Residential Tree Stump Removal: A Guide For First-Time Customers

6 February 2016
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Sometimes trees add value to your property, and sometimes they just become a nuisance and must be removed. If you have a tree taken down at your house, you will be left with a stump to contend with long after the tree and limbs have been cleared. To get rid of the unsightly stump, residential tree stump removal is the logical solution. If you have never had a stump removed professionally, there is no doubt that you will have a few questions about the whole process. Here are a few of the most common questions about residential tree stump removal and the answers you will want to know as a homeowner. 

How is the stump actually removed from your property?

When you hire a professional tree service to remove a stump from your property, they will arrive with a piece of equipment known in the industry as a stump grinder. A stump grinder boasts a rapidly rotating grinding wheel that has jagged teeth that gnaw away at the stump bit by bit. The operator will maneuver the stump grinder over the stump and grind at different areas, lowering the grinding wheel as they work, until all of the visible stump is eliminated. They will often repeat the same process to eliminate large tree roots as well. 

How much does it cost to have the stump eliminated by a professional?

Stump removal is a lot more affordable than most people actually realize. Most tree stump removals cost somewhere between $145 and $418. The cost to remove your stump will depend on:

  • the size of the stump, both in diameter and in depth
  • the ease of accessing the stump
  • how long the stump removal process takes (older stumps are usually eliminated quickly because the wood is less dense)

Will there be a huge gap left behind once the stump is gone?

Tree stumps reach several inches into the ground. Therefore, once the stump is gone, it is only natural that you would be concerned that there would be a gaping hole left behind. As the tree stump is removed, heaps of wood chips are produced. These will often be used to fill the hole that is left behind after the job is complete. The tree service professional will compact the materials as much as possible and may return a few weeks after the job to pad the settled area with topsoil or filler material.