Tree, Hedge and Stumps Services in Oldham [0161 410 5354]
Stump Removals/Stump Grinding
After a tree has been removed/felled, the last thing to do to ensure it doesn’t grow back is to remove the stump left in the ground.
We can remove any number of stumps in one visit. We are happy to do this after we have removed/felled a tree or even as a stand-alone service for trees that have already been brought down by somebody else.
Providing the finest tree removal the Northwest has to offer, our Oldham Tree Surgeon’s have safely and efficiently removed many trees of all shapes and sizes over a long period of time, so our expertise is top quality.
We are able to both remove and dispose of a large number of trees from any site or premises in one attempt. Our wood chipper “chips down” the tree(s) into smaller pieces of wood; we do have clients that like to keep these smaller pieces of wood for either landscaping purposes in their gardens or even for the play area of their school premises.
The felling – or cutting – of a tree is exactly what it says on the tin. As trees are like our babies, it can be an easy or a difficult decision for you to get this done, but our experts will help to make it a smooth and easy process for you.
This has two main benefits; number one, pruning can help a tree to look more aesthetically pleasing, and number two is that it can help to maintain and even improve the health of tree, leading to being in an environment that is safer for everybody.
Reducing the crown will allow more light to pass over the top of it – leading to less shading! – as well as just reducing the overall stress that the tree may have had.
Multiple benefits of thinning the crown; by removing some of the smaller or tertiary branches, more light can travel through the tree, there will be less wind resistance and also, a reduction in weight.
If the tree service that you would like is not listed, please don’t panic, we just don’t want you to fall asleep reading this; we carry out all tree work – big and small – and this list has the most common services that we are asked for.
Hedge Trimming/Hedge Cutting/Hedges Removals
Like trees, hedges come in all different shapes and sizes, but our Oldham Tree Surgeon’s have all of the equipment that is needed to complete hedge reductions or trim them(including hedge cutters on a pole).
We understand that the privacy of our clients is important so for that reason, we always bear in mind the height/width of the hedges when cutting/trimming them as well as any neighbours that are close by.
Whatever tree surgery you would like us to do for you, please get in touch with Oldham Tree Surgeon now to discuss your requirements, either by filling in the form on this page or calling us on 07866 857354.
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How We Are A Tree Surgeon you can rely on All Year Round
Here at Northwest Trees & Stumps Tree Surgeon, we are readily and happily available to help you whenever you need it, we have you and your trees covered.
We have a team of experts that are fully aware of the impact that the weather can have on trees; you may have a tree that prevents the sun from getting into your garden in the summer months, or on the flip side of things, you may have a tree that has been the victim of some weather damage during stormy times and you need the help of some local help, and Northwest Trees & Stumps tree surgeons can take care of this QUICKLY.
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To be the first tree surgeon locals think of when needing tree work completed, we cover all areas in and around the Northwest.
Oldham Tree Surgeon cover everywhere in the Ashton, Ashton-under-Lyne, Birch, Borough Of Oldham, Castleton, Delph, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Failsworth, Greenfield, Hollinwood, Lees, Micklehurst, Middleton, Millbrook, Milnrow, Moorside, Mossley, Moston, New Delph, New Hey, Newton Heath, Oldham, Royton, Shaw, Stalybridge and surrounding areas.
Please get in touch with our tree experts now. You can either fill in the contact form on this page, or call us on 07866 857354.
Clients Of Olham Tree Surgeon
Our Oldham Tree Surgeon have carried out work for a variety of commercial and domestic clients. This includes councils, landlords, homeowners, office blocks, facilities management companies, schools and nurseries, to name but a few.
There is a GOOD chance that we have completed some form of tree surgery for a client similar to you – whether you are running a business or a home – and we are always happy to take a look at what you would like doing to your trees and talk you through the safest and most efficient way of doing it.
Local Areas Covered by our Northwest Trees & Stumps Team:
Wider Areas currently covered by our other teams:
Bolton, Bury, Chester, Crewe, Didsbury, Hale Barns, Knutsford, Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester, Northwich, Oldham, Ormskirk, Rochdale, Sale, St Helens, Stockport, Stoke, Urmston, Warrington, Wigan, Wilmslow, Wirral, Worsley, Wrexham
OLDHAM STUMP GRINDING
When you want a tree-stump stump grinding (removed), a tree stump removal company may suggest grinding it out if access and conditions around the stump allow it. Questions to ask yourself; Should you go for stump grinding? How long might it take? What is the benefit of removing a stump? Should you do yourself or employ a contractor?
We answer all of those questions about stump grinding – and more – in the article below.
WHAT ACTUALLY IS A STUMP GRINDER?
A stump grinder is powerful machine that can look a little like a lawnmower/circular-saw combined. They are designed to easily access the stump and then grind it into small pieces that can be removed or dispersed in the local area.
WHAT DOES STUMP GRINDING DO?
A stump grinder chews away at the stump of wood that is left over after a tree removal has been done. All stump grinders use powerful, rotating blades that ginds into the wood as it turns. The blade’s teeth smash the stump’s wood into small pieces. An operator guides the blade over the stump as the blade reduces the stump to wood chips, and removes the stump to well below ground level.
USES FOR WOOD FROM THE TREE STUMP GRINDING
Stump grinding creates lots of chips of wood (lots!). You’ll be surprised by the actual amount, but they can be used as on-site-mulch or added to your green waste can. You will also have a hole left after the stump grinding, since you have just ground out the stump volume that filled it.
You can shovel the wood chips into the hole to decay, or you can import soil and fill the hole so that it’s even with the surrounding ground.
Sometimes local businesses or groups (schools, nurseries, parks) may welcome you with open arms for you to drop off the “waste”. And you will be seen as helping out the community. However, this does involve you collecting it on site in the first place. Ideally, leaving it on-site is the preferred choice.
TYPES OF STUMP GRINDING MACHINES
You can find lightweight grinder models for small jobs, as well as big, powerful grinders for large stumps and complex logistics. The types of stump grinders include:
- Hand-guided, walk-behind, or “handlebar” grinders are small and lightweight. Their small size makes them the most portable, as they’ll fit in the back of a truck.
- Rear-hitch, wheeled stump grinders can be attached to a truck or trailer for travel and are then uncoupled at the job site and steered into place.
- Riding grinders are agile, like a bobcat or small tractor, with the operator controlling the grinder from a seat.
- Skid stump grinders have continuous track treads like a tank, and are driven from behind, or by an operator riding atop. The continuous treads grip large surface areas and are used where the ground is soft and traditional wheels would churn up soil or turf.
- A stump grinder attachment can be added to a skid steer, where it will be operated by the same arms that guide its trenching or bucket attachments.
As with most powerful equipment, stump grinders are designed specifically for their purpose.
STUMP GRINDING IS IT THE SAME AS STUMP REMOVAL?
Stump grinders differ from stump removers, as a stump remover is auger-like and bores down into the stump from above, removing all trunk wood and anchoring roots.
CAN YOU RENT A STUMP GRINDER
Stump grinders that are available to rent by the public are smaller and less powerful stump grinders than those used by professionals and it is unlikely you’ will get a range of stump grinder models to choose from. So it would usually make more sense to hire a professional.
DON’T INJURE YOURSELF = DIY
Industrial Stump grinders are normally used by professionals, such as trained tree-care specialists . As with most heavy, powerful equipment, the chance for injury is somewhat high. DIYers should be confident and capable before picking up a stump grinder. Make sure you have been adequately shown how to use the stump grinder you intend to hire.
When working the stump grinder itself, operators need protective equipment to protect them (and other personnel nearby) from flying debris and noise. Debris can be more than just sharp pieces of wood, things like: dirt, stones, bricks, glass and much more.
Professional tree surgeons and tree-removal companies also have (or should have) insurance against accidental damage to property from tree removal and stump grinding. Stones may be propelled at great velocity and can easily shatter glass or damage structures, cars etc. A DIY’er should think about the possibility of this and make sure they have insurance that will cover any damage to their own and neighbor’s property.
RENTING A STUMP GRINDER, IS IT REALLY WORTH IT?
Probably not. A lightweight, small, hired grinder means more time and physical effort for you, and your stump may simply be too large for a rented stump grinder to cope with. And, as anyone who has hired them knows, there’s no guarantee that the equipment is in good working order, or even safe to use. Steer clear of this option where possible.
WHAT SHOULD I BE CONSIDERING WHEN RENTING A STUMP GRINDER?
If you’re thinking of “Doing It Yourself” tree stump removal, you might first want to add up the actual time and cost of renting a stump grinder, including:
- Fuel to power it
- Personal safety gear for you
- Ability to load, unload and move the grinder
- Ability to maneuver the grinder
- Sheet materials to protect the surrounding ground from damage (heavy, awkward and expensive)
- Material or screens to protect property from flying debris
- Chance of damage to the hired stump grinder, blade and teeth from hidden debris
- Debris cleanup and disposal
- Substantial liability insurance cover
- Yours and any helpers time to do the work, including lost earnings away from your job.
If you compare what you will need to do with the time and cost of having your stump professionally removed, you may find that the professional option is the better choice. We’re experienced, fast and efficient, we have a trained crew and professional equipment, we’ll make wood chip mulch for you, and we’ll clean up after ourselves!
CAN YOU REMOVE A TREE WITHOUT LEAVING A STUMP?
In a nut shell… No. Tree-removers can’t cut a tree down flush with the ground, so there will ALWAYS be a stump.
IS STUMP GRINDING REALLY NECESSARY?
It’s your decision, but you may want to learn more about what to expect if you don’t remove the stump after you remove your tree and what you can do with it if you decide to keep it.
Many cannot anticipate how much a left-over tree stump will stand out after stump grinding, especially if the rest of their garden is tidy and maintained. Grinding out the stump, by comparison, gives you a clean slate for future landscape design.
There are of course a multitude of scenarios. It depend where the stump is. Is it in the middle of your lawn? Is it a trip hazard for children, the elderly, guests etc? Or is it on the periphery and not really in the way? Are the roots affecting structures like the house, conservatory or border fencing?
Because stump grinding chews stump wood down below ground level, the stump grinder ensures that your tree stump will not re-grow with suckering growth around its perimeter. This is often the best argument for stump grinding; leaving a stump in place can mean repeated sucker pruning, a garden chore that offers little satisfaction, as you’re never done.
Suckering sprouts are a natural response by the tree after its trunk has been cut down, however none of this growth is useful and won’t make a healthy new tree. Instead, you’ll have lots of sprouts that turn into branches that will need to be cut down over and over until the tree exhausts its energy reserves. This can take a long time.
NOTE: Coppicing is an ancient practise that involves cutting down woodland or forest tree trunks to ground level and encouraging new sprouts to grow from them. The new, sprouting wood grows until it is harvested for firewood, fencing, thatching, or woodworking, depending on the species of the tree. These cycles of growth and harvesting can last for decades or longer on a healthy coppiced tree. However, you are unlikely to require this in your garden!
Stump grinding is not alway necessary, but consider whether you want to look at it for years or come to terms with its suckering progress. Or turn it in to a garden ornament.
A stump, depending on its size, height, and location, can be an eyesore (especially as it rots away) and a tripping hazard. As it decomposes, it can also attract insect pests, start causing fungal diseases (which can spread to nearby trees), and cause soft, sunken spots in the surrounding lawn or garden.
A stump, on the other hand, can be incorporated into a unique garden design, used as an informal base for potted plants or sculptures, and painted, decorated, or sculpted.
CAN I BUILD WHERE A STUMP WAS?
One important factor is whether you intend to build on top of the tree stump or add a patio or paving. A ground tree stump will rot away over time as it is made of wood, an organic material. This means that it is not a stable construction base material, and any foundations, footings, or rigid materials could very well shift over time.
Even if your stump is ground out, there may be trunk and root material below ground that will decompose and settle, causing potential future damage to your building. In this case, ensure that all remaining stumps and roots are removed, and that the hole is filled with native soil (not bagged potting mix) and compacted to the required level for your building works.
TIMES WHERE STUMP GRINDING CANNOT BE DONE
The stumps of most easily accessible trees that are removed can also be ground out. A stump may need to be removed for safety reasons or because it is impeding access. However, in some cases, stump removal may be difficult or impossible.
- Trees in difficult-to-reach areas with limited access or where equipment is too substantial to bring in may not be suitable for stump grinding.
- Stumps that cannot be removed completely by stump grinding can be ground first and then pulled out with a skid steer or excavator; this adds cost but may be the only option.
- Trees growing in small planting holes and surrounded by concrete or other patio materials may leave a stump that cannot be removed without damaging the surrounding material, or the surrounding material may need to be removed first. This can be expensive or unattainable.
- If a tree stump is close to other trees or valuable shrubs, those other plants’ root systems may be injured or destroyed.
- Stumps close to buildings or other structures may be difficult stump grinding out due to the risk of damaging foundations, footings, or utility lines and pipework.
It really is best to check for hidden hazards before beginning to grind a stump, especially if you’re doing it yourself.
ALTERNATIVES TO STUMP GRINDING TO REMOVE A TREE STUMP
If you have a small stump in may not be worth stump grinding it, you may be able to remove using hand tools. Having a stump with a few feet of trunk left on is useful here, as the trunk can be used as a lever to help loosen the trunk. You’ll first use a shovel or a pick axe to loosen and dig out the soil around the stump to expose its roots. After you’ve uncovered the roots, you can use gravity and your body weight to rock the stump loose. If you have loppers or a pruning saw, you can use them to sever large roots and help free the trunk. This is strenuous physical work, but it’s not impossible.
You’ve probably seen bottles of chemical stump remover at your nursery or hardware store. These products are often made of potassium nitrate, and work by speeding up wood decay. They require that you drill holes into your stump, fill them with stump killer, add water, cover your stump, and wait.
Potassium nitrate isn’t poisonous, but it can cause eye and skin irritation, so you’ll want to keep children/pets away from it and the stump.
Another way people remove stumps is to pour kerosene over a stump and light it on fire. Please, don’t be the person who thinks a flaming tree stump is a good use of time and resources.
NEED STUMP GRINDING WORK DOING… GET IN TOUCH
Feel free to contact us first. We can assess your situation and provide you with an estimate for the cost of removing the tree stump. You might be surprised at how inexpensive it can be, compared to doing it yourself. Most stump removal is quick, and even large stumps can usually be removed in a matter of hours.
When we remove a tree, we always offer stump removal services, including explaining the benefits of having your stump professionally removed and explaining the benefits of tree-stump mulch for your garden.