When you cut down a tree in your yard, you might be tempted to just leave the stump behind. It may seem like a good way to save some money. Services that provide dead tree removal in Atlanta generally recommend removing the stump at the same time. A stump may not seem like a big deal at first, but it could become a bigger problem in the future, making you wish that you had removed it. Here are a few reasons it's best to remove the stump, too.
A freshly cut stump may seem fine, but over time it’s likely to attract bothersome insects. A variety of insects from ants to wasps may find a stump to be a good home. Insects invading stumps is part of the natural process of it decaying and being returned to the earth. Nevertheless, it could become a problem for you. With a stump close to your home, you're harboring a population of insects that may eventually migrate to your home. For wasps and other stinging insects, they may become a hazard if you bump the stump with your lawnmower, your dog sniffs it out, or children play around it.
If a stump is cut low to the ground, it may seem fine to you. After all, it may be hardly noticeable from the street. But that hardly noticeable part is a problem when it comes to a tripping hazard. People walking across your lawn, such as the postal carrier, newspaper delivery person or Halloween trick or treaters, may trip over the stump. In a highly litigious society, accidents on your property can lead to serious financial consequences. That’s in addition to simply feeling bad about an accident.
This hazard is similar to the original tripping hazard with a stump, but it happens years later. Once a stump rots out, it tends to leave a hole or depression in your lawn, especially from a large tree. That imperfection can also lead to a tripping hazard. It’s best to call a service that can handle large tree removal in Atlanta to have the stump removed at the same time as the tree. Once the stump is ground out, the area can be filled with soil so that a hole will not develop years later.
Some hazards are less serious, but should be considered, too. A rotting stump will adversely affect the appearance of your property. It may not look too bad when first cut, but over time it will look worse at it gets gray and dingy in appearance. As time passes, ugly mushrooms will start growing on it. Your neighbors will wonder why you ever left that old stump to detract from your property’s appearance.
An old stump takes up valuable space in your hard. The space that a stump occupies could be used for a garden or a new tree.
If you’re having a tree cut down, it’s best to have the stump removed at the same time. Services that provide local tree removal in Atlanta can help you with stump removal, too. By taking care of the whole job now, you’ll save yourself problems later.