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Stump removal vs. stump grinding: the pros and cons

Oct 18

Last month we wrote a blog post about why tree stumps should be removed from your yard. We hope this helped you make a decision on whether or not to proceed with the process. Phoenix tree removal loves to tell you about the two options for removing tree stumps: total removal or grinding. Each method has its pros and cons. Continue reading to find out more about each option to help you choose the right one for you.

Pros and cons of Stump Removal

As it sounds, stump removal is removing a stump from the ground. Heavy machinery can pull the stump and root system entirely out of the ground. The main difference is how much you care about the root systems. The root system and stump are removed together, so you can be sure there is no possibility of sprouting or regrowth. This is more costly than stump grinding and leaves a gap where the root system and stump used to be.


  • Complete removal of stumps and roots
  • It is much easier to plant a new tree.
  • There is no sawdust leftover mess


  • Time-intensive
  • It is more difficult to remove
  • Gaping hole after removal

Pros and cons of stump grinding

Stump grinding removes the stump from a tree and leaves the root system intact. A stump grinder is a machine that mechanically grinds out the stump. It leaves nothing but fine sawdust. Tree stump grinding has the advantage that it can be ground to any height you desire, from 1 inch below soil level to 12 inches underground. Many homeowners prefer stump grinding for several reasons. It's much easier for companies to do the job, so it takes less time and uses smaller equipment. Unlike stump removal, which can leave the environment in a mess, stump grinding is neater and leaves less to clean up afterward. However, leaving the roots behind can lead to regrowth and sprouting. If the stump remains uncompressed, it can be tripped on and inflicted.


  • It is quicker to remove
  • Removal is less expensive than a replacement
  • No gaping hole after construction
  • Mulch can be made from any leftover sawdust


  • Possibility for eventual sprouting
  • Root decay can cause uneven yards.
  • Potentially dangerous for pedestrians

Which method is best for you?

The final decision is up to you and your preference. Stump grinding is the best option if you're looking for an economical solution. Because the roots remain in place, stump grinding takes less time. There is a chance that the stump could grow back. If you are looking to plant a tree in the same place or prevent regrowth, stump removal may be a better choice.

Call lawn services near me to schedule a free estimate to remove an old stump. We will discuss all options with you and provide a written estimate. Our years of experience will ensure that the job is done correctly.