Should I get my tree stump ground down after the tree is removed?

Termites are a big concern for homeowners on the Gold Coast. These nasty creatures are responsible for a large amount of damage to homes, parks, retaining walls and other timber structures throughout the region. Termites just love our subtropical climate; however, when the rain is scarce, they tend to go searching for moisture in and around our homes. Gold Coast termite hotspots are Palm Beach in the South and Helensvale and Oxenford in the north, however, the risk does extend to the whole GC.

When you are getting trees removed, our risk of termites makes it essential to consider what you do with the stump that is left over. Whilst it can be picturesque to have a stump or tree log in the garden, the risks for termites can outweigh the visual benefits. 

What can attract termites?

Termites seek moisture as it is essential for building their nests. This is why termites often are found inside the walls of homes, as they look for leaky pipes or bathrooms as moisture sources. Tree stumps can also be a source of food for termites, especially as the wood dampens as it decays. 

What happens if I leave a tree stump after the tree is removed?

When you leave a tree stump after the main tree has been removed there are a few things that can occur;

  1. The tree will shoot runners and start to reshoot from the tree stump. This is usually not preferred as you requested that the tree be removed in the first place.
  2. The tree stump rots and decays. Whilst this will remove the stump, it may take up to 15 years for the process to be completed.

When you leave a stump in the ground, the stump acts as a source of food and habitat for fungus, borers and even termites.

How should I remove the stump?

  • Leave the stump to rot naturally, as mentioned above; this may take more than a decade to achieve and cause issues with pests in the meantime.
  • Burn the stump out. This can be difficult to achieve and may require repeated attempts to get the stump appropriately burnt.
  • Dig out the stump. Without specialist equipment, this is laborious and often impossible.
  • Stump Grinding. By far the easiest and quickest way to ensure that the stump is removed to just below ground level.

Who is qualified to do stump grinding?

Professional arborists are qualified for stump grinding and stump removal. They have the specialist equipment required and have the experience to know how best to remove the stump.

Termites are unfortunately a part of life here on the Gold Coast, and we need to be vigilant and have a preventative attitude when it comes to our homes. Leaving stumps to rot may be ok in other parts of Australia, but if the stump in question is close to your home, retaining walls or outbuildings, then the risk is certainly not worth taking. Stump grinding is a cost-effective way to ensure that you are not leaving anything that may attract termites to your property.

For all stump grinding, tree removal and tree pruning advice and services, the team at Kings Landscapes are ready to help. We understand the trees of the Gold Coast, and we know the risks that termites can play when branches, stumps or parts of trees are left after tree work is done. We make sure that we consult with the property owner to determine the best course of action to minimise the risk of termites.

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