How did this tree get big!!!?!

So many of my clients are surprised that the little sapling they planted is now a huge tree. It's important when you plan your garden and start planting trees to understand how big they will grow and to keep them maintained in a way that supports how you use your garden. Arborists can help your tree grow in the shape and direction that you want so that the garden is perfect for your family. My blog has tips for the home owner on keeping your tree healthy and, of course, tips on when to use an arborist to get the perfect result.

Residential Landscaping: Three Suitable Methods for Stump Removal


Stump removal is an important process which should be performed after a tree cutting project in your residential property. In ideal circumstances, the stump will decay and the tree roots will die eventually. However, this process takes a long time, and it can cause extensive inconvenience. In simple terms, a tree stump in your property will be unattractive and even lower the likability of your home. Moreover, the stump can cause tripping accidents and subsequent injuries. Therefore, if you want to ensure safety and visual appeal in your property, consider using one of these outlined techniques for stump removal.

Stump Grinding

As implied, stump grinding uses specialty equipment to grind and wear away the remaining tree stump. The grinder used is essentially a machine with a powered disc which moves by mechanical or hydraulic energy. The disc has attached cutting teeth which effectively cut into the wood and break it down. This method is considerably quick and relatively cost-effective. The use of the powered grinder means that the process is not labour-intensive, and you can cut the stump to any preferred depth, depending on your long-term objectives. For maximum grinding efficiency, consider using a professional for the task.

Stump Excavation

If you would like to completely eliminate the stump, you should consider excavation of the tree remains. You can choose either manual removal or excavation by specialty equipment. The former method involves using a simple digging tool such as a spade to slowly unearth the stump. The unveiled stump can then be cut down using an axe or a saw. The primary disadvantage is that you will require extensive manual labour and project time. Moreover, this method is normally suitable for use on smaller stumps. If the stump s large, you can choose to hire an excavator or backhoe for the excavation process. This option is relatively quick and efficient in most cases, but it can cause extensive damage to your residential landscape.

Chemical Removal

The tree stump can be removed using chemical removal methods. Basically, this technique involves the use of special chemical products designed to hasten rotting. These can be found in garden centres, and they typically contain potassium nitrate as the active ingredient. In general, you will need to apply the chemical into holes drilled into the stump along with some water. Over time, the stump will rot and become spongy, and you can remove the remnant with an axe.

If you are uncertain about the right stump removal technique for your home, consult a tree removal specialist. 


10 March 2017