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.
Removing a tree is only one part of the process, as the stump will remain long afterwards unless you have it ground down. Although you could opt to ignore the stump, there are many benefits that come with removal.
1. Appearance Improvements
Tree stumps can detract from the curb appeal your landscaping should provide. Fresh stumps can look like a wound upon the lawn, while old stumps lose their charm as soon as the wood begins to decay and crumble. Removal of the stump erases the scar and provides a fresh canvas to landscape in a more attractive and pleasing manner.
2. Hazard Mitigation
There are safety hazards associated with tree stumps. They can pose a tripping hazard, for example, for anyone that must walk across your yard or for children playing in the lawn. If you ever drive vehicles onto the lawn, an overlooked stump, even a small one, can damage a vehicle if it drives over it. The hazardous nature of the stump increases if long grass or other landscaping hides the stump. Rather than risk injury or property damage, it's better to have the stump removed.
3. Pest Prevention
Pests can be attracted to old stumps. Termites and carpenter ants are common issues. These pests may move into the home once they deplete the stump. Animal pests will also sometimes burrow under old stumps to create dens — skunks can be especially problematic in this regard. A stump may also harbor insects or disease organisms that could move on to infect other trees on your property, which will lead to the need to remove more trees as they fall ill or suffer deadly damage.
4. Lawn Maintenance Ease
It can be difficult to take care of the lawn around a stump. The stumps of certain trees, like black walnut trees, produce compounds that prevent grass and other plants from growing near them. Even if grass will grow, it is hard to properly mow or use a weed trimmer around a stump. Even if you decide to forego grass, finding ways to attractively landscape around the stump can also pose a challenge.
5. Usable Space Increases
A stump lessens the usable space in your yard. If you need open areas for garden beds, walkways, or patio construction, a stump must be worked around. This can be frustrating when you are trying to plan out your landscape design. Grinding the stump down so it is no longer an issue increases the usable space and gives you more options when it comes to landscaping the yard.
Contact a stump grinding service in your area for more help.