After a tree is removed, the stump that is left can be unsightly. Stump grinding is the process of removing a tree stump and its roots by using a machine with a rotating cutting disc that chips the wood away.

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    A tree arborist grinds a tree stump by hand to make it even for the final grinding.


    In order for the stump to be ground, the stump must be cleanly flushed.  Stump grinding is always optional, but is often recommended.  Eventually, if the stump is not ground out, it can decay and create a hole in the ground that can present a danger.  In addition, stump grinding and stump removal can improve the appearance of a yard or landscaping once a tree is removed.

    During stump removal stumps are typically ground approximately 6-10 inches below ground.  Many clients are surprised by the pile of wood chips that is leftover after a stump is ground.  However, once a stump is ground, we can smooth out the chips evenly or haul them away.  We can even transport the chips to a garden to be used for mulch if requested.  If a tree was removed due to disease, we do not recommend using the chips for mulch as the disease can spread.

    The cost of stump removal depends on a variety of factors, including the size and location of the stump and the extent of the work done.  Trees with larger stumps and exposed surface roots will typically be more expensive.  If our grinders cannot get to the stump (usually due to access or complex landscaping) or the client does not want to grind the stump, we can treat the stump with a product to prevent regrowth.  We can also leave the trunk a few feet high if requested so that the leftover trunk may be used for decoration or incorporated into landscaping.

    We are happy to complete stump grinding on trees after we perform tree removal, or on trees that have been previously removed.

    A man operates a stump grinding machine to grind an old tree stump below the ground surface.

    Stump grinding can improve the appearance of a yard or landscaping once a tree is removed.


    How much do stump grinding and stump removal services cost?

    The cost of stump grinding depends on a variety of factors, including the size, location, whether there are exposed surface roots, and the extent of the work completed.  It is best to have Jake, a Tulsa ISA Certified take a look and provide an estimate.

    Will stump removal and/or stump grinding completely remove the stump and/or roots?

    Yes.  Stump grinding completely removes what is left behind after a tree is removed by turning the stump and roots into mulch.

    How deep do you grind?

    Typically, we grind 6-10 inches below ground depending on the tree and the location.  In some cases, we may not be able to go as deep.

    Should I have my lines marked?

    If you think you have underground utilities near a stump that will be ground it is a good idea to request to have the lines marked.  We are happy to assist you in requesting to have the lines marked if needed.

    What does stump removal and grinding look like when it's completed?

    Stump grinding leaves behind a pile of wood chips.  Larger trees or trees with a lot of exposed surface roots leave behind a bigger pile.  We can either smooth the pile out flat or haul the chips for an additional fee.


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