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Stump grinding is often referred to as stump cutting, stump removal etc… It may be called several thing, but the process is the same. If you are digging a pool, or home footings you may need to have the stump root ball, or root system dug from the ground.
For most landscape projects stump grinding will be the less costly method. The process of stump grinding is done with a machine called a stump grinder, The stump grinder has a circular wheel, with carbide steel teeth on the front called a cutting wheel which spins at a very high speed shredding the stump into mulch consistency.
The stump should be ground at least 4″ below surface to prevent the roots from sprouting up new plants. The stump grindings are normally left to settle by most professionals, but can be hauled away for an additional fee.
Stump grinders can be rented from certain equipment rental companies if you choose to do it yourself. If so please use eye protection, and hearing protection at a minimum. I choose to wear a face shield because the machine will kick up wood chips, rock, etc..
I would suggest a self-propelled machine, with four wheels, and at least 25 horsepower. These stump grinding machines can be dangerous if not used properly. If you are not the do it yourself type leave it to the professionals like myself, and many others in the area.