Stump Removal vs Stump Grinding – Which One Is Better?

Date June 19, 2022


Author TreeNewal Staff

When you are dealing with a leftover tree stump in your yard, what can you do about it? There are two main options: stump removal or stump grinding. Both have their own unique benefits and drawbacks, so how do you know which one is right for you? In this blog post, we will take a closer look at both stump removal and stump grinding to help you decide which option is best for your needs.

What Is Stump Removal?

Stump removal is the process of completely removing the stump from your yard. Depending on the size and type of stump, this can be done by hand or with the help of stump removal equipment. Once the stump is removed, you will be left with a hole in your yard that will need to be filled. Options for filling are typically either with dirt or planting a new tree.

Pro-tip: This is an excellent time to work some fresh soil conditioner or MitoGrow into the opening!

What Is Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding is the process of grinding down the stump until 6”-8” below the ground. This is typically done with a stump grinder or by hand, depending on the size and type of stump.

What Happens If You Leave a Stump in the Ground?

If you leave a stump in the ground, it will eventually decompose. However, this can take years, and in the meantime, the stump will take up valuable space in your yard. Additionally, leaving a stump in the ground can potentially attract pests and diseases to your property if not properly maintained.

Stump Removal vs. Stump Grinding

So, which one is better – Stump removal or stump grinding? Well, the answer depends on your needs.

If you want a clean, level surface, stump removal is the better option.

Why? Stump removal completely removes the stump, while the stump grinding only grinds it down. This means that, with stump removal, you won’t have to worry about any regrowth in the future.

If you want a more eco-friendly choice, stump grinding is the better option.

Why? Stump grinding will leave the stump in the ground, where it will eventually decompose. On the other hand, stump removal will involve removing the stump from your property, which is more invasive and may involve the use of chemicals that can cause small disturbances to the surrounding soil.

If you want to replant in the same spot where the stump was, stump removal is the better option.

Why? Stump removal will leave the soil and future planting free from any potential suffocation from competing with the roots of the former tree.

If you want to save money, stump grinding is the better option.

Why? Stump grinding is less expensive than stump removal since only the trunk is worked on. It also does not require as powerful equipment and is far less labor-intensive, considering the intricate below-ground root system can be left in place this way.

If the stump is diseased or infested with pests, stump grinding is the best option.

Why?  Stump grinding will help eradicate any pests or diseases that are present in the stump. Attracting termites is a very common concern in these situations, but there is no inherent greater risk of attraction with grinding than with any other properly maintained wood in your yard.

TreeNewal Tree Care Services Can Do Both!

Ultimately, the decision comes down to your personal preference and what you want for your yard.  Here at TreeNewal tree care services, we offer both stump removal and stump grinding services. We can help you assess your needs and recommend which one is right for you. If you have any questions about stump removal or stump grinding, feel free to contact TreeNewal at (817) 349-7754. We can’t wait to help!

If you need advice or assistance with handling the stumps in your yard, get in touch with the ISA Certified Arborists at TreeNewal and enjoy tailored tree care advice.


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