If there is a tree stump on your property that you would like to remove, it is best to find an arborist who specialises in stump grinding to carry out this job on your behalf instead of trying to do it yourself. Read on to find out why.
It's much safer than doing it yourself
Attempting to remove a tree stump without the assistance or supervision of a professional arborist is extremely dangerous.
If, for example, you use an axe to hack away at the stump and the root system underneath it, and you lose your grip on the handle whilst you are mid-swing, the axe could go flying through the air and hit someone nearby. This could leave them with serious injuries. Additionally, the shards of splintered wood that become airborne during this process could also potentially strike you in the face and leave you with severe lacerations.
Hiring a stump grinder (a power tool which features an extremely sharp, rotating blade that is designed to grind a tree stump up into woodchips) could be even more dangerous. This type of tool requires a considerable amount of skill and experience to handle safely; if you have never used one before, you could end up accidentally cutting one of your feet or legs. Due to the sharpness of the blade and the speed with which it rotates, your injuries would be very severe.
This is why it is best to allow an arborist who has extensive experience with stump grinding to handle this task for you. They will have the skills, safety gear and general know-how that is needed to carry out the work effectively, without hurting themselves or anyone around them.
They can perform the work in such a way that the tree will never grow back
If you simply hack off the visible sections of the tree stump by yourself, there is a chance that it may start to grow again in a few months' time, as this approach will not kill off the root system.
The only way to prevent re-growth is to extract the entire root system from underneath the stump. This is a difficult and physically strenuous task, which requires a lot of skill, strength and specialist tools to perform correctly.
If you lack these things, you may end up leaving behind parts of the root system that will allow the tree to grow back. Furthermore, you could end up with a back or neck injury due to how strenuous this task is when it is carried out using manual tools.