|An introduction to stump removal
Stumps are the part of the tree left in the ground when a tree is felled. If left for long enough they will usually rot away forming an important part to the eco-system.
This is a specialist machine that uses a wheel with tungsten or carbide tipped teeth to go from side to side and grind the stump out, usually to a depth of approx 12” This leaves mulch behind that can be left to rot down or spread around the garden. Access is very important – ideally 1m wide, though our machine is small enough to be lifted up by 2 men to navigate raised levels or narrow steps, yet powerful enough to tackle any sized stump. The benefits of removing stumps can be trip hazards, ground work preparation, to limit the spread of disease or create a border. It is worth remembering that stumps are a very key part of the eco system, providing decaying pulp for many larval stages of insects such as Staghead beetle.
Stump removal by hand
This is carried out only if a machine cannot be used and involves a lot of labour and is back breaking! If this has to be undertaken the stump should be left as high as is possible to give good leverage as sometimes a winch can be used.