Trees are removed from properties on a weekly basis. Whether it’s to remove the risk of an unstable tree, or it’s to prepare the land ready for a development project to commence, it’s important that all the tree is removed. Unfortunately, after a tree is removed, there are many companies who may leave the stump behind after the work has been completed. This can be a problem for many different reasons. If you’ve still got a stump sitting on your land and are unsure as to whether to get it removed, then here’s an expert guide on the importance of removing old stumps after cutting down a tree. Let’s take a look now.
Why Old Stumps Should Be Removed
- Termites/White Ants
Termites, or white ants, are a nuisance. They can cause significant damage to homes or other structures that are made from wood. Stumps that are left behind after a tree has been cut down have the potential to become a home for termites. When this occurs it can jeopardise the surrounding homes. Once a home is infested with termites it can be hard to repair the damage depending on the severity of it and how long they’ve been there for. The structural integrity of the home is compromised and generally will lead into thousands of dollars in repairs. This is why it’s important to remove any old stumps from a property that’s in close proximity to built up areas.
- Unwanted Tree Growth
After a tree’s been cut down, new shoots can sprout from the stump after a while. These new shoots are the start of the tree growing back. If they’re left, they may require professional services to remove them if they become large growths over time. Even if you cut down the new tree shoots, new unwanted growth can start to occur again. Removing the whole stump is the only way to stop a new tree from growing from the stump.
- Spread Diseases
If the tree was cut down due to disease but the stump remains, it has the potential to spread the disease to the surrounding trees. Diseases that are present in trees can really damage the environment, especially if the disease is an aggressive one. Without removing the stump, over time it can spread the disease throughout touching root systems, weather factors, or animal factors depending on the type of disease. Once the disease has spread to other trees in the area it can be difficult to stop it without cutting down the rest of the infected trees. This is why it’s important for the whole tree be removed from the area.
- Take Up Space
For trees that are dropped in residential areas, the remaining stump can take up a lot of space depending on the size of the tree. This can be a nuisance if there’s plans of a new garden or structural developments going to be taking place. Stump grinding provides an efficient way to remove the tree stump allowing for new developments to occur. It also helps to make the yard look more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. No one wants to look at an old stump in the middle of the backyard.
- Tripping Hazard
Depending on the size of the tree that’s been removed, the stump can cause a tripping hazard, especially if the root systems are large and are above the ground. Tree stumps with large roots can be hazardous. This is why removing the stump and the root system is a good idea, especially if the stump is located on public grounds. Public tripping hazards have the potential to encompass a lawsuit if you’re not careful. This is why it’s a good idea to have them completely remove in the first place.
- Farming Hazard
Stumps that are located on farming land can take up vital space that could be used for crops or grass growth. They can also be a farming hazard when ploughing, slashing, or seeding the land ready for another year of cropping. Stumps that are hidden in long grass can cause damage to tractors. They can also get caught on the equipment attached to the tractor. When this happens it can break the equipment’s blades, bend parts of the equipment, or completely break the equipment. This can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs or replacement, which is something that many farmers don’t have lying around.
Stumps are an important part of the tree when it’s fully grown, however when the tree is remove, it’s important to consider whether removing the stump is a good idea. By understanding the possible reasons why stumps should be removed you’ll be more informed to make a decision. So are you going to have an old stump removed?
Daniel has worked in the management, cutting, and caring of trees for the last 20 years. He works and helps run Bellarine Trees and is passionate about the environment and tree worker safety. He has a wife and two daughters and he enjoys playing tennis in his spare time.