Should You Take Out that Stump in Your Backyard?

Tree stumpThough trees provide shade and aesthetics, there comes a time when it will be necessary for you to remove a tree from your property. Trees can get sick, too, such as fire blight, gall or canker, to name a few. In some cases, people remove trees from their yards to make space for home or landscape construction because these may obstruct the view or cause problems during the project.

Tree removal does not necessarily guarantee that the stump left behind will be taken care of as well. Tree Fellers shares a few reasons to remove that stump in your yard.

Unsightly Item in the Yard

Having a stump in your yard is not exactly appealing. For one, they can be hazardous to children, especially when they do not watch out, as they may trip over the stump. They can also damage your lawnmower when you accidentally hit the stump.

Takes Up Space

If one of your reasons for removing that tree in your yard was to make space for other things, then leaving the stump would just be counter-productive. It will take up space, which wastes what could have been a flowerbed or a place to set up a picnic table.

Crawling Underground

Tree roots may damage sidewalks and the foundation of the house. They spread underground when the tree increases in diameter. Though they are not strong enough to damage water pipes, a leaky pipe may trigger the root expansion process.

Attracting Creepy Crawlies

Are you okay with leaving a stump in your yard, especially if your reason for tree removal is only to provide more sunlight? You should not be, especially since the decaying process would just attract insects. This puts your plants – if you have any surrounding your home – and your house at risk of infestation.

Just because there is a tree in the way and you want it removed immediately does not mean that you should do it yourself. DIY tree removals are dangerous for many reasons: improper equipment, lack of expertise, decaying wood (which may collapse at any time) and the risk of falling. Hire a professional to do it for you. The same goes for removing stumps – if you do not have the right tools nor the expertise, then it would be better to leave it to the experts.