Tree stumps are a nuisance for countless homeowners. When a tree falls or is cut down, it leaves behind an unsightly stump. And the next time you mow your lawn, you’ll have to go around it.
However, there are probably some things you didn’t know about tree stumps, which we’re going to discuss in this blog post.
#1) Tree Stumps Can Grow More Than 20 Feet Deep
Some homeowners wrongfully assume they can dig up a tree stump. In some cases, it might be possible. However, tree stumps can grow more than 20 feet deep into the ground, making them next-to-impossible to dig up.
This usually only occurs in ideal conditions with the right soil and moisture. Nonetheless, tree stumps are often deeper than they look, which is why digging them up isn’t recommended.
#2) Tree Stumps Can Grow Back
You might also be surprised to learn that tree stumps can grow back. Deciduous trees specifically have a tendency to resprout after being chopped down. The exterior of the stump will essentially grow new trees, and these trees will emerge in the surrounding soil.
Therefore, it’s essential that you remove the entire stump if you want to prevent a tree from growing back.
#3) Tree Stumps are Heavy, Very Heavy
Tree stumps are often heavier than they look. It’s not uncommon for stumps to weigh several tons. Of course, not all of this weight is the actual tree matter.
A substantial portion is dirt and soil. The bottom line, though, is that tree stumps are heavier than what meets the eye.
#4) Tree Stumps Can Attract Termites
Need another reason to remove that pesky tree stump in your yard? Aside from being an eye sore, they can attract wood-boring insects like termites.
And assuming your home is nearby, a decaying tree stump could attract these insects to your home, where they can cause substantial and costly damage to your property.
#5) It Takes More Than a Decade for Tree Stumps to Fully Decay
If you’re planning to allow a tree stump to decay naturally, you may want to reconsider. Like all organic matter, tree stumps can and will decay. However, this process can take more than 10 years.
There are solutions to remove tree stumps that don’t take a full decade, though. Professional tree removal services, for instance, can either grind up and pulverize the stump, or they can use a chemical application to dissolve it.
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