Leaving stumps in your yard may seem harmless enough. After all, you’ve removed the safety hazard by hiring a local tree trimming service to get rid of the dead or damaged growth. Unfortunately, the job isn’t complete as long as the stump stays in place. Stump removal and stump grinding
are the next steps you need to take to completely protect your yard and property. If you’re still on the fence about getting rid of that old stump, keep reading. Here are a few compelling benefits of professional stump grinding that you’ll experience first-hand when you schedule an appointment.
Improves Your Yard’s Appearance
Let’s face it…stumps don’t add much in the way of visual appeal to your landscaping. They’re unsightly and take up valuable space in your yard. Worse, they do more damage the longer they sit. Just because you removed the bulk of the dead growth from the tree doesn’t mean that the stump won’t continue to break down and decay. As it does, your yard will start to look more run down and less well kept.
When you schedule a stump grinding appointment, you’ll be able to get rid of the unsightly growth once and for all. Your tree service will completely remove and grind up the stump, leaving you with a pristine-looking yard. Even better, you’ll be able to use the stumps remains as mulch in your garden beds, further improving the look of your landscaping.
Reduces the Risk of Pests and Infestations
Leaving stumps in place isn’t in your yard’s best interest. As they decay, the smell of the wood attracts pests. Burrowing insects, termites, and other critters love to feed on the wood pulp inside. Once the stump stops interesting them, it’s only a matter of time until they move into your house.
Stump grinding breaks up those big chunks of wood and gets the stump down to ground level. This makes it less tempting of a target to insects and makes it easier to keep them off your property. If you don’t have those troublesome insects in your yard, you’ll have to worry far less about them getting inside your home and nesting in the walls.
Keeps Your Landscaping Tools Safe
If you mow your own lawn, you know that large sticks and rocks are major hazards for your lawnmower. They dent and chip blades and keep the mower from being able to do its job. The taller the stump is, the better. You’re able to actively avoid it and any roots sticking out of the soil. However, as the stump decays, it becomes much harder to spot the hazards in your yard.
Stump grinding makes it easy for you to mow your lawn without fear. Since the stump gets ground down completely, your mower should be able to pass over the top without a problem. This means you’ll save yourself time and frustration of having to deal with a damaged and broken lawnmower right when your grass is high enough that the HOA is threatening to fine you.
Lowers Your Liability Risk
Unfortunately, stumps and their accompanying root systems aren’t just harmful to your lawnmower and landscaping equipment. They can also be harmful to your health and the health of those who visit your property. Think of it this way: the old and decaying roots can be difficult to see unless you know they’re already there. For guests visiting your home, those roots become a major tripping hazard.
As a homeowner, you’re liable for the injuries anyone receives on your property. If they decide to sue you for the damages, you’ll have to file a homeowners’ insurance claim and settle the lawsuit quickly. Even with your homeowners’ insurance, you’ll still have to pay a good amount of money. Stump grinding dramatically reduces those tripping hazards, thereby reducing your liability risk. The fewer hazards you have on your property, the better it is for your bottom line.
Helps Surrounding Trees Thrive
Just because your stump looks dead doesn’t mean the roots aren’t still drawing water and nutrients out from the soil. In fact, it’s normal for new growth to pop out of stumps if left alone for a long enough time. If you have other plants in your yard, this can be a serious problem.
The more nutrients and resources the stump uses, the less your other plants have access to. This makes it harder for them to grow and thrive when they’re close to the stump. Grinding it down will reduce the amount of nutrients the stump takes up and encourages it to break down on its own. Once it does, the decaying wood can further enrich the soil, making your landscaping more beautiful without the use of chemical fertilizers.
It’s Fast and Easy
When you choose to get rid of a stump, you have two main choices: full removal or grinding. Full stump removal is thorough, but it takes a long time. Your tree company has to dig the stump out of the soil and carefully remove the roots. Then, they have to fill in the hole to eliminate the safety hazard. This can take a while depending on the type of tree you have and the conditions of your yard.
Stump grinding, on the other hand, takes far less time and accomplishes a similar result. Though the rest of the stump will still be in place beneath the soil, it won’t be an eyesore and, in all likelihood, you won’t even notice it’s there for years to come.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’re looking to improve your home’s yard and landscaping, don’t let those old and dead stumps stay in place. Take matters into your own hands and schedule an appointment with our team. We’ll assess your yard and can help you decide between a full stump removal or a simple grinding. At Bear Creek Tree Service, we believe your yard should look great year-round and we’ll make sure it does just that. See for yourself why we’re Denver’s trusted tree service.