If you have recently had a tree cut down in your yard, the stump may have been left after the work was finished. Since the stump was ground down or is only a few inches above the ground, you may believe that there is no harm in having it remain in your yard.
However, leftover tree stumps can cause issues on your property if you do not have them removed. Besides being an eyesore and posing a trip hazard, there are a couple of reasons why you should hire a professional service to remove the tree stump left after cutting down a tree on your property.
1. Pests Will Be Drawn to the Stump and Make Their Nests in the Decaying Wood
One reason why you should have a tree stump removed from your property is that it will become a haven for pests. As the exposed part of the stump is subjected to moisture and sunlight, it will quickly break down and decay.
Because of the decay, insects such as termites and carpenter ants will be drawn to it and make their nests in the wood. If the stump is close to your house and is not removed, these pests are likely to shift their attention and enter your home, causing an infestation.
2. Roots From the Stump Will Continue to Grow and Cause Possible Damage
Another reason why you should go ahead and have the stump removed is the roots could still cause damage to your property. Even though the rest of the tree is gone, the roots are still alive and will continue to grow and spread throughout your yard.
As the roots spread, they can tear up sections of your yard as they grow close to the surface in an attempt to absorb moisture and nutrients. If the stump is not removed by a professional, the roots may even grow under and cause damage to any structures nearby, including your home's foundation.
If you leave a stump in your yard after having a tree cut down, its roots will continue to grow and could tear up your yard or cause damage to nearby structures. Pests such as carpenter ants and termites will also be drawn to the decaying wood of the stump and build nests in them, bringing them into close proximity to your home and increasing the chances of infestation. To prevent these problems from happening, contact a business that offers stump removal services in your area to speak to someone about available options for getting rid of it.
I have always been one of those people who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty, which is why I started trimming my own trees. However, after doing it by myself for a few years, I realized that my yard was starting to look a little DIY, which wasn't the look that I was going for. To make things right, I decided to invest in a professional tree service who could come out and fix up my yard. They were amazing to work with, and they even came with all of their own equipment. This blog is all about the benefits of professional tree care, versus doing things on your own.