The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care
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The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care

There are many reasons why people choose to plant trees on their property, which include to improve the appearance of the landscape and to provide shade. It's often necessary for homeowners to contact a tree service to trim their trees, care for diseased trees and to remove trees. We aren't affiliated with tree service professionals but we think homeowners should understand the importance of tree specialists and why their services are needed. We researched tree care and talked to professionals in the tree service industry to obtain the information we needed for this blog. As you read these articles, you'll learn when it's necessary to contact a tree service to maintain and care for your trees.


The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care

Why Does That Stump Have To Go?

Lynn Lee

After you chop down a tree, you are left with a stump. If you leave that stump alone, it will eventually deteriorate. But that process might take five or ten years — maybe even longer. Most experts and tree removal companies recommend that you take matters into your own hands and remove the stump. Why? Well, as it turns out, there are several good reasons to remove the stump after removing the tree. 

Stumps are a tripping hazard.

Sure, you know where the stump is and figure that you'd never trip on it. But what if you have to dash across the yard at dusk sometime? Or what if someone else walks across your yard and does not realize the stump was there? If you trip, you could hurt yourself and have to deal with sky-high medical bills. If someone else trips, they could sue you or sue your homeowner's insurance company. Everyone needs to take safety seriously, and that means removing stumps from your yard before anyone trips.

Stumps can harbor tree diseases.

Often when a tree dies and needs to be removed, it's because the tree had some sort of disease. Most tree diseases are caused by infectious fungi, and those fungi live and breed in the tree's wood. This includes the wood in the trunk. If you leave the trunk in place, any fungi it contains can keep shedding spores. It won't be long before those spores get scattered to other trees and cause those trees to become infected — and ultimately die. Stump removal is an important disease control tactic for the tree population.

Stumps can attract bugs and pests.

Think of all the pests that love rotting wood. Termites are at the top of the list. Carpenter ants and wood bees are also pretty annoying. It won't be long before your stump starts rotting, and then these insects will move in. While you may initially assume it's no big deal if insects destroy your tree stump, this is just the beginning. Once you have these pests in your yard, they can easily move to your house, chewing through your foundation and trim. If you want to keep your home and yard pest-free, just have the stump removed.

There are numerous stump removal services that will come take the stumps out of your yard upon request. Contact one of these services for an estimate; you'll be glad you did.