Removing a tree from your landscape is never something to undertake lightly, whether you are having a poorly placed but healthy tree removed, or one that is sickly or dead. Once the tree is gone, however, you will still need to deal with the stump. The following are some mistakes to avoid when it comes to the stump.
#1: Letting it rot in place
Although quaint in a woodland setting, a dead stump in your yard can pose a myriad of troubles. Not only is it difficult to mow around, it may not be as dead as you think. Many stumps survive the tree removal process. They will then try to send up new shoots, either from the stump itself or from the network of roots attached to it. These will present as weeds in your yard. Another issue with an old stump is that it can attract pests, including termites or carpenter ants. If it rots from the inside out, the hollow can attract larger mammals like skunks, as well. Rarely is it a good idea to leave an old stump in your yard.
#2: Choosing the wrong removal method
There are several removal methods, but you need to choose the one that is right for you. Burning out the stump is rarely a good idea, especially in residential areas. The smoke can pose a nuisance, for one. There is also the concern of the fire spreading underground along the roots, causing severe property damage. Chemical removal is an inexpensive option if you don't mind waiting several months for the chemicals to kill the stump and cause it to decompose. If a quick option is your first choice, then having the stump ground down well below ground level is by far the best method.
#3: Ignoring decomposition concerns
Even if you remove the stump, there will be issues with decomposition. Mature trees have extensive root system spread all throughout your yard. After the tree comes down, these roots will begin to decompose. The result will be sunken areas in the yard. Many people discover these when mowing, since it suddenly becomes a lot more difficult to push the mower through the bumpy lawn. Fortunately, it's easy to fix this problem if you stay on top of it. Each time you notice a low area, mix together equal parts sand and compost. Spread this over the low spot to even it up, leaving just the top of the grass poking up. The grass will grow through and the spot will be level. You may have to repeat the process several times as the roots continue to decompose.
For more help, contact a tree removal company such as Nelson Tree Company.