Oak Ridge, North Carolina

Stump Grinding vs. Stump Removal January 21, 2019

Oak Ridge, Guilford
Stump Grinding vs. Stump Removal, Oak Ridge, North Carolina

After tree removal, you'll be left with a tree stump on your property, which might end up an eyesore in the way of your landscaping plans. There are two main ways to get rid of this obstruction: stump grinding and stump removal. Both options have benefits and drawbacks, so the choice of which to use depends on the specifics of your situation.

Stump Removal

Stump removal is the most thorough option, leaving behind no trace of the tree stump. To achieve this, your landscaping service digs up the entire stump, including all its roots. This solution is ideal if you'll be digging and planting in the area since there will be no hidden roots left to catch on your tools. If the tree you've removed is a particularly hardy type, removing the roots will keep it from sending up persistent shoots. 

Stump Grinding

Stump GrindingFor a faster, easier option, you want stump grinding. This process uses heavy-duty machinery to process the stump into wood chips while it's still in the ground. It has the advantage of filling in the hole left behind with these wood chips, which will decompose over time and enrich the soil. Unfortunately, it does leave the stump's roots in place. Despite this, stump grinding is the preferred approach in almost all cases due to its convenience, with no digging that might disrupt the lawn or garden around it.


For stump grinding or removal in Kernersville and Oak Ridge, NC, choose Eldridge Arborist & Landscaping. Serving Guilford and Forsyth counties and drawing on a combined 80 years of experience, this fully licensed, family-operated team provides affordable and convenient tree care, including 24-hour emergency service. To schedule a visit and receive an estimate, call (336) 423-7133 or reach out online.

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