Why should I remove a tree stump from my yard?

Reasons to remove a tree stump from your yard

Whether you have just removed a tree from your yard, paid a company to do it for you, or a storm blew your tree down, the remaining stump needs some attention. While stump removal is usually an extra expense, it is well worth it in the long run. Not convinced that you need to take the stump out of your yard? Here are some reasons that you should consider when deciding for or against stump removal.

Safety

Many times, stumps in your yard aren’t in convenient, low-traffic areas. If a stump is cut low to the ground, it can be hard to see and present a tripping hazard for anyone walking nearby. Toddlers have enough trouble walking on level ground, and when you throw a stump into the mix, there will be more (and might I add, unnecessary!) injuries.

Have you ever run over a tree root or stump when you are mowing? The damage can affect more than just the blade of the mower. It can be costly if you have to keep buying new blades, but the whole blade could come off and hurt the person mowing or damage a nearby object. The annoyance of trying to avoid mowing around the stump could be prevented if the stump was removed.

Aesthetics

Having old stumps in your yard, simply put, is not pretty. If you are trying to sell your home or get into the Guinness Book of World Records for “Prettiest Yard,” keeping stumps in your yard will detract from the value and beauty of your home. What are you more attracted to: a clean-cut, well-maintained yard, or a yard that is only mostly complete?

Health of nearby plants, shrubs, or trees

If a stump remains in the yard, it will begin to rot. The rotting can cause mold and bacteria to grow, thus causing other plants or trees to be in danger of disease.

Additionally, stumps that are left in a yard also give an opportunity for sprouts and other little trees to grow. Sprouts suck the nutrients away from healthy trees, causing a deficiency of water and the nutrients that are required for a healthy tree to thrive.

Avoiding Insects

While insects aren’t a problem in the great outdoors, they are a problem when they come into your home or destroy crops. That is exactly what might happen if you leave a stump to rot in your yard. Rotting stumps attract the wood-eating insects such as termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood-boring beetles.

After considering the pros and cons of stump removal, remember that there is a local tree service that can help you with your stump removal needs! Please call us if you have any further questions or would like to set up an appointment.