Photo of a new tree being planted where a stump was removed
New Tree Growth After Stump Grinding

After stump grinding in Athens, GA, it’s important to take the proper steps to prepare the area before you attempt to grow anything in its place, due to the extensive root systems and the left behind stump remnants. Getting stumps removed is a great way to enhance your outdoor space, increase your property value, and clear the space for new landscaping. A fresh clean slate is the best way to start the new year, and there’s a few things you should do to make sure the area is ready for new growth. 

With stump grinding, it’s important to note that if you are looking to grow another tree, or plant extensive landscaping over the spot where the stump was removed, you should let your stump grinding company know ahead of time. The reason for this is the stumps are typically ground to a depth of 4-6 inches below ground, to allow for a smooth surface, and a fully ground up stump. However, this depth may not be sufficient if you are looking to plant a tree in the same place as the original. If you plan on planting a new tree, your stump removal company may recommend grinding the stump to a depth up to 10-12 inches. This is because although the stump is fully ground, there are still roots from the stump, extending far below the ground surface, all of which can make it difficult to grow another tree. The old roots can take the moisture out of the soil, and can make it difficult for a new tree’s roots to take hold. Thus, if it’s your plan to plant a new tree, let your stump removal company know, and they’ll let you know the best course of action!

Typically they will suggest grinding the stump to a greater depth, or perhaps root excavation, which can be a fairly intensive procedure. Digging up the roots of stumps is a pretty big undertaking, and is often lots of work, but may be necessary depending on your landscaping plans. This may be the best course of action, depending on what your plans for the area may be. If none of these options are right for you, your tree care and stump grinding experts should be able to recommend where the best places would be for you to plant new trees, in a space that is far enough away from the original root system. A general rule of thumb is to remove roots in a diameter of three times the size of the root ball of the tree. However, your stump grinding company should be able take into account these factors, and recommend to you the best options for your situation.