Stump Grinding or Stump Removal? What’s The Best Solution?

Stump Grinding or Stump Removal? What's The Best Solution?

The answer depends on your needs and the tree stump. If you are looking for a low-cost alternative to traditional stump removal methods, now is the time to consider stump grinding. If it is good enough for professional arborists, then why not give it a try?

Stump grinding allows you to instantly remove stumps in your yard without hassle or mess. No more ripping up your lawn or breaking up concrete. This is a simple, fast, and easy way to remove your old tree stumps. You don’t have to worry about digging them out anymore!

The stump removal process begins with the ground around the stump being dug up in order to expose the root ball. The exposed roots are then cut off close to the stump with a chain saw and removed through the opening created by the initial excavation work performed. Next, we will create an auger (hole) into the center of which is inserted an industrial-strength drill bit capable of boring through even the hardest, thickest, and most dense tree stumps.

The combination of the auger drill bit and high-speed rotation produces an incredibly powerful cutting action, removing a wide groove from the center of the stump to its outer edges in less than 30 minutes! The result is a perfectly round hole that is barely noticeable after being filled with topsoil or mulch. With this method, you will leave virtually no trace that your stump was ever there!

Ways To Get Rid Of Stumps: The Pros and Cons

Stump-Grinding-or-Stump-RemovalWith so many options out there, how do you know which one to go with? It all depends on your needs and the size of your stump. For small stumps, consider a variety of options like grinding or digging. Both are relatively quick and easy ways to get rid of them without needing heavy equipment or machinery.

If you have large stumps, then you may want to consider using heavy equipment for removal but remember that this method is time-consuming and requires expensive permits for excavation work in or around bodies of water as well as nearly buried utility lines.

Overall, the best way to figure out what the best option is for getting rid of tree stumps in your yard is by consulting an expert arborist who can help analyze any specific issues that your yard may be experiencing and recommend the best method to permanently solve them.

Insights on Stump Grinding vs. Stump Removal: Which Option Is Right for You?

When it comes to stump removal, two processes will likely come to mind. In order to decide between stump grinding or removal, let’s discuss the benefits of each method:

Stump Grinding Pros:  

  • Easy and fast way to remove tree stumps without damaging your yard or having to break up concrete
  • Easily done DIY – equipment can be rented from local rental agencies
  • Quieter than traditional methods; no heavy machinery on your lawn
  • Low cost – grinders can be rented for a few days at most in order to remove numerous stumps


  • Equipment can potentially cause damage to your lawn or garden if not used correctly – can even be dangerous!
  • If left unattended, grinders can easily burn the grass around and create an uneven playing field for sports
  • Sharp blades on some grinders require protection from injury

Stump Removal Pros:

  • Stump removal will leave almost no sign that a tree stump was ever in your yard
  • Very little damage to the yard due to specialized equipment designed specifically to move dirt without harming it
  • Can provide new space for plants; if you don’t fill in the hole made by removal, you’ll have a raised bed where there was once a tree stump
  • Faster and easier than trying to break concrete down


  • Bulky machinery will take up most of your lawn and cause disruptions in your landscaping process
  • Requires specialized equipment and can be very expensive – get a quote from an arborist to see if it’s worth the cost

Which Option Should You Choose?

It depends on what you are hoping to accomplish and whether or not you have enough space for machinery on your property. If you don’t mind purchasing machine rental time, then stump grinding is likely the option for you. Otherwise, removal is a great choice too but may cost more than grinding depending on the size of your tree stump. Baxter’s Tree Service is ready to provide the best solution for getting rid of stumps.