When trees are felled or fall, Serpico Landscaping’s certified Tree Care experts usually complete tree removal projects with a final stump removal process. Stumps are removed to prevent leggy upshots from roots called ‘suckers’ and to abate another common tree problem: fungal root rots.
Although often large and heavy, stumps can be removed with the right equipment and technique.
- Tree stumps can be left in the ground after felling but this can lead to problems with suckering where new shoots arise from the trunk and roots.
- Completely dead stumps won’t form suckers, but they can play host to root diseases such as honey fungus, so aren’t worth leaving in and taking the risk.
When To Remove A Stump
Tree stumps can be physically removed any time. Serpico’s commercial tree care experts remove stumps when felling a tree. It’s the most convenient way to remove stumps.
Stump killers need to be applied to freshly cut wood, so are best applied immediately after felling. Otherwise, they will need to be re-cut before the stump killer product is applied.
Removing A Stump
Physical stump removal is the best solution. Ideally the stump should be removed entirely, but if this is not possible alternative methods usually give satisfactory results.
For smaller trees, stumps can be pulled out with a winch. Grabbing out by hand or mechanical mini-excavator removes the majority of the root system. Removal is easiest if trees are cut down so that a significant length of trunk remains to give leverage to help in removal.
To be sure, Serpico Landscaping’s certified commercial tree surgeons and crane operators are especially adept at working in tight spaces — such as parking lots (full of cars) or a deep row of older, established arboreal beauties!
Serpico May Employ Stump Grinding Machinery
Machines known as stump grinders will mechanically grind out the tree’s main root plate, leaving fine sawdust. Serpico will clean up any root debris inevitably left around the area of stump removal and the majority of any remaining sawdust in soil will eventually decompose.
Talk to your Serpico Branch Manager to discuss your vision to fill the blank space made from no longer seeing a tree or a stump! Tree crews and your manager will then specify how deep the stump should be ground. Shallow grinding, 8-10 inches, is normally sufficient for laying turf — and we will allow for deeper grinding — one foot, or more, if we’re replanting or updating with new landscaping or adding new efficient irrigation updates.
Landscaping + Tree Care: Serpico’s ‘All-In-1’ Green Partnership
As a locally certified green business in the SF Bay area, Serpico looks at your landscaping holistically — so all the little details matter as part of A Grander Purpose. For example, think about what you want to do with the sawdust remaining from grinding out a tree stump. It can be left to fill in the tree trunk’s empty vacancy, or the sawdust can be used as recycled mulch in other areas of your association’s HOA, retail or business/municipal community property. Any diseased wood will be removed completely.
If your landscape design committee would like to replant the area surrounding a stump removal, let’s talk about ways you’d like Serpico Landscaping to transform the new open area so as to meet your team’s landscaping and design goals.