So, you’ve finally decided to remove that old eyesore of a tree stump you’ve been looking at for a while now. Maybe it was there when you bought the property. Maybe it was left behind after a tree came down in a storm. Maybe you proudly cut down that old dead tree told yourself you would deal with the stump later. Well if that time has come, there a few considerations you should make before tackling the job yourself.
1. Tree Stump Location
Besides being unsightly, a leftover tree stump can also be located inconveniently. It might get in the way when cutting the grass, or be a tripping hazard to kids playing in the yard. If the tree had an extensive root system, then a stump being close to a fence or building might pose even more unseen problems. Therefore, removing a tree stump and the root ball underneath, rather than leaving it in place, will always be a better option. It is prudent in these situations contact a professional tree service to help determine the most appropriate solution.
2. Tree Stump Diseases
A tree stump, if left unattended, might harbor several types of root diseases, with honey fungus being the most notorious one. The tree stump is used by this fungal disease as a food source as well as to attack surrounding woody plants and trees. Some trees susceptible to this fungal disease include cedar, birch, apple, cherries (flowering), leylandii, and eucalyptus among others. If the tree is infected with honey fungus, then eliminating it can be difficult. Once in the ground, this fungal disease is likely to stay even after stump removal. While physically removing the stump will reduce the food and energy source used by the fungus, thus slowing down the spread, a trained arborist can help you determine the safest and most effective fungicides to finish the job once the stump is gone. It is an important risk to consider, especially if you have other nearby plants and trees you wish to keep healthy
3. Tree Stump Size
4. How do I know if I am hiring a reliable stump grinding service?
A stump grinding technician working for a reliable tree service should be asking the following questions before beginning the job:
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