Destroy Stumps, Not Yourself! Safety Tips To Keep In Mind When Using A Powerful Stump Grinder

Grinding is one of the best ways to remove tree stumps from your yard, especially if you price wood chips for compost or mulch. However, stump grinding machines have some serious power, so it’s important to keep your safety in mind before you get started annihilating those dead trees.

Getting Everything Ready

Be sure to wear a long-sleeved shirt or jacket and long pants, along with a pair of safety glasses and earplugs. These will help protect you from flying wood chips as the stump grinder spits them out. You may also want to add a mask to keep sawdust out of your mouth and nose, especially if you have a weak respiratory system.

To prepare the stump, you need to first take away any rocks or unattached pieces of wood that could be thrown by the grinder. Rocks are especially important to remove, since a large enough rock could damage the blade and cost you a pretty penny. If you want to be thorough, you can dig up the dirt surrounding the stump and topmost roots, which will help you find and remove rocks.

If the stump is tall, consider cutting off the topmost wood with a saw. While this is not necessary from a safety standpoint, it will make the grinding process much faster.

Grinding The Stump Down

First, make sure any pets, children, or people without protective clothing are clear of the area to minimize the risk of an accident. Position your grinder above the stump before turning it on, and move to the control panel at the back. You should be able to adjust its position and operate it from behind. Do no approach the blade while it is running at any time.

If something goes wrong and the grinder stops, strains, or makes sounds like it’s struggling, immediately turn it off. Stay clear of the grinding blade until it has completely stopped moving, then investigate the problem. If something appears to be stuck in the machine, never reach in to remove it. Instead contact the owner of the grinder to have a look at it.

As long as nothing is going wrong, you’ll want to periodically turn off the grinder and take a look at its progress. Be sure to inspect for rocks every time you move it to a new part of the stump or roots.

Once the grinding is complete and you’ve worn the stump down to around 4-6 inches below the grass, you can turn off your grinder for good. Be sure to wait until the blade has stopped spinning entirely before moving the machine. Now all you have to do is fill in the hole and wait for new grass to spring up. In time, you won’t be able to tell there was ever a tree in the first place. If you don’t feel comfortable grinding the stump yourself, contact a company, like Tree Landers, to get rid of the tree stump for you. 

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Sometimes They Come Back: Dealing With Regenerating Tree Stumps

Tree stumps often generate new growth. This depends largely on the type of tree and whether the stump is still viable or not. If you don’t appreciate new growth creeping in after you just took the time out to have a tree removed, there are only two options available to you. Either remove the stump or kill it.

What Did the Tree Stump Ever Do To You?

In truth, when there’s growth above, there’s also the possibility of growth below. Tree roots and other plants have some savvy survival mechanisms. In some cases, the growth can sprout right out of the roots. Your tree stump can effectively turn into some new trees whether you like it or not.

The roots themselves can continue to grow as they support these new sprouts. And tree roots are vicious. Were you going to plant a garden in the space that was once under the shadow of the recently deceased? Those living roots can suck away all the nutrients from the things you actually want to grow.

Killing the Tree Stump

“Kill” sounds harsh, but that’s precisely what you’ll have to do. If you don’t want to get rid of the tree stump for whatever reason, and you don’t want the growth regeneration occurring, then you’ll have to stop the stump from “living.”

There are a few methods at your disposal for committing the deed.

Chemicals – There’s a wide assortment of herbicides and other branded chemicals out there. You can find many that exist specifically for the killing of tree stumps and roots. They work in a variety of ways, so no matter what, you should always follow the instructions that come with them, to the letter.

Using chemicals usually, but not always, involves drilling holes into the stump and pouring in the chemical. No, the stump isn’t going to die immediately. The process can take weeks or months, sometimes longer depending on the chemical and methods of administering it. It will control growth in the meantime though.

Minerals – Combinations of Epsom salt and water, or rock salt and water, can kill a tree stump. This method also involves drilling holes into the stump and then putting in the minerals. This method falls under the category of “home remedy,” along with a few others. That’s because it doesn’t require liquid chemicals to do the job.

Accelerated decay – Actually, you may have noticed that all of these methods are just forms of accelerated decay. While chemicals do help stop growth while the decay occurs, they are all just different methods of helping the stump to rot. There are more ways to help a stump decay besides. However, all of these methods of slow arboricide are only leading up to the same thing…

Removing the Tree Stump

If you flat out don’t want to deal with a zombie tree stump, your best bet is removal. Did you think herbicides and rock salt were going to make the physical stump go away? Whether you kill the stump or not, the result will still be that you have to remove it.

Physical removal is both the best and quickest option available to you. Decaying the stump helps make removal easier, but hiring a professional stump removal service eliminates the need for that anyway. 

For more information, contact Buskirk Tree Service or a similar company.

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Options For Removing A Tree Stump

After cutting down a tree, the stump that remains can be both an eyesore and an issue with planting other desired shrubbery. There are a few different ways you can have the stump removed, either professionally or on your own.

Consider the Cost of DIY

Many people think that the best option to remove the stump would be to do it yourself, to save money. While this could be a good option, the time and effort involved could be of some issue. Be sure to compare the cost of having professionals remove the stump with renting or buying the materials you will need to do it on your own.

Factors that Determine Professional Cost

The most common method that companies use for stump removal is to grind it down, producing mulch. This mulch can be left and used by the customer or cleaned up by the company, at an additional cost.

Most stump removal companies will charge by diameter of the stump, around $2-$3 per inch. A standard minimum charge is around $100. The other factors that are considered in your final cost will include:

  • The age of the stump
  • The condition of the soil
  • The type of tree
  • The root system
  • Any desired cleanup

Options for DIY Stump Removal

Depending on the size and root system of your stump, there are a few options for removing it yourself. You can dig around the stump and haul it away.  This option is best if the roots of your stump are short and easily exposed with some digging. 

Another option is to grind the stump yourself, using a rental stump grinder. Stump grinders can be rented by the day for around $100 – $250.

For smaller stumps, you can burn it down by adding more wood around the stump and keeping a fire going for as long as it takes to disintegrate the stump.  Keep adding wood to keep the stump at the center of the fire burning the whole time.

Chemical stump remover can be purchased for $4-$20 at most home improvement stores. This is a good option to use if you don’t need the stump removed right away. You’ll need to drill holes into the stump and pour the chemical into the holes.  This prompts the stump to rot within a few weeks. Once it has softened, you can chop up the rest of the stump with an axe, or burn it.  Be sure that pets and children have no access to the stump with this option, as the chemical compound is toxic.

For more information on removing stumps, contact a company like Brandywine Tree & Shrub.

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3 Ways To Turn The Dead Tree In Your Yard Into Cash

If your property has a large dead tree that you have been meaning to deal with, then you have come to the right place. You may be surprised to learn that all of that wood in your yard very well may have some market value. Rather than having to pay a tree removal service to rid you of the problem, you might be able to sell it to someone who wants the wood badly enough to come haul it off of your property – and pay you for the privilege!

Below are three ways that you may be able to turn your dead tree into cash today:

Sell a Wood Burl

A tree burl is an area where a tree was damaged and did not grow properly. This deformed growth area results in a wood grain with a lot of swirls and variation in colors. Wood burls are prized by carvers and woodworkers for their designs. Also, high-end car and furniture manufacturers use veneers made from burl wood on their products.

Some trees are more likely to have valuable burls:

  • oaks
  • walnut
  • almond

In addition, juniper trees have burls that are bright red in color and are highly sought after for making furniture.

Sell for Hobby Lumber

Commercial lumber mills will not typically accept wood from individuals. This is due to safety concerns. Residential trees often contain old nails in them from people using them as anchor points or for yard decorations. However, many individuals and small companies who work with wood are willing to pay good money for quality wood. The most common uses for this type of wood are building custom furniture and woodworking crafts.

Sell for Firewood

If your property’s tree is not suitable for woodworking or does not have any burl wood, then you can always cut it into rounds and sell it for firewood. You can contact local firewood providers in your local area to see if they are willing to come cut and remove your tree if you do not want to deal with it yourself. Some services will pay you for the wood if it is a hardwood species while other services will simply remove the tree in exchange for the wood.

Conclusion

Now that you can see the ways the dead tree on your property can be turned into cash, you should call a local tree service like Destiny’s Tree Service LLC today for advice on which option will work the best for your location and type of tree.

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Understanding The Reasons For Tree Trimming And Removal

There are various reasons to have a tree removed from your property. But sometimes when people think they need a tree removed, they really just need it trimmed. Sometimes it’s a purely personal choice. Occasionally it’s a town mandate. In any case, here’s what you need to know.

Reasons to Trim and Prune Rather than Remove

One of the most common reasons to have a tree trimmed is because its branches are growing too close to the house or other building. These branches can cause damage to the structure. They can also become an injury risk.

You’ve likely seen how snow on a branch can cause it to break and fall. That can happen over a part of your building, or over someone passing under the branch.

If branches are growing out over public space, it presents another hazard.  If a storm causes a branch to break and injure someone on the sidewalk, you may find yourself in court. The same issue can occur with branches growing too close to power lines. They can do a lot of damage and cause electrical outages and fires as well.

There’s also aesthetics. You may simply not like the look of the tree. Maybe its branches have started to grow out of control or they’re blocking the view. Another reason to trim is to protect the health of the tree. Trees do catch disease and sometimes it’s possible to save the tree by cutting off infected branches before the disease spreads.

Reasons to Remove a Tree from a Property

There are many obvious reasons to remove a tree entirely. If the tree is dead or dying, then it has to go. Dying trees are dangerous. They’re weak and may fall over. This can do all kinds of damage.

It’s similar to the damage that branches can cause but on a larger scale. There are several ways to tell if a tree is dead or dying, but they’re not always obvious.

Actually, many of the reasons to remove a tree are the same as the reasons for trimming its branches and foliage. It’s just that when it’s the whole tree, it represents a larger potential problem.

Leaning trees are also a reason for removal. Even if a healthy tree is leaning at a precarious angle, it represents a similar danger to a dying tree. Of course, you may just want to remove a tree to clear a space on your property. It’s possible to have a tree removal service relocate a tree rather than completely get rid of it.

But before you make a decision, educate yourself on your trees. You may find that you want to keep your trees or learn to care for them yourself. If you think a tree removal is necessary, or if you’re not sure, then contact a professional tree removal service (such as Chudy Tree Care) and ask. 

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Want to Add Some Shade to Your Yard? Plant a Few Sycamore Trees

Oaks, maples, elms – they all make great shade trees, but so many people have them in their yards. If you want a shady yard that stands out from the crowd, consider planting some sycamore trees instead. They have a unique appearance, and they’re rather easy to grow if you start with a sapling from a local nursery.

Characteristics of Sycamore Trees

The American sycamore is a large tree, reaching up to 100 feet in height when mature. Of course, your sycamore won’t be that large for several decades.  Sycamore trees are great choices for landscaping since their notably straight trunks have a clean-cut, groomed appearance. Their branches are long and sprawling, giving the tree a wide-topped shape that’s great for shade.

The leaves of the American sycamore are medium-green in color with a network of veins running across them. They have multiple lobes and are often said to be shaped like hands. In the fall, sycamore leaves turn brown before tumbling to the ground.

Planting and Growing Sycamore Trees

Choosing a Healthy Tree

Visit your local nursery, and look at all of the sycamores before choosing one. It’s easiest to plant sycamore trees that are several feet tall, rather than purchasing a young seedling. The bark should be bright and in-tact, and the branches evenly distributed around the trunk. The wider a trunk of a young tree, the stronger and healthier it is.

Choosing the Right Site

American sycamores prefer moist soil, so plant them in a lower area in your yard, if possible. Do not plant too close to a sidewalk or paved area, or you may find that the tree’s roots ruin these structures within a few years. Once you’ve found the right site, dig a hole that is about a foot wider than the root ball. This gives the roots space to grow. Don’t dig the hole too deep—the top of the root ball should be just above the surface of the ground. Pack the soil back in around the tree, but not too tightly, and then water the tree generously.

Caring for the Young Tree

When your sycamore is young, you may wish to have it pruned several times by a tree care professional. This is not necessary, but it will ensure that your tree develops a balanced, symmetrical shape. During its first few years of life, place mulch around the base of the tree each spring. This will help seal moisture into the ground, and the mulch will also break down, adding nutrients to the soil.

If the idea of planting sycamore trees sounds too involved and time-consuming, consider hiring a tree service (such as Troyer Tree Service Inc) or landscaping company to do so for you. In a few years, you’ll have stunning shade trees that the neighbors will envy.

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How To Care For The Trees On Your Property

Caring for the trees on your property is extremely important. This is because trees that are not properly cared for can pose serious threats such as causing property damage to your home or a neighbor’s, fostering pest infestations, and more. Here’s how to begin caring for the trees on your property to ensure that these threats are avoided:

  • Water and Mulch Weekly: Watering the trees on your property is important and they cannot continue to stay healthy without it. The amount of water that your tree needs depends on its age and the time of year. The older the tree, the more water it needs, for example. Also, more water is needed in the summer than other times of the year. You also need to be sure that you provide the tree with mulch in order to control weeds and to keep the soil surrounding the tree moist. 
  • Prune Regularly: Pruning the trees on your property is another important step to take regularly. Be sure that you are using sharp tools to do this to ensure that branches are cut evenly and without having to saw them off. Also, only remove branches that seem to be wilting or are already falling off. By pruning the tree regularly, you are not only increasing curb appeal, but you are keeping your tree healthy and preventing the tree from becoming overgrown. Overgrown trees attract many pests that will eventually make their way into your home.
  • Know When to Prune: Knowing when to prune is important because you want to be sure that you are doing it when it is easiest and best for the tree. For most trees, this would be between December and March when their leaves have fallen off and you can see the structure of the tree better. However, for flowering trees, it is better to prune after the flowers have bloomed and fallen off, which can be at different times of the year depending on what kind of flowering tree you have. 
  • Hire Professionals: Hiring professional arborists, such as MML Tree Service, to care for the trees on your property is best if you aren’t sure how to prune them properly, or if the job is too dangerous and poses a safety risk to you or your neighbors. 

By knowing how to properly care for the trees on your property, you can avoid a number of problems, such as pests, property damage, and much more. 

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Four Tips To Help You With Replanting Trees After Having Tree Removal Done

If you have to have trees removed on your property, they may be valuable trees that you want replanted.  The trees you had removed, may have been removed due to disease or other problems beyond you control. Replanting the trees, or planting different tree species can provide your property with the benefit of having lush, green trees.

Here are four things that you may want to consider when replanting the trees on your property:

1. Clearing The Area Of Debris And Stumps

When you have tree removal done, it is likely that there will be a lot of debris and stumps.  Before you begin replanting, you will want to remove all the stumps. If there are only a couple, a tree service can remove the stumps for you.

If there are many stumps, a more practical way to get rid of the stumps may be to burn them and any debris like limbs from the tree removal.

2. Preparing The Soil For Planting New Trees

Once the trees have been removed and you have cleared the debris and stumps, you will want to prepare the soil. This is not like planting crops, so you will not need to do a lot of preparation. You may want to rake the area and smooth any uneven spots out.

For large areas, this can be done with a tractor with a rock-rake attachment. You may also want to add some fertilizer to the soil to help the new trees grow.

3. Choosing The Type Of Trees To Replant

Depending on where you live, certain types of trees may grow better than others. If you live in a dry climate, plant hardy trees that are resistant to drought. If you live in an area with high rainfall, you may want to plant a variety of trees that like a lot of water and grow quickly.  Using native trees in your area is the best option to ensure that your trees grow healthy.

4. Replanting The Trees To Create Forested Areas

When replanting the trees, you can plant them in a disordered fashion like they would grow in a forest. You may want to use different species of trees for creating forested areas. You will want to make holes with a shovel and make them just big enough to put the saplings in.

Once you put the tree in the hole, compact the soil around the tree with the heal of your boot to ensure that it is firmly planted in the ground. 

These are some of the things that you may want to consider when replanting trees on your property. If you need help with tree removal, care or replanting new trees, contact a professional tree service to get the help you need for the trees on your property. To learn more, contact a company like Gifford Brothers Inc Tree Service with any questions you have.

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Three Short Pine Species That Are Perfect For The Corners Of Garden Beds

Pine trees look elegant and enticing when placed in the corners or on ends of garden beds. The secret, however, is making sure you choose a variety of pine tree that will stay small, rather than eventually taking over your whole garden. Here’s a look at three pine varieties that stay short with minimal pruning, and are therefore excellent choices for your garden bed corners.

Dwarf Norway Spruce

Carefully developed from the large, stately spruce trees of Scandinavia, this dwarf spruce variety is one of the smallest pine shrubs you can find. It only reaches about 2 feet in height when mature. Its needles are short with a gray-green tint.

Because of their unique shape, dwarf Norway spruce trees are sometimes known as birds nest spruces. They prefer full sunlight, but will tolerate a little shade if panted along the edge of a building. They are highly tolerant of an array of soil types ranging from clay to rocky, so long as the area where they’re planted is well-drained.

Once established, this shrub requires little care. It can be pruned in late winter if desired, but pruning is not required because of its slow growth. Drawf Norway spruces should be fertilized each spring.

Colorado Blue Spruce

If you’re looking for a more traditionally shaped pine tree with a pointed top, consider planting a Colorado blue spruce. There are several medium-sized cultivars that reach about 10 feet tall 8 years after planting.  These include Montgomery and Fat Albert Varieties. A common smaller variety, which reaches about 3 feet in height, is the Glauca Globosa.

Colorado blue spruce trees are named for the blue-green color of their needles. Most varieties have medium-length needles and retain their color all year long. Colorado blue spruce trees will tolerate shade, but they will not grow in overly wet soils, as the excess moisture may cause root rot. You can have your trees trimmed to maintain a precise shape, though pruning is not technically necessary.

Compact Mugo Pine

Mugo pines have a full, round shape with pointed tops. There are many varieties of Mugo pine, but the compact varieties tend to reach about 4 or 5 feet in height. They have very coarse, dark green needles that grow to between 1 ½ and 3 inches in length.

Mugo pines will tolerate droughts and do not require watering, but they must be planted in areas that receive full sunlight. They often require pruning to keep them from spreading out too much.

A pine tree planted in the corner of your garden bed adds a hint of greenery to your landscape all year-round. Talk to your landscape professional or a company like Arch City Tree Service about the varieties above. They’re all pretty easy to find and grow.

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3 Reasons To Purchase Debris Removal Insurance

Most homeowners will have some sort of insurance in order to protect the property and pay for any damages should a disaster strike. However, what most people forget about is debris removal insurance. This type of insurance should be a part of any comprehensive property insurance for the following three reasons.

1. You Don’t Want to Do it Yourself

After a tornado or some other natural disaster, you are going to have a great deal of debris that will need to be removed in order to make repairs to your home or to make your property safer for children. You absolutely don’t want to remove the debris yourself, especially if bits of debris are especially large. Chances are good that no one you know has the strength or tools to remove a fallen tree. In order to make sure that you can get everything removed in a timely manner, you want to hire professionals. Debris removal services can be expensive. Having debris removal insurance will help make sure that you are able to pay for professionals.

2. You’re Going to Have Other Repairs to Make

Even if, under normal circumstances, you would be able to easily afford debris removal services, if you need such services, chances are excellent that the circumstances are not normal. You are going to have to pay for many other repairs if you have enough debris on your property to require debris removal services. You don’t want to have to compromise fixing the roof of your house and getting the shards of tree out of your yard so that your children can play safely. Get debris removal insurance to make the services more affordable and so you can avoid having to make that choice.

3. It’ll Be Quick

Many companies prefer to work for clients that have insurance because they can be sure that they will be paid on time. If you have insurance, you can be certain that some companies will prioritize your debris removal needs over other people who they are not sure will be able to pay in full. This will mean that you will get the debris removed from your property within a short period of time after the natural disaster, reducing the dangers to those who live in the home.

For more information about this type of insurance, contact a property insurance company. They will be able to answer any questions that you have. Talk to experts like Atlas Tree Service Inc for more information.

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When I was young, my father purchased a beautiful large tract of land in a rural area. The small pecan orchard residing on the property was one of the things that attracted my dad to this particular plot of earth. Sadly, most of my parents’ pecan orchard was destroyed during a storm a few years ago. After the devastating storm passed, only two of my parents’ fourteen pecan trees still stood. And, one of these two trees was badly damaged. If you currently have compromised trees on your family estate, don’t assume you immediately need to cut them down. A professional tree service can diagnose the problem and may be able to offer a solution that will allow you to keep your trees. On this blog, you will discover how a tree service can help you preserve a legacy.

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