In most of the cases, you require professional assistance when you want to keep your garden area free from unsightly tree stumps. When it comes to trying to remove the stump of a big old tree, just cutting it is not enough. Moreover, it becomes quite hectic to uproot the entire tree from the ground. That is where stump grinding comes to the rescue.
Most of the tree arborists associated with the services of tree stump removal use heavy equipment for grinding purpose. However, you can make it a DIY task and take the initiative to grind the tree stumps. Diversified techniques are applied for operating different stump grinders. Before going for it, check out some of the general guidelines that experts follow while carrying out the grinding task.
Take proper safety precautions
Stump grinding can prove to be dangerous and harmful if you avoid taking necessary security measures. As per the expert suggestions,
· You must wear sturdy boots, full-length trousers, goggles and gloves.
· It is utmost important that you avoid taking your body too close to the grinding blades.
· Moreover, it will prove to be safe if you trim down the grass around the stump before you start the grinding.
· It is also necessary to remove small rocks, twigs and landscaping elements that are near the stumps before you start the work.
Cut down the bigger stumps
Before you begin grinding the stump abruptly, you should note that it is not an appropriate way to grind a giant trunk. Utilise the services of the professionals for tree removal to trim down the branches of the tree and remove the trunk from the base. Using a chainsaw is crucial at this point. As experts suggest, you should lower down the stump as much as you can until it comes on a level with the ground. It does not only make the process smoother but also helps in minimising the risk of accidents.
The right technique of stump grinding
It is necessary to follow the instruction manual of your grinder minutely before starting the equipment. Experts instruct to grind the stump with the help of the following steps,
· Place the wheel of your grinder on the stump and start it.
· You have to move the cutter sidewise to enable the blade can cut through the stump evenly.
· Once the first layer is removed, start grinding the next layer following the same technique.
· You need to repeat the removal of the layers until you the entire stump is ground.
It is not the end of the process as you need to carry out a thorough inspection. You are required to make sure that the stump is entirely cut through, and now it is at least ten centimetres below the ground surface.
Cover the hole
Don't let the gap remain open for too long. As soon as you are finished with the grinding part, cover the hole and make it even with the ground. Soil and grass seeds will be the perfect options for filling up the hole. If you need any more advice, assistance, or wish us to take care of it for you, give us a call.
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