Tree Stump Removal and Stump Grinding Great Dunmow, Essex

Everything you need to know about before removing a tree stump. Need tree stump grinding in Great Dunmow, Takeley, Stansted,  Braintree, Bishops Stortford or surrounding areas? Please read on;

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When to remove a tree stump?

Tree stumps have a deep root system and can be hard to remove. They can be left in the ground after felling but this can lead to new shoots growing from the trunk and roots.


What happens if you don’t remove a tree stump?

Even if the stump is completely dead, it can still play host to many root diseases such as honey fungus, which uses the tree stump as a food source and can attack more trees and plants nearby. Although not everything that feasts on rotting wood is bad, so it’s really down to you whether to remove or leave the tree stump.


How to remove a tree stump

Tree stumps can be removed in 3 ways. There are some diy tree stump removal methods like chemical treatments and burning. Chemicals must be used with great care as they can damage the environment and wildlife. Generally it isn’t recommended to burn down stumps in situ as they are usually too wet for this. The third and most popular way is physical removal.

“Tree stumps can be physically removed any time. Paying tree surgeons to remove stumps when they are felling the tree is the most convenient way to remove stumps.”


Can I remove a tree stump myself?

Digging the root out by hand can be a good way to remove small tree stumps up to 5 inches in diameter. Grab a Mattock from a DIY store to make the job easier. Anything bigger will require hiring a mini excavator and can be very time consuming. 


What is the fastest way to remove a tree stump?

Professional gardeners use machines known as stump grinders that mechanically grind out the main root plate, leaving fine sawdust. Some roots will inevitably be left in the ground but the majority should eventually rot down.

How deep should tree stump grinding go? 

  • Shallow tree stump grinding, 20cm (8-10in), is ok for laying turf.
  • Deep tree stump grinding, 30cm (1ft), or more if replanting or landscaping. 


What should I do with all the woodchip?

Sawdust or woodchips are usually left behind and can be used as mulch around the garden. If preferred, these can be taken away for an additional fee. Damage to the ground is minimal. 


Can I replant an area after a tree stump has been taken out?

It’s best to remove the bulk of the sawdust if replanting the area, if there is a lot of sawdust in the soil it’s best to use fertiliser to avoid nutrient lockup. 


What’s the best way to remove large roots from the ground?

It’s often said that taking down the tree is easier than getting rid of the roots. Professional landscapers will take out all large roots, leaving smaller ones to rot without a supply of food.


How much does it cost to remove a tree stump UK?

In the UK, the average tree stump grinding and removal costs range from £100 for a small stump up to £1500 for a very large stump. However prices will vary depending on location and time, call us now for a no obligation quote.

What do you need to know before removing a tree stump?

  • What type of tree is it?
  • What is the stump size?
  • Is the stump next to a building?
  • What’s planned for the area once the stump has been removed?
  • Is there access for the machinery?

Don’t worry about having all of these answers as we will come and inspect the stump ourselves before we give you an accurate quote.

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