Tree Removal Facts to “Stump” You
June 25, 2018
You can get tree removal without stump removal, though you may want both.
Almost every arborist offers a separate fee for stump removal, because it’s often not legally required as part of the removal of a dead, dying or dangerous tree (plus, some people like the stump). However, if you skip stump removal just to save a few bucks, be aware that that choice can backfire. Most of the time, it’s in everyone’s best interest to remove the stump, too.
You likely won’t save money by opting for tree and stump removal at the same time — you can always call for stump removal at a later date.
If you have a stubborn stump in your yard, you might have already unfortunately figured out that it’s a hazard. Most are unattractive and can even lower property values, depending on where they’re located. Plus, they tend to be a 24/7 buffet for insects. Stumped yet?
Tree Removal: Go Big or Go Home
It’s easy to trip over a stump and fall, especially in the case of children who love to play in the yard. If a visitor trips over a stump, he or she can sue the homeowner for damages.
Still, stumps can provide a fantastic, natural-looking outdoor seating area when they’re in the right spot (which is rare). If you want to make use of the stump, you might still get a chance if enough of it remains.
Ask your tree cutter to salvage the stump and cut it cleanly at an appropriate height to serve as a stool. You can then move it (or ask a professional, since they’re heavy!) to a space that’s safer. Stumps are great additions as outdoor patio seating or around a backyard fire pit. The tree removal company can then properly dispose of any part of the stump you don’t use.
Sometimes They Come Back Again
Contrary to popular belief, stumps are sometimes able to regenerate and become trees again. This will take a long time if the stump is large, but it’s possible.
Deciduous trees are especially prone to re-sprouting. You don’t want to spend money on tree removal only to have the tree grow back. Re-sprouted trunks are notoriously prone to insect infestations and diseases because just like with human bodies, cuts can be the perfect opening for infections.
Tree removal and stump removal is an investment, and one that’s meant to improve the aesthetics and safety of your home. If it’s been recommended — or even required — that you have a tree removed, consider the long-term investment value.
You’ll also want to immediately tend to the hole where the stump was, filling it in for safety and perhaps putting in sod, plants or a more appropriate tree.
NATURAL SYSTEMS arborists are highly trained in Tree Removal, Tree Trimming, and Stump Grinding. Call us at (860)621-0008 to find out more about our expert arborist services in Southington and central CT.