How to Use Stump Grindings as Mulch
Trees are beautiful, good for the environment, and when tree pruning is done correctly, they increase your property value. However, sometimes it is necessary to cut them down. Other times, they fall on their own. In both instances, a stump remains. But, you are not stuck with a stump in your yard. Instead, you can create mulch from stump grindings.
If you decide to remove the stump yourself, you can easily rent the famous tree stump and root removal tool, known as the grinder. However, if you are considering professional tree chopping assistance, ask about our stump clearing service.
Removing a stump might seem like an easy job. However, it is expensive to rent the required equipment, may be a challenge to operate, and leaves behind a mess of wood pieces you’ll need to clean. When you work with professional arborists, the process will be quick, your property will be flush (companies grind 10-12 inches below the ground), and will be free from debris. And, when a professional grinds your stump down, you can ask to keep the grindings to use as mulch.
You should keep in mind that while removing a stump inhibits most plant growth, some trees are excellent at regrowth. Specifically, willow, poplar, and some varieties of flowering cherry trees have been known to regenerate up to five years later. It is recommended to use herbicide in the area of the removal to ensure regrowth does not occur.
Usually, people just toss their stump grindings, but rather than just discarding the wood chippings in the dumpster or compost pile, you can create mulch. This alternative will benefit your garden and your wallet. Like shredded bark, the chippings will insulate your soil keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, reduce evaporation, retain moisture, and reduce germination of some weed seeds, it will also make weed removal easier.
All you need to do is collect the wood chips into a wheelbarrow after the stump has been ground down, then you simply need to apply the mulch to your flower beds or around your trees for a natural fertilizer that will last for months.