6 reasons why you should remove that tree stump

The stump of a cherry tree is grinded after it was cut down. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie T. of St. Louis)

The stump of a cherry tree is grinded after it was cut down. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie T. of St. Louis)

Removing trees and stumps

Sometimes trees die, whether from disease, damage, drought or insects. Here's what you should consider before removing that tree from your yard.

Before you have a tree removal specialist cut down the dead tree in your yard, you'll need to decide whether the worker should remove the tree stump as well. If you're having a hard time making this judgment call, consider these factors when deciding what to do with the stump. 

  • Stumps aren't pretty. Aesthetically speaking, the sight of a stump definitely isn't appealing. If you're meticulous about your yard and landscaping, removing the stump is well worth it.
  • Stumps are hazardous. Stumps are dangerous to your children. When running and playing in your yard, they may not look for the stump and trip over it. And if a neighbor trips, it's a liability that falls into your hands. In addition, tree stumps can damage your mower if you accidentally hit one when you're mowing your lawn.
  • Stumps cause new tree growth. Sometimes leaving the stump behind contributes to new sprouts, which can result in many small trees growing around the stump. This is unsightly to your landscaping and quite costly to try to remove because the new shoots may keep coming back, and you may need chemicals to kill them off completely. These small trees also leech nutrients from other plants located near them, so your begonias may not receive all the nutrients they need.
  • Stumps are a pain to maneuver around. Remaining tree stumps become a nuisance, an obstacle you have to maneuver around when weeding or mowing your lawn.
  • Stumps attract insects. When you leave stumps in your lawn, the decaying tree takes a long time to rot away completely. While it's decaying, the stump attracts beetles, termites, ants and other wood-boring pests. You may not mind them in your yard, but they can eventually spread to your home.
  • Stumps take up precious yard space. Especially if you don't have a very large yard, the space you lose from the stump and roots may occupy a lot of space. Just think: You can use that space for a flowerbed or a picnic table.

Typically, you'll spend extra money to grind down the stumps, but it just might be well worth it.


Burn stumps out with a manipulated chimaria, and leaf blower. Takes about a full day, but very cost affecient.

The man in the photo is using no personal protective equipment. Gloves, eye protection, chaps, ear protection, boots are required when working with a chainsaw. If your contractor works like this I hope he, and you, have plenty of insurance! This photo shows who not to hire.

Hey Dave, thanks for the comment! You are right, that photo did not display safe techniques. We have updated it! Thanks!

Even if you deem a contractor is too costly to remove a stump, don't waste your money on the chemical products as they do not work. Just trying to save you time, money, and dissappointment.

Even if you deem removing a stump by a tree service is not economical, do not waste your money on the chemical products out there as they do not work. I get literature all the time about them and even if they did work, when you figure out the actual cost- you wouldn't save any money and "supposedly' these products take weeks instead of immediate service by a tree service. Just trying to save everyone time, money, and dissappointment.

the EPA wants me to leave the stumps

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