Exploring The Differences Between Stump Grinding And Stump Removal

Have you had a tree removed from your property? If so, then it’s most likely that there is a visible tree stump. While some people like to keep stumps for aesthetic purposes, others prefer to remove them, as they can cause various issues down the track. If you choose to have these tree stumps removed, there are two methods that tree service providers can perform. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and your individual situation will determine which method is better suited. Not sure what method might be best? Let’s explore the differences between stump grinding and stump removal to help you find the best choice for your situation.

Differences Between Stump Grinding and Stump Removal

Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is the less invasive of the two methods.  It involves using a machine that grinds the stump down to 150-300 mm below ground level. Stump grinding doesn’t use any chemicals. This method removes only the part that’s visible above ground, not the root system. It’s effective because, without any light source, the roots usually won’t have the capacity to grow.

When grinding, the woodchips from the stump mix with the existing soil is used to backfill any hole that would otherwise be there if the stump were removed.

When to Choose Stump Grinding

  • If you want to save money – Stump grinding is typically more affordable than stump removal. The cost is based on the stump’s diameter and circumference.
  • If you have suitable access for tracked machinery. Our stump grinder needs a minimum 900mm wide access
  • If you want a quick method of removal

Stump Removal

Stump removal, on the other hand, is more intrusive than stump grinding. It involves uprooting the tree stump and removing its extensive root system. Smaller stumps can be dug out by hand. Large stumps with complex root systems may require an excavator.

When to Choose Stump Removal

  • If you are building over the area and require a levelled surface for the building’s foundation
  • If access is not available for stump grinder equipment
  • If re-landscaping requires a change to ground level

Similarities Between Stump Grinding and Stump Removal


The best time to do stump grinding or stump removal is typically when the weather is dry. The dry ground allows for easier access and manoeuvrability of equipment, facilitating smoother and more efficient operations. Dry weather also minimises the chances of soil compaction or damage to the surrounding landscape, leading to a cleaner and less disruptive removal process.


As a business, we only offer stump grinding as a stump removal service. If no access is available for our grinder, then customers may elect to dig stumps out by hand. The only other time full stump removal is needed is for building and construction work. Companies that offer this usually have excavators onsite for earthworks and use their own excavators for removal.

Neglecting to handle the task with caution can lead to accidents and injuries. Professional tree service providers can determine which method is best suited for your situation, and they can safely and efficiently complete the work.

Stump Grinding and Stump Removal: Both are Excellent Methods of Removing Tree Stumps

Stump grinding and stump removal are two different ways of removing tree stumps. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. When deciding which option to choose, it’s wise to consider your long-term plans for the space where your tree once grew. If you are unsure which method suits your preferences and needs, consult a professional tree service company like Clean Cut Tree Services. Our team of Arborists can provide expert advice and safely and efficiently complete the work for you.

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