Trees are wonderful! In a landscape, trees offer year-round interest, privacy, and add value to your home. However, sometimes trees need to be removed. Perhaps a tree was planted too close to a home or has been dangerously weakened by invasive pests. Whatever the case, as Webster tree removal professionals, we know that sometimes trees need to come down. When that happens you have a choice to make about your stumps: to grind or not to grind, that is the question. In most cases, there are very good reasons to choose to grind. So, if you’re wondering if stump grinding in Webster NY is right for you, read on!
Top Reasons for Stump Grinding in Webster NY
Our region hosts a wide variety of trees. Webster lies in the hardwood seasonal forest of the northeastern US. Our trees can grow big and tall such as oaks, maples, and American beeches. However, when these stately trees come to the end of their lives or pose a risk to safety and property a Webster tree service needs to be called in. This is why choosing the right tree for your landscape is so important! Nevertheless, mistakes can be made, and we can inherit the problematic choices of previous owners. So, if you’re thinking about tree removal, then also consider stump grinding. Here’s why.
Stumps can pose a safety hazard. For example, when left in recreational areas, they can present trip-hazards to running children. Let’s not even consider the possibility of liability if a non-family member has an accident on a stump! Lastly, they can do major damage to a mower if you accidentally go over one.
2. Pest Control
Trees are amazing and provide habitat for many different creatures. While this is important for the overall health of our area, it is equally important to make sure critters are far enough from the home that they don’t take up residence. For example, carpenter ants. Carpenter ants in our region are large and all black. Queens can reach 1/2 inch or longer! These insects are structural pests, meaning they can cause serious damage to the structure of your house. Carpenter ants love wet or water damaged wood. Therefore, as your stump naturally decays, it becomes the perfect nesting site for these creatures. Thus, by grinding the stump after tree removal, you reduce nesting sites close to your property.
3. Free Up Space
Stumps take up space. Here in Webster we endure really long winters. Once the summer comes we want to be out and enjoying it! In order to make the most of your recreational area, get that stump ground.
How to Use Stump Grindings
Professional stump grinding in Webster NY may offer to remove the grounds. However, if you are DIY stump grinding they are left in place. Here’s some things to do with stump grindings.
First, you can use them as mulch. Rather than going to a DIY store for bags and bags of mulch, simply use the stump grounds on your garden beds. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when using stump grindings as mulch:
- Only use grounds from healthy trees. Avoid mulching with grounds from diseased trees. If you’re not sure, consult a Webster arborist.
- Mulch with hardwood grounds. Too many stump grindings from pine trees can raise the acidity of your soil. While some plants may prefer this, typical garden plants may struggle in these conditions.
As a free source of mulch, stump grindings can help your garden beds retain moisture and nutrients. Moreover, as they decompose the grounds will enrich your soil.
Second, you can compost the stump grindings and use as fertilizer. Use a large plastic composter or build a DIY compost bin. Of course, you can add other organic waste such as garden clippings or fruit and vegetable peelings from the kitchen. Note that you’ll need to ‘turn’ your compost pile on a regular basis. For a large pile that would be generated by stump grindings plan on once a week. In 3-4 months you’ll have a rich fertilizer for your garden as well as a sustainable means of disposing of kitchen and gardening waste.