How to remove a tree stump

How to remove a tree stump - the Blue Tree Company

After a tree has been felled, it is often a good idea to remove the tree stump as well. Many people however are unsure of how to remove a tree stump. There are a few different approaches and we’re going to focus on our preferred one below.

Why remove a tree stump?

You may want to remove a tree stump so that you can re-use this area of land, or to ensure that the stump doesn’t pose a hazard. Once a stump has been removed, you’ll be able to re-turf, plant a tree to replace the one that has been removed, or to make way for building work.

Over the years a variety of methods have been used to remove stumps including burning them and pulling them out. Whilst both of these methods have merit, they can be hazardous. A more effective approach is to use a machine specifically designed for the task – a stump grinder

Stump grinders come in various sizes, but all use the same basic principle. A power unit, normally an engine, rotates a heavy fly wheel covered in teeth. The teeth are made of Tungsten Carbide, an exceptionally tough and durable material. (Having said this, if the teeth hit concrete, stones or metal will usually blunt very quickly.)

Our Process

Scanning the area

Before grinding, the area is scanned using a CAT scanner. This enables us to find buried utilities such as electricity cables. Customers are also required to tell us of any nearby utilities that they are aware of. We then use hand tools to investigate any areas that we are concerned about, before setting up a stump grinding guard. This is like a strong beach wind break designed to intercept any flying material that could cause harm.

How to remove a tree stump

The stump grinder is then manoeuvred into position and the grinding wheel set in motion. We start at the corner of the stump and work from side to side in an arching movement slowly moving downwards as material is ground away. Wood and soil mix to form a mulch. This needs to be regularly cleared out of the way to get further into the stump.

The depth that a stump can be ground out will normally be determined by the size of the machine being used. On occasion, buried utilities or metal might affect the depth we can go, so to when we have walls in close proximity we may not be able to remove the whole stump. We normally grind out just the bole of the tree and not the lateral roots, unless these are on the surface. In most cases it is not necessary or practical to grind all of the lateral roots – especially when these can cover large distances.

The grindings are then raked into a neat pile above where the stump was previously. As the organic woody element of the mulch rots down, the pile will sink leaving a flat surface. If all the grindings are removed, you will be left with a depression in the ground. Grindings may be useful as mulch in the garden or for suppressing weeds.

If you want a tree stump removed

If you have a tree stump in your garden that you’d like to remove, The Blue Tree Company are here to help you. The first step is to speak to a member of our team to arrange a site visit. This also allows us to write a risk assessment prior to the job and to note the specific requirements. A secondary site specific risk assessment is then carried out on the day of work.

Brian WrightBrian Wright
17:46 04 Mar 22
The team worked very closely with us throughout their visit to give us exactly what we were hoping for in our small garden.Tidying up was excellent as usual.
kern joneskern jones
13:49 04 Mar 22
I am delighted to say what a great service the teams from The Blue Tree Company always provide. They are skilled and conscientious and always leave the property looking so much better than before they arrived. Not a stray twig left on the grass or in a bush - everything tidied away. Fantastic work.
Marianne BondMarianne Bond
23:13 01 Mar 22
Knowledgeable, personable and tidy up afterwards. We've used them several times for various tree work and always found them good.
16:35 19 Nov 21
Blue Trees were recommended to me by a neighbour who has been using them for several years. I was impressed with the professionalism, knowledge and punctuality of the whole team-from Fred who came to quote, through to the three men who came to carry out the job. They worked quickly and tidily and made sure I was completely happy before leaving. I have no hesitation in recommending Blue Trees to family and friends and would certainly use them again in the future.
Annabel PearceAnnabel Pearce
21:21 18 Aug 21
Job done very well. Helpful and approachable company. Thankyou.
Linda DenningLinda Denning
09:16 02 Jul 21
We have used Blue Trees on a number of occasions now and most recently yesterday to take down a tall tree. As ever they are very professional, neat and tidy and reasonably priced. We had requested they leave the wood with us and my husband would chainsaw it for our neighbours. The fact that they left the whole tree in very manageable chunks without being asked was a real bonus as it will save my husband a huge amount of time and effort. Thank you to all the team. We will use you again and would not hesitate to recommend you to others.
David DeeDavid Dee
11:39 02 Mar 21
We employed the Blue Tree Company to remove a couple of Laurel Hedges and grind out the stump of a 30 year old Birch tree that we had felled last year all in preparation for new turfing. The guys turned up on time on the day as planned, carried out the works efficiently and when finished cleared up behind them.We had an invoice query that was resolved promptly to our satisfaction.All in all we had a very positive experience of The Blue Tree Company
Tracy LynchTracy Lynch
21:21 10 Sep 20
Professional company from first contact. Quote provided on basis of photos during lockdown. Future appointment booked due to bird nesting season. Update email to confirm attendance/appointment time day before. 3 friendly capable staff Mark Callum and Brandon. Explained what they were doing reassured us. Cut very ugly tree to look as pleasing as possible from our side. Cleared up the site before leaving. Would definately recommend.

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