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4 Benefits of Stump Grinding

A Stump
Whether they fell on their own or you have to remove them because of disease or pests, trees do not live forever. Unfortunately, when a tree comes down, it will leave a stump and its underlying roots. Many homeowners feel the cost and stress of removing the stump is not necessary. However, stumps can affect your home and your lifestyle in more ways than you would think.

This guide and the help of professionals will teach you the benefits of stump grinding to remove the leftover remnants of one or more trees.

1. Improves Curb Appeal/Home Value

Curb appeal is the overall look of your home. It is the first thing guests, neighbors, and passersby see, and it can either make a good or bad first impression.

Many factors affect your home's curb appeal, including the exterior siding, roof, and driveway. Your landscaping also plays a large role in your curb appeal. If you have an unhealthy and unappealing landscape, your home's curb value and even value will be affected, as well.

While surprising for some to learn, tree stumps can negatively affect your landscape design and curb appeal. Tree stumps are unappealing and take the focus off other, more attractive areas of your landscape. 

You can try to camouflage the stump with shrubs or pine straw, but this can have an opposite effect. In some instances, attempting to hide the stump can make it stand out even more. You need to remove the stump to improve your home's curb appeal and value, so you should consider this project an investment.

2. Prevents New Growth

Once a tree is removed, new growth may still sprout out of the stump and through the root system. You may think new growth coming out of the sump is a good thing, but this tree died or was removed for a specific reason. No matter if the tree was infected with pests or a disease, the tree stump can still sprout suckers and begin to regrow, but not in a healthy manner.

Of course, the underlying roots of the tree will also continue to grow if the stump remains. These roots can pose many problems for your home. Over time, the roots can uproot other plants or even spread under walkways, driveways, or your foundation, causing cracks and fissures to develop. The best way to stop the tree from regrowing is to have the stump removed.

3. Decreases Risk of Further Disease/Insects

Again, your tree was removed for a reason. If it was infected by a fungal disease, removing it was the best option for preventing the fungus from spreading to other trees and plants. However, if the stump is not removed, the fungal growth can still spread.

Certain fungal diseases, such as root rot, can spread from the stump and roots through to the roots of another tree or plant nearby. Eventually, root rot disease can take over your entire landscape.

If the tree was infected with insects, removing the stump is also important for treating the infestation. To protect your underlying roots, soil, and other trees and plants, removing the stump is imperative.

4. Reduces Risk of Accidents

Again, the leftover remnants of your tree can also be hazardous in your yard. Depending on the diameter and height of the stump, tree stumps can easily cause you to trip and fall. Removing the stumps will protect you, your family, your pets, and even your lawn care equipment from injuries and damage.

Removing tree stumps can be a worthwhile investment for your home, landscape health, and safety. For more information on tree removal and stump grinding, contact One Tripp Tree Service today.