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When a tree is removed on your property, a stump will be left behind. Those stumps can get in the way of future projects or planting dreams, become a tripping hazard, and decay over time, inviting small animals and bugs. It is best to get rid of a stump as soon after tree removal as possible. That’s why at Potter’s Tree Service & Landscaping, we typically advise stump grinding in Harrisonburg be included as part of our tree removal process.

Potter’s Tree Service & Landscaping has operated in Augusta, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties for a decade now, and our team has over 20 years of combined experience in tree service. We’re ready to put our knowledge to work for you and help you decide the best route for your property. Do you choose a stump grinding service? Or does stump removal make more sense for you? You’re in good hands when you hire Potter’s Tree Service & Landscaping for stump grinding in Harrisonburg, VA or the surrounding areas.

What is Stump Grinding?

In Harrisonburg, stump grinding turns your former stump into wood chips or mulch with a specialized blade. This process grinds your stump down so it is no longer visible aboveground, usually a few inches deep. Stump grinding does not remove the root of the former tree, but gives you the ability to plant flower beds or sod where the stump used to be. You may still not be able to plant another tree in the same place because the roots of the tree will still be present, but at least you will not have to contend with an old stump.

Stump grinding and stump removal are quite different. When a stump is removed, the roots are also entirely excavated, but this is a much more involved process. Stump grinding is a better choice if you do not wish to dig up part of your yard and do not plan to replant a tree in the same location.

What Happens After Stump Grinding

After stump grinding in Harrisonburg, VA or the surrounding areas, there are a number of considerations for homeowners about how to treat the area where the stump once grew and the byproducts of the stump grinding process.

Repurpose the Mulch

When a stump is ground, it turns into woodchips or mulch. The volume of mulch is often much larger than the original size of the stump because the wood in a stump is so compact. Mulch is a great source of nutrients for a plant bed or new tree in your garden, and it can also fill in the hole left behind by your stump. Of course, you always have the option of putting the mulch in your green waste bin, but we are happy to provide you with mulch to reinvigorate your yard, so your tree’s remains can go to good use!

Decide What to Plant

Since the roots of the tree are still present, you will likely want to avoid planting anything with a deep or prominent root system, like a tree. The new roots may become entangled with the old, preventing your new tree from growing in the way it should. Instead, we recommend flower beds or plants with small, shallow roots, so they can grow productively after stump grinding in Harrisonburg, VA. We’d also recommend grass or sod, especially if the stump was in the middle of a grassy part of your yard.

Monitor Regrowth

When you get stump grinding in Harrisonburg, it’s not guaranteed that the old tree won’t grow back. Because the root ball is still in place, there is always a small possibility that the tree will regrow. It is still relatively unlikely, but it is one of the reasons you may want to consider stump removal over stump grinding. There is no chance of regrowth with stump removal. If you do have stumps ground, you’ll simply want to keep an eye on the spots where stumps used to exist, so you can quickly get rid of undesired new tree growth.

When it’s time for stump grinding in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Potter’s Tree Service and Landscaping are the ones to call. Talk to an expert and get a free estimate today at (540) 712-6332!

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