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Best methods to use in stump grinding
When trees have been cut in your courtyard, then you are now wondering the best way to get rid of the tree stumps. Their presence in your garden only makes it ugly and they are also a risk to people around. This is because one can easily stumble on one of them and end up hurting their legs. Removing these stumps is one of the landscape maintenance that one can do. For those who have children around, many of these usually play around and are not careful. They can easily trip over and the next thing they have hurt their limbs. You will need to make sure remove these stumps before they bring more harm to your garden and people around.
Doing the work yourself or hiring
When one decides they have had enough of these stumps in their courtyard, then they can decide to do the work on their own. They can also hire a company who will gladly do the work for them at a fee. When a company cuts down trees, the fee they charge doesn’t not involve removing the stumps. This means the responsibility remains on the hands of the home owner. Luckily, one can easily do the work on their own without having to incur money when hiring another company to the work. Removing a stump is a tedious task when one doesn’t have the right equipment. If you have ever tried using an axe or a shovel, it could take a whole day and even then, it may not be enough to remove it.
The size and number of the stumps
When you hire landscapers to do the work for you, they will charge the work considering the size of the stump. When one is removing just a single or two stumps, then it would be better hiring a pro to do the work for you. However, if there are many of them which are to be removed, then renting a stump grinder is the best choice to make. You should make sure you get the directions from the company that is renting you the machine. When using this grinder, you have the right gear on including eye and ear protection.
Clear the area around the stump
Before using the stump grinder, one will need to first clear the area using a shovel. This is meant to remove the rocks which are likely to damage the teeth of the grinder. A garden mattock can also be an effective tool for one clear the area around the stump. The third step can be trimming the stump closer to the ground but some people can also decide to skip the step. However, trimming it closer to the ground will significantly speed up the grinding processes. When hiring the grinder, one should make sure they have captured all the instructions with the renting company. This ensures one uses the machine the right way without posing a danger to their bodies or other people as well.
Position the grinder over the stump
After making sure you have followed the instructions of the manufacture, then drive the machine over to the location of the stump and position it above. Once you start it, it will grind the surface of the stump right from the face as it goes downwards. It works its way down into the ground and proceeds to grind the roots of the stump. This ensures that there is nothing left of the tree to start growing again. When it has reached the ground level, it is important to move the machine around. This ensures that all the roots around the stump so as to grind off the aerial roots.
Shovel out the grindings and fill the hole
Once you have completed the grinding process, it is important to remove all the ground up wood from the hole. This will allow the ground to repair itself more easily than letting the grindings stay. You may need a shovel to make your work easier and dispose of the grindings to another place. The grindings can then be replaced with some other materials such as sawdust or even loam. One will need to continue adding this matter until the place is not depressed any more.