Stump Grinding Vs. Stump Removal

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Stump Grinding Vs. Stump Removal

Do you have a leftover tree stump in your property’s yard? If so, you have two main options about what you can do about it. These options include stump removal or stump grinding. Both stump removal and stump grinding have their own benefits and downfalls. If you are conflicted between these two, have no fear the industry experts at Mass bay Tree have provided you with the ins and outs of both so you can choose which one fits you perfectly!

What is Stump Grinding?


Stump grinding is the act of grinding down the stump of a tree until it is just 6 to 8 inches below the ground. Stump grinding is performed by a stump grinder, however, in some instances, it can be completed by hand. This depends on the size and type of tree. So what happens when you leave a stump on the ground with stump grinding? it will eventually decompose. 

What is Stump Removal?


Stump removal is the complete and total removal of the stump from your property, leaving the space open and clear. Stump removal is typically done by using a stump remover, however, depending on the size and type of the stump, it can be removed by hand. Once the stump is removed from your property a hole will be left behind, which will need to be filled in or planted with a new lively tree.

Here Are a Few Questions to Consider When Deciding on Stump Removal or Stump Grinding:


Do I Want a Level Ground?

If so, go with stump removal. This is because stump removal removes the stump completely, leaving no trace of the tree behind. While on the other hand stump grinding only grinds it down, leaving the potential for regrowth in the distant future.


Which is more Eco-Friendly?

If you want the most eco-friendly options, then go with stump grinding. Stump grinding leaves the stump partially in the ground, which will cause it to decompose over the years. Stump removal is more invasive to the ground as it involves using chemicals, these chemicals can cause disturbances within the soil.


Do You Want to Replant in the Same Spot?

If so, go with stump removal. Stump removal removes all branches and roots from the former tree, leaving you with a perfect spot for a new tree.


Which is the most cost-effective?

Stump grinding. This is because stump grinding only required work to be done on the trunk, and not the entire tree and ground. Also, stump grinding does not require as powerful equipment and is less labor-intensive compared to removal.


In Need of Stump Grinding or Tree Removal? Contact Us Today!

If you are located in Whitman, MA, or the surrounding South Shore area and are in search of top-of-the-line tree removal services, look no further, Mass Bay Tree would be happy to assist you. No matter the size of the project we are happy to help, to learn more contact us today by calling us directly at (781) 888-2615 or emailing us at We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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