Stump Grinding vs Removal: Which Method To Choose?

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If you have unsightly stumps on your property, something needs to be done about them. They look terrible, and they disrupt the landscaping of an otherwise well-groomed lawn.

There are several different ways to go about getting rid of a problem stump. But the two best means of getting the job done are with a stump grinder, or a digging extraction method. Which one is right for you? Read on to find out!

Stump Removal

The process of completely removing a stump is somewhat exhausting and comprehensive. It can either be done with the use of chemicals called ‘Stump Killers’ or by digging a large hole and physically extracting all traces of the residual stump. This actually sounds like the way to go, right? After all, it takes care of the problem completely.

However, there are some issues to keep in mind. One of them is the cost. Complete extraction is costly, averaging between $400-700. When it’s done, you’re left with a gaping hole on your property that will require more time and money to repair.

On the other hand, because there are no more roots after removal, you can replant a tree in the same location if you are interested.

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Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is a much faster and more affordable alternative. This option costs between $100-400, and it will probably take less than an hour to complete.

The stump is whittled down to mulch with a grinder. For most people, this option is going to be completely suitable.

However, there are a few downsides. The first is that the grinding process temporarily pollutes the air. Sawdust isn’t safe to breathe in, and stump grinding produces a lot of it. The grinder also leaves the roots behind, which makes replanting efforts a little more difficult.

These things aren’t a big deal for most people. However, if your household is home to people with sensitivity to air pollutants, or if you’re planning on replanting, this might not be the approach for you.

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Which Process is Right for My Needs?

It all depends on what your plans are. The majority of people will likely opt for a stump grinder. The process is fast and affordable, and as an added bonus, you get a whole bunch of “free” mulch.

However, if you do require a complete extraction, stump removal will do the trick. Though it’s costly and time-consuming, it is also comprehensive.

In the end, it doesn’t matter so much how you get the job done. It’s doing it that matters the most. Still, with the guide you’ve just read, you shouldn’t have any trouble choosing the right approach.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!