Stump grinding is a mechanical tree surgery practice of removing tree remnants without eradicating the whole of the root system. Stump grinding machinery reduces what remains of the trunk into fine chippings, called mulch. The tree surgeons at K. Shepherd & Son grind down stumps to specified depths based on the customer’s requirements, from as little as 1 inch to a depth of up to 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 to 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 condition for further development.
More importantly, stump grinding machinery uses biodegradable oil and requires less power. This is better for the environment benefitting 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.
One of the most important elements of tree surgery is removing the stump from your land after a tree removal. You should always use trained arborists and tree surgeons for stump grinding. Choosing a professional is safer, not only for you, but for those around your property and not to mention an unqualified individual, who might not have the correct 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. If left to grow for too long, these plants will form strong roots, requiring further removal, which usually prove costly for landowners.
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 making it 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 that someone 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. It, therefore, won’t be too long before your land starts crawling with unwanted ants and beetles. Once the termites arrive, you have a major environmental concern that could threaten your healthy trees.
Add in that you could face issues with disease and fungi, and stump grinding suddenly makes a lot more sense.