Many homeowners look at their yards and cringe because of the unsightly tree stump sitting on their property like a blemish. While tree stumps are not always a problem we think about in-depth, keeping one might be more than just a flaw in your home’s aesthetics, and you will benefit in more ways than one from expert tree stump removal.

3 Reasons You Should Remove That Tree Stump

You’ll Be Held Liable

One of the main reasons to remove a stump is the liability issue. Children playing in a yard where a stump has been left are at risk of serious injury, and they may not notice that stump— especially when running fast.

Visitors or passersby may trip over roots growing out from the neglected stump. Anyone moving about the yard in the dark risks tripping over the uneven terrain. A backyard party could potentially wind up with a guest injuring themselves by tripping over a tree stump they didn’t see.

The soil around the stump can even settle, leaving depressions in the ground that can especially cause more trip-and-fall injuries. No one wants their guests to be injured, nor do they want to deal with liability issues arising from an unforeseen injury.

It’ll Continue To Grow

Did you know that cutting down a tree does not necessarily prevent the remaining stump from generating new growth?

The new, subsequent growth also means that the roots will continue growing, which can prove destructive to your yard, your cement driveway or patio, or even sewer lines.

This new growth will also extract most of the nutrients from the ground, resulting in the lawn or other surrounding plant life to suffer. Grass is the most vulnerable in this regard. It will often die from lack of sufficient water, and watering it will only give even more water to the new growth from the stump. The grass will continue to die, while the stump’s disease-like spread will worsen.

They’re a Haven for Pesky Pests

Tree stumps attract different kinds of insects and other vermin. Termites are a particularly destructive type of insect that can migrate to the home when they’ve accumulated into too large a number to be confined just to the stump.

Although live trees are typically also prone to attracting pests, tree stumps are much more vulnerable. When a tree stump begins rotting and harbors disease, it is likely that the disease will transmit itself to the surrounding live trees.

Having a decapitated tree sitting in your yard is somewhat like having an open, festering wound. Infections and bacteria spread. Tending to this wound in your front or backyard will benefit the health of all greenery that surrounds it.

Solution? Grind the Stump

The solution to all this is to grind the stump and remove the surrounding root system that is supporting it. Tree removal companies have stump grinders and own the required heavy machinery to take out the stump properly and thoroughly.

Because the stump grinder extracts the wood below the surface of the soil, the grinding process essentially ensures that the stump will not re-sprout with what is called “suckering growth.” The solution for this, which is sucker pruning—i.e. tending to any latent growth from the leftover stump— is a never-ending, pointless task that you don’t want to add to your long list of yard maintenance chores. Get it out, and be done with it.

If you have a stump in your yard that needs to be removed, contact Nationwide Tree Service’s experts today.