Trees are a beautiful part of nature that people enjoy having in their yards. However, there are instances when trees can pose a danger to one's property, utility lines, and even one's own safety. When that is the case, it is necessary to get rid of these trees to eliminate the threat. Once the tree is out however, you are left with this obnoxious tree stump. If you find yourself in this situation, then it is important to consider what would be best for you and for your budget.
When removing a stump you have a few options. You could buy a stump grinder, you could hire a professional or you could rent the necessary equipment. For most people to hire someone or to purchase a stump grinder, when it's relatively easy to rent and operate, seems unnecessary.
Some budget-conscious people might stop and ask themselves why they should even bother to remove the tree stump in the first place. They might think that this is just a waste of money. The reality is that many HOA organizations and even local authorities in some cases may require the stumps to be removed from the property.
Say what you will about these policies, but they should spur you towards the best use of a stump grinder which is to get rid of the stump problem in your own yard. Old stumps can attract unwanted pests to your yard and visuals of the stumps themselves are unappealing. By removing the stump you have the opportunity to make changes to your yard, to make it more functional, add curb appeal, and add value to your property all at the same time.
There are significant differences in what one can expect to pay to rent stump grinding equipment compared to purchasing it outright. Home Advisor notes that the average cost of a rental of stump grinding equipment is around $270 per day. The low end of that range is just $90 per day, but the high end is around $440. This is highly dependent on the specific company that one rents their equipment from as well as the geographic area that one resides in.
Pricing on owning a stump grinder itself is much higher. You are looking at around $1,500 to $2,000 and possibly more depending on the specifics of the piece that you purchase. Unless you foresee needing to use this piece of equipment more often than a single day, then it is not likely in your best interest to purchase one. You can save a lot of money by just using a one-day stump grinder rental.
The removal of tree stumps is a bit of a messy business. You need to be sure you know what you are doing with the remains before you start in on this project.
Sometimes, there is a little bit of the stump remaining that could not be eliminated because it was too close to a utility line or maybe too close to a concrete area. If that is the situation you are faced with, then you may need to use some alternative methods to get the last of the stump out. This includes the potential use of chemicals that can eliminate the remainder of a stump. You want to avoid using these measures if possible, but sometimes there are small, hard to reach areas that can’t be reached by a stump grinder.
Depending on the size of your stump, you will be left with quite a bit of bark chips. Many people decide that they would like to get the maximum value out of what is left of their tree stumps and use them in their yard. The shards of a tree stump that are leftover can be functional and look nice. The leftover bark chips can be spread around flower beds or garden areas. In addition to looking nice, these remains are also great at preventing an overgrowth of weeds. If you aren’t able to use them in your yard, or maybe just have too much, you might consider offering them to a neighbor.
Your yard will look terrific free of tree stumps, and you will keep a good relationship with your neighbors. Renting a stump grinder is a great option. Reach out to Idaho Equipment Rentals to see if renting a stump grinder is right for you