Once you have had a tree removed from your property, now what? While the issue of an unwanted tree is gone, you still have to deal with the remains of the tree stump. The answer may be clear, you obviously need to have the stump removed – but how exactly is this carried out? 

There are typically two methods when eliminating your stump. Stump grinding or stump removal. While it may seem like these are one and the same, there are clear differences between the two. 

As a guide to understanding the tree removal process, this blog will outline the key differences between stump grinding and stump removal. After reading this article, you’ll have a clear understanding of what method is right for your tree stump. 


Stump Grinding 

Stump grinding is a method that is by far the least strenuous. It’s common for this practice to be the fastest as it only involved the use of a specialised machine to literally “grind” the stump down to the ground. 

Grinding your stump will expose the roots of the tree, and then grind the stump down to a pulp. Although there may be remnants of smaller roots, these will disintegrate over time. If you have a large stump, there may be a high volume of mulch that is left over. While it may seem like a hassle, this mulch would be the perfect addition to your garden to promote plant health and growth. 


Stump Removal 

Occasionally, you may be dealing with a tree that is incredibly large. The root ball can sometimes grow up to ten times the tree trunk. Additionally, the roots of this massive tree can also be well-established within the ground. Much like a wisdom tooth with several deeply based roots, a more specialised method than grinding will be required. 

The process of stump removal involves severing the visible roots (which can also be cut via a bow saw). The tap root will also need to be cut – this is the primary root that grows vertically downward. Once the appropriate incisions have been made, the stump can now be extracted. 

Extracting the stump is by no means an easy task. Depending on the size of the tree, you may even require the strength of several helpers or vehicles to yank up the stump from the ground. A rope or a chain is the best tether to assist in stump removal. A large amount of pull is required to extract a stump from the ground, so it’s important that a robust rope or chain is used. 


When Should I Consider Stump Grinding? 

Stump grinding, for the most part, is a fairly simple task. Depending on your situation, stump grinding can be an effective means of eliminating your stump without hassle. As the fast, labour-simple option, stump grinding will ensure your small to medium-sized tree stump can be removed with no gaping hole left afterwards.

You may have a tree in your back/front yard that has been causing you grief due to safety or aesthetic concerns. Stump grinding may be your environmentally-friendly solution to extracting your tree and will also give you a small portion of mulch that may be beneficial to your home garden. 

Read “Perks Of Using Tree Removal Mulch In The Garden” for more information. 


When Should I Consider Stump Removal? 

Stump removal is commonly the option for larger trees that require a total extraction. If you’re looking for land clearing services, this is a common method to ensure a resulting flat canvas of land remains – ready for your development or future projects. 

Read “4 Amazing Benefits Of Land Clearing” for more information. 

While there are several reasons why one should consider tree removal, typically, it will be for development aesthetics, tree health or general hazard protection. If you are in need of specialised tree stump removal, make sure to give A1 Sure Services a call. 

Our extensive collection of state-of-the-art tree removal equipment can make quick work of any stump that is thrown at us. Even if large-scale vehicles are required for removal, we have full access to all necessary equipment. 

If you have recently engaged in emergency tree removal for safety reasons, you may have the remnants of a tree stump left on your property. We’re very aware that these tree stumps can be quite the eyesore on your property. Enquire about our highly-knowledgeable team of arborists and tree care specialists to ensure that the stump is removed and your land is back to looking as sharp as ever. 


A1 Sure Services 

A1 Sure Services, no job is too big or too small. As a family-run business with over 20 years of arborist experience, we provide high-quality and affordable tree care services to residential and commercial clients, Auckland-Wide. 

We have public liability cover of up to $2,000,000, providing you with total peace of mind. 

Our services include tree removal, tree felling, land clearing, tree trimming, tree pruning, stump grinding, stump removal and emergency tree services. We also offer a free on-site inspection typically within 48 hours of enquiry and highly competitive pricing every single time. 

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation, on-site inspection. Request a quote here.