Removing a stump from your property can be very difficult and expensive when you do not have the necessary experience or knowledge about stump removal. There are a few reasons why a homeowner might want to remove a stump, but there are even more problems that can arise if you decide to do it all yourself. Speaking with a licensed, experienced tree cutting service provider will inform you of everything you need to know before you get started.
Some homeowners want the stump removed because it negatively affects the aesthetics of their lawn. Grass and other plants are unable to grow on top of a stump, thus leaving your yard with an unattractive spot. They can also making mowing and caring for your yard more difficult. Others may want to replant a tree in the same spot. When you are forced to cut down your tree due to damages caused by bacteria or weather, the initial spot where the tree grew is the perfect place for another one. Stump removal of the previous tree is a must because the new root system will have to compete with the existing root system, and more than likely, the new system will lose the battle.
No matter the reason why you wish to have a stump removed, there are several factors that you need to consider before you decide that you can handle the project on your own. You can opt for a partial or complete stump removal. A partial removal is when just the first 6 inches or so are removed, and the entire root system is left intact. This will fix any aesthetic issues you are having with your yard, but may not be right for you if you need the stump removed for another reason. You should also be aware that if your tree was diseased, which is why many trees fall or are brought down, then the root system still has the problem and can spread to your yard and other trees nearby. A complete stump removal is, of course, when the entire stump and root system is taken out. This is often the better option, but this is also the option that can present the most problems if not done properly.
Depending on the location of the stump, a lot of collateral damage can happen when it is pulled entirely out of the ground. Because the roots have to be large enough to support the tree, they can be under sidewalks, driveways, or close to foundations and pipes. The last thing you need is to break a water line or damage any nearby buildings, because then the cost of the stump removal will skyrocket since you are now paying for the removal and fixing all the damage caused. This is a big reason why so many people think that removing a stump is expensive, because they have heard stories of how much extra money it took to fix problems. When you hire a qualified stump remover to do the job from the beginning, then you will be surprised at how affordable and quick the process is.