How to grind tree stumps and use stump chips for a natural area or flower bed?

How to grind tree stumps and use stump chips for a natural area or flower bed?

Stump Grinding produces a large amount of wood & stump chips. Especially when grinding up to 15" into the ground. If you don't want to grow grass after grinding the stump we can spread out the wood & stumps chips and create natural area.

Stump Grinding estimates generally do not include leveling and spreading wood & stump chips out into a natural area. Most tree service companies only grind the stump and leaves the wood & stump chips where they land.

After grinding the stump, you are left with a giant hole and a 1' to 3' tall pile of wood & stumps chips. The stump grinder will throw wood & stump chips anywhere from 10 to 15 feet. Filling the stump hole and leveling the wood & stump chips as well as raking or blowing stump chips into a natural area is generally not including by most tree services.


  • Do you fill the stump hole with stump chips, leveling them out and creating a natural area?
  • Do you rake or blow wood & stump chips into a natural area?

We can fill the hole back in with the wood & stumps chips, level out the area, and create a natural area. If you want to plant flowers, bushes, or tree the wood & stump chips will need to be removed. Fill in the hole with dirt, lime, and a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. It is best to wait at least a year for the soil acidity to naturally decrease. Continue checking the soil's pH balance during the year.

After planting, the acidity of the wood & stump chips will continue to keep weeds from growing among the planted flowers, bushes, or trees. Wood chips naturally break down after 2 - 3 years. We recommend adding wood chips every year to keep weeds from sprouting.

Fresh wood chips are more acidic than seasoned wood chips. They are best used in an open garden with plenty of space between plants and in natural areas with mostly bushes and trees. Seasoned wood chips are better for thick dense flower gardens. Flowers are much more sensitive than bushes or trees and they need a less acidic more balance environment to thrive.


  • Do you blow wood & stump chips off street, driveway, and sidewalks?

As you can see, many tree services offer stump grinding only and do not provide stump chip removal or any other landscaping services. Most often tree services grind the stump and pack up, leaving you with a huge mess. Your yard may end up looking like a battle field with 12" deep holes, 2' mountains of stump chips, and wood & stump chips scattered all over your grass and driveway.

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