What do you do when you want to remove a tree stump? Do you take out your shovel and start digging or do you ask for stump grinder quotes? Either of those methods can help you remove your stump, but they shouldn't be your first step. Start your tree removal quest by answering these questions:
How Many Stumps Do You Wish to Remove?
Some stump removal methods are effective but intensive. Such methods may be suitable for dealing with one or two stumps, but not for a dozen stumps or so. For example, you may be able to dig out a couple of stumps if you have the right tools. However, that would be difficult and time wasting if you have multiple stumps to remove.
How Fast Do You Want the Stump Gone?
Chemicals are available that you can use to hasten the rotting of your tree stumps. This "accelerated" rotting may take as long as a couple of weeks to work. This may not be a problem if you are not in a hurry with your stump removal project. If you want the stumps gone yesterday, however, then you need a quicker process, such as stump grinding, which may take only a few hours or so depending on the size and number of stumps.
How Big Is the Stump?
The size of the stump is a practical consideration that you can't ignore; some methods aren't just suitable for big stumps. Try digging out a stump with a diameter of ten feet or so and you will appreciate this fact; it won't be easy at all. Waiting for such a stump to rot may also take more time than you have available, and it will also require more chemicals than a smaller stump.
What's Your Budget?
Natural decay is the cheapest stump removal method; it can even be free. You can also decide to dig out the stump at no additional cost other than your energy. Most of the other methods, such as the use of chemicals or stump grinders, will involve some level of cash outflow from you. Consult a local tree removal company like Nelson Tree Company for a quote.
What Do the Local Laws Say?
Lastly, you also have to mind the local laws and ordinances, which may dictate what you can and cannot do in your yard. For example, your homeowners' association may have an ordinance against burning stumps or any kind of trash in the yard; this automatically rules out burning as a stump removal method.