The Lowdown on Tree Stump Removal

For many reasons, it may be necessary to remove a tree. Maybe it’s creating foundation problems or drainage issues for your home. It might pose a risk to your house or car if it falls over. Getting rid of the stumps can be quite difficult, requiring the use of a heavy machine, like an excavator. Your best bet is to call a pro to handle your excavation tree removal. Getting rid of the stump is the only way to completely remove a tree. Here are some things that a pro would consider.

Exploring Tree Types 

Some evergreen trees, like pines, have stumps that are easier to excavate. The roots for these trees may be wide, but they are usually quite shallow. Deciduous trees often have roots that grow deep into the ground. The older a tree is, the bigger and stronger its roots. While a smaller excavator can handle stump removal in general, you may need an industrial-strength machine to properly remove the stump of a tree with large and deep roots. Depending on the tree’s location, you may be too restricted when it comes to having enough space for a larger excavator.

Uprooting the Stump

Your contractor can make excavation tree removal easier by creating a canal around it. This helps to expose the root so that the excavator attachments have a better grip. Another option is to brace the bucket to the stump, creating a strong connection between the stump and the attachment. The contractor can then uproot the stump with some effort.

Digging up the Dirt

If neither of the previous methods works, a contractor might proceed with digging up the ground. At a certain point, tying the bucket to the stump and lifting it with the excavator may work. At the very least, the stump may be considerably looser for a better pullout. Excavation tree removal is best left to a professional who knows how to safely operate heavy equipment and make preparations to minimize damage to the surrounding area.