History of StumpGriding

Dealing with stumps- some history, and the alternatives

Decades ago, as  land was being cleared for new homesites, the stumps left over from the
tree-felling process would oftern be dug up and trucked away to the be deposited in the
unused portions of a farmer’s property.  These stumps would be packed together, covered over and forgotten about.
The Farmer would eventually sell off his land in parcels and new homes would be constructed on top of these lands that had been infilled with stumps.
Unfortunately, stump decay and deterioration was inconsistent and there have been numerous incidents where sudden sink holes have appeared on these homesites. Some
sinkholes had children falling into them and some sinkholes, much larger, have contributed to the structural failure of the foundation of  the homes perched upon them.
All told, these incidents have been numerous enough that  stumps are now classified as “hazardous
waste” and must be disposed of properly.
The modern day property owner, or homeowner-to-be, has 3 methods for disposing of the stumps that are on his property:

1. Stumps can be extracted from the ground using an  excavator, then loaded onto a large truck and then carried to and dumped at an appropriate dump site.
The large the stump, the larger the excavator need to extract it from the ground, the larger the truck needed to haul it.
It is not uncommon to see a $100,000 excavator putting a large stump into a $75,000 truck,
which will then haul it to a site that charges  by the cubic foot dimensions, to dispose of it .

2. A stump can be chemically treated to help the decay process or it can be burned.
Unfortunately, in a freshly cut state, a stump contains a great deal of water and will acutally
extinguish many of the smaller fires that are started on  it. To really eliminate the above ground portion of the stump, any fire started must be kept very hot and must last for hours.
The chemical solution is still slower, oftern requiring months of letting it sit and even then a
fire is often recommended as a late stage “helper.”

3. This alternative requires bring a machine to where the stump is located and actually “grinding” the stump into a pile of shavings and sawdust at the site .
The advantages of this over the other stump removal alternateives are numerous:
a. Minimizing any physical disturbance to the property immediately around and leading to the stump.
b. Eliminating trucking and disposal costs related to putting the stump elsewhere.
c.. The creation of a bio-degradable by-product that can be used for various purposes around the property or homesite.
d. The pace of the process involved with stump grinding is such that, from start to finish, the
process can be concluded in hours. The intrusion into a property owner’s life is kept  to a minimum.