When trees fall they are usually cut up with a chainsaw and the trunk and branches removed but the stump, while it may be cut down to ground level, is usually left in place. Often that’s just fine except that the dead stump can be a fertile breeding ground for fungi and mold that can then affect nearby living trees. Even stumps cut low to the ground level can prove a trip hazard, and if the idea is to use the land for say a driveway or a patio then the stump left after trimming with a chainsaw will inevitably project enough to get in the way. Time for stump grinding.
Benefits of Grinding
Grinding the stump down to below the soil level makes it less appealing to termites and other pests that may otherwise inhabit a dead stump since the soil can cover up any remainder and grass can be regrown to cover the spot. You get a smooth even lawn back and the eyesore of an old stump is completely erased, making your property better looking and more usable.
On the Scene
The next step is that we dispatch a damage control team to your property. They will decide whether the tree itself needs to be dealt with right now, or whether the situation can be stabilized and dealt with when the storm passes or daylight comes. Things that may need doing right here and now include emergency bracing/cabling for trees threatening to fall and patching up holes in roofs and securing fallen timber ready for removal when the weather is better.
How Long does it Take?
A single stump can be ground down in as little as 20 minutes or so, although the total job will take longer as we clear the space around the stump and check that we are not going to hit anything unexpected. If you have a number of stumps it will work out more cost effective to arrange to have them all ground down in a single day.
Removal is a very different job from stump grinding as it involves digging out the stump and its root ball. Remember that the root ball of a tree can be four to ten times the size of the crown of that adult tree so however big the tree is the root ball is bigger. We don’t have to get all of that root network, but we do have to get the major limbs and that means using a mechanical digger to get deep into the soil and haul out the roots to take them away.
Because it’s such a major job most customers are happy to settle for stump grinding rather than removal but there are some cases where only removal will do. The obvious one is where another tree is going to be planted on the exact spot previously occupied by a felled tree. In that case grinding will not be enough as it will leave the root network in place to interfere with the growth of the new tree.
Removal is more labor intensive than grinding, and usually requires more machinery and more time so it will cost more. Ask us for a quote today.
We keep trees in check, but as arborists we do so in a way that promotes their healthy growth. Just taking a chainsaw to a tree growing in a way you don’t want is a recipe for problems further down the line. For example where once it was considered perfectly acceptable to ‘lop’ trees by cutting down parts of the main stem to leave stubs we know now that this can stunt trees, or encourage decay and fungi that can spread to other trees.
We don’t lop trees, we prune by taking out the right amount of the crown at the right points, and at the right time of year. That way you get the tree shape that you want, but with healthy tree growth going forward. That approach underlies everything we do, including work like tree removal and stump grinding. We always aim to preserve your property but also do right by the trees themselves – because we believe it’s in everybody’s interests.
It’s always sad to see a tree go but there are times when there is no other option and it’s a job you want handled by the professionals. Dead trees that have fallen are one clear example (although even there we would encourage you to keep small areas of dead wood to encourage wildlife).
Seriously damaged or dying trees that pose a risk of falling are another example of trees that must be removed. And of course some times trees have to be removed because of construction work or replanting. In each case the work needs to be done in a controlled fashion to minimize damage to other plants and to ensure the timber is removed safely.
Trees may need trimming because they are getting too close to property or utility lines, they may need trimming because they are unsightly or growing lopsidedly. They may also need trimming to promote their growth (pruning) and and to give better headroom underneath (crown raising).
We know exactly how to trim every type of tree you’re going to find in Florida so the shape is right for you and the growth pattern is right for the plant.
Tangled undergrowth, fallen trees, stumps and rocks can make land unusable and unsightly. Before you can lay that patio, build on it or simply enjoy that lawn, you need the land cleared by our team of enthusiastic and environmentally conscious land clearing specialists.
When a tree is cut it leaves a stump and the roots beneath it. While the roots can usually be left in place (unless you need to plant another tree on the same spot) the stump will prove an eyesore, a trip hazard, and a building obstacle even if it was cut to be as close as possible to ground level. We grind out stumps to below ground level so that you can have a perfectly smooth surface where they used to be.
If trees need support to withstand the weather, stop them from threatening property, or perhaps grow back up straight (think of cabling as like teeth braces for trees) then we can use a variety of cabling and bracing to support and direct your trees as well as steer them back on to the straight and narrow.
Ask us about the difference between static steel bracing, and the possibilities of flexible dynamic bracing to allow your trees to move with wind and storms without risking them falling.
24-Hour Emergency Tree Service
Trees don’t respect working hours when it comes to problems. Storm damage needs to be dealt with immediately and if you think a leaning tree or heavy limbs are a likely threat to your own life and limb then there’s no way you can wait. Which is why we offer a full emergency tree service around the clock, every day of the year.
If it’s a tree emergency then call us now on this number. If you think you may have problems with your trees that will only get worse then call us now on this number. Even if you think your trees are just fine then at least make a note of it but our feeling is that if you have trees then the best thing to do is have them checked out so we can tell you where things may need work.
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