue to generate sucker growth, sending up new shoots around the base. Left alone, these sprouts could grow to become bushy, unattractive trees that stick out like blemishes in the landscape. After stump grinding, new growth is no longer a concern.


Do you have a tree stump that needs to be removed? If so, it’s important that you approach the situation with care. DIY stump grinding is rarely a good idea, as the process is complicated and someone could easily get hurt. You must also call Blue Stakes before you undertake any type of digging, to ensure you don’t accidentally hit an underground utility line.


The safest and best approach is to find an experienced contractor that you trust. In Cottonwood Heights and the nearby northern Utah area, homeowners rely on Rivendell Tree Experts for practical, cost-effective tree services. We routinely grind down old stumps, and we can shred yours into mulch that you can use elsewhere around your property.


The certified Utah arborists at Rivendell Tree Experts offer free, no-obligation consultations and estimates for homeowners and commercial clients in the greater Salt Lake and Utah County region. To discuss tree stump grinding at your Cottonwood Heights property, use our online contact form or give us a call today.


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