Stump grinding is a mechanical tree surgery practice, used to remove tree remnants, without eradicating the whole of the root system. Stump grinding machinery reduces what remains of the trunk into fine chippings, called a mulch. The tree surgeons at K. Shepherd & Son grind down stumps to specified depths based on the customer’s needs, from as little as 1 inch, to as many as 12 inches below the soil level.
Located in Godalming, our family-run business offers stump grinding services in Cranleigh, Farnham, Guildford, Haslemere and Woking, and across all locations in Southern England.
The fine chippings from stump grinding end up mixing with soil to even out the ground, and to eliminate the need for backfilling. In the case of trees felled because of disease, such as honey fungus, we remove the mulch to stop it infecting the root systems of perennial plants on your land.
Some tree surgeons still use removal methods which pull the stump from the ground using machines which require more power. This can have an obvious environmental impact. Stump grinding is cleaner, easier to execute, more efficient and leaves surrounding land in better conditions for further development.
More importantly, stump grinding machinery uses biodegradable oil and requires less power. This is better for the environment and benefits our future generations. We strongly advise that customers in Godalming, and those in the surrounding Cranleigh, Farnham, Guildford, Haslemere and Woking areas, opt for stump grinding ahead of stump removal.
Removing a stump from your land after a tree removal is one of the most important elements of tree surgery. Always use trained arborists and tree surgeons for stump grinding. Choosing a professional is safer for you, safer for those around your property and safer for unqualified personnel, who might not have the training, or the required certification, to use stump grinding machinery in a controlled manner.
If you have doubts as to why you should use stump grinding as a tree surgery service, the points below may be of help.
Unwelcome Growth – If you leave the stump in place, it will eventually generate growth of smaller plants around it. Leave these plants to grow for to long so they form strong roots, and it usually proves costly for landowners to remove them.
These unwanted plants also starve welcome plant species of much-needed nutrients, causing them to wither and die.
Safety – Stump grinding removes hazards from your land to make things safer. Stumps create a tripping hazard and, if you have children at home or own land that sees high volumes of foot traffic, it is almost inevitable somebody will take a fall.
Stump grinding makes sites in Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere and Woking safer for everybody.
Pests and Disease – Stumps provide a welcome home for insects, so it won’t be long before your land starts crawling with ants and beetles. Once the termites arrive, you then have a major environmental concern that could threaten your healthy trees.
Add in the you could face issues with disease and fungi, and stump grinding suddenly makes a lot more sense.