While a lot has changed since we brought the first self-propelled stump grinder to Alaska in 1994, we're still the leader in quality stump removal service.
A stump grinder is basically like a rototiller that also chews through wood. It shreds the stump into wood chips, grinding the surrounding raised area including any surface roots. After grinding, what little is left of the stump (if any) should be at least 8 inches below grade. The next step is to rake up and haul away the pile of stump grindings, which is a mixture of dirt and wood chips, including some wood chunks. Then, if the stump was in a lawn area, the shallow cavity can be filled with topsoil and grass seed added. While it is tempting, don‘t backfill the hole with the grindings instead of with topsoil if you want a nice lawn!
Tips for Choosing a Stump Grinding Contractor
- Most importantly, will they do a thorough job? A cheap price could mean a hurried job, missing parts of the stump. You shouldn't be rummaging around for a hatchet after the stump guy leaves.
- If part of the stump is missed (this happens and you won't know it until after they are gone), can you count on the contractor to come back promptly and finish the job?
- For big jobs, does their equipment have enough horsepower? Under-powered equipment tends to do a good enough job, but not a great job.
- Are they willing to do the cleanup? Cleanup of large or multiple stumps is hard physical labor that pays less than grinding. Because of that, many stump grinder operators do not offer this service. You might be fuming after spending the weekend cleaning up stump grindings when you thought it was only a couple hours worth of work because the contractor didn't really explain what was involved afterward.