Following the removal of a tree or large shrub to ground level, a small proportion of the ‘stump’ of the tree remains in the ground. The removal of the stump is often the last stage of the tree removal process.
A stump can remain in the ground without causing any harm and if remaining, will be cut to ground level. However, leaving the stump in the ground may cause problems in the future such as root diseases, the occurrence of fungi such as honey fungus and suckering (where new shoots grow from the stump).
The most efficient way of removing a stump is by the use of a Stump Grinder. Smaller stumps can be removed by hand, though the majority will require the use of specialist equipment. Stump Grinding or Stump Removal can be carried out at any time of year. Stump Grinding removes the upper section of the root ball, taking it to a sufficient below-ground level.
The Stump Grinder has a large cutter wheel with a number of blades and this is placed onto the stump and lowered progressively until the stump is ground out. What is left is a sawdust-like mulch which will naturally break down and add nutrition back into the ground.