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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on both standard removal and grinding methods for tree stumps on your property that you want removed. These are the two major options you have for removing such stumps, and each comes with its own set of pros and cons depending on several factors.

At Acorn Tree Service, our tree removal services include both these options for stump removal needs. Some situations might dictate a traditional removal, while grinding will be ideal in many others. Which is ideal for your needs? Here are some of the important factors to evaluate for each.

Root Removal

If you require complete root removal from a stump that’s present on your property, this is one situation where traditional stump removal is your best option. While grinding can leave roots intact, removing the stump in this traditional fashion means that there will be no remnants of the old tree left in sight.

With stump grinding, it’s common to see sprouts eventually re-form from the roots. This means you’ll need to maintain your property and be vigilant about treating those sprouts as soon as they start to pop up, or else they can cause new problems for you if left alone.

Replanting Options

Down similar lines, what if you’re looking to replant a tree in the area of the stump? Once again, traditional removal will be your best choice if this is something you want to do. Grinding away at the stump can leave many of its roots intact, which means that you’ll have better luck planting new trees in the area by removing the stump entirely first.

Even so, this doesn’t mean there isn’t still some difficulty involved with replanting a tree. In general, it’s a good idea to have at least two different planting options in case one doesn’t take or looks weak. For example, you might plant a deciduous tree one year and an evergreen the next since each type will be able to handle certain weather conditions better than others.

Cost Considerations

Since both grinding and traditional tree stump removal come with their own sets of pros and cons, it’s highly advisable that you consider your costs before making a final decision. Grinding can be cheaper than traditional removal if the remainder of the roots aren’t an issue, but this isn’t guaranteed and can vary from one project to another.

On average, stump grinding typically runs between $75 and $400 per stump, depending on stump size. Traditional removal tends to start at around $375, on the other hand, with some projects running up to $1,000 in extreme cases.

For more on choosing between traditional tree stump removal and stump grinding for your needs, or to learn about any of our tree removal or other tree services, speak to the pros at Acorn Tree Service today.