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Land Clearing: Why Tree Stumps Need to be Removed, and the Easiest Way to Do It

Whether a tree has fallen on its own or been intentionally taken down, a stump will still be left behind. Land Clearing is a process that removes these old stumps as well as bushes and weeds that may prevent the growth of grass or easy use of the land. There are many other reasons why tree stumps should not be ignored and left behind.

A stump will provide a convenient home for insects. Carpenter ants and termites are commonly found in stumps and, from there, they can easily move into houses, sheds and garages. Another concern is that the stump may be pulling valuable nutrients and water from the soil and away from plants and trees that are still healthy. There is also the potential that new growth of small trees or bushes could appear around the stumps.
Brush is also a concern, not only because it is not aesthetically pleasing, but because it can harbor pests as well. Ticks are known to populate brush-filled areas and create a danger for people and pets who walk through. Mice, moles, and groundhogs, among many other types of rodents and small animals, will use brush as their shelter. This increases the possibility of them coming into nearby homes, especially as the weather begins to cool.

Stump grinding is a convenient removal service that is one of the only ways to adequately perform a tree stump removal and eliminate the roots as well. Even small stumps can be notoriously difficult to dig out because of their extensive root systems. The grinders can power through the stump quickly and turn the wood into chips. The grindings can usually be used as mulch as long as no diseases were present in the tree. The small stumps left behind after cutting or pulling brush can also be chipped.

Small stumps are often able to be removed by a homeowner with a rental grinder, but stump grinding services are needed for areas with many stumps or large tree stumps. After a tree and brush removal service has come through, the land can usually be leveled easily and topsoil spread to cover the ground. Some additional fill will need to be added to the holes left behind by large stumps.