This may come as a surprise if you have never had a tree removed from your property before. Typically, when you pay to have a tree removed, you are just paying for a tree service to chop the tree down and remove the wood from your land. The stump — the first few inches of the tree that emerge from the ground — is typically left behind. Many tree companies, however, allow you to add stump grinding to your tree removal service for an extra fee. Here are a few reasons why it's often wise to add on this service.
Stumps Can Invite Critters Onto Your Property
A stump from a removed tree is not just an eyesore. It can also be an invitation to various pests who may want to move onto your property. Termites love old, deteriorating wood stumps, and once inside the stump, they might soon move to your fence or garage. Other pests who love wood stumps include grubs, certain species of cockroaches, and carpenter ants. Fighting an infestation of any of these pests can cost far more than simply having the stump ground down in the first place. That's not even taking into account the hassle and headache of having to deal with the insects.
Stumps Can Be Dangerous to Family Members and Guests
You don't want to be walking across a lawn at night, and then tripping over a stump you did not see. You could be seriously injured in the process. If you leave a stump in place, this is something that could happen to you, a family member, or even a guest who visits your property. In the case of a guest, you may be responsible for paying their medical bills since the injury happened on your property. That's not fun at all, and opting for stump grinding is definitely preferable.
Removing the Stump Later Will Be a Hassle
You could, of course, have the tree company leave the stump for you to remove later on. But this is harder than you might think. Grinders are big pieces of equipment, and while you can rent them, doing so is not cheap. Breaking down the stump with enzymes is an option, but it's a time-consuming one. Having the stump ground when the tree is removed is so much simpler than removing it yourself, regardless of your preferred method.
For more information, contact a local removal company such as Sound Stump Removal.