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What is the Difference Between Stump Grinding and a Tree Stump Removal Service in Newark?

By Stein Tree
Posted on January 23, 2017

Many homeowners will face unwanted tree stumps at some point, either because of storm damage, insect damage, or other problems that cause trees to die or fall. When this happens, homeowners have the choice to either leave the stump alone, or opt for stump grinding or removal.

Why Tree Stumps Should Be Removed

While you may be tempted to leave stumps alone, doing so can cause long-reaching problems in your home and surrounding property. Tree stumps are difficult to work around when doing basic yard maintenance, such as mowing and weed eating, which often results in overgrown areas and hidden trip hazards in your yard. Unsightly stumps can greatly reduce a home’s curb appeal and can promote unwanted saplings. Worst of all, tree stumps attract harmful insects and fungi which can spread to healthy trees and even your home.

What is Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding uses high powered, specialized equipment to break down the stump into saw dust. A tree stump removal service in Newark will grind into the soil and may use special tools to grindthe root system as well, discouraging new growth. Sawdust can be used to fill the resulting hole, allowing homeowners to more easily repair the yard with top soil and grass seed. 

What is Stump Removal?

Uprooting an unwanted tree stump from a property can be a bit more complicated and time-consuming, and some stumps are unable to be completely removed. Large stumps with wide spreading root systems, for example, will be particularly difficult to remove. A reputable tree stump removal service in Newark may even suggest against the outright removal of larger stumps, recommending grinding instead. Smaller trees, however, may be dug out by hand or uprooted with equipment, depending on the tree service provider.

Which Method is Right for You?

The best method for getting rid of your stump will depend on a few factors, such as:

  • Size of the stump and corresponding roots (Extensive roots could make a stump very difficult to uproot).
  • Hard wood vs. softer woods (Hard woods would take longer to grind).
  • Soil type and density (Hard soil or clay would make full removal difficult).
  • Environmental factors (Rain could help soften the dirt around the stump).
  • Location of the stump (Overgrown areas or hard to reach areas could make navigation with equipment more difficult).
  • Homeowner preference.

Any of these factors that increase the difficulty of the tree removal service could cause the price to be higher for one service or the other. Existence of some of them could make one method less practical.

Stump grinding, for example, works well for most stumps. However, grinding services often leave behind large amounts of sawdust. The sawdust can be removed by the service for additional fees or some of it can be used to help fill the hole.

Removal, on the other hand, could require large equipment to be able to reach the stump in question, and then transport it off the property. While there will be less sawdust, a larger hole will remain for the homeowner to fill.

Call Stein Tree Service for Residential, Commercial or Municipal Tree Removal in Newark

Stein Tree Service has been removing stumps and providing tree care services for over 30 years in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. For more information regarding tree stump removal service in Newark, or to request a free consultation, please contact the professionals at Stein Tree Service today!




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