Stump Removal - Las Cruces, NM
Stump removal, a necessary evil that we are here to help you with. Whether that stump is there from a tree that previously fell that you inherited, or you have been contemplating removing a tree from your property & you want the stump to go to, we can help.
With the right knowledge & equipment, removing a tree stump is a relatively easy process that can be done almost any time you wish. For those of you without the necessary equipment or experience, the most convenient process to remove a tree stump is to simply call an expert (you know...like the ones on this site). We GUARANTEE that contacting a professional arborist is the safest, most convenient way to remove that burdensome stump in the ground.
If you meet the following requirements, we believe you can handle this job on your own, and if you don't, you can click to call us below.
1. You are a qualified arborist who can determine whether, when, & how to do this.
2.You are a member of a team of qualified tree surgeons who know how to remove a tree piece by piece damaged to the area.
3. The necessary equipment that has been properly maintained & the right insurance.
4. An appropriate sized stump grinder that can properly access the area.
5. Years of experience to best make sure that no one gets hurt throughout the process.
We never thought you would never ask! There are a few options in your arsenal here that we will touch on for you to have a better understanding of what you are in for.
So What Should You Do About That Tree Stump?
Physical Stump Removal
This is your standard go to procedure here with handling a stump. The end goal of taking action is to remove the stump in its entirety, roots and all. If the stump and its roots cannot be removed completely, there are other methods that can temporarily fix the situation to help provide immediate relief. For smaller trees you can use a winch to pull out the stump, and honestly, anyone who can competently use a winch can be brought in to remove the stump safely. When winching out a stump, it is advised to leave a stub of that stump off the ground for leverage. That leverage should allow you to more easily remove the stump from the ground.
Tree stumps can also be removed by using a small excavator. One major advantage with this option is that the excavator will remove a majority of the root system imbedded underground. During this process, stump removal is easy if the tree is not entirely cut down. Like with winching, you want to leave a small piece of the stump off of the ground to assist with leverage and get that stump out.
The final alternative (and personal favorite because my son thinks it's cool) is using a machine known as a stump grinder. Tree stump grinders can be operated by experience gardeners & will mechanically grind through and spit out the main root plate of the stump. While this is a wonderful aesthetic bandaid for your yard, we do not recommend getting a stump ground down if you are concerned for your garden or planning on installing a pool near that location. Simply grinding down a stump will help to remove some of the roots , but we can almost guarantee that there will be some roots left in the ground.
Chemical Stump Killer
You will find many options out at the store, but at the end of the day what you are ultimately buying is Glyphosate. It is a chemical found in most commercial weed killers that has provided mixed reviews on its safety and efficiency (just being honest). If you choose to use Glyphosate there are a few notes here for you to follow.
- Don't go to the store and simply buy a stump killer without first doing your research. Something as simple as the time of year you are applying your chemicals is very important. You will want to be applying your chemicals (if you choose to use them) in the Fall or Winter. Applying chemicals in the early Spring or Summer when trees are not dormant is detrimental to your cause here.
- PLEASE always be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions. The most common practice here is to treat the entire surface of the stump that has been cut. You would start by drilling holes or chiseling wedge shaped incursions into the stump. From there, you would go on to fill those holes or incursions with brushes or granules to your chemicals.
- After you have applied the stump killer, you will need to cover the stump with a tarp or plastic sheet to help keep rain for coming in contact with the stump. It is important to note that applying chemicals to a freshly cut stump will be more effective than a stump that has been sitting for some time.
We strongly recommend anyone attempting to burn down a stump. We often find a charred mess of a live stump remaining by the time we get a call and have to explain time and time again the hazards associated with this method. Instead, leave stump removal in the hands of your local professionals here at Las Cruces Tree Pros. Give us a call so that we can head over to provide a free estimate in regards to our tree and stump removal services. Not in a place to make a call? Have no fear! Scroll back up to the top of our page and fill out our free quote form.