Trees are lovely to look at in your home landscape. A tree can provide multiple benefits to your home and garden. They give shade on hot, sunny days. Some trees are flowering, and sweet breezes bring that scent to you indoors or outside. Other trees bear fruit, adding a variety of tastes and nutrients to your meals and snacks.
There are some negative aspects to having trees as part of your yard and landscape, though. Trees can overgrow the area. They can become diseased or attract pests and die. If you live in a community, some trees may not be allowed by the Homeowner’s Association or become too large for the Association rules. If any of those things happen, your only choice may be to remove the tree and the stump.
Tree removal is not for the faint of heart. It’s not as easy as cutting down a tree for your holiday festivities. Unless you know the wherefores of tree removal, getting rid of a tree could result in damage to your home or property. Some of the damage can be too horrible to imagine!
Divine Lawns can help you make informed decisions about trees and when they need to be removed. They can show you where pest problems or diseases have taken hold. They can point out overgrown tree roots that can be a tripping hazard.
The first step in removing a tree or stump is to inspect the area for safety. Finding and tagging the path of power, water, sewer, and irrigation lines is a timely and necessary activity. Cutting through one of these accidentally can be dangerous and expensive. In addition, it might be against the law in some communities to start noisy tree and stump removal activities without a permit. Your Divine Lawns advisor will know what laws are applicable for this job.
Your tree might make a nice load of firewood for the winter months, depending on the reason for removal and tree type. Some trees are better for a fireplace than others, as the buildup of soot and gasses in the chimney can be dangerous. Fruit tree wood can make a fragrant fire, but each kind of wood has its own advantages in the fireplace. Some woods might even seem to be chatty, with popping and crackling as the fire dries up moisture and sap. If your tree was removed because of disease or pests, though, it probably isn’t suitable for your fireplace. You would not want to risk bringing termites or other destructive bugs into the house, even though it goes into the fire.
Once a tree is removed, there is usually some kind of stump left behind. These can be unsightly. More giant stumps can have large roots attached that protrude above the ground, a trip and fall hazard. Stumps can attract pests. They can hamper proper lawn care. And, again, they may be against the laws of your Homeowner’s Association.
Stump removal is a good choice if you want it all gone. However, removal leaves a hole behind, sometimes more extensive than anticipated, when the whole root system is removed with it. Another tree can be planted in its place, or it can be filled to a level matching the ground around it, leaving room for a new flower bed, more grass, or other projects that would otherwise have required a lot of digging.
Stump grinding is a good choice, as well. Again, you will get the chance to consult with your Divine professional to determine how much of the stump and root system will need to be ground away to satisfy your choices as well as the possible requirements of an HOA.
Stumps can be ground to ground level or lower, depending on your choices. A stump top at ground level can still be a hazard, not only to unwary feet but to lawn maintenance crews and machines. Stumps ground to below the level of the yard around it can be filled with soil and transformed into a flower bed or turfed over for more lawn space. They can be ground away to a further depth if you plan to plant shrubs or bushes over the spot of the removed tree. Finally, the stumps can be ground to the point where they reach the depth of the original tree roots so that a young tree can be planted in the same spot.
The ground or chipped remains of the stump might be usable for mulch or bedding. Your landscape professionals at Divine Lawns will know which type of wood chips are best for mulch in your area. They will also be knowledgeable about removing the chips and dust as well as disposal. Some of the leftover bits might make good fill or be suitable for recycling in gardens or beds. Various tree and stump removal services can include clean-up, no clean-up, or several removal levels for waste and wood.
Throughout the process of tree and stump removal, you will be making many choices with the advice of your landscape partners, Divine Lawns. They will help you find the best answers for your home and garden and implement the various parts of the plan you devise. They will be able to give you estimates of time and cost as you go along. Having the task of tree and stump removal completed before winter will benefit your yard and garden. Heavy snow can cause the branches of a diseased or older tree to crack and fall, causing damage and inconvenience. Repairs to homes during the winter will be time-consuming and expensive or may not be possible until the snow is gone in the spring. The removal of these in the fall, when you are preparing your yard for winter, will give you a little bit of extra peace of mind. You have prepared for winter, along with your lawn and garden partners, Divine Lawns. Let winter come and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!