With the arrival of autumn, the temperature has started to cool in Australia, and this is the perfect time to head outside and tackle those garden chores that you have been delaying. There are several reasons why it is a good idea to remove the stump of a dead tree from your property, and the number one reason is safety. Once the stump has gone, there is no longer the risk of you or a household member falling over it and getting hurt. Before you call a tree service to get the stump removed, you need to decide which method of removal you want them to use. Here are details of two options you have for stump removal at your property.

Pros and Cons Of Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is a removal method where a grinding machine is attached to the top of the stump. It moves in a circular motion and the teeth on the grinder turn the stump into small woodchip particles during each rotation. Depending on the size of the stump, this method of stump removal can be done in a day and it is the least intrusive of the removal options. This means that the garden surrounding the stump should not be disturbed while the process is done. However, the negative of considering stump grinding is that it does not remove the full stump; it only removes the part that shows above the ground. The roots below the ground will remain and could take up to a decade to decay completely. These roots are a potential termite attractant because termites love rotting wood.

Pros and Cons Of Stump Digging

The next option of removing the stump involves the labour-intensive task of digging it out of the ground. This could take a couple of days depending on how big the tree stump is and how far the roots have spread. The positive of this option is that all of the stump is removed, including what is underneath the ground. The negative of this choice is that removing everything below the ground could lead to short-term lawn and garden damage, depending on how big the stump is and how far the roots spread.

Before making the final decision about which method to use, contact a tree service and arrange for a physical inspection of the stump to be done. They will then give their advice on which method is the better option, depending on where the tree stump is located in your garden.