As a result of chopping down, or taking down a tree, the stump of the tree is left behind. Tree stumps can be ugly, and dangerous, making stump grinding or removal a top priority for most homeowners. To better understand the various expenses associated with the process, the way stump grinding Fort Myers Fl works and the variables that can increase or lower the total expense Roos Bros, Inc. is able to help.
Eliminate unsightly stumps on your residential or commercial property with stump grinding. Stump grinding can improve curb appeal and increase property value. It also can eliminate hazards, allow proper room to plant new landscaping, and reduce insect infestation. The main stump and roots are ground down to 4 to 6 inches below grade.
Factors to take into consideration with Stump Grinding Fort Myers Fl:
The end result is a mound of soil and wood shavings that we can fill at your request. In Stump Grinding Fort Myers Fl we operate the cutter head over the stump, grinding away a little at a time. Due to location and proximity to structures not all stumps are possible to be ground. Once a stump has been ground down all that will remain are the stump grindings or wood shavings, these grindings may be removed for an additional fee. We will need to know:
- The number of tree stumps need to be removed?
- Do you want the grindings hauled away?
- What kind of replanting or finish work do you want?
- How deep do you want stump grinding?
- Are there rocks or debris present?
- Where is the tree stump located?
- Front yard
- Back yard
- Side yard
Reasons to Remove
Unlike trees, which can pose a hazard to structures or become fire hazards, tree stumps can appear relatively innocuous. However, there are a number of important reasons to remove tree stumps. Stumps that are low to the ground can get hidden by shrubs or grass, but that only makes them more of a risk for children and adults walking through the area. Unsightly tree stumps can also significantly reduce a property’s curb appeal. Additionally, stumps attract insects, and they can be a place for new trees to grow, restarting the process once again. Finally, mowing and trimming around a tree stump can be difficult and takes up valuable time.
How Stump Grinding Works
The most popular and effective way to remove a tree stump is to have professionals come in and use a commercial grinder. These machines are equipped with large spinning blades at the front, and they can quickly reduce even hardwood stumps to sawdust. The blades also work away at the roots in the ground, which ensures that the area can be turned into a garden or a lawn with no problems. The actual process of grinding tree stumps when equipped with a commercial grinder can be a very short task. However, the speed of the job depends on the expertise of the user and the quality of the machine.
Alternative Stump Removal Methods
While hiring a professional with a commercial stump grinder will typically be the best way to remove tree stumps from a piece of property, it also tends to be the most expensive way. There are alternatives; these include using a chemical solution, burning the stump or digging it out. Some professionals will dig out small stumps by hand, but larger stumps have roots that are too large to make this a viable option.
Homeowners who want to save money and skip the professional option can choose to create a wood fire on the stump and burn away the wood, but this can be risky and create a potentially unattractive space in the yard. Chemical solutions require the least amount of labor, but the potassium nitrate can take weeks to soften the wood before making the stump easy enough to remove.
Preparing and Cleaning
It is important to realize that hiring a professional to remove a tree stump may not include many of the steps that come before and after the actual grinding of the stump. If a tree still stands, it will need to be removed before the stump can be accessed, and that will be an additional charge that requires different supplies. Older tree stumps that have vines or weeds growing on them can be hard to access, so homeowners should do their best to clear the area of overgrowth before professionals begin. This will speed up the process and make it easier to see the diameter of the tree stump. Finally, commercial grinding results in a huge amount of sawdust, and professionals will charge extra to bag it all up and haul it away from the property if necessary.
- Size of the stump: Large stumps cost more to remove. These larger stumps will also require larger grinders, which use more fuel and can be more difficult to load and unload from trucks at the destination.
- Geographical location: Stump removal prices tend to be higher in urban areas.
- Type of tree: Hard, dense trees are more difficult to remove, and they can therefore cost a lot more. Saws will have to work harder to eat away at the trunk and roots of hardwood trees like aspen, birch, elm, hickory and oak. Thin trees with soft bark will be much easier to grind and can potentially cost far less.
- Root system: Older trees with sprawling root systems are harder to remove. Commercial grinders need to have attachments specifically designed to eat away at the roots surrounding the stump, which can add time and effort to the project.
- Soil condition: Dry soil or clay is tougher to deal with than soft dirt. If it has not rained several days prior to stump grinding Fort Myers Fl, professionals may need to hose down the dirt in order to make it easier to remove. Even after this water treatment, hard soil will make it harder for the grinder to reach the roots. Compact soil could jam the saw blade, causing potential damage and the need for repair.
- Clean-up and preparation: Preparing hard soil takes time, which can increase the total bill from professionals. After grinding a stump, there may be piles of sawdust that can be unsightly. If the sawdust has to be removed by professionals, this will cost the homeowner more.
Roos Bros, Inc. can handle everything from tree removal to stump grinding Fort Myers Fl. We use the latest equipment and have over 25 years of experience. We have on-staff a certified ISA Arboris.