How to Remove and Recycle a Tree Stump

    As beautiful and shady as trees are, sometimes they are in the way of your property. They might be a danger to your car or home, especially in the event of a storm. They might be overgrown and hard to control. Maybe you even have a large, dead tree in your yard that could suddenly come tumbling down without warning. Or maybe you have termite-infested remains of a tree that are a danger to your home. Whatever your reasons may be, there are many reasons why you may need tree removal or tree stump removal in Athens—none of those reasons have to be that you hate trees.


    It is important for even the most eco-conscious homes to remove tree stumps, especially once a tree has been cut down. Thankfully, these stumps can be recycled once they are removed. What follows are some important details we want to share about how tree stump removal works and how excavated stumps and roots can be recycled into something useful and new.


    Assess the Stump

    The first step to removing a tree stump is assessing the remains. Depending on the species, size, maturity, and location of a tree, different techniques must be used to remove them. Poplar trees, for example, have shallow, wide roots that make excavation relatively simple. Oak trees, meanwhile, have deep taproots that can extend over 10 feet underground. Oaks also have very thick, dense stumps, while pine trees have thin and soft ones. Tree excavators can determine how to remove every single stump on your property.


    Only professionals have the expertise to accomplish this first step, let alone proceed with removal. You should never attempt to perform stump removal in Athens on your own. The pride or convenience is not worth the potential property damage or trip to the hospital.


    Get Grinding

    Prepare the area by mowing away any plants that are in the way. You should also use a shovel to remove rocks around the stump.


    At this point, heavy-duty machinery may be used to remove the stumps and roots. Grinders, for example, can whittle away at the remains, chainsaws can cut away most of the remains and level them down to the ground, and you can also use a chainsaw to disconnect the largest root systems. Once you have done this preparation work, you can excavate the entire stump and roots using chains and a towing vehicle.


    Though you can rent the required equipment yourself, you can expect to pay hundreds of dollars a day for each machine, training, and protective equipment—unwise investments considering that it is unlikely that you currently own all of the necessary equipment or will ever need it again.


    Recycle the Remains

    Thankfully, the remains of a tree are not garbage doomed to rot away forever. Wood is useful to someone, even if it is not useful to you at the moment. There are many recycling centers that can help turn tree stumps and roots into useful wood products, such as tools, mulch, and even furniture! Even better, some tree stump removal specialists like us can recycle tree remains for you so that you are not forced to haul them to the nearest recycling center outside the city limits.