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For tree stump removal, landscapers charge by the stump. If you have several stumps to remove, you may choose instead to rent a gas-powered stump grinder for a day.  Before beginning, remove any rocks near the stump. Optionally, you may want to use a chainsaw to trim the stump down. The grinder itself can be used to slowly grind through the stump. When done, rake up all the wood chips, fill the hole with screened topsoil, and then add grass seed, water and mulch hay.

Key Takeaways:

  • Renting a stump grinder makes the most sense when you have many stumps you need to work on.
  • Be sure to remove rocks from around the stump before positioning the grinder, as they can seriously damage key components of your grinder.
  • Grind the stump down, and then fill the hole with topsoil.

“Make certain the rental dealer explains the controls and shows you how to safely operate the machine. Never use a stump grinder without wearing eye and hearing protection.”

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