Is Removing a Rotting Tree Stump Still Necessary?

Many home or garden owners will want to remove a rotting tree stump because of its appearance. An unsightly stump in the middle of your yard is enough for many homeowners to feel like their home’s incomplete. 

However, the homeowner who doesn’t have the time or energy might ask, “Is removing a rotting tree stump still necessary?” Sure, it might not be pleasant to look at, but does a rotting tree stump cause problems beyond aesthetics? 

Unfortunately, a tree stump well into its decay process poses several issues for your garden or landscape. In this blog, we’ll uncover the many problems a rotting tree stump may cause. We’ll also cover how tree service professionals in Wilmington, NC, can help. 

Signs of a Rotting Tree Stump

When someone decides to cut down a tree, they will often leave behind its stump. An exposed stump will eventually rot and attract pests like wild animals and vicious insects.

In particular, carpenter ants burrow themselves into the stump for a snack, causing the wood to weaken and rot. Signs indicating you have a rotting stump include: 

  • Noticeable decay: When your stump is soft or sponge-like when you touch it, it’s probably rotting. It may also look wet, or you feel moisture when touching it.  
  • Sizeable spore dust patches: Wood often experiences a level of spore dust, but huge patches indicate the wood is decaying or about to. Spore dust is typically red, brown, and orange. 
  • Growing mushrooms or fungi: Fungi like mushrooms love to grow in damp, wet areas. A rotting tree stump is a dream home for them. Mushrooms growing inside or around your tree stump almost always means it’s rotting. 
  • A damp odor: Rotting wood will create a moist, nasty aroma, especially when complemented by mushrooms. Besides making you plug your nose, this smell also attracts pests. 

Other Reasons Why You Should Remove a Tree Stump

Besides attracting pests and mushrooms, being unattractive to look at, and emitting a strong odor, there are many other reasons you should use a stump grinder or remove a stump altogether.

Some of these reasons are: 

  • A safety hazard: If the rotting tree stump is in an inconvenient location or you have kids that like to explore, a tree stump removal can prevent nasty injuries like a scraped knee. For businesses, if a customer or employee trips over a camouflaged stump, this incident can be grounds to sue or file a claim. 
  • Makes yard work harder: Mowing or weeding your yard or garden becomes more complicated when a giant stump is in the way. Additionally, a tree stump can also harm your precious machinery. At the very least, removing the stump will save you time. 
  • Takes up valuable space: Maybe you don’t have time to deck out your yard and garden with lots of flowers and landscaping features. However, removing a stump will free up additional space if you do. 
  • They steal nutrients: Rotting tree stumps and their mushroom housemates often leech nutrients from your soil and surrounding plants. Tree stumps might even try to grow back into trees, usually unsuccessfully but stealing nutrients in the process. 

For a Full Tree Stump Removal, Call Coastal Tree Trimmers

Besides being unsightly, rotting tree stumps cause homeowners many potential issues. To get rid of a stubborn tree stump, the experts at Coastal Tree Trimmers can help. We provide many services, including tree stump removal and grinding. 

Know the difference between stump grinding and removal and which method is best for your rotting tree stump by calling Coastal Tree Trimmers at (910) 431-5731

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