Trees are excellent investments for your home's look and overall value, but certain issues may arise, affecting the health of your tree. Removing a diseased or dead tree is essential, especially if it can fall onto your home or other outdoor structure. Unfortunately, removing a tree will usually involve leaving an unattractive stump behind in your landscape. Here are a few options to consider if you are stumped by what to do with a stump after removing a tree.
One of the easiest options for caring for a leftover tree stump is to leave it to the professionals. During the removal, ask the professionals if they offer grinding services, which will not only remove the tree from your yard but also grind up the leftover stump, completely removing from the ground and your landscaping.
Grinding the stump completely away reduces the risk of pests and accidents since both can be hazardous to your home and family.
It is important to note that grinding the stump will increase the cost of your tree removal project. However, it is a worthwhile investment for most homeowners.
2. Chemical Solutions
Visit your local home improvement store or garden retailer, and you will most likely find a large selection of products designed for removing tree stumps left in your yard. These chemicals do not offer immediate results since they speed up the decay, helping the stump rot into the underlying soil.
To use these chemicals, you will first need to drill holes into the top and sides of the stump before pouring the stump removal chemical into each hole.
Even though these products work more efficiently than natural decomposition, it will be a slow process.
Consider using landscaping flags or stakes to mark around the stump, preventing anyone from tripping over it while walking through your yard.
3. Hide It
In some instances, you may feel that hiding the stump is your best option for the time being. Thankfully, there are many unique ways you can hide a tree stump, making it less noticeable while keeping you and your family safe from injury.
To get started, consider placing a tabletop water fountain or garden pot filled with flowers directly on top of the stump.
Another simple option is to plant a few shrubs in the area around the stump. Make sure to plant shrubs that will grow to a height over the height of the stump. Avoid planting trees, since the root system of most trees may be too elaborate for planting around a leftover tree stump.
Adding water fountains, potted plants, or shrubs will make the stump less noticeable while adding a bit of appeal to your landscape design.
Whether using the services of a professional, DIY chemical solutions, or arranging plants and decor around it, a leftover tree stump does not have to negatively affect your landscape design for a long period of time. For more information, contact a company like Tree Landers.