Cutting Down A Tree: Do You Really Need To Remove The Stump?

When contacting a tree service to inquire about having an unwanted or diseased tree cut down, one of the first questions you will be asked is whether or not you also wish to have the stump removed. Your answer to this question will have a huge impact on the quote you receive since stump removal adds a considerable amount of work to the tree removal process. Consequently, the question most homeowners find themselves asking is whether or not they really need to remove the stump. While this is a question that must be answered on a case by case basis, you should know that there are many benefits that come along with choosing to have the tree stump removed. Below you will learn more about some of these benefits so that you can decide for yourself whether or not it is time for that stump to go.

Tree Stumps Can Sprout New Trees

When cutting down a healthy tree, the tree's root system will remain intact unless the entire stump and attached roots are also removed. In some cases, these roots can sprout cloned trees that are an exact duplicate of the tree that you just had removed. To make matters worse, not only will these roots sprout one new tree, they can end up sprouting dozens of small trees in the area surrounding the stump. Even if you pull these trees when they are still very small, new ones can sprout up in their place. The only guaranteed way to prevent this from happening is to remove the stump and the entire root system at the time the tree is cut down.

Stumps Can Present A Falling Hazard

Since tree stumps often fall below our natural line of sight, it is not uncommon for them to go unnoticed, especially when moving about in a fairly familiar environment. If you or a child falls over a tree stump that goes unnoticed, you could be dealing with some rather serious injuries as a result. However, if a neighbor or other visitor falls over this tree stump, not only will personal injury be an issue, but so will legal liability. This is because you can be held legally liable for any injuries that occur on your property.

If you do choose to leave the tree stump in place, it is always better to leave a large stump than to have it cut as low to the ground as possible. This will help to prevent the stump from being hidden in high grass and will reduce the risk of someone accidentally falling over the stump.

Tree Stumps Can Attract Bugs

There are many bugs that choose to make old tree stumps their home, including termites and wood-eating beetles. Once these insects infest the stump in your yard, it does not take much for them to migrate from the stump to the foundation of your home. Choosing to remove the stump at the time the tree is cut down will help to minimize the chances of these potentially destructive bugs being drawn towards your property.

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