Stump Removal: Is It Necessary?

When you cut down a tree or pay someone to take it down, you may not think about the stump until later. For some people, the look of stumps is not an issue, and homeowners may even use stumps as stands for potted plants or other lawn decorations. However, leaving stumps behind is not a wise decision. Even chopped-down trees can cause problems.


Suckers are growths that spring up around the stump and root system left behind. They take root themselves, and, before long, you can end up with myriad small trees and weeds in your yard. They look bad and are quite persistent. You can remove them numerous times, and they will simply spring back. The aesthetics are bad enough, but the damage they can do to other plant life is worse. These parasitic growths consume nutrients that the rest of your landscaping needs to thrive. If you have several stumps, you can be sure that your lawn is going to pay a big price.

Stumps can also be dangerous because they practically invite people to trip over them. Also, if you have children, they will be strongly drawn to stumps, jumping off of them and potentially injuring themselves. Removing them is simply the best course to take. 


You can use a variety of methods to remove a stump. You can employ several types of chemical products that will do the job, but the entire process will take some time. You can try and dig the stump out by hand, but that can be a long and laborious job. Some trees, such as oaks, can be particularly difficult to excavate because the roots run so deep. You can also rent a backhoe or stump grinder if you have DIY skills. For many homeowners, the wisest choice is to hire professionals to handle stump removal, either at the same time they are cutting down the tree or after the tree is down. You will pay a price for this service, but it will save you hours of sweat and strain.

Tree stumps do not have to be removed, but leaving them in your yard can be a problem. Looks aside, they can damage other plant life while making your yard less safe. Consult with a landscaping expert about which removal method will work best for you. If you decide to tackle the job yourself, try renting the necessary equipment from a reputable dealer.