Martin’s Tree Service is there for our customers when they need to remove a tree that is damaged, unhealthy, or simply growing in the wrong place. Following tree removal with our stump grinding services in Kitchener ensures that property owners can repurpose the area where the tree once grew. Occasionally, sprouts will regrow where the stump was located, but this situation is easy to remedy. Here is a description of what we do and why a tree sometimes sprouts from an old stump.
What Stump Grinding Services in Kitchener Entail
Martin’s can take out a standing stump after we perform tree removal services. We can also eliminate the remains of trees that fell naturally or that other crews cut down. Our first step in this process is to evaluate the site and determine how far below the ground we can cut. Our equipment can go as far as 45 cm under the surface, but limiting factors include rocks, utility lines, water pipes, and roots from nearby trees.
Once we have decided how much of the stump to remove, we bring in our stump grinder. This specialized piece of equipment resembles a cross between a large lawnmower and a circular saw. The operator uses it to cut away the stump layer by layer, transforming it into millions of pieces of usable wood chips. The entire process usually takes less than two hours.
The Pros of Choosing Stump Grinding Services
Most people choose stump grinding services in Kitchener because they don’t like the way an old stump looks standing in their yard. As a stump begins to rot, it can also attract colonies of ants or bees. Once these insects move in, it can be difficult to get them out. Furthermore, fungi or other diseases can take over, and you risk these parasites spreading to nearby healthy trees on your property.
Depending on an old tree’s girth, its stump can take up a lot of space that you could otherwise repurpose. It is not usually possible to plant a new tree in the same spot because of the extensive root system that remains underground. However, you can apply sod over the area or revegetate it with a flowerbed. You can also use the surprisingly large amount of wood chips the stump grinder produces as mulch in other sections of your yard.
The Likelihood of a Tree Growing Back After Stump Grinding
After we perform stump grinding in Kitchener, the old tree that once stood in that spot will never grow back to be a full-sized, healthy tree. However, because trees often store such a big supply of nutrients in their roots, from time to time some trees will make feeble attempts to send up new shoots. The following are a few of the species most notorious for doing so:
- Bradford pear
- Crape myrtle
The simplest way to deal with these sprouts is to snip them off with clippers or mow over them with a lawnmower. Eventually, the roots will deplete their energy reserves and give up. Alternatively, you can spray the sprouts with an herbicide designed to inhibit woody growth.
Quality Stump Grinding Services in Kitchener by Martin’s Tree Service
Removing a stump is not a task to attempt on your own. Hours of chopping by hand or slicing with a chainsaw will only result in a mess that is even more unsightly than the original standing stump was.
Martin’s Tree Service owns high-tech equipment designed specifically for this type of job. Most importantly, we will send technicians to your property who know how to use it safely and effectively. Contact us for all your tree and stump removal needs.