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Tree Stump Removal Stump Grinding

Herts & Essex

Treatment and removal of tree stumps


After a tree has been felled or wind blown, the tree stump will remain and can remain for many years if natural decay is the only method of degradation. This slow decay benefits many invertebrates and fungi species, and the stump will provide a valuable deadwood habitat and should be the preferred method of stump treatment where possible if the environment allows. Dependant upon species it is also possible the tree will re-grow from the retained stump, this is desirable in some situations such as coppicing, or to form a barrier, habitat enhancement or simply to be able to manage the re-growth on a site where the natural growth rate of the tree unchecked would cause problems above or below ground level


However it is often necessary or desirable to remove a stump in certain situations or environments, here are some of the possible reasons:

  • If the tree has been affected by an actively pathogenic decay fungi such as Armillaria mellea (honey fungus), or where conditions favour other unwanted pests and pathogens

  • To practically be able to re-plant in the same or similar position with a new tree

  • In a particularly formal setting where a degrading stump would be undesirable

  • Where the stump is likely to cause a trip / slip hazard to people or animals

  • If a structure, services, driveway or lawn are planned on the site of the stump

Green Man Conservation partner a professional stump removal service and a range of high quality professional machines that are capable of dealing with any size stump as long as access is available

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A safety exclusion zone set out around the machine whilst stump grinding operation undertaken in Bishop's Stortford working for East Herts Council (left), and an image showing stump removal mid-way through the task (right)


Methods of Stump Treatment

There are various options for stump management,

  • Chemical treatment: Translocated herbicide applied directly to the stump surface including the bark and any shoots that develop

  • Manual treatment: Remove any new growth that develops (cut or break off) as soon as it appears and continue over several years if required until the stump fails

  • Natural treatment: If the stump is already dead, it can be inoculated with fungal spores from shitake or oyster mushrooms for example which will degrade the stump faster and also provide an edible crop

  • Digging out by hand: If the stump is small enough, digging out by hand may be the most cost effective and least destructive method

  • Removal by digger / JCB: This method is fast but potentially damaging, and any lateral roots attached may pull up and damage the surrounding area, plus the stump has to be disposed of and a large hole filled after stump removal

  • Stump grinding: Over the years the arboricultural industry has developed the most reliable and least damaging method of stump removal. Stump grinding is quick and efficient, and the arisings are retained so there is nothing to remove from site and no hole to backfill

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How does Stump Grinding Work?


A stump grinding machine is designed specifically for removing tree stumps and operating in adverse conditions and an environment where soil and stones would blunt any traditional cutting equipment such as chainsaws within seconds


A stump grinder has a large steel wheel with tungsten tipped teeth positioned at various angles around it, and is designed to grind in a sweeping action side to side, first removing the above ground material and then working below ground to remove the major root buttresses


Picture showing the grinding wheel with guard raised of the large

Carlton Stump Grinding machine (left), and the cutting wheel at work on a Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) stump (right)


The machine needs to be heavy in order to apply enough mechanical leverage against the resistance from the stump, but in order to minimise damage to the ground around the tree stump the machine is fitted with tracks in order to spread the load and ensure access is possible to the most challenging environments


Picture showing stump after removal (left), and the tracks to ensure weight distribution and minimal damage

to surrounding area around the tree stump (right)


Operating such a large and powerful stump grinding machine is a skilled business, and ensuring accurate removal with minimal damage to the surrounding environment requires expertise and precision. This machine can be operated using a remote control to ensure the management of the stump removal can be monitored carefully and any adjustments made immediately


In difficult to access gardens where a side gate may be the widest access point, a smaller manually operated machine can be used for smaller stumps


The smaller manually controlled stump grinding machine for narrow access gardens

and smaller tree stumps

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Please see Green Man Conservation Hertfordshire & Essex working range for clarification of our working area, or see below by village town and postcode for Herts and Essex Tree Surgery, Logs, Tree Planting and Woodland Creation services:


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The stump of a mature London Plane

(Platanus x hispanica) in the centre of a

formal lawn area


The Carlton SP7015 TRX machine used for

tackling large stumps where access is good


A smaller machine in operation removing

a line of Leyland Cypress (X Cupressocyparis leylandii) hedge plant stumps in preparation

for replanting with Beech (Fagus sylvatica)












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