It is impossible to overemphasise the benefits of having trees on a property. They ensure a healthy home environment with fresh air and attractive green space. Trees also provide a cool resting place on a sunny day.
In spite of these benefits and many more, it is sometimes necessary to cut down a tree on your property. Once the tree you have hewn, split and transported the logs, you will need to deal with the stump. Should you remove it or leave it?
The best idea is that you get rid of the stump. Below are eight reasons why it advisable to remove tree stumps from your property.
1. Stumps Are an Eyesore
Tree stump destroys the uniformity of your green space. A decaying brown stump in the middle of a landscaped grass lawn is ugly to behold. If you prefer a lovely uniform landscape, then a tree stump is unwelcome. Remove it.
2. It Is a Safety Hazard
A dead trump has very few practical uses. Often, it is a safety hazard for those using the property. Those who are in greatest danger are children, who can easily trip over the tree and hurt themselves while playing. The risk increases if the stump is only a few inches above the ground as it will not be visible to many people, especially visitors.
Low-lying stumps can also damage your lawn mower when the grass covers it. It also puts the machine operator at risk if they trip or stumble over it. It is therefore prudent to remove all stumps in active areas of your property.
3. It Lowers the Value of Your Property
A stump has the reverse effect to that of a living tree on the value of your property. As an eyesore and a safety hazard, it devalues your home. Most buyers will point them out as a reason for paying less. Having rotting tree stumps sticking out of your property might also imply incomplete landscaping.
Consequently, if you plan to sell your house, then boost its value by removing the stump and replacing it with a young tree.
4. Hard to Manoeuvre Around
How do you like your mowing or landscaping experience? Most people love it flawless. Stumps take this away as you have to find a way around it. It often takes more time, but the result is still not as good as other parts.
5. Attracting Pests
A living tree attracts birds, and in most cases, beneficial or harmless insects such as ladybirds. However, once it is dead and rotting, it becomes home to hardly helpful creatures. It attracts wood-boring insects such as termites, beetles, and carpenter ants.
Once they have used up the nutrients on the log or have become too many for a single colony, the pests will seek new territories. They will move to other trees or wooden structures in your home. They might end up in the house, which will result in costly repairs.
Besides pests, a rotting stump is also an excellent breeding ground for fungi. The fungi can be toxic or cause an allergic reaction in children or pets.
6. Regrowth of New Trees
Some tree stumps continue to support the growth of fresh sprouts creating a small bush around the stump. Clearing this bush is costly in the long run as these shoots often regrow. The new roots of the living stump also continue leeching nutrients and water from the ground, which affects the growth of surrounding vegetation.
You can use chemicals to inhibit the growth permanently. However, removing the stump is cheaper and has a lower risk of air and water pollution.
7. Damaging Your Property
Even if there are no visible shoots on a stump, the roots continue to grow for some time after you cut down the tree. Depending on the location and growth direction of the roots, they can grow into water pipes. More extensive and aggressive roots can lead to the buckling of sidewalks.
The effects of these roots take time to become evident, and it is always too late when you notice them. It is prudent, therefore, to remove the stump at the earliest opportunity to avoid expensive consequences.
Removing the Stump
You can remove the stump in many ways. The traditional method is to dig it out with all the roots. Tree Specialists Tree Squadron recommend a less labour intensive but efficient option known as ‘stump grinding’. Grinding is the fastest way, especially if all you need is bring the stump to ground level.
Though you can remove the stump on your own, it is essential to hire a professional, especially if your stump is rotten as there is a high possibility that it is already pest infested. An experienced arborist will also help you figure out the best option for your situation.
Shirley Mist has been involved in fashion and design for many years. She has also written extensively for many online publications. She currently writes for The Tribune World and is a valued member of our team.