Because Central Stump Grinding Ltd is widely-respected in our field of expertise, we often get asked questions relating to stump removal. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

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A stump grinder looks a little like a giant circular saw except that the giant blade is made to grind a tree stump into chips and mulch rather than saw through it. Other people describe it as a giant belt sander with teeth instead of sandpaper. At Central Stump Grinding we have two sizes of grinder – one smaller machine for hard to access areas and for smaller stumps and one large machine that can remove stumps of almost any size.

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Stump grinding is exactly what it sounds like; grinding of a tree stump. A stump grinder uses a powerful, rotating blade that turns like a circular saw might. However, the blades are designed to rip into the wood as it turns and cut it into small pieces.

Prior to grinding, the stump is cut as near to the ground as possible. The operator of the grinder will then move the cutter head back and forth across the stump and cut it into small pieces of chip otherwise known as tailings. They may even dig a trench around the stump to further grind it down until it is below ground level.

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Grinding a large stump can result in a sizable pile of wood chips. At Central Stump Grinders, we use these to fill the hole created when the stump is removed. Any chips or mulch left over we encourage our customers to use as garden mulch.

We can remove the chips from your property but this is an added expense, especially when those chips can be used as a perfect garden mulch.

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The first thing to remember is that, if you fell a tree, there will always be a stump. Arborists and tree removers cannot cut a tree down flush with the ground or below ground level. So, if you have a tree removed, there will be a stump left behind.

Whether you then want the stump removed depends on a number of things, primarily it’s whether or not you mind having a stump on your property. If your section is very large, it may be down the back of the section and out of sight. In most instances, however, particularly with residential homeowners, a stump sticking up in an otherwise tidy and well-maintained garden is rather unsightly. Alternatively, in a rural property, a large stump is robbing you of valuable agricultural land.

It must be remembered also that the stump of a removed tree will, if not ground out, do one of two things. Some will regrow. Even roots that are unseen can resprout and result in a need to continually care for and cut down shoots which continue to appear for quite a while after the tree itself is gone.

Secondly, all stumps will, over time, rot away – usually in three to seven years. However, it’s important to be aware that this will result in a hole in your lawn which can be unsightly or even a dangerous trip hazard for people walking. Rotting stumps are also the perfect environment for ants, beetles, termites, and other garden pests.

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The cost of removing a stump depends on a number of features, most notably the stump’s size and accessibility.

That’s why, at Central Stump Grinding, we provide a free, no-obligation quote. Please note that all quotes are provided in person, and on-site. It is not possible to accurately quote from a photo because pictures do not precisely show size or site accessibility.

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The toughest part of getting rid of a bamboo hedge is removing the root system; it’s also the most important part because, if the roots are left, the hedge will grow back in no time.

If you have removed bamboo from your property, we can use our tree grinders to grind away the root system to minimise the chances of bamboo regrowth. In a short time, you can turn that hedged area into a landscaped garden or lawn.

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