When you purchase a home or property, you take on a yard or garden too. There’s a fair chance that there will be existing tree stumps if the property has a large garden. You may wonder if you need to get rid of the stump. Investing in stump removal is wise. Usually, this would be done when the tree is removed, but the previous owner may have chosen to skip this step.
So, why would you remove a tree stump? The primary reason is that it doesn’t look good – it’s not a feature you want in your garden. Secondly, and more importantly, it can be hazardous to leave a tree stump in place.
Why Tree Stumps Can Be Hazardous
They Cause a Tripping Hazard
Because tree stumps are not flush with the ground, they will always pose a tripping risk. Kids, in particular, are at risk because they love to play in gardens. If they hit a tree stump at speed when running, they will skin their knees or worse. If the tree stump is close to a public area, the consequences could be worse. You could be open to liability if someone is injured.
The roots or other protruding parts can also put your lawnmower at risk. If you mow over the tree stump, that could be the end of your expensive piece of equipment.
They Attract Pests
A rotting tree stump is like a picnic for insects – they’ll be drawn to it and begin feasting on the decaying timber. When termites take up residence in a tree stump, it’s only a matter of time before they move on to setting up a colony in your home. Termite infestations can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your house.
Then there’s the matter of fungi. Many species of fungi can grow on tree stumps. You wouldn’t think this would be a concern, but a fungus could spread to the other plants or trees in your garden, which could be disastrous.
Why Tree Stumps Can Be Unsightly
They Promote Unwanted New Growth
A stump that’s not removed can also lead to new growth occurring, even though the tree’s trunk has been removed already. You may notice new shoots popping up around the leftover stump. It’s preferable to remove the tree stump before this begins to happen, as it makes it more difficult to remove the stump.
Stumps Simply Don’t Look Good
You want an even and consistent landscape in your garden. Tree stumps left intact interfere with this. They’re an eyesore in your yard. They also take up space in your garden that you could use for other plants, landscaping, or the simple enjoyment of your property.
So, what can you expect when you get a team in to remove a tree stump from your property? An arborist or a tree surgeon will use the following equipment to remove a tree stump. Check that they have the safety equipment and all the necessary certification. If they are a professional company they will also have the specialized equipment below to do a quality job.
- A sturdy helmet to safeguard against injury from falling branches and limbs.
- Chainsaw boots offer protection from injury but are also waterproof resistant.
- A chainsaw that uses petrol, a battery, or electricity for power.
- A harness that gives waist support and has rings and loops for equipment.
- Axes for this purpose will have steel heads, a broad blade, and wood handles.
- Hand saws may be curved to reach tricky spots.
- Telescoping pole saws are extended to take down high or difficult top reach limbs.
- A steady ladder.
- Rigging kit to access and exit the tree safely.
Always check if the company removing tree stumps on your property has liability insurance. They should also have a first aid kit available – this is high-risk work and accidents do happen.
If you’re still unsure whether you should remove a tree stump from your property, T&G Tree Service Central Coast is recommending giving a reputable tree service company in your area a call. They will ask you a list of questions and then schedule an inspection. If you are renting, your landlord should be handling this, and you can request them to remove tree stumps if you are concerned about hazards in your garden.