Spring Tree Stump Removal and Stump Grinding Aids Summer Safety
Tree stump removal and stump grinding are common requests in the spring and summer months. Whether because of heavy storms or snow (or even dead trees), many Delaware and Pennsylvania residents have experienced trees falling in their yards. Some have had to be removed immediately due to impacts with structures or blocking roads or walkways. However, others may have remained where they fell or been cut up by residents for firewood. Those trees have likely left unattractive hazards behind, namely, unsightly stumps. Now that spring is upon us, many homeowners are considering spending more time in their yards, and spring tree stump removal may be an essential factor.
Why Do I Need Spring Tree Stump Removal?
As mentioned, tree stumps are unattractive, but beyond that, they can cause other issues. For example, tree stump removal can help you avoid the following.
Tree stumps are ideal places for insects and fungi because stumps act as safe havens for these pests. Some insect species attracted to rotting wood are termites, carpenter ants, beetles, and other wood-boring insects. Having these pests on your property can lead to problems, even more so if these pests branch out and begin infesting other plants or trees, your home, or other nearby structures. In addition, certain fungi that grow on tree stumps can harm your plants, pets, and family by biting, stinging, or carrying and transmitting disease.
Tree stumps, and especially tree root systems, also pose tripping hazards. Stumps can hide behind clumps of overgrown grass or weedy areas. Children running around and playing may miss them and fall, leading to injuries. Individuals performing yard work may also miss the stumps and run into
them with mowers or other equipment. Depending on the stump’s location, tripping incidents could also subject homeowners to liability cases. Stumps may also have roots that continue to grow underneath your home’s sidewalks or foundation. Roots can even lift a sidewalk, which can be dangerous for bikers or people just walking by.
Tree stumps can cause problems for you and your neighbors unless you have a substantial property. Spring is when many homeowners list their homes for sale, and any reduction in curb appeal can impact them financially. In addition, the pests that may be harboring in your tree stump could also infest your neighbors’ trees or homes.
Obstacles for Mowing & Landscaping
Another reason for spring tree stump removal is that stumps can be large, making mowing your lawn or other landscaping tasks more difficult. For example, if your property has a tree stump and you need to mow your yard, you will have to maneuver around the stump when cutting the grass. In addition, if the roots are prominently above the ground, you risk damaging your lawn mower if you run over them with it.
What Happens to the Stump?
A couple of options exist for disposing of tree stumps. Smaller tree stumps can be dug out, leaving relatively small holes in the landscape. Some tree service companies, including Stein, will remove the debris from the site for the homeowners’ convenience.
Larger trees may require heavy equipment for removal, or tree professionals may recommend stump grinding instead. Professional arborists will grind the stump down to the roots using a stump grinder so that no new growth occurs. In this case, the sawdust is often used to refill the hole so you can landscape over it.
Call Stein Tree Service for Timely and Professional Tree Stump Removal and Stump Grinding
Stein Tree Service has provided excellent tree care and spring tree stump removal services for nearly 40 years. Our arborists and tree care specialists will evaluate your unique situation and recommend the best course of action so that other vegetation remains undisturbed. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding tree stump removal and stump grinding, trimming and pruning, pest infestation, and other tree care services.
Stein has a permit to work in spotted lanternfly quarantine areas in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Tree Service Companies have to be trained in proper moving and disposal of materials to avoid spread of the spotted lanternfly and Stein has completed the training courses.