Do you have a tree stump still in the ground from a cut-down tree? If the answer is yes, you’re probably hoping that it will naturally breakdown and decay over time. Though this is true and a tree stump sitting in the yard may seem harmless, it is not always the case, as they may be causing a larger unseen or unknown problem.

There are many reasons why it is best to remove tree stumps as soon as possible, rather than waiting years for it to die on its own. Among these reasons is the general aesthetic of your property, but also the safety of your home and loved ones.

We have outlined some of the top reasons to get that tree stump removed from your yard in order to help you determine if removing the tree stump is the best choice for you.

It possible for stumps to re-sprout, even if they seem dead.

Most people assume that stumps die after the tree is cut down. However, this is not always the case. Some stumps begin to re-sprout around their base as an attempt to keep from dying. It is highly unlikely that these sprouts will ever grow into large trees, but they will continue to grow and sprout which can be unsightly in your yard.

Stumps can make it hard to properly care for your lawn.

If your landscape has tree stumps spread throughout it, then mowing will be more difficult. Not only will you have to maneuver your mower around the stump, but you will also be constantly worried about running into the stump accidentally. Removing these old tree stumps will not only give you peace of mind while mowing but will also make the process faster so you don’t have to spend all day mowing.

They can pose a safety risk.

A tree stump is not only an eyesore for your home, but poses a risk to those who are in proximity to it. Whether you’re having a lawn party with friends and family walking around or your children are playing in the yard, there is more than just the risk of stubbing a toe on the stump – someone could easily trip over it, fall off a taller stump, or get seriously injured from falling onto it. You may want to mark your stump with a bright, noticeable color to help people avoid injuring themselves on it if you cannot get it removed right away.

The value of your property is lowered.

Trees play a larger part in property value than you may think, especially when it comes to dead trees or remaining stumps. There are many reasons for this including the already mentioned safety hazard, the curb appeal due to an unsightly aesthetic, and the risk of property damage due to the roots continuing to spread below the ground. All of these may seem like no big deal, but they really do impact the value of your selling price more than you might think, especially if the new owner is planning on getting them removed themselves as they will try to negotiate the cost into the buying price.

Stumps can attract pests and grow unwanted fungi.

A dead stump will begin to rot over time, typically attracting harmful pests. As a stump begins the decomposition process, insects begin to build their homes within it. The two most common insects to do this are carpenter ants and termites. This can lead to a serious pest problem around your home and, in the case of wood-eating insects such as termites, can put other trees around the stump and your home at risk of infestation as well.

Along with these infestations often can be the growth of fungus growing on the stump. Though this is a normal part of the breaking down of an old stump, it can be harmful to nearby plants, especially if they are younger sprouts. Some types of fungus will infect the roots of other plants which can cause them to grow diseased or to die.

Now that you know the top reasons people get stumps removed from their property, you may be wondering how to go about getting your own removed. The process can be dangerous without the right equipment, which is why it is highly recommended to hire an experienced professional to do it for you. These experts will have the proper tools and equipment to remove any stump quickly and with minimal property damage.

J.C. Tree Care is among those professional companies with the experience and resources to get the job done for you properly. If you are in the Front Royal area and have a tree stump you’d like removed from your property, contact us today for more information and a free estimate.