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These are the reasons for prompt removal of tree stumps from your garden.

Global warming is a fact. Here in the UK it is apparent our climate is wetter and getting increasingly wetter. Higher moisture content encourages increased fungal growth. Fungal growth is natures dustbin for disposing of dead vegetation. Dead wood, including tree stumps are ideal vectors and food for fungal attack. It is self evident to take corrective measures for their removal. You should not have any second thoughts or hesitation with making your decision to take action on this, as it is a “no brainer” not to encourage growth of Honey Fungus (Armillaria Mellea) which can totally kill mature trees and indeed a whole garden.

Environmentalists, and tree huggers argue the point of encouraging the proliferation of all creepy crawlies within the natural food chain through nature’s decaying processes. (Ref. below extract from Forestry Commission’s report: Environmental Effects of Stump and Root Harvesting) As with all causal and effectual actions/inactions there is a correct time and place for them, and a landscaped, or lawned garden is not one of them regarding conservation of tree stumps, — so get rid of them!

Further, stumps are not pretty to look at on a grassed lawn. They are also trip and slip hazards to family, friends, and all other visitors. They are in the way of mowing operations, and can sprout again sending up new growth from its roots. If this is within a garden bed it will be unsightly and also rob nutrients from surrounding plants.

Very often garden space is at a premium. It makes no sense to allow tree stumps to waste that space.

Act soon and decisively to get rid of your tree stumps.

    Forestry Commission Extract:

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​”​Effects on biodiversity The removal of stumps and roots is likely to have an effect on fauna and flora that use them as a substrate (Figure 10). Effects will be dependent upon the regional and local setting and, for example, the nature and pattern of harvesting in the area. The provision of deadwood is a requirement on all clear
felled sites with conservation value under the UKFS Guidelines on Forests and Biodiversity
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Therefore the total removal of stumps, roots and brash is often unacceptable and can have a potentially significant effect on forest fauna and flora, especially those bird, mammal and reptile species that use coarse woody debris for nesting sites. In contrast, stump windrows on or adjoining the site may harbour pest species such as rabbit, which could pose a problem for restocking. Effects on tree health The main insect pest associated with tree stumps in the UK is the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis), which can emerge from stumps after clearfell to attack newly planted trees​”​

Mike Lish
Mike Lish
An electro-mechanical technician and specialist in tree stump grinding over the last 17 years.

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