When you run a business, you want to keep your grounds looking nice so you make a good first impression on your customers and potential customers. Sometimes that means removing a tree, which naturally leaves behind the stump. You have two options for getting rid of it - stump grinding and stump removal. Knowing more about each one can help you make the right decision for your business, and the experts here at All Area Tree Service can help. Here’s what you should know about stump removal and stump grinding on the Central Coast.

Stump Grinding


Stump grinding typically involves removing the stump but leaving the roots behind. The stump is ground down, using special tools, until there’s only a couple of inches remaining above the ground. This can then be covered with landscaping materials to cover it up. In fact, the stump grinding process creates mulch that can be used to help cover the stump. As the roots begin to decay, the stump will often follow, which means that over time it will eventually be completely gone and you can use the space for something else. 

Stump Removal

Unlike stump grinding, stump removal involves taking the entire stump, including the root ball from under the ground. Often, the root ball is larger than the tree, which makes this process more time consuming and labour intensive than stump grinding. Once a stump is removed, there is a hole in the ground that must be filled in with soil, mulch or another kind of tree or plant for aesthetic and safety reasons. Keep reading to find out how to choose between stump grinding and stump removal.

Choosing Between the Two

Before you make a decision about stump grinding vs. stump removal, there are some factors to consider. Your budget probably plays one of the most important roles in your choice. In general, stump grinding is much more affordable than stump removal.

That’s because it usually involves less time and labour, naturally making the price tag lower. The overall cost of either job depends on the size of the stump, the age of the stump and what kind of tree it was. In some cases, a stump can grow back so if that’s a concern, removal is probably your best option.

Stump removal is also the best choice if you plan to plant a new tree in the same place. 

Do you need help deciding between removal and stump grinding on the Central Coast? Call us at All Area Tree Service.

For more tree removal tips, read our previous blog post on When You Will Need An Arborist on the Central Coast