What remains after a tree has been properly removed is the unsightly stump. And if you have a stump on your property, then you’re probably ready to get rid of it.
The most popular removal method is stump grinding. A stump grinder is a machine that removes tree stumps by chipping away the wood via a rotating cutting disk that grinds the wood into small chips. Stump grinders range in size from a lawn mower to a truck. So can you tackle this project yourself? Or do you need to hire a professional?
DIY: First and foremost, homeowners should never attempt to remove the stump themselves, with a chain saw or ax. Using these tools without the knowledge of how the stump-wood will “react” is dangerous and unnecessary.
But you can rent a stump grinder and tackle the project yourself. It’s important to remember, though, that stump grinding without proper training or equipment is asking for trouble.
Homeowners contemplating tree work should assess the risk of using unfamiliar machinery such as stump grinders. If you are at all uncertain about what could happen by attempting your own tree work, contact a qualified tree care professional for help.
Hire a Professional: A professional tree care company already has the equipment and knowledge to properly grind a stump.