Stump Grinding and Replanting

Removing a tree? We definitely recommend that you grind out the stump!

Stump grinding is the best way to lower the likelihood of the tree returning, as leaving a stump can often induce the growth of suckers and other undesired epiphytic growth. Not to mention, tree stumps are often unsightly, and limit your options for replanting. If you need one more reason to have us grind out the stump, it’s pests. Carpenter ants, termites and other wood-eating pests you probably prefer stay away from your house, take up residence in old, rotting stumps. At Seattle Tree Care we pride ourselves on being able to access most of the stumps from trees we remove, and we hope you consider this option so that you can plant a new tree!

After stump grinding, follow these steps to make make sure your next tree is healthy and thriving:

  1. Wait One Year – While the prospect of planting a new tree is exciting, it is best to wait a year. The saw dust needs to settle in with the soil to create the optimum nitrogen to carbon ratio. Consider amending the soil to help with this process.
  2. Leave Enough Room – Trees need space to grow, and there could still be some roots left intact. We recommend planting at least three feet away from where the stump was.
  3. Right Tree, Right Place – consider all site aspects before planting. Is there any surrounding infrastructure that might impact the growth of the tree, such as buildings, powerlines, or even other trees?
  4. Planting Season – the best time to plant a tree is in autumn, before the rains. Right now is the perfect time!
  5. Hydration – Young trees need plenty of water, up to 10-15 gallons a week. Consider purchasing a watering bag or setting up some other irrigation system to ensure the tree gets all the water it needs.

With these tips in mind your next tree will grow up to be just as strong as the one it replaced. For more information regarding the importance of stump grinding and replanting, please follow the link to this great article published by the University of Georgia.

Curious about how stump grinding works? Check out our video below.


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