Stump Removal—How to Do It and Why It Needs to Happen

Stump Removal—How to Do It and Why It Needs to Happen
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    Often, the reason why people purchase a piece of property is the home's initial curb appeal.

    Sometimes, however, those large trees that once inspired admiration become a risk to the nearby home and those within it.


Although the removal of a tree is fairly easy, it is the leftover part that usually confounds the homeowner. Once the tree has been chopped down and taken away, you are left with a stump. How are you supposed to deal with that?

The following discussion will go into why you should remove that stump and how to go about it.

How to Do It

Removing a tree stump is fairly straightforward. If you’re looking to remove the stump yourself, it should be of a manageable size for manual removal.

Ideally, it will also be an old remnant that has had some time to deteriorate. You should be able to tackle one of these with a cutter mattock.

This is a tool that has a blade like a narrow axe on one side and one like a garden hoe on the other.

If the stump is rather large, you will probably a shovel, a chainsaw, and a digging bar. You may also require a four-wheel-drive truck and a chain.

Though a little more dangerous, another method is to simply burn it. Burning the stump can make it a lot looser and easier to remove from the ground, but do not attempt this within a residential area. It poses too great a risk to nearby homes.

A Serious Hazard

According to Frank’s Tree Service, in addition to being an eyesore, a tree stump poses a significant safety hazard. First of all, you should realize that the decaying remains of an old tree will undoubtedly attract some undesirable pests, and these could quite probably include termites. Once those destructive creatures get started, it’s only a matter of time before they move on to the house.

Another danger of leaving a stump in the ground with its roots spread out across the area is the possibility of damaging lawn equipment or sustaining a personal injury during mowing. Additionally, just because you cut a tree down doesn’t mean that its roots stop growing.

The roots of the tree stump can keep growing and cause extensive damage to your yard and the road. Those kinds of damages can be not only a safety hazard but can also be expensive to fix.

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Impact on Home Value

Think again about what first attracted you to your home. Chances are, part of what you were attracted to was the beautiful lawn and landscaping. This attraction to a beautiful front lawn is one that is shared by most homebuyers.

According to Slatter Management, leaving a stump or two out in the open can really affect your home’s value. An unkempt lawn gives potential buyers the perception of an unkempt home as well, which can lead them to look elsewhere.

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Removing a stump from your yard may be a lot of work, but it is necessary to protect your home from pests and devaluation. Fortunately, there are efficient methods for removing a tree stump, and you can probably do the work yourself. If it’s too big of a project though, it may be best to hire a professional to do the “stump removal” job.

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