When you have a stump that needs to go, there are two ways to handle it: a complete dig-out and stump grinding. While digging may be the only option in some cases, we usually prefer the faster and cheaper method of stump grinding.
Stump grinding is a process by which a rotating cutter wheel grinds a stump to a depth of up to 24 inches below ground level depending on the machine utilized, access, and other limiting factors. After we finish, all that’s left of the stump is wood chips mixed with dirt.
As the wood chips produced by stump grinding are not a suitable medium for gardening, they need to be either distributed in a thin layer or removed altogether, which we offer as an additional service.
The experts at Rich’s Saint Helens Tree Service provide several different options for our Saint Helens stump grinding service. The best one depends on factors such as accessibility and the size of the stump. Whatever the situation on your property, we have the necessary tools to handle the job.
When you hire us to remove a tree from your property, we don’t have to stop when we reach the ground. We provide stump removal services as a stand-alone service to our Saint Helens customers or as a way to completely finish the removal of a tree for those who desire it. Contact us to learn more.
There are several benefits including (1) Cost – in many cases grinding a stump is cheaper than removing it completely (2) Time – because the labor involved in removing a stump is more than that for grinding, it usually takes quite a bit longer (3) Impact – grinding very specifically targets only the stump and only the parts you need removed, thus not tearing up more of your yard than necessary.
This depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the stumps and the access we can gain to the job site. However, we can say that the costs of hiring a professional stump grinding service are comparable to renting a grinder. Besides this, there are the added benefits of not having to haul the grinder to and from the rental store, and not having to run the machine yourself.
The answer to this question depends on the size of the stump and the equipment we can bring into the site. It can be as little as 15 minutes to over an hour.
No. This is not a good idea. A stump grinder is designed to interact with both wood and dirt, whereas a chainsaw chain will become dull quickly upon contact with the ground, making the work harder and harder with time and probably requiring a new chain after the job is done. Besides, a stump grinder is far faster.
Most of the time, yes, the roots will remain underground and decompose. However, for trees that tend to produce root sprouts such as many deciduous trees, remaining roots can produce new trees even after a stump has been ground away. We offer additional services for these situations.
Yes, provided it is spread in a thin layer (less than 2” thick) on top of the soil or we can haul it away for an additional cost. Note: it’s important that you as the customer do not underestimate the volume produced associated with this process.
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