Getting rid of unsightly tree stumps

After a storm sweeps through the nation’s capital, you may find yourself faced with the task of removing unsightly downed trees. Getting rid of brush and cutting limbs and tree trunks can be done with a chainsaw and an aptitude for hard work. But cleanup efforts aren't finished when the last branches are through the chipper and your yard is raked.

Digging or burning out tree stumps is a very labor intensive process – one which might take hours of hard labor only to find you have made little progress. This is when a lot of folks just give up, but leaving unsightly tree stumps in your yard isn't the last resort. A professional tree service company can help.

For $662, Twin Oak Tree Care, LLC removed multiple trees and ground down the stumps in Thomas Kiminsky's yard.

"As usual, work was performed as promised, and I am completely satisfied with the work," he says of the Washington D.C. area tree service company. "I have been using Quality Tree Care for years and am very happy with them."

If left in the yard, stumps can become infected with wood decay fungi, which will in time develop spores. Fungi can drift to healthy trees which can lead to significant fungi risks for otherwise healthy trees.

A trained arborist with a specialty stump grinder can quickly clear a stump by grinding it down to the roots. After the stump is ground, add topsoil and a handful of grass seed to get new grass growing where the unsightly stump was. And if the stump was healthy, you can use the resulting wood chips and mulch in gardening or for a landscaping project later.

When selecting your professional:

  • Ask if he or she belongs to a professional organization, such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA).
  • Ask if he or she is an ISA Certified Arborist. These professionals have undergone extensive training in tree care.
  • Request proof of insurance, including personal and property damage insurance and workers compensation insurance.
  • Tell the professional if you plan to plant grass in the stump area, or if you desire to replant a tree in the same spot.
  • Tell your tree expert of underground hazards including septic fields, underground dog fences, irrigation lines, etc. The professional you hire should be aware of what’s in your yard. Request they contact the local utility company before they begin work.

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