Sometimes people think cutting down of trees as a major task. In fact cutting down of trees is not a major task. It is simply a straight forward work. But tree stump removal is not a silly task. This is the reason why tree stump removal charges are not often included in a tree removal project by local tree removal companies. This is also the reason why we often see some tree stumps in yards. Even though tree stump removal is not easy, it is not a very difficult task also. If right techniques are used by the right agencies then it becomes an easy matter.
Reasons that necessitate stump removal
After taking all the trouble to remove a tree from the yard, it does not look wise, if the tree stump still remains there. There are some specific reasons that makes removal of tree stump an important matter. They are discussed below one by one.
Eye sores: No one like seeing old stumps in the yards dotting the landscape. They look horrible when weeds and plants start growing over them overtime.
They take up space: People would like to have wide yards with maximum space. The stumps if left un-removed can reduce the available space considerably.
They are hazardous: Some stumps are visible where as there are others do not come into sight easily. Such covered and hidden stumps can become tripping hazards. It will be very dangerous if you stub your toe on a hidden stump.
Some stumps are easier to remove where as there are some others which takes a lot of time and strain for getting it removed. Knowing the different techniques used in stump removal will help you in finding the suitable method needed for a particular stump removal. Proper planning and deciding the technique to use will help one to complete the task very easily. Stumps of pine trees can be removed very easily, but removal of stumps of deciduous trees becomes very difficult. This is because the roots of pine trees are shallow where as the roots of deciduous trees are deep and long.
Age of the tree and size of the tree are the important factors that increase the difficulty of removing the stump of a tree. In another way one can say that it is easier to remove older stumps and difficult to remove if the stumps are large. Another important factor that needs to be considered is the total number of stumps that has to be removed. The question is whether you are going to remove about hundred stumps or are you planning to remove only a few stumps? The discussion that follows will be enough for you to decide which method will be the suitable one for your purpose.
If you are following manual method for stump removal it will not be possible to remove more stumps using this method For such purposes stump grinders will be the most suitable one. They weigh roughly about 1000 pounds and will be available for rent for single day by paying between $100 and $200. So it is sensible to rent a stump grinder and do the work yourself when there are more stumps to be removed within a short period of time. If only two or three stumps have to be removed there is nothing wrong in going for manual stump removing.
With the help of a chainsaw try to cut the trunk of the tree to the lowest possible extent. With the help of a hydraulic lever, try to raise the grinder wheel a few inches above stump. Turn of the saw and lower it up to three inches right into the stump. With the liver move chainsaw side to side. After grinding about four inches move it forward. Continue the action until the stump is cut four inches below the ground.
As the stump grinder is potentially dangerous the person who handles the stump grinder should invariantly wear protective gear always. As there are chances of debris or wood chips flying into your eyes take care to wear protective glasses or goggles whenever you use the grinder. If you are new to stump grinder ask someone in the rental to show you how to use it properly before trying to cut the stumps using the machine.
If only one or two stumps are to be removed, then it is better not to rent a stump grinder for $200. You can find a tree service in your locality who charges around 200 dollars only for one or two stumps.