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Why You Must Remove Tree Stumps

Trees add to the aesthetics of a property. In a garden, trees are all the more beautiful as they appear in their natural setting. However, a time comes when trees have to be felled owing to disease. The local authorities may demand felling or cutting to be done quickly as a way of making the surroundings safe, especially if trees are near power lines or roads. After tree felling, remaining stumps are always an issue. Below is an explanation why you must remove tree stumps.  The best way for their removal is through a tree stump grinding service.

It is impossible to find a tree stump that enhances a garden or lawn without associated risks. Tree stumps are notorious trips hazards which may result in personal injury to children or adults. Moreover, if left in place, tree stumps could also create perfect conditions for ants to occupy, invade your lawn or possibly your house. Tree stumps are also an ideal home for wasps, bumble bees, and hornets. Further, they play host to many kinds of fungi, a few of which can actually kill off your mature trees, and indeed attack your remaining garden.  Besides which, who wants to keep mowing grass around such unnecessary obstacles with the possibility of damaging your mower on its exposed root.

There are many different strains of deadly honey fungus (armillaria mellea). Some  strains are more virulent than others and they are virtually found world wide.  It is spread via rhizomorphs. These are blackish boot laces that travel from dead wood of host trees and shrubs underground in the top 18i” (45cm) or so of soil. Plants most at risk are those under stress, however it will attack healthy trees and plants as well.  Clusters of yellow-orange toadstools with distinct collars around their stalks, appear around stumps and roots of old trees from late summer to December, are not regarded as responsible for the spread of the disease  For those fungal aficionados, its fruiting body (mushroom) is edible and highly desirable over most other mushrooms throughout eastern Europe. You are advised to cook the British variety before eating and not to consume any alcohol for at least 12 hours after eating.–Some trees that die of honey fungus never display mushrooms  Another indication of honey fungus is a strong mushroom-scented white mycelium (thread like fungus) under the bark when lifted at the base of dead trees . It quickly turns to an orange-brown colour when exposed to air.  In the absence of any effective chemical treatment,  important for all gardeners to  remove dead shrubs  trees and tree stumps promptly with as much root as possible This is food for honey fungus and their removal will minimise its spread Composting leaves nor burning wood debris from infected gardens is not recommended, as it can spread spores to other gardens over a wide area.  Ideally, you should not replant infected spaces for at least a year to starve out the fungus, although creating 18″ (45cm) vertical barriers (using butyl rubber pond liner, for example) around new and special plants has proved to be effective. Or, if gaps are huge, some gardeners resort to temporary fillings with short-life, fast-spread shrubs  lavateras for example. ref:Royal Horticultural Society (https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=229, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armillaria

Stumps are sometimes able to regenerate into new trees. Often, a deciduous tree that has been cut will re-sprout in multiple places around the edge of the stump or from the roots. Stump sprouts can grow very quickly and sometimes become viable trees themselves due to the existing root structure. However, the cut portion of the trunk may weaken the sprouts and introduce disease into the newly forming tree.

Some homeowners believe they are creative and resourceful enough to get rid of annoying tree stumps themselves. They must be prepared to set aside a day or possibly more time depending on the stumps size. Tools required for this task are a shovel, grubbing mattock, chainsaw, lifting winch, and a strong back as a great deal of picking and digging  is required. It will be far easier to call in a professional stump grinder.

Lastly, grinding tree stumps causes no harm to the environment. Manually removing stumps would damage the environment by leaving a huge hole far bigger than the stump and its root system, than if it was ground out. Further it is quicker and tidier to grind it away professionally.

Mike Lish
Mike Lish
An electro-mechanical technician and specialist in tree stump grinding over the last 20 years.

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