Why You Should Remove A Tree Stump

Doug Bedford June 29, 2018

Deciding to have a tree removed from your property is not always a tough decision. In fact, as long as you have a professional team like Red’s Tree Service handle the project for you, the actual removal of the tree is the easy part. Where it starts to get tricky is when you have to decide on whether or not to have the tree stump that is been left behind removed. It is important for homeowners to understand the problems that can arise from leaving a stump where it is, and the benefits that can come with professional stump removal. We generally advise all stumps be removed, and we recommend you do not try to do it on your own. Read more below on why you should remove tree stumps from your property, and why you should leave it to the pros!

Stumps can cause damage to your property

Even after you have a tree cut down, the roots can continue to grow for a while. Tree roots, in general, are thirsty and will tend to seek out water wherever they can get it. Unfortunately for homeowners, that can sometimes mean growing into pipes and causing them to burst, leading to a loss of water supply, flooding, and expensive repairs or replacements. Aggressive roots can cause sidewalks to buckle and create a number of other problems around the home, most of which go unseen or unnoticed until it is too late. Having a tree stump removed as quickly as possible reduces the chances of its roots causing problems.

Stumps can be a safety hazard

Unless you are extremely sentimental or very creative, a dead tree stump on your property has few practical uses. It is, however, a potential safety hazard, particularly if you have children that like to play in the yard. Not only can it be easy for people to trip over it or tumble into it, but roots growing out of control can also cause slips and stumbles. For safety’s sake, removing tree stumps from an active area is usually your best bet for safety’s sake. 

Used hand saw on top of tree stump

Stumps take up extra space

Any area on your property with a tree stump is effectively a dead space, without much use to anyone. Removing the stump opens that space up for just about anything you can imagine. You can leave it open, plant another tree, put in a swing set, or add a birdbath. Without a stump taking up space, you have a whole range of options to choose from.

Stumps can attract invasive species

Living trees naturally attract a variety of animals, birds, and beneficial insects like ladybugs and honeybees. The wildlife that shows up once a tree has been removed, however, is not anything you will want to roll out the welcome mat for. Dead tree stumps are inviting to pests like termites and carpenter ants. Once they use up all the limited resources of the tree stump, they will seek a new place to colonize, and sometimes that will be a healthy tree or hedge nearby, putting it at risk. Besides unwanted insects, tree stumps may also start sprouting fungi, a number of which are toxic and can pose a threat to pets and small children.

Stumps can reduce the value of your property

Planting trees or purchasing a property with trees is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. They attract wildlife, offer privacy, are a beautiful source of fresh air and stress relief, and provide shade and coolness. For these reasons, having a tree can often add a boost to the value of your property.

Dead tree stumps, on the other hand, may have the opposite effect. As an eyesore with no real practical use, your home could be less valuable while a stump is sitting on your property. Removing that stump and replacing it with a healthy new tree could help the value of your home go right back up again.

The best way to remove a stump in Memphis is Red’s Tree Service

Properly removing a tree stump is a difficult task because you are fighting a deep system of roots under the surface. DIY removal methods often use toxic chemicals that can last for months or renting or buying specific tools to aid in the process. When you take into consideration the hazards, cost, time, and effort of removing a stump yourself, you will soon realize it is easier, safer, and more efficient to have a professional team like Red’s do it for you. 

removing a tree stump

Our experts will be able to diagnose and execute the best removal method for the type, size, age, and health of your stump. Our tree stump removal team has the heavy-duty equipment necessary to perform stump grinding efficiently, and the training to complete the task safely. We also have the knowledge and expertise about surrounding pipes and wires, and what can grow in the remaining space. Red’s Tree Service can also recycle or dispose of the debris, so you do not have to worry about taking it somewhere yourself, or arranging for the city to pick it up.

If you are in Memphis or the surrounding area and have a tree stump sitting around your property like a bump on a log, get in touch with our expert team today to inquire about our stump removal and grinding services!