What To Ask Before You Hire A Professional To Remove Your Tree Stumps

Posted on: 5 November 2015

When you're a homeowner that's looking to have your stumps professionally removed, you may be getting the safest, surest, and most economical deal on the job, as DIY stump removal can be a difficult task for any novice. Professional stump removal is a great way to tackle the eyesores and trip hazards of your yard, and it can often be completed in a manner of hours, or days for really big jobs. But before you hire a professional to tackle your backyard stump removal, there are a few things you should ask so you can be clear on the results you can expect from the process.

How It's Performed

Stump removal can be dangerous and difficult for an unskilled homeowner, because it either requires the rental of dangerous grinding material (coupled with expert understanding of the wood type, depth, and diameter), or it demands considerable time through chemical degradation. Chemical removal can require a significant amount of time to complete, and in some cases, like where a stump was burned, root extensions and stump remains that are just below ground surface won't be adequately removed. So if you've opted to hire a professional for stump removal, make sure they give you the specifics on how they will do it, how much they're willing to go as far as depth and root extensions, and if there is any concern for disturbing underground utilities. Stump grinding with heavy construction machinery is the most common method of professional removal, either through a smaller, push-based grinder, or one that's hooked up to a trailer.

The Cost Per Stump or Job

Get an idea of how much the job will cost you by asking the price per stump or job site. If you have multiple stumps that can be removed at one time in a yard that's not restrictive, meaning full of obstacles that make it harder to access by grinding equipment or hindered by underground utilities, a professional is more likely to charge you less than if you pay for each stump individually. Factors that can elevate your cost, regardless of whether you choose to have one or many removed, include accessibility, wood type, diameter, root extensions, and depth of removal required, as all of these things increase the time and manpower it takes, as well as constraints on any equipment used. Wood type, depth, diameter, and hardness affect how easily a stump is removed, so find a professional that assesses your stump removal based on these parameters and not necessarily a "large, medium, or small" basis.

Reach out to a service like Buskirk Tree Service to learn more.


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About a year ago, I realized that our front trees were starting to look a little funny. Some of the leaves were wilted, but we weren't anywhere near autumn. The bark on the trunk also seemed to be rotting away, which was frustrating and disappointing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me to call a professional arborist for help. He came out, inspected the trees, and injected some special pesticides into the trunk. Within a few months, they started to look a lot better. Our arborist also trimmed our trees to reduce the weight load on the branches and to improve their shape. Check out this blog for information about tree trimming.