Stump Grinding FAQ’s

Scott’s Tree & Landscape Inc gets a lot of questions about tree stump grinding from Massachusetts homeowners Here are answers to the more common questions. If you have a stump grinding or removal question about something not covered here; just send us an email at or give us a call at 978-692-2284 we’re happy to talk with you about stump grinding and removal!

You’ll also find detailed information about why stumps should be removed and your various options on our MA Tree Stump Grinding page.

I’ve just had a tree cut down. Why should I grind the stump away?

There are many reasons to remove a tree stump – yard aesthetics, no one wants to constantly mow around it, you want to avoid termites and ants near your house, you want to plant a new tree, you certainly don’t want the stump sprouting into a new tree…

Can you remove the entire stump?

Yes, most tree stumps have all their major roots in the top 16 inches of soil. We can also grind deeper when required.

Yes, most tree stumps have all their major roots in the top 16 inches of soil. We can also grind deeper when required.

What about all the surface roots – can you grind those away too?

Yes, we can usually use the stump grinder to grind down 6 inches or so and remove all the tripping hazards that extend out from the stump.

Can I plant a new tree in the same place as the old stump?

Yes, we can usually grind a stump away so there is nothing left.

How long does it take to grind a tree stump?

It really depends on size; it can take as little as 20 minutes all the way up to 2+ hours. Our machine is great for all sizes and spaces.

Am I left with a big hole when you’re finished?

We generally push all the dirt and chips back into the hole so there isn’t a hazardous hole in your yard. Some larger stumps will actually leave a mound of chips behind.

Can I use the mulch from the stump grinding?

Yes, depending on the size of the stump there is a mix of dirt and wood chips which composts into rich topsoil in about a year or two depending on moisture levels. These chips also work great as mulch in vegetable and flower gardens.

Can your machine fit through our gate?

Our machine was specially designed to fit through a 36 inch gate – that’s a standard-sized gate or opening so we can probably get through your gate without any problems.

Can you grind a tree stump that’s next to a wall, sidewalk, foundation, leaching field or other structure?

Yes, but we need to be cautious and sometimes we can’t grind quite as much of the stump or roots because of the infrastructure. This is where experience plays a big part in knowing just how far to go and when it’s not safe to do it.

How long does it take a tree stump to rot away if I leave it alone?

It really depends on: size, species, moisture levels (in shade vs sun), insect activity, and structure of the stump. A 20” oak tree stump in a sunny yard might take 20 years to decompose naturally, the same stump in a shady moist environment might take 12 -15 years to rot away. It’s not fast nor is it attractive!!

If I grind away my tree stump will it eliminate the termites and ants?

We certainly can’t guarantee that all termites and ants will disappear. Grinding significantly reduces and most likely eliminates those insects since what they were using as a home is now gone and starting to decompose into soil.

CALL TODAY – 978 – 692-2284

For more information on our tree, landscape services, and stump grinding please contact:

Scott’s Tree & Landscape, Inc at 978-692-2284