Stump Grinding Service Clovis CA
Grinding to Remove Old Stumps
When trees are cut down for any reason, the stump is left behind. This can be removed to improve the look of the yard, to prevent the tree from growing again, to provide room for a new plant to grow, or even to help prevent pests that might feed on the decaying stump. One of the top options today for removing a stump from the yard is Stump Grinding instead of pulling the old stump out.
Stumps can be left in the yard, but they take years to decay and disappear. They also attract many different pests as they decompose, including termites and ants. In some cases, it can take 20 years or longer for the stump to decompose naturally. During this process, it can also start to grow mushrooms and other types of fungi, some of which can be poisonous. It’s much better to get rid of the stump as soon as possible after the tree is removed.
It is possible to cut the roots around a stump and pull it out, but it is often difficult to do, especially if the stump is large or there is an extensive root system from an older tree. When a stump is pulled out of the ground, it does leave a huge hole. Instead, grinding the stump can get rid of it while preventing many of these issues.
Specialized equipment is used for stump grinding. Instead of removing the stump, it is ground in place. This effectively turns the entire stump into wood chips. The grinding is usually done to around eight to 10 inches below the soil and the grinding can remove surface roots as well if needed. Once the grinding is done, the woodchips can be left in the hole and covered with topsoil. Over time, the woodchips will decompose underground, providing nutrients for whatever grows above it.
Grinding can be done by homeowners who wish to rent a machine, but it is not recommended. Professionals have equipment that includes extra safety gear to prevent rocks or woodchips from flying while the machine is in use as well as the proper protective gear for the workers. They also have equipment that can help prevent damage to the yard while the machine is being used so it doesn’t cause damage to the lawn around the stump.