Stump Grinding

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Stump grinding

Stump grinding is the process in which the stump of a tree is ground down into tiny pieces using specialist machinery. The stump can even be ground down to a fine sawdust, which you can use to fill the hole or as mulch for your garden.

If you’ve got a tree stump in your garden, it can get in the way of you planting beds or laying turf down. If it’s contaminated, it’s best to get rid of it as soon as possible before it spreads disease to surrounding plants and trees. Most tree surgeons will be able to offer stump grinding at the same time as they fell a tree for you, but others don’t do it – so you might have to find another contractor to carry the job out for you.

Stump depth

It’s worth considering how deep you would like the stump ground to before the tree surgeon gets started. Most will be able to advise you on the best course of action, but generally if you want to lay turf you can grind to 8-10 inches (20-25cm). However, if you’re replanting or landscaping, you should allow for a depth of around 1 ft (30cm).

What to do with the sawdust/chips

What you do with the sawdust or chips left from the stump depends on what you plan to do with your garden. You could simply use it to cover up the hole left by the ground stump, or add it to your garden as mulch. But if you’re going to replant the area, it’s best to remove most of the sawdust and fill the hole with topsoil.

If you think a large amount of sawdust got mixed in with the existing soil, it’s worth adding a nitrogenous fertiliser before you plant to prevent issues with nutrient lockup.

Average Stump grinding cost

The typical cost of Stump grinding is  around £280. However, costs vary based upon the location and the provider picked. The upper price range can be as high as £336.

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Stump grinding installation cost in your area 2023

Labour cost £210
Material cost £15
Waste removal £55
Time frame: 1 day

Advantages for Stump grinding

  • If the stump is diseased, removing it prevents disease spreading to other trees and plants and damaging the soil
  • Allows the area to be clear for replanting with grass or flowers
  • Removes an unsightly stump from your garden
  • The debris from the stump is taken away leaving the area clear

Disadvantages for Stump grinding

  • Other methods of 'rotting' the stump take a long time
  • In some situations the stump may start to regrow

Stump grinding Manufacturers

Stump grinding FAQs

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Friendly reliable service

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Pamela B., S5
25th November 2021

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Frank N., NG5
20th October 2020

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Based: in Cherstey, KT16

Great Gardens is based in Cherstey and have 30 positive reviews

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Suzanne R., KT6
17th September 2020

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Based: in Chelmsford, CM2 8UN

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