Do you have a stump in your yard that you've grown tired of and that you want out of there? Have you been trying to cajole friends to come over some weekend to help you dig up the stump to get rid of it? Although you can certainly dig up the stump if you wish, that's not going to be your only option or even your best option. Before you make up your mind one way or another, it's a good idea to consider as many options as possible. The pros and cons of some of the most common stump removal choices are as follows:
DIY Removal: The biggest advantage of this option is that you don't have to call any stump removal companies and set up an appointment. The biggest drawback is that digging up the stump on your own can take many days, if not weeks, of manual labor. Then there are various safety concerns that you may not have thought about, such as how to get a stump that potentially weighs hundreds of pounds out of a hole. If you start renting equipment to assist you and to make the job safer, the cost can start to rise exponentially.
Stump grinding: With this type of stump removal, the stump isn't fully pulled out of the ground but you'll no longer see it at all. Depending on what you're planning and the equipment brought by the professionals, the stump will be turned into sawdust to a point anywhere from just below the surface of the ground to several inches down. Once some dirt has been used to fill in the hole, you'd never know that there used to be a tree there. Because most of the stump is still in the ground and is being allowed to decompose naturally, this option won't work if you're planning on installing a pool or planting another tree in the same location.
Professional removal: If you want the stump completely gone so that you can have more options as to how to use the space, professional stump removal may be the best option. The professionals will come out with various pieces of machinery and the knowledge of how to use them to safely get the stump out of the ground and out of your life. Although not as fast as stump grinding, it's going to be faster than a DIY removal in addition to being safer than a DIY removal as well. The biggest downside is that they may not be able to operate if there is no room in your yard for the equipment that they plan on bringing. Since some companies have more compact equipment available, it's best to have a professional come out to assess your yard and to give you an estimate before you decide that this option won't work for you.