Cutting a large tree down can be a very difficult decision for homeowners, but sometimes it’s something that just needs to be done. Some trees can be simply too big for a garden and others can be unhealthy and dangerous. However, once you have cut down the tree, you’re left with the stump and the root ball. So what happens to the roots when you cut down a tree?
Well, if there are no leaves left on the tree, the roots generally die very quickly, but they can last a little longer due to nutrients that are already in the system. A problem can occur when sprouts start to grow from the stump or root system, which will keep the roots alive and eventually grow into a new tree. If you’ve cut the tree down because of its invasive roots, this can become a disaster, so removing the entire stump and root system is often the better option compared to leaving it to regrow and becoming an ongoing problem. On the other hand, not all stumps will grow sprouts and if not, then the roots and stump will rot away, but it might not be fast enough for your purposes.
Let’s take a look at the problems of leaving stumps in the ground and why it’s often best to remove them.