Tree Stump Grinding & Removal

Many people live for years with an unsightly tree stump protruding from their land unaware that these difficult to mow around and hazardous eyesores can be quickly and efficiently removed.

John Whitworth Tree Surgery can arrange for the quick removal of  tree stumps either completely or, more cost effectively, by grinding the protruding tree stump using specialist stump grinding equipment down to a level of 400mm below ground level.

Physical stump removal

This is the best solution. Ideally, the stump should be removed entirely, but if this is not possible alternative methods usually give satisfactory results.

For smaller trees, the stumps can be pulled out with a winch.For leverage, it is necessary to leave a good sized stub on the stump (up to 1.2m (4ft) high) rather than cutting it off at ground level.

Grubbing out by hand or mechanical mini-excavator removes the majority of the root system. Removal is easiest if trees are cut down so that a significant length of trunk remains to give leverage to help in removal.

Alternatively, machines known as stump grinders will mechanically grind out the main root plate, leaving fine sawdust. Some roots will inevitably be left in the ground but the majority should eventually rot down.

It is worth specifying how deep you would like the stump ground to. Shallow grinding, 20-25cm (8-10in), is normally sufficient for laying turf, but you should allow for deeper, 30cm (12in), or more if replanting or landscaping. Also, think about what you want to do with the sawdust. It can be left to fill in the hole, used as mulch in other areas of the garden, or taken away. Specify which of these you would prefer before the work is started and be sure to have any diseased wood

When trees are felled or fall, their stumps should be removed to prevent suckering and fungal root rots. Although often large and heavy, stumps can be removed with the right equipment and technique, or removed by weedkiller.