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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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How Are Tree Stump Removal and Tree Stump Grinding Different?

by Chloe Cooper

Whilst you may sometimes hear the phrases "tree stump removal" and "tree stump grinding" used interchangeably, they're actually two quite different things. If you have a downed tree and you want it off your property, your tree removal service provider will ask if you prefer tree stump removal or tree stump grinding to eliminate the stump. Here are the differences between the two to help you make the right choice.  

Tree Stump Removal

With tree stump removal, the exact method of removal might vary but the goal is the same: to take the entire stump out of the ground, including the roots of the tree. Tree stump removal is usually a fairly lengthy and complex process due to the tree's root ball.

The root ball can be extremely large--larger than the tree itself in many cases. If you opt for this method of tree stump removal, you'll have a very large hole in the ground (where the root ball was located) afterwards. Due to these extra steps, tree stump removal is usually a more expensive and more time consuming process than tree stump grinding.

Tree Stump Grinding

Tree stump grinding removes the bulk of the tree stump by grinding it up into tiny pieces using specialised machinery. After tree stump grinding, a very small portion of the stump (just a few centimetres) is left intact above the ground.

This remaining portion of tree stump will be covered by the small pieces that were already ground up -- it looks like an ordinary mulch on the ground. Over time, those remaining few centimetres of the tree stump and the root ball below it will gradually decay until they're gone. 

Which Option Is Best For You?

It depends upon your goals. If you want to plant a new tree in the place of the old one straight away, you'll need tree stump removal -- it's the only way to eliminate the full root ball to make room for the new tree. If you're worried about the potential of tree regrowth, tree stump removal is the better option. While it's quite rare, it's possible that the small amount of stump left behind after tree stump grinding can regenerate a new tree. 

If you're simply looking for the most cost effective option to eliminate the tree stump from your property and you don't want to replant, tree stump grinding is usually the best choice. Talk to your local tree removal services provider to discuss which option might be best for your situation.