We get this question quite a bit and we understand why. If you have a grinding machine you might be tempted into thinking that you can remove the stump yourself this way. However, grinding machines just allow you to grind down the stump to a lower level. It cannot help removing the base of the trunk in its entirety and won’t even touch the underlying roots and root ball, which are the causes of many of the issues related to leaving a stump. Regrowth, termites and tripping hazards are all still going to be present even if you grind the stump down. There’s also the fact that the stump base, no matter how much you grind, will still be there. So it will affect your use of the space for landscaping, your ability to mow the lawn and chances are it will always be visible.
While grinding might seem both labor and cost saving in the short term, a rotten stump (assuming it does rot and doesn’t simply grow a tree anew) can cause the surrounding ground to collapse and form a natural whole. You’ll either be stuck with a dead, rotting stump or an unusable hole in your garden that you’ll need to fill in.
There are those people who think that lighting the stump on fire will help remove it. Between the immediate danger to your home, surrounding properties, and people, there is also the ever present danger of bushfires. We strongly advise against the ineffective and hazardous tactic.
Poisoning a tree or tree stump might sound easy enough to do but it can be dangerous and harmful and should not be undertaken by anyone but a trained and experienced professional.
Even tying the stump to the back of your four-wheel-drive might sound like an appealing way to deal with unwanted roots, but we strongly suggest you avoid this reckless course of action.
At the end of the day, the best way to remove a stump is to call a specialist stump removalist company.