What To Do After Stump Grinding

Most people are familiar with the process of stump grinding – after all, it’s not exactly an uncommon sight. You’ve probably seen a large machine with a large spinning blade whirring away at a tree stump in someone’s yard before. But what happens after the stump is gone? What do you do with all the sawdust and debris that’s left behind?

After you’ve had a tree stump removed, it’s important to take care of the remaining holes and roots. If you don’t, you may end up with an unsightly hole in your yard, or worse, new tree sprouts. Here are some tips on what to do after stump grinding to make sure your yard looks its best.

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  1. Dispose of the stump properly – If you have a large stump, you may need to rent a dumpster or call a professional to haul it away. If the stump is small enough to fit in your trash can, make sure to double bag it so that the debris doesn’t make a mess.
  2. Fill the hole – Once the stump is gone, you’ll be left with a hole. This can be filled with topsoil, compost, or other fillers. Be sure to compact the filler so that it doesn’t settle over time. You may also want to consider planting grass seed or filling the hole with mulch.
  3. Remove the roots – Depending on how big the tree is, you may have some roots left behind. These can be removed with a shovel or other gardening tools. If the roots are too big or too deep to remove yourself, you may need to hire a professional.

The Right Tools for the Job

You can rent a stump grinder from your local hardware store or equipment rental company. If you have several stumps to grind, it might be worth purchasing your own grinder. Either way, make sure you get the right size machine for the job. A too-small grinder will take forever to grind down a large stump, while a too-big grinder can damage your lawn or landscaping.

Best Practices for Grinding a Stump

  • When grinding a stump, there are a few best practices to follow:
  • Wear proper safety gear, including gloves, eye protection, and hearing protection.
  • Clear the area around the stump of rocks and debris that could damage your grinder or injure you if they’re thrown by the machine.
  • Start by grinding the top of the stump until it’s level with the ground. Then grind downward at an angle until you’ve exposed the entire root system. Finally, grind along the length of the roots until they are completely ground up.
  • Fill in the holes left behind by the stump with topsoil and seed or sow grass seed to blend in the area with your lawn.
  • Have a plan for what to do with the stump once it’s ground

The first thing you need to do is clean up the area. This means sweeping up all the sawdust and debris that the stump grinder has left behind. Depending on the size of the stump and the type of tree, this can be a fairly sizable task. Once you’ve got all the debris cleaned up, you’ll need to figure out what to do with it.

Here are a few ideas:

– Use it as mulch in your garden: The debris from a stump grinding can be quite good for your plants. Wood chips can help retain moisture and protect your plant’s roots from extreme temperatures. Just make sure that you don’t use too much, as this can lead to problems with drainage.

– Use it as compost: If you have a compost bin, adding the wood chips from a stump grind can speed up the decomposition process. Just make sure that you chop up the larger pieces into smaller ones so they will break down more easily.

– Dispose of it: If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of disposing of the stump grinding debris yourself, there are companies that will do it for you. Many tree service companies offer this as an add-on service, so it’s worth checking with them before you call a dumpster company.

– Burn it: Another option is to simply burn the debris. This is only an option if there are no burning restrictions in your area, of course. But if there are no such restrictions and you have a fire pit or incinerator, burning the debris is one way to get rid of it quickly and easily.


As you can see, there are a few different options for what to do with the debris left behind after a stump grinding. It’s really up to you which one you choose – just make sure that you take care of it sooner rather than later so that your yard looks neat and tidy!

We hope this article was helpful in giving you some ideas of what to do with your stump grinding debris. If you have any other questions or would like to learn more about our stump grinding services, please contact us today!

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