Little Rock Stump Removal Services
Cost Effective Stump Removal
Maintaining your trees is important, but it’s also crucial not to forget about stumps if the tree had to be cut down.
Stump removal is more important than most people think… Prevent the rots and infestations and get it ripped out today.
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Proper Trimming Is Essential
The stump removal process is one that is priced and scheduled separately from tree removal, and in some cases it’s one you can take on yourself.
The key is to be able to tell the difference between the stumps you can tackle yourself and the ones that should be handled by a pro. In this article we’ll talk about the whole process, what you can expect when getting an estimate, and what types of jobs might be ones you can handle on your own.
Why Remove Stumps?
Especially on larger plots of land, homeowners frequently ask why they should bother removing stumps at all. The answer is that not only are they unsightly, over time they can become more hazardous.
As the root system begins to break down, the stump can sink into the ground. This, combined with grass and groundcover growth on and around the stump, can cause it to become hidden from easy view.
This can easily damage mowers and other lawn-care equipment. Hidden stumps are also simply a hazard to walk around. Trips, falls, and stubbed toes are fairly minor, but still very annoying!
Some stump removal procedures are more complicated than others. If a tree has an extensive root system, it will be much harder to remove. In the case of knotty, hardwood trees, the stumps and roots may be hard enough to damage stump grinders or cause chainsaws to kick back.
In these cases your contractor may need to use an axe or reciprocating saw to break the stump down into manageable pieces. This type of handwork will usually increase your estimate.
The type of soil your stump is situated in is also a factor. Rocky soils are a hazard to equipment, so your contractor may charge more for stumps in this kind of soil.
Trees that have been partially felled or uprooted by storms can’t always be ground down using traditional equipment. In these cases, even though the root work is somewhat simplified, more of the work will probably have to be done by hand, so the time (and therefore the price) will be increased.
Most stump removal services charge around $2 to $4 per inch of stump diameter for removal, plus additional fees for special circumstances such as the ones listed above. If you have more than one stump to remove, your contractor may offer a special rate for additional stumps after the first one.
If you have only one stump to remove, the average cost, nationally, is $170 per stump. After that, you may find prices of anywhere between $65 and $150 for each additional stump.
If you have a very large number of stumps to be removed, your contractor may offer a crew at an hourly rate. National rates average around $150 per hour for this service.
To figure out if this price is going to work out in your favor, count on the first stump taking about an hour to remove, and 45 minutes for each additional stump. If there are special circumstances or considerations for any of the stumps, make sure you take those into account as well.
Finally, removal of the stump wood is not a fixed price. You’ll need to decide if you want to have the material hauled away, cut into firewood, or chipped. Your contractor will be able to price these options out for you.
Do It Yourself Options
Most home improvement stores offer stump grinders for rent, and if your job is a small, simple one, you’ll likely be able to take care of it on your own. If no special circumstances exist and the tree stump’s diameter is within the range of the rental grinder. Make sure to wear proper safety equipment, including eye protection and gloves.
You’ll also leg protection if you’ll be using a chainsaw or reciprocating saw at any point during the process. Irregularities in the wood can cause these saws to kick back or jump around, which can be very dangerous if you don’t know how to handle the tools. Remember, even if you do decide to tackle this project yourself, an expert’s advice can often be worth the price of a consultation.