Stump removal, like the name, would suggest, is a landscaping maintenance process that consists of physically removing the stump of a dead tree from your property. This is an important aesthetic consideration, as it will clean up your yard and make it easier for you to implement landscaping and gardening design plans, but it is also a safety consideration, since stumps can pose a hazard if you trip in your yard and can become host to tree disease and pests if allowed to rot away in your yard. There are three main methods of stump removal, each of which attempts to accomplish the same process in a different manner, and thus has a different set of advantages. Understanding the differences between the various types of stump removal can help you choose the one that is the best for your needs.
Manual Stump Removal
With manual stump removal, a tree removal specialist will use hand tools to remove the stump. This means chopping it up with a chainsaw or ax and then pulling it out of the ground, severing the roots at the same time. Because of the labor-intensive nature of this process, this is really only ideal for small stumps that have relatively limited root networks, as otherwise the process can become strenuous and take an extended period of time.
Chemical Stump Removal
Chemical stump removal is basically the same as manual stump removal, except holes are drilled into the body of the stump and chemicals are injected to kill the stump if it is still alive and slowly begin to break down the body. Eventually, the stump will become spongy and weak, which makes the process of cutting it up and removing the roots much easier. This makes chemical stump removal the ideal choice for larger stumps that may still be alive due to a more extensive root network, but only if you have the time to wait for the chemicals to do their magic over the course of several days.
Stump grinding makes use of specialized grinding equipment to physically break the stump down into manageable chunks, reducing the stump below the soil level of the rest of your yard and then burying it. This is ideal for larger and more difficult stumps that won't respond to the above two methods, but it is also more expensive and disruptive to your yard since the grinding in question is a large piece of heavy machinery.
Contact a company like Jonny's Tree & Landscaping Co., LLC for more information and assistance.