How to Grind Tree Stumps


When unwanted trees are cut down by tree removal companies, they generally do not remove the stump. This leaves the homeowner with an unsightly, and potentially dangerous, hunk of wood in the yard. There are many options for stump removal, most of which are either expensive, time consuming or messy. A quick and fairly inexpensive option is to grind the stump with a tree stump grinder. These tools are readily available for rent at most lawn supply stores and can get the job done in a single afternoon.

Step 1

Turn on the stump grinder, and position it so it's just a few inches away from the stump.

Step 2

Raise the cutting wheel so its lowest point is even with the top of the stump. Slowly push the grinder forward until the cutting wheel comes in contact with the stump.

Step 3

Swing the cutting wheel back and forth to cut away at the stump. Cut away about ¼ inch at a time to ensure that the wheel doesn't jam.

Step 4

Lower the wheel while simultaneously swinging it back and forth. Continue doing this until you cut the stump to a depth of 6 inches.

Step 5

Raise the wheel and push the grinder forward to begin working on a new section of the stump. Repeat the process until the entire stump is cut to a depth of 6 inches. This depth will provide enough room for the roots of new plant life, such as grass or flowers.

Step 6

Gather the wood shavings into a pile with a rake. You can use the wood as mulch or add it to a compost bin.

Things You'll Need

  • Tree stump grinder
  • Rake


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