When it comes to tree removal, many people find themselves baffled when they realize that kind of service doesn’t include the stump. Because of this, they are faced with the dilemma of how to best get rid of the stump to restore a beautiful front-or backyard.

Why should you even get rid of the stump?

Cases in which keeping a stump is a viable option are few and far between, because of the following reasons:

They are, quite frankly, ugly: Most tree stumps have not an ounce of beauty about them. They serve no purpose, break up your luscious lawn and generally simply don’t look attractive. If you’re looking to sell your property, you may even find that they reduce its value.

They are a waste of space: Where you are currently housing that stump, you could be planting a flowerbed, installing a gazebo, planting a new tree or literally putting down anything else to replace that-patch-of-property-where-that-stump-lives.

They are a hazard: As you may have already guessed, stumps can be quite dangerous, especially when you have children running around. They could trip over it, or fall nearby and hit their head on the edge, or they may even climb on top, jump off and sprain their ankle. After all, kids don’t tend to think things through or calculate risks. But even if you don’t have children, stumps can still cause damage to your lawnmowers or other equipment.

They attract critters: Whether it be small rodents like mice or rats, or other creatures such as snakes or bugs, tree stumps will happily house any of them. And once those critters have settled in, they are difficult and expensive to get rid of, especially if they decide to enlarge their territory to include the rest of your property.

How Can You Get Rid of The Stump?

You’ve got two options here: a stump grinder or mechanical removal. The first is easier and quicker and will include you either renting a stump grinder or hiring a professional to do the job for you. The stump grinder’s blades will simply chew through the stump and get rid of it that way. The second option will take up a lot more time but will also be a whole lot cheaper since all you will have to do is whip out an ax or chainsaw to cut up the stump and pull the pieces from the ground. However, due to safety hazards, it is essential that you do not do that on your own but call in the Bay Area Tree Service.


Anyone who really cares about their trees knows how hard it is to find a good tree trimmer. I’ve used both major name brands, and self employed tree trimmers, and have never been very satisfied, until now. ArborWorks trimmed my trees as carefully as I would have, if I knew how to climb trees!Don McIntyre, owner, responded within two days of my call, and his estimate was fair and thorough. He personally brought the foreman of the crew to my site to go over the job the evening before the crew would actually arrive. Don also visits the site as the work is performed, to make sure everything goes smoothly.If my trees could vocalize, they’d sing about the space created for light to enter the crown, and how good it feels to have the weight off the ends of the limbs. Even neighbors have come by to complement me on how good the trees look. “Best ever”.I only wish I had known about ArborWorks sooner. It took me 32 years to find them. I hope my trees will forgive me for taking so long…
Karen K. Mountain View, CA


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