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Stump Removal

Professional Stump Grinding & Removal Services

Once a tree is removed from a property, the stump remains.  A stump can be ground out using a stump grinding machine & operator.  The most important detail when considering removing a tree stump is the accessibility.  If a tree stump is on a hill, it might not be accessible for a stump machine to grind it out.  There are many scenarios that can alter stump grinding.  Fences, landscape, patios, stairs, structures, and slopes all need to be considered for the stump machine accessibility.

Stump Removal Equipment

Stump grinding machines are very efficient if they can access a tree stump for removal.  They are configured with a grinding wheel that has teeth.  The wheel spins and is operated with hydraulics back and forth to slowly grind a stump.  A stump is usually ground out to a depth of approximately 20″ below ground.  Most of the time, a new tree can be planted right in the same spot where the stump previously existed and was ground out.

Stump grindings & shavings – post grinding

After a tree stump is ground out, stump grindings or shavings can be left in a pile in the hold, or hauled away.  Usually there is an extra charge for the stump grindings to be hauled away.  Large stumps that are ground out can leave a huge pile of grindings so please be aware and make sure to discuss this detail with an estimator.

Surface Roots

Surface roots are another option to be ground.  Maple trees are notorious for having surface roots, especially in a yard with some erosion or water issues.  The root system in a tree is very critical to tree healthy.  Any cutting of a trees roots can cause a tree to go into decline rapidly.  Consult an arborist to discuss options if a tree can be saved upon cutting its roots.  Many times, if roots need to be cut or pruned, the tree will need to be removed in its entirety.  Grinding surface roots is another separate cost aside from grinding a tree stump.

Underground Utilities

It is necessary when hiring a company to grind stumps to call Miss Utility to mark all underground utility lines.  Our company does this for our customers.  Sometimes it takes 3-5 business days for Miss Utility to come out and mark the ground.

When to expect the Stump Crew upon approved work orders

Generally, stump crews are a separate crew than the tree crew.  Rarely, the stumps from a tree removal job will be done the same day as the removal itself.  Stumps to be ground out from a tree removal job are generally completed 3-5 business days after the tree job is complete.  JL Tree Service Inc has 3 separate stump crews, and sometimes get behind due to inclement weather.  Work is completed in the order the jobs are approved and completed.

Scheduling Delays Weather Permitting

When the ground is wet, the 5,000 lb stump machines should not be put on a customers yard.  This is generally the case after a heavy wet rain storm.  Light rains that occur after dry periods allow for a stump job to be completed.   Stumps that are in backyards are tough to get when it rains, and will need to wait to be completed once the ground is dry.  Stumps in close proximity to driveways and the street are OK to grind when its wet.

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