Can a Tree Grow Back From a Stump?

can a tree grow back from a stump

When you hire a professional arborist to remove a tree from your property, the estimate does not typically include stump removal. Many homeowners choose to leave the stump in place. Can a tree grow back from a stump?

Leaving a tree stump behind can cause all sorts of problems, including a new tree growing from the stump. If you have problems caused by a tree stump on your property, call Louisville’s professional tree service team at New Leaf Tree Service.

What Happens if You Don’t Remove a Tree Stump?

Some people choose to leave the stump in place because of the cost associated with removal. There are several downsides to leaving the stump in place.

Pest Infestation

The stump will attract all sorts of pests as the wood rots. Termites love to find a surprise tree stump and feast away. If the stump is close to your home, a barn, or another wooden structure, termites will quickly infest that area as well, causing huge problems. 

Space Issues

Trees take up a ton of room. Cutting down a diseased tree frees up space in your yard. Leaving behind the stump and roots prevents you from utilizing your yard to the fullest. 

Root Problems

Can a tree grow back from a stump? Yes, because the root system continues to thrive even after professional tree removal. The roots grow and stretch, soaking up nutrients and causing property damage as they grow into your plumbing and other areas. If the roots migrate upward, they can grow on top of the ground, making it impossible to do yard work in that area. 

Stump Removal Options

If you decide to remove the stump in your yard, you have a couple of options: traditional stump removal, or stump grinding. The best option for your property depends on the desired outcome and your budget.

Stump Removal

Traditional removal is the best way to completely remove the stump and the entire root system, ensuring the tree won’t grow back. Because it is a more involved service, it is more expensive. 

Some homeowners don’t like the fact that stump removal leaves a hole in their yard that they have to fill. Others choose stump removal because they want to plant another tree in the same spot, and the hole gives them a head start. The size of the hole left behind depends on the size and age of the tree.

Stump Grinding

If you choose stump grinding, you will end up spending less, but there is no guarantee that a tree will not grow back. A stump grinder wears away the stump until it is even with the ground or a little below. It is faster than traditional removal, but it does leave the root system behind.

After stump grinding, you can cover the area with dirt or sod. You don’t have to worry about filling the hole left behind by traditional stump removal. Some people like the fact that stump grinding gives them some extra mulch they can use in landscaping projects.

Reliable Stump Removal 

If you look out the window each morning and wonder, “can a tree grow back from a stump,” you don’t have to wonder anymore. New Leaf Tree Service in Louisville, KY, can remove the stump and prevent another tree from growing in that area. We are also experts at planting big trees to create a shade canopy on your property.

Stump removal can prevent termite infestation around your property and give you space to turn your yard into the outdoor oasis of your dreams. Call us at 502-419-9899 to schedule stump removal in Louisville and nearby areas.

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