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I have always been one of those people who loves to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for others, which is why I started looking at landscaping design in the first place. It was incredible to me to see how much of a difference I was able to make by adding a few new plants, and after that first project, I wanted to help other people. I started volunteering to help friends and neighbors do their landscaping, and after a few months, I had developed quite a following. This blog is all about creating a warm, inviting yard through smart landscaping and an eye for detail.

Creating An Inviting Yard

Your Simple Checklist To Prepare For A Stump Grinding Project On Your Property

by Addison Washington

Once the tree is taken down, all that remains is an unsightly stump protruding from the ground. While many homeowners will just leave this stump as is for years to come, it is a much better idea to just get the thing out of the way. Most tree removal companies do offer stump grinding services once a tree has been removed from your property. If you have a tree stump that you have decided to have professionally removed, it is a good idea to get prepared for the project in advance. use this simple checklist to help you get ready for a stump grinding project on your property. 

Make sure the contractor has plenty of room to maneuver the stump grinder. 

There are a few different kinds of stump grinders. One is a massive machine that is towed behind a tractor or vehicle of some form. The grinder is positioned over the stump and then maneuvered by a set of hand controls while the grinding action is taking place. The second type of stump grinder is made much like a garden tiller and the contractor will manually move the grinder as they work to grind away different areas of the stump. Regardless of which stump grinder is being used, the contractor will have to have the space around the stump cleared so they can easily move the machine around. So it is a good idea to take the time to get rid of things surrounding the stump, such as yard furniture, outdoor toys, and decorative landscape items. 

Make sure your vehicles are parked away from the area where the stump will be removed. 

A stump grinder works by gradually chipping away the bits of wood until all that remains is a pile of sawdust essentially. A rotating wheel with saw-like teeth spins at a rapid pace to make this happen, which means there will be flying debris. Stump grinders of all types have skirts and shields to deflect this debris, but occasionally, a piece of wood or even a piece of gravel could go airborne and you don't want your vehicles in the path. 

Relocate any plants that you want to save temporarily. 

If you have plants or small trees around the area where the stump is now located, it is best to pull them up by their root system and get them out of the way. The aggressive disruption of the ground around the stump by the grinder could kill the plants. Plus, the plants and trees will make it harder for the contractor to maneuver the grinder.