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FAQs

  • 1) Stump Grinding & Removal Frequently Asked Questions
    At Grand Rapids Stump Grinding, we get a lot of calls with questions and concerns regarding stump grinding as well as stump removals. There have been a lot of good questions and we decided to put together some of the frequently asked questions here. If your question or concern is not on this page, then feel free to call Grand Rapids Stump Grinding directly. Our courteous representatives are happy to help.
  • 2) Do Tree Removal Services Eliminate the Stump?
    Most tree removal services do not involve the stump. Rather, they cut the tree down to the stump and you are left to deal with the stump on your own or hire a stump grinding company like Grand Rapids Stump Grinding.
  • 3) Do I Need to Remove the Tree Stump?
    Some homeowners leave the tree stump until it rots, but we advise against this. For one, the tree stump makes the yard look bad and becomes a trip hazard. The stump also makes lawn maintenance unnecessarily challenging and can damage your lawn mower. Worse, tree stumps can become breeding grounds for pests like termites and rats as well as fungus and mushrooms. Many property owners remove or grind down the tree stump to avoid headaches and instead enjoy a nice yard.
  • 4) How Long Does It Take for a Tree Stump to Decay?
    If the tree removal was done poorly and there is enough stump left over, you might find that the tree trunk is still living and can grow new foliage. Otherwise, the tree stump will rot on its own. Granted, this can take 15 to 20 years depending on the size of the stump.
  • 5) How Long Does Stump Grinding Take?
    It depends on the size, age, and location of the stump. We can handle small stumps in about 15 minutes while larger ones can take a few hours.
  • 6) How Deep Do You Grind a Stump?
    Our general rule of thumb is to grind the stump around 16 to 18 inches below the ground if the homeowner wants new planting. We can also perform shallow grinding of around 4 inches into the earth.
  • 7) Do You Get Rid of the Roots Too?
    Stump grinding does not get at the roots, but we do grind down surface roots to prevent them from becoming tripping hazards. If you want the roots gone, then we recommend a stump removal rather than a stump grinding.
  • 8) Will This Leave a Hole in My Yard?
    Naturally, grinding the stump will create a hole in the ground but we will cover that hole with chips and dirt so that you don’t have an uneven landscape.
  • 9) What Do You Do with The Woodchips and Debris?
    We use some of the debris to cover the hole and we are happy to haul away the remainder. Some homeowners prefer to keep the mulch for their flower and vegetable gardens.
  • 10) Do You Offer Discounts on Multiple Stumps?
    Explore our website to find applicable discounts, coupons, and promotional offers. We are happy to work with you on pricing. Call us today to speak with a friendly representative.
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