If you have some old tree stumps in your yard, from when some trees were removed, there are a few different ways you can deal with the old tree stumps. You can let nature takes its course, incorporate the tree stump into your landscaping, or have the tree stump removed.
Let Nature Takes Its Course
With an old tree stump, one option is to let nature take its course. Overtime, the tree stump should naturally break down and rot. However, this process can take a long time. Often, when you cut down a tree but leave the tree stump intact, the tree's root system is still in place and can still provide the tree with nutrients, which is part of why it can take a tree stump a long time to naturally break down if the roots were not damaged and were still healthy when the tree was removed. If the roots were damaged or rotting, then the tree stump may become damaged and rot at a faster rate.
Incorporate Into Your Landscaping
Another option you have is to incorporate the tree stump into your landscaping so that it serves a functional purpose until you either have it removed or it dies naturally on its own. One easy and functional way to incorporate the tree stump into your landscaping is to use it as a base. You can set a flowerpot on top of the tree stump to incorporate in into your garden. Or you can plant flowers all around its base, highlighting the beauty of the stump with the flowers. Or you can also try growing plants out of your tree stump if it has holes in it. This can be a great way to allow the tree stump to return to its natural state.
Have It Removed
Finally, you can have the tree stump removed by a professional tree service. If you decide to go this route, there are a few ways that a professional tree service can remove the tree from your yard. They can dig out the roots and literally pull the stump out, leaving behind a large hole that you will need to fill with dirt. Or they can bring in a grinding machine that will grind the stump down into sawdust. In order to grind the stump, though, they need to be able to access the stump with a small piece of construction equipment that will grind the stump down. Grinding the stump down really depends upon the access to the stump. After the stump is ground up, you can use the mulch on your garden.
If you have a tree stump in your yard, you can let nature slowly takes it course, you can incorporate the stump into your landscaping plan, or you can have a tree company come out and remove the stump from your property by either pulling the stump out or by grinding the stump up.
For more information and options, contact a professional tree stump removal company, such as Frank's Tree & Lawn Service.