For whatever reason you are experiencing, you may need a stump grinding or stump removal service. Many people who have a yard they use regularly are not necessarily going to want to use the stump removal service. The reason for this is because the stump removal process is a matter of not only taking the stump, but also all of the roots attached to it. Because of this, you’re going to need a Bobcat or some other heavy-duty large type of equipment. The roots of your tree may be scattered all out across most of the yard. You might end up messing up most of the soil on your property. Typically, landowners only try full-on stump removal if they are clearing a lot for building or construction zone where the main aesthetics do not matter as much.
Stump grinding, on the other hand, is a much more gentle way to go for homeowners to choose, because it does not involve removing every tree root. Using a stump grinder will completely grind the stump and actually shave the remaining tree trunk until it is all gone. According to the definition, a stump is what’s left of the tree trunk, and that remaining tree trunk goes down deep into the ground. So, having this stump ground deep down into the earth will leave your yard with a hole, but it will be one that is much smaller than if you decided to take the stump removal route.
There are also more pros and cons of each route you end up taking. Stump grinding pros include: faster to remove, not labor-intensive, no gaping hole after construction, environmentally friendly, and the stump can then be turned and used for mulch.
The cons of stump grinding include: the possibility of eventual sprouting of new plants, root decay, and could be harmful if you have children.
Stump removal pros include: no stump and roots left behind, replanting is easy afterward, and there are no health hazards. The cons of stump removals include: more difficult to remove, very time-intensive, leaves a gaping hole, and not being environmentally friendly.
At this point in your studies on whether to pick stump removal or stump grinding, you are probably trying to decide which is a better price for you and your budget. To get a small idea, Stump Grinding ranges from about $100- $400 (1 stump, about 20 inches.) If you prefer to take the stump removal route it is around $370-$675 (1 stump, about 20 inches.)