How To Grind Away A Tree Stump

Posted on: 16 February 2016

Cutting down a tree seems like a difficult task, but that is before you get to the stump. When you compare stump removal to cutting down a tree, you may actually notice that the latter is fairly straightforward. Stumps are a nuisance and they tamper with the beauty of a garden. In addition, they consume valuable space and pose a certain danger to you and other people who enjoy walking in your garden. This is because when a stump is covered in weeds, grass or other plants, it becomes a tripping hazard. All these are clear reasons why you should have your stump removed. Grinding it away with a stump grinder is an effective way of doing so, especially when other removal methods have failed. 

A Brief Look At The Stump Grinder

A stump grinder is a moderate-sized machine that is made of a blade and a long adjustable handle for pulling and pushing. The blade is located underneath the machine and is driven by an engine. Basically, it cuts the wood down until no more of the wood can be seen. As the blade penetrates the stump, the wood is converted into sawdust, which you can easily carry out of your garden.  

Removing The Stump

Before you start, you should know the safety rules first. One is that you should protect your body from potential harm by wearing long pants, work boots, goggles, and gloves.  The second is that you should stay clear of the blade area when the power is on. The third rule of safety is carrying out an inspection in your garden. Look for rocks or any other objects around the stump that may damage the blade. When you are set, you can begin working on the stump by following these steps:

  1. Start the machine and position its grinder wheel above the stump.
  2. Cut into the wood by moving the cutter from one side to another.
  3. Change the position of the grinder wheel and get rid of the next part of the stump.

You may have to repeat this procedure a number of times until you are convinced that the stump is gone. However, it is not necessary to remove the whole stump if you are planning to lay some turf on the area; going 20 to 25 centimeters deep is enough. But if you are landscaping or replanting, you should go 30 centimeters deep into the stump. You can also lessen your work by cutting the stump with a chainsaw before using the grinder. This reduces the thickness of wood the grinder has to cope with. 

For further assistance, contact a local stump removal company, such as Waratah Tree Services.

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