After you have a tree removed, you will be left with an unsightly stump in your yard. It is recommended that the stump be killed and/or removed, as the root system can continue to grow after the tree is removed, harming any pipes or other plants in the path of those roots. There are different methods that can be used to kill and/or remove a stump, including stump grinding, chemicals or digging up and removing the stump and root system. Paying close attention to several factors will help you decide which stump removal method is right for you. Here are a few factors to think about if you need a stump removed. 

Your Budget for Tree Stump Removal

One of the factors you will want to think about when you need a tree stump removed is what your budget for this project will be. The average cost to remove a tree stump ranges from $60 to $350. The amount that it will cost you varies based on whether you are hiring a company to do the work for you, how the stump will be removed, and the size of your stump. Inserting chemicals to kill the root system is one of the cheapest ways to kill the stump, but that method does not remove the stump. However, if you are on a tight budget, this may be a great option for you. Having to hire a company to dig the land up and pull the stump up is one of the most expensive options.

How Quickly You Want the Stump Removed

Another factor to consider in deciding which stump removal method is best for you is how quickly you want the stump removed. A stump can typically be leveled in a matter of hours. But depending on the size of the stump, it may take several more hours, or even a few days, to remove a stump by pulling out the root system. And using chemicals to kill a stump or soften it for easier removal can take months, depending on the size of the stump. If you want the stump removed quickly, you need to keep this in mind.

How You Intend on Using the Space Occupied By the Stump

The last factor you need to keep in mind when deciding on which method of stump removal is best for you is how you intend on using the space currently occupied by the stump. A chemical will kill the roots and the stump, but the stump will remain. Grinding the stump levels it to the ground so it is hidden, but you can't grow grass over it. If you want a flat area that you can grow grass or other plants over, removing the entire stump and the root system is the only option.

Considering your budget, how quickly you want the stump removed, and what you plan on doing with the area occupied by the stump will help you determine which stump removal method is best for your yard.