The Differences Between Removing And Grinding Tree Stumps

If you’ve had a tree cut down on your property or perhaps a tree has fallen over, you were likely left with an unsightly tree stump. If not removed, the remaining tree stump could last for a long time or even cause other problems.

Tree stumps should be removed to avoid a potential hazard or to prevent the tree from regenerating out of the stump. Removing a stump also allows the space to be cleared for planting a new tree. Stumps with a large root system can also cause problems for sewer or utility lines.

Removing a tree stump is done in one of two ways: removing or grinding. Knowing the differences between the two options along with the costs will help you to make a better decision on the method that would work best.

Manual Tree Stump Removal 

The tree stump removal method involves removing the entire stump manually, pulling the root ball of three out along with it. This method can be labor intensive however and is easier done by experienced professionals, especially if it is a larger stump.

The first step in manually removing a tree stump is to dig out the dirt around the stump using a spade or shovel. This helps to expose the root system, so that the roots can be cut. Cutting through the roots with an axe or a saw can help provide leverage for getting the stump out. For really deep root systems or larger stumps, it may be necessary to dig a little deeper to get under the stump and help maneuver and loosen the stump.  By pushing the trunk you may find more embedded roots, which you simply have to continue to cut through. Manual tree stump removal is a repeated process of pushing the trunk, digging it out more, cutting roots, and pushing again.  If the trunk simply won’t move, you may need to wrap a chain around it and pull it with a vehicle.

Tree Stump Grinding


Removing a tree stump can also be done using a heavy and powerful piece of machinery that grinds the stump into small pieces. Stump grinding is less labor intensive than manual stump removal, however, a stump grinder can be difficult to operate properly, which puts you at risk of injury or damaging water, power, or utility lines.

The first step in stump grinding is to clear the area of any rocks that could damage the stump grinder from around the base of the stump. A chain saw should then be used to trim the stump as close to the ground as possible to help make the process quicker. Using the stump grinder, there is then a repeated process of slowly lowering the grinder wheel into the stump, cutting in a few inches, slowly moving the wheel to clear wood, and moving the machine forward and around the stump. Stump grinding is easier on the body, but if you do not know how to operate the hydraulic lever or control panel properly, you can risk property damage or injuring yourself. Stump grinding leaves behind small pieces of wood that can be used as ground cover or mulch rather than a large stump and a big hole.

 The Cost And Benefits Of Professional Tree Stump Removal

Removing a tree stump on your own can be very difficult, labor intensive, and time consuming, especially if it is a large stump. Or it could require you to rent and operating a heavy piece of machinery that you are not familiar with. Hiring a professional tree stump removal company with years of experience in removing stumps of all sizes will save you time, money, and backache. They have the unique knowledge and expertise needed to efficiently remove the stump without damaging surrounding landscape or injuring themselves.


Manually removing a tree stump on your own is undoubtedly cheaper than hiring professional tree stump removal service; however, it can save you more than just money. Grinding a stump on your own, could also be cheaper, but keep in mind that renting a stump grinder will cost you between $75-$400 depending on the machine and how long you rent it for. You then must ensure that you know how to properly operate it before you end up with costly damages.

Hiring professional service could cost a little more, but you will be sure that the job is done right and done quickly and efficiently. The cost of professional service could vary on factors such as removal method, stump diameter, age, type of tree, root system, soil, and clean up, but on average the cost of removing a tree stump professionally will cost around $165.

For more information about Las Vegas tree stump removal, call Nevada Tree Service today at (702) 433-4700.


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