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.


We hired Arborworks to remove 10 trees at our new house. There was a small overgrown forest going on. I don’t think anyone ever trimmed anything in this yard! Not only did they remove the trees and ground the stumps, they also took out our other items we had cut down ourselves.The biggest tree was almost three stories, you could see it towering over the house from the front and we have a two story house. Could not believe how efficiently they cut down that monster tree. Their guy who was in the tree – WOW he made it look easy but I know that it wasn’t! Knew what limbs to cut and where the limbs were going to fall. Was very impressed! We were there when they took all the trees out and I can tell you they definitely know what they are doing. They asked if we wanted the chips/mulch from the stump grinder otherwise they would have taken it away.I would hire them again in a heart beat and I’ve already recommended them! Great prices and GREAT service.
George R. Palo Alto, CAPalo Alto, CA


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