When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.
Now that you have cut down the dead oak tree in your yard, it is time to rent a stump grinder and remove the tree stump from your property. Left in place, the tree will slowly rot over time and can become a host for pest insects such as termites, so it needs to be removed.
Since oak trees are a species of tree that have very hard dense wood, removing their stumps requires that you take some special precautions. To this end, follow these tips to successfully remove the oak tree stump in your yard:
Remove Gravel and Landscaping Rocks from the Base of the Tree Stump
Stump grinders use metal blades that cut into the wood and chip it into small pieces. When the blades come into contact with rocks they can become damaged and dull. Dull and damaged blades will make the project take a lot longer than it should to complete. Additionally, rocks that get caught in the blades can be flung across your yard and damage your property and are a serious hazard for anyone working in the area.
For these reasons, you need to take the time to remove any gravel or landscaping rocks that are near the base of the tree stump. Remove at least a couple feet around the stump to give you ample space to work. Since oak trees have large roots near the surface, make sure you remove rocks from those areas as well because you will be grinding down the roots.
Cut Down the Tree Stump with a Chainsaw Before You Start Grinding It
The larger the tree stump is above the ground level, the more grinding you will need to do to remove it. In order to shorten the job significantly, you should pre-cut the tree stump as far down to the ground as possible using a chainsaw. This will greatly reduce the material you will need the grinder to chew through and it will save you time and gasoline to power the stump grinder.
Wear Ear and Eye Protection While Operating the Stump Grinder
Finally, stump grinders throw off a lot of chips of wood and are very loud when they are operating. To protect yourself, you need to wear safety goggles and proper hearing protection. For this job you should not wear safety glasses, but rather wear goggles that provide protection from flying debris on all sides.
For professional help, contact local services, such as Arborist Services LLC.