dreamstime_xxl_54243016You may have a tree in your yard that is dying no matter what you do to try and save it. Or perhaps you have a tree that grew faster and larger than you were anticipating. Unhealthy and dead trees can present a safety hazard to your home – one strong wind could cause it to fall straight onto your house! Likewise, a tree that is too tall and too close to your home could present the same issue, even if it is healthy. In order to protect your home, you may need tree and stump removal.

Don’t worry! Tree felling and stump removal are not as complicated as you expect. At Whatcom Tree Service, we’re tree care experts, so we can get your tree issue taken care of quickly and easily! If you’re unsure whether you need stump removal, read on. We’ll teach you the basics, so you can know what to expect before you meet with our tree service technicians.

Tree Stumps

As we mentioned above, a dead or dying tree can present a safety hazard to your yard. However,  once the tree is felled, you’re left with a stump, often quite large, taking up space in your yard. You may need stump removal if the stump is in the way – you may want to plant or build where the tree was, or you may just get annoyed trying to mow around it. If you don’t have sentimental attachment to the tree, getting it removed is probably the best answer.

Problems Tree Stumps Cause

A tree stump in the middle of your yard is annoying, but not necessarily problematic. However, if your tree stump is small or has large protruding roots, this can be a hard-to-see tripping hazard. If you aren’t careful when you mow, tree stumps can damage your mower if you hit them or their roots.

Even once your unhealthy tree is felled, the roots and stump can continue putting out new sprouts. If you don’t want a new tree in that same spot, stump removal is the only way to stop this without killing the soil around it.

Similarly, if your tree was diseased before it was felled, the stump will still have that issue. Leaving it in your yard could allow that disease to spread to the other healthy trees nearby.

Because a tree stump is organic material that’s rarely bothered, it easily becomes a home to pests. Small bugs and wood-boring pests like termites and horntail (wood) wasps will look at your tree stump like a sumptuous buffet.

Can I Remove the Stump Myself?

Maybe. If your tree stump is small and the roots only go a few inches deep, you can probably get it up with a shovel and an afternoon. However, anything larger will require power tools and a bit more know-how to make the process successful. The downside to removing it yourself is disposal; once you have your tree stump up, you’ll need a vehicle large enough to take it to your local disposal site.

dreamstime_xxl_39288858Let an Expert Handle It

If your tree stump is more than a few inches in diameter and root depth, it’s safer to call an expert to take care of it for you. On top of the expense of renting the tools necessary to remove a larger stump, you could inadvertently damage utility lines. Gas and other utility lines often run under trees, and an accidental hit could leave you dealing with a gas leak and additional expense you didn’t expect. Your local tree service, like Whatcom in Bellingham, will have the tools and skills to save you that hassle.

Filling in the Hole

Once your stump is removed, you’re going to need to fill in the hole left behind (unless you’re planning on putting in a pool). Before you just dump a bunch of potting soil in and add grass seed, take a little extra care. Use a rake or spade to sift out any wood chips, as they inhibit grass growth. Try to find similar topsoil to what already exists in your yard. Fill the hole a few inches to a foot at a time and pack down the soil between each layer. This will help prevent erosion until the grass grows in.  

For tree stump removal and grinding, call the experts and save yourself the hassle! Whatcom Tree Service handles every stage of tree care and removal, so schedule your appointment today!