Stumps create an unsightly obstacle in your yard, but stump removal can be an intimidating process. Many homeowners assume that stump grinding services are expensive, and turn instead to stump removal products. But how do these products work? And are they worth the investment?
The Basics of Common Stump Removal Products
Most stump removal products contain potassium nitrate, a substance used in the creation of gunpowder and also called saltpeter.
Sounds good, right? These products offer a natural, pain-free and inexpensive way to remove stumps. But consider the process and you will realize a few difficulties, including:
- Stump removal products tend to be most effective on old, aged stumps. They have little to no effect on newly cut trees and hardwood stumps.
- This process takes an extended period of time. If you’re working on a landscape plan or installing new backyard features, a delay of this length will waste time and money.
- The stump area is unsightly and potentially dangerous during the process. Some recommend drenching the stump in kerosene before igniting it and leaving the stump to smolder. This presents a serious hazard on any property.
Alternative to Stump Removal Products
Stump grinding services offer good value, removing stumps of any size quickly and completely. Contractors use a heavy-duty grinder to reduce the stump to mulch, which can then be used in your garden.
Portable grinders offer the best solution. This equipment easily fits through a standard sized gate and will not damage your grass or surrounding gardens.
When you want to get rid of an unsightly stump, consider stump grinding services. Relatively affordable considering the speed and efficiency of the removal, this process works better than any stump removal products on the market today.