When it’s Appropriate to Remove a Tree Stump

Tree stump in the ground after tree is cut down

The felling of a tree, accidentally or intentionally, is likely to leave a stump. The stumps are sometimes not only an eyesore but also tend to pose a safety threat. The removal of such stumps is based on a myriad of reasons, thus, before it can be removed, it is necessary that a proper assessment is made.

To avoid incidences of suckering, where new roots may emerge from the trunk, and development of root diseases from the dead stumps, tree stump removal becomes an essential part.

Inspecting and Working Out The Best Options

Assessing a tree stump is a crucial step that allows you to make a choice regarding the most appropriate technique to be utilized. The nature of tree stump should be used to determine the most appropriate way of removing it.

For instance, it might be harder to dig out a stump from a deciduous tree owing to its deep root system.

Stump removal can be done at any time that is deemed appropriate. For the easiest and most convenient way to get rid of a stump is when the tree is being cut down. Besides saving on the cost of doing it at a later time, it allows for effectiveness in case of chemical killing of stumps.

The method of stump removal dictates the appropriate time of its removal. Ideally, opting for tree and stump removal at the same time is the best option. However, sometimes that is not possible.

If you wish to remove it using chemical application, the application has to be made immediately after the tree is cut. Autumn and winter are the most appropriate seasons in which stump killing can be made using chemicals. The reason being that the spring and the summer are best known for sap rising where sap rising is a process that inhibits the effectiveness of most chemical stump killers.

Common Mistakes

Tree Stump Burning gone wrong

One of the most common mistakes people make when removing stumps is that they opt to burn them in situ. This is an inappropriate way of doing it since most of them are usually too wet for effective removal. The problem is by all means timing, since burning works but only in summer, when the stump is all dried up. Ideally, the most appropriate time of removing a tree stump is based on the method that is being used to remove it, and the convenience required. The best, the easiest and the most affordable way of removing a stump is immediately when a tree has been felled to avoid any inconveniences.

Deciding the right course of action

The reason behind the removal of a stump is, however, the best shot at deciding the right time to remove a stump. Stumps are hazardous in that, children run the risk of tripping on them. In such a case, appropriate timing takes a back seat, and the need for removal takes precedence. It is advisable to use specialists for stump removal to ensure that the job is effectively accomplished. Conclusively, stump removal can be accomplished using various techniques depending on the urgency, convenience and most importantly costs. Using chemicals to kill stumps may be effective, but there is always the chance of injuring other plants in the vicinity. Assessing a tree stump is crucial in determining the most appropriate method of its removal and more importantly the time suitability for the actions.

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