Debunking Common Myths About Tree Stump Removal

Trees can be a valuable part of your property, but when one is in the way, it can be more of a nuisance than anything else. Even worse, once the tree itself is removed, you will be left with a stump that is just an eyesore. Even though tree stumps are fairly easy to have removed by a professional, it is not uncommon for people to just leave the stumps where they are and wait for them to deteriorate on their own. There are a handful of myths that homeowners have about stump removal, and as a homeowner with a tree stump you would like to see out of the way, it is important that you get to know the facts instead. 

Myth: Tree stump removal will involve using chemicals to deteriorate the stump. 

Fact: While you could go to a home improvement center and pick up chemicals that are supposed to eat away the remaining wood of a stump, this is not what a professional stump remover will use. An industrial machine known as a stump grinder will be positioned over the stump and a rotating wheel with blades will gradually chip away the wood. The process will not involve any chemicals at all. 

Myth: Tree stump removal will leave a gaping hole in the yard. 

Fact: It is true that removing a tree stump will leave behind a hole, but the tree stump removal contractor will fill this hole before leaving. The sawdust that resulted from the removal process will be compacted into the hole and it will likely be topped with dirt or topsoil in a mounded fashion. As the sawdust inside breaks down, the mound will settle to be level with the rest of the lawn. 

Myth: It costs too much to have a tree stump removed. 

Fact: Homeowners often assume that having a tree stump removed must be quite expensive just because specialty equipment must be used to do the job. However, most tree stump removal experts will only charge you between about $80 for a small stump and $300 for a very large one. In some cases, you can get an even lower price if you have several stumps that need to be removed. 

When you take a look at the facts about tree stump removal, you may wonder why you have waited so long and dealt with an unsightly stump on your property. If you would like to know more about the tree stump removal process, it is a good idea to talk to a professional contractor for more information.