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Hi there. My name is Preston. Welcome to my website about tree services. When a big windstorm rolls through the area, your trees could suffer damage that puts their wellbeing at risk. Losing large branches often causes damage that the tree struggles to recover from in a timely manner. You can help your tree survive by enlisting the help of a skilled arborist. The right treatments and fertilizers give trees the support they need to repair the damage without inhibiting growth. I encourage you to visit my site often to learn more about these support services. Thank you for coming by.


Tree Removal: Stumped About What To Do With The Stump?

Tree removal doesn't always result in 100% elimination of the tree in question—but this is an option. Is it better for your yard to leave the tree stump (and its root system) intact, or should there be no remaining trace of the tree?

Infection or Infestation

To leave or remove (or grind) the stump is the question. The arborist or landscaping provider may have some recommendations, depending on why the tree needed attention in the first place. If the tree was removed due to fungal infection or insect infestation, the stump and root system will be removed from your yard in its entirety. On-site grinding will not be utilized. The grinding of the stump will release particulate matter, which may permit the infection or infestation to spread to nearby trees.


Grinding is a beneficial option when infection or infestation hasn't played a role in the tree's demise. The resulting material resembles coarse sawdust, and should promptly be transferred from the grinding site to your home compost pile. As the wood waste decomposes, it becomes a dense, nutrient-rich compost for the rest of your garden. 


A tree is often removed in sections, with the vertical height being progressively reduced, and each section then allowed to drop to the ground. For safety purposes, larger sections are harnessed and lowered to the ground when there's a potential risk to persons or property. A tall tree can be reduced to its stump with surprising speed and efficiency. When should this stump be left intact? And should you ask for a small amount of height to be retained?

Soil Retention

You may be advised to leave the stump in the ground. Such advice is warranted when the tree was located on a slope or at the base of one. The stump and its roots can be beneficial for soil retention. Without the stump, soil erosion may happen under the right circumstances. To protect your yard, you may need the reinforcement offered by an established, snaking root system. 

Design Feature

You could also leave the stump intact for aesthetic purposes. The stump could be used as a support column for a bird feeding table, or even a rustic table for dining outdoors. The stump can also be incorporated into an easy landscaping project, by planting climbing plants at its base, which will soon cover the stump—creating a unique garden design feature.

Whatever your landscaping needs, that leftover stump offers a few possibilities. Contact a local tree service to learn more.