Can a Tree Regrow After a Stump Grinding?

Tree removal is something that is necessary across the globe. A tree gets too large and puts a home in danger, a tree dies or is damaged, or a tree is simply in the way and needs to be removed. If a tree has been removed, most people will opt for stump grinding to remove the stump and make the yard level, but can a tree grow back after stump grinding? Keep reading to find out.

What Is Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding is a process by which the stump is ground down with a machine very similar to a large belt sander or belt grinder. The stump is cut down as close to the ground as possible prior to grinding. The person operating the grinder will then press it down on the stump until it is ground down even with the surrounding surface. They may also dig a trench around the stump so that it can be ground down even further.

After the stump is ground down, the sawdust and debris can be cleaned up and the remaining stump, if there is any, can be buried so it does not show. This is generally the extent of stump grinding unless the stump is dug out and then bored out to ensure that it is fully removed and gone forever.

Can a Tree Regrow After a Stump Grinding? What Happens to the Roots After a Stump Grinding?

Put quite simply, unless the full stump is removed and the root system is as well, yes, the tree can start to grow back from the remaining stump after grinding. In most cases, however, this process does take a great deal of time, so you are going to have plenty of warning when the tree does start to grow back. If you take the time to remove the sprouts and green shoots as you see them, you can stop the tree from growing back quickly.

If you decide that you do not want the tree to grow back at all, you do need to have the stump fully removed and have the root system disrupted as well. This does take a bit more time than simple grinding, and it can take a great deal of effort as well. If you want to ensure that there is no chance the tree can grow back, you need to hire someone to fully remove the stump and as many roots as possible.

A professional tree care specialist is going to be your best bet if you want to make sure that it is going to be fully removed and have no chance of regrowing. If you do not want to remove the stump fully, you can always use it as a yard décor piece and can even have it treated so the weather will not destroy it. Trees are miraculous and can grow in the harshest of climates and circumstances. If you have a tree that is trying to grow back, and you prefer it does not, contact a professional.