Stump removal consists of the complete removal of the stump and root bole of the tree and may be undertaken either by the use of hand tools or machine. Where hand tools are used a winch can be anchored to a nearby tree, adequate measures will be taken to ensure that the anchor tree is fully protected in accordance with British Standard 3998, grubbing out stumps involves the complete removal of the stump by digging around and under the stump and cutting all roots adjoining to it, by use of mattocks, pick axes, spades, shovels etc.
Stump grinding, removal by machine, involves the removal of stump and root bole to a specified depth, generally between 150mm and 300mm.
Upon completion of stump removal, remaining holes will be back-filled with soil or grinding waste to leave a level surface, unless otherwise specified. Midland Forestry Ltd has various width stump grinders to access the narrowest site.
Before all excavations CAT scanning of the area will be carried out to prevent any damages to underground services.
Poisoning of Stumps
Any stump that is to be poisoned is to be cut at the cambium and treated with an appropriate herbicide such as "timbrell" or triclopyr butoxy-ethyl ester" and a chemical application sheet will be completed following operation.
Poisoned stumps are sealed to prevent access by adults and children and also animals and wildlife.
Removal of Epicormic Growth and Suckers
Epicormic growth is any amount of shoots arising from activated buds situated on the stem of the tree and there can also be shoot growth off the root system. Epicormic growth and suckers will be removed or thinned as required by use of a handsaw, secateurs or if used with extreme care, by chainsaw. Retardants can be applied to reduce re-growth but their success can be limited.