Safe, Injury-Free Tree Maintenance: Tips for DIY Work

Welcome to my blog. My name is Kerry, and I love to do DIY work around the home. While painting high ceilings and putting in garden beds seems to be easy for me, I find climbing into a tree with a saw to trim branches very scary and potentially dangerous. Luckily, over the years, I have gotten past the fear and have found ways to service my trees safely and efficiently without risking grave injury to myself. Sometimes, I admit that I have to call in the pros, but I'll help you identify when that's a necessity as well. Take a look at these posts. I hope they move, entertain and inform you.

6 Ways to Get Rid of a Pile of Tree Stump Grindings


The fastest way to remove a tree stump is to use a stump grinder. This allows you to quickly use the area once occupied by the stump. However, before you do anything, you need to decide what to do with the remains of the stump. Fortunately, you have a number of available options at your disposal.

Have the Tree Service Take Them Away

If you don't want to use the stump grindings, you can ask the tree service that removed the stump to take them away. However, most tree services charge extra for stump grindings removal. Let them know up front so they can include it in their price quote.

Turn Them into Mulch

You can also use stump grindings as mulch for your garden. When used correctly, wood chips stabilize soil temperature, retain moisture and help to keep weeds under control. However, as they decompose, the wood chips will sap nitrogen from the soil. Since nitrogen is essential for plant growth, you should also mix the grindings with some nitrogen-rich fertilizer.

Compost Them

If you compost your stump grindings before adding them to your garden beds, they will be rich in nitrogen in several months time. Remember to stir the stump grindings from time to time to aid the decomposition process.

Advertise on Craigslist

As long as you don't mind having someone come over to your house to pick them up, Craigslist is a great option. Wood chips can serve many uses and so you'll likely have plenty of takers.

Create Attractive Garden Paths

Wood chips also make attractive and clean garden paths. However, you will need to keep replenishing the wood chips as they will eventually decompose. Fortunately, wood chips are fairly inexpensive and easy to find.

Use Them in a Dog Run

Many dog parks use wood chips since they are inexpensive and help to keep mud and dirt at a minimum. If you or someone you know owns a dog, you can use the wood chips to create a dog run. By putting down wood chips, you not only keep your dog's paws clean, but also protect other areas of your garden from being trampled into the mud.

If you have a stump that is taking up valuable space in your yard or garden, hire a tree service to grind it out. This will allow you to quickly put the newly cleared space to good use. 


2 January 2018