5 Reasons to Remove that Ugly Stump


Mature trees can bring curb appeal and value to your dawn-nature-sunset-dusthome, but in contrast, a large stump in your yard can be a real eyesore. If a storm has brought a tree down or you’ve cut one down, it may be time to consider stump removal. Here are five great reasons to remove that pesky stump.

  1. Risky mowing. Stumps and their accompanying roots can create a difficult perimeter to mow if you have a grassy lawn. This isn’t good news for your lawnmower or weed eater, risking damage to your tools.
  2. Insects and disease. Stumps can attract termites, other pests, and disease, which can affect your home, other nearby structures or flora. Removing them completely is the best way to deal with these nuisances.
  3. Curb appeal. Big dead stump in the yard? Not your best selling point if your house will be on the market anytime soon. This is a quick fix with the right people and tools, and good use of your landscaping funds.
  4. Future growth. The tree may still produce shoots, making it more of an eyesore and yet another yard task that needs regular attention. If you resort to harsh chemicals to remove these, you are risking plants, animals, and people’s health in the vicinity.
  5. Potential hazard. Kids, neighbors, guests ever hang out in your yard? A stump is not only a tripping hazard, particularly if it has jagged edges, but a potential liability/insurance issue.

Removing/grinding a stump is never an easy job without proper equipment. Unless you have a team of oxen handy or are an arborist, this is one best left to the professionals. International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)-qualified arborists should do the job. Skilled arborists have the specialized training and skills to quickly and completely rid your yard of the stump.

Jay Brock and Johnny Marth of Family Tree Care are both certified arborists. “We can quickly and completely remove the stumps on your property. We know you’ll be pleased with the results,” Jay says.

FTC specializes in tree removal and clean up, repairing storm damage, pruning and beautification. Family Tree Care serves the greater Tacoma, Lakewood and Puyallup areas and are bonded, licensed, and insured. We are known for the quality, speed, and professionalism of our tree services. Our prices are competitive and we offer free estimates. Contact Family Tree Care at (253) 234-GROW (4769).