Anyone have any experience with tree ...

Anyone have any experience with tree stump removal & applying sod afterwards?

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Since: May 12

Alpharetta, GA

#1 Jan 10, 2013
I have recently had four trees removed from my front yard. One was rotten, two were falling/leaning over onto the house, and one had gotten so big that the root system had taken over that entire section of the yard. No grass would grow in my front yard due to these trees and I really wanted a front lawn.

The dude who removed them (a family friend who is also replacing my siding) said that I had two choices about how to deal with the stumps. Two (maybe even three) of the stumps are small and I can deal with leaving them alone but there is one big one smack in the middle of the front of the yard with many roots.

He said that I could either have the big stump removed with a stump grinder OR I could have dirt/soil placed over the stump and then put sod over it. He said that if he removes the stump that the another 5th tree nearby would also have to be removed (more money of course) because removing the stump and roots will kill the other tree. I was planning on saving that tree and my husband wants to save it, he wasn't too keen on the idea of getting rid of the trees in the first place.

Anyway, does this guy have any idea what he is talking about? Will removing the stump kill the nearby tree? Can you really cover up a large stump with soil and then grow grass on top of it?

Since: Jul 12

Douglasville, GA

#2 Jan 10, 2013
I have had many trees removed from my yard.
I have always had the stumps ground down a deep as the grinding blade would grind them. You must stand there as they grind each stump as they will try to grind as little as possible to save their time and effort. Stump grinding will not kill the surrounding trees. You will end up with more wood chips then you know what to do with.
Grass may be difficult to grow if you had a pine tree cut down as the soil has a lot of acid in it. Also you should leave a slight mound of dirt where the stump was ground due to the left over stump rotting away and the dirt settling down. Over a period of years you may still have a sink hole form in that spot.
formerresident

Decatur, GA

#3 Jan 15, 2013
Can ground chips be used for embankment stability, to slow down erosion of a stream channel?
formerresident

Decatur, GA

#4 Jan 15, 2013
wood chips, is what I meant to write

Since: May 12

Alpharetta, GA

#5 Jan 15, 2013
I toally misunderstood what my contractor dude said. He was talking about covering the roots of the one remaining tree (which are spread wide and deep) with dirt and trying to grow grass over that NOT growing grass over the stump.

Since: Nov 12

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#6 Jan 15, 2013
trystme wrote:
I toally misunderstood what my contractor dude said.
gee, who is surprised?

toally misunderstood?

Since: Jul 12

Lithia Springs, GA

#7 Jan 15, 2013
trystme wrote:
I toally misunderstood what my contractor dude said. He was talking about covering the roots of the one remaining tree (which are spread wide and deep) with dirt and trying to grow grass over that NOT growing grass over the stump.
I guess I wasted my time.

Since: May 12

Alpharetta, GA

#8 Jan 16, 2013
I apologize Bigdave, but I did learn something from your input. Thank you.

Since: Jul 12

Douglasville, GA

#9 Jan 16, 2013
trystme wrote:
I apologize Bigdave, but I did learn something from your input. Thank you.
I am glad I was of some help.
calebhart54

Wilmington, DE

#12 Apr 9, 2015
Stump removal can be quite a chore. I know that in the olden days, they just hooked chains up to horses and had them pull it out. I'm sure now there are special machines that can do it. Maybe you should make some calls and see if anybody can bring a machine like that to you. http://www.brandywinetree.net
Raymond

Douglasville, GA

#13 Apr 9, 2015
Poor about 5 or 6 galons of gas on the he stump. Wate about 10 minutes and throw a match on it and get away. It will burn down past the roots. Just dig up the ashes and you done

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