One major decision you will have to make any time you have a tree removed from your yard is whether or not you want the tree removal service to take the stump as well. Deciding whether or not you want the stump removed is a big decision. Here are a few things that you should think about and discuss with your tree removal professional before you make up your mind.
Some homeowners opt to leave the stump because of the additional cost associated with its removal. Unfortunately, this can turn your yard into a safety hazard. Tree stumps can be an injury threat, especially in the dark. If someone trips over the tree stump, they can get seriously injured.
Tree stumps can also damage lawnmowers and similar equipment. If you strike the stump, it can damage blades and potentially cause injury. Not to mention, a tree stump that's left in the ground could ultimately attract all sorts of pests. Those pests can pose a safety risk to your family out in the yard as well as to your home as the insects look for places to nest.
Tree stumps left behind can be a real nuisance on your property. After all, when you leave the tree stump and roots behind, you've automatically lost some landscaping space. If the tree still has some life left in it, you may notice the roots trying to produce new shoots in an effort to grow another tree. This leads to the roots drawing valuable moisture and nutrients out of the soil, potentially robbing the nutrients from the landscaping that you do want to grow.
The residual stump can also detract from your landscape's appearance in general. It can be disruptive to the appearance of your yard, especially if it starts to decay. If you want to preserve the appearance of your yard, have the stump removed with the tree.
If you have the tree removed due to infection, it is important that you have the stump removed as well. Leaving the stump and roots in the ground can allow for the infection to spread to the healthy vegetation on your property.
The more you understand about why you should have tree stumps removed when you have a tree taken down, the easier it is to approach the process prepared. Talk with your tree removal contractor today for more information and to find out if your stump should be removed.