When you're clearing the land around your home, you may find there are tree stumps that cause a problem. At the absolute best, they may act as an aesthetic nuisance that looks out of place next to their surroundings. However, in some cases, they can spread diseases or cause pests to proliferate.
Stump grinding that tackles termites
If you believe termites are causing problems in and around your home, you'll need to remove potential food sources. Tree stumps act as one such source, as they're easy to access and provide an ideal environment for thriving. If your tree stump is housing termites, the professionals treating it will add a pesticide to kill them before the grinding process begins. This means the treatment will happen in two phases, but it's the best way to ensure the pests don't return.
Tree stump grinding for infectious tree diseases
Some tree diseases are infectious, which means they travel to other plants and trees. This includes bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Although some are visible, especially fungi, others are difficult to identify, which means you need a professional to determine the extent of their spread. If you don't want to try the mechanical stump grinding process initially, you can ask the arborist treating your tree if they can apply a chemical solution too. However, if the disease is particularly infectious, they'll likely recommend mechanical stump grinding to prevent the disease spreading to the rest of your garden.
Treating non-infectious diseases
Sometimes trees develop diseases from environmental stresses, such as physical damage, pollution, and adverse weather conditions. If the stump isn't causing any structural problems, you may want to leave it where it is. However, there are certain scenarios where grinding it as part of your land clearing process is necessary:
- The ground surrounding the stump is beginning to sink, which suggests it is weakening and becoming hazardous
- There are children and pets around who are likely to suffer if the stump becomes a trip hazard
- You're clearing your land in order to erect other structures, such as pavements and sheds
- The roots of the tree are beginning to extend under nearby buildings, which can cause a structural hazard
If you're unsure as to whether stump grinding is the right approach for your garden, consult a professional. Along with the arborist visiting your property, you can determine whether to rid your property of the stump or whether it's safe to leave it where it is.