Stump Grinding, Root Removal and Poisoning

Once the tree has been safely removed a decision needs to be made regarding the stump removal.

In some situations, nature can take over and the stump can be left alone to rot down and return to the earth, during which time it will become a host for insects and fungi, helping nature’s biodiversity. 

In towns and cities is is probably best to grind out or poison the stump – this helps prevent diseases like honey fungus from feasting on slowing rotting out root systems.

Some trees will not grow back once cut down to a stump (tending to be the slower growing hardwoods) – they may throw out the odd runner from their root systems but in general terms it is these trees that can be safely left to die back slowly.

The faster growing softwoods, that have been traditionally used for coppicing, will keep coming back by throwing out suckers from their root system. If left unchecked, these will grow into new trees.

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Stump Removal

On larger trees, Stump Grinding will take the base of the stump to below ground (8 inches or so) then a contact poison is applied to kill off the root system. 

Root Removal

Root Removal can be achieved on smaller trees by means of our hydraulic winch, with a lifting capacity of 4 tonnes a significant part of the root system can be extracted where accessible.

Poisoning Tree Stumps

Poisoning of tree stumps is carried out, wherever possible, using eco plugs. These specialist plugs are designed to be drilled into the live stump, then struck to deliver the active substance (glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine), where it is most effective.

Our Assessment Process

Whilst discussing your Take Down / Felling of your tree(s) or as part of a one-off Stump Grinding or Root Removal service we will talk about:

Once we have carried out our checks with your local authority and know the protection status of your tree(s), we will then prepare you a written quote, which will detail the work as agreed.

Tree surgeon up tree in back garden tree felling
Tree Surgeon at work cutting tree with man holding rope at bottom
Tree Management with man up tree in back garden performing dead wood removal