You’ll want to know the easiest and quickest method to remove a stump; but often, the best option comes down to the stump itself.
For example, a small, low density or shallow stump is a lot easier to remove than a large stump with long and deep roots and different methods are best suited for each.
The best method will also depend on the number of stumps to be removed, as well as how much physical labour you’re willing to do.
In this guide, we cover:
- The difference between tree stump removal and tree stump grinding
- The different types of tree stump removal methods
- What you need to consider when making your decision
What is the difference between stump grinding and stump removal?
The terms ‘stump removal’ and ‘stump grinding’ are used interchangeably to refer to the physical excavation of a stump after a tree has been felled. But there’s a slight difference between them.
Stump removal involves the extraction of the root system, as well as the stump; while stump grinding only removes the tree stump.
If you want to plant a new tree where the removed tree once stood or simply want a clean slate to design a new landscape, tree removal is the better option. The reason being, if you grind the stump, the remaining roots from the old tree will take up the space where the new roots need to take hold.
What’s more, the decomposition of the old roots will change the acidity levels of the soil, making it harder for the new tree to grow.
Aside from that, stump grinding tends to be the more popular method because it is less intrusive and labour intensive.
If you’re unsure which method to go for, consult a tree surgeon who will be able to advise you on the right choice for your needs.