With a chainsaw and a little skill, a tree can be removed from a lawn in a matter of hours. But what about the stump? Tree stumps are an unsightly breeding ground for pests, and diminish the usability of your property. While there are several methods for removing stumps, professional stump grinding services from Lawn Plus LLC is your best option for removal in the Dayton, OH, area.
1. Manually Remove the Stump
One method for removing tree stumps is to dig up and dispose of them. This method is effective for small- to medium-sized trees but is labor intensive. To remove the stump, you must dig up the soil around the stump until the root ball is exposed. Then you must cut away the roots and cut through the taproot. While this sounds simple enough, removing a sizable tree stump is both labor-intensive and time-intensive, and the stump is hard to dispose of.
2. Chemical Removal
Chemical stump removal is another popular method that is extremely slow but generally effective. To remove the stump, cut it as close to the ground as possible. Then, drill large, deep holes into the stump and fill them with water and a high-nitrogen containing fertilizer. Soak the ground around the stump, cover it with a tarp, and be prepared to wait. This method essentially speeds up the natural decomposition process but is still extremely slow.
3. Stump Burning
Another popular, but inadvisable, method of stump removal is to burn the stump. Lawn and garden retailers sell products specifically designed to dry out stumps, leaving them porous and more likely to burn. This method involves drilling holes into the stump, applying the stump killer, and waiting upwards of 6 weeks. Then, the stump is soaked in kerosene, lit on fire, and left to smolder for days on end. If done properly, the stump will eventually burn below ground level. Many cities prohibit this type of removal, though, and the use of chemicals and kerosene are hard on the environment.
4. Stump Grinding
At Lawn Plus LLC, we offer a quick and affordable alternative for stump removal: stump grinding. Our experienced technicians will grind the stump down to a level below the surface of the ground, remove all wood chips, fill the hole with soil, and reseed your lawn – all in one day! Rather than a labor-intensive, risky, and slow method of stump removal, contact us today at (937) 839-5296 to schedule your stump removal services.