When making changes to your yard during the spring and summer, one of the most common changes is to get rid of plants and trees that have died during the winter or that have become overgrown. For larger trees this means taking the time to cut them down so that they don’t become a hazard or a danger of falling. With the tree finally cut down you’re often left with and unsightly stump. It is possible to get rid of that stump once and for all with stump grinders. Here are the criteria you should use when choosing the right stump grinder for your job:
- The most important factor in determining which stump grinder you can use is the stump itself. The size and depth of the stump will necessitate the size of the stump grinder you will need to use in order to completely cut and remove the stump. The best stump grinders can reach twenty inches into the ground to ensure that you are able to reach the entire portion of the stump that is unseen. A stump grinder that is not cut deep enough will make it much harder to remove the stump. The size of the stump grinder is important in that you want one that is as slim as possible to make access to the stump easier. You also need to determine what other obstacles might be near the stump and be sure to choose a stump grinder that will fit around or between any of these obstacles so that you have better access to the stump.
- Because you will most likely be using the stump grinder only once, it is important to choose a grinder that is easy of use. If the stump grinder has complicated steps for operating it, you’ll find it difficult to use it in the right way and won’t be as successful at removing the stump. A stump grinder that is easy to use will have simple directions for operation that you can follow quickly.
- Consider the weight of the grinder when choosing the right one as well. A heavier grinder is going to be harder to use. If the grinder is on wheels or glides a heavier one also has the potential to cause damage to other landscaping elements near the stump. Choose one that offers ease of portability and evenly distributed weight so as to prevent other damage.
- Finally, consider how the grinder cuts. Make sure to choose one that cuts smoothly and evenly so that when you are finished removing the stump the area is smooth and ready for use. A grinder that cuts jaggedly or inconsistently can cause damage to other areas of the landscape and make for costly repairs after the stump is removed.
When you’re ready to get rid of that newly left stump or one that has been an eyesore in your yard form years, you can rent a stump grinder to take care of the job. If you’re not comfortable tackling the project yourself consult a landscape or tree professional that can help you take care of the stump and prepare the ground for new planting. Soon you’ll have more open lawn space uninterrupted by an unsightly stump.