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A Stump Grinding Machine Removing a Stump from Cut Down Tree

Know the Many Hazards That Tree Stumps Bring to Your Yard

When you have a tree cut down on your property, the stump is what’s left behind. You might be tempted to leave it in place rather than deal with removing it, especially if you want to save time or money. It’s easy to think that a tree stump is just a harmless eyesore, but the truth is that these stumps can present a lot of different hazards to your property.

Safety Concerns

Anyone on your property has to avoid tree stumps. You have to maneuver around them when mowing, landscapers have to work around them, and people walking by might stub their toes or trip over them. Stumps are dangerous for everyone and particularly risky for children and the elderly.

A Magnet for Infestation

Organisms help the process of decomposition, and that can mean insects and other pests moving in. Ants, snakes, rodents, wasps, beetles, and termites might all show up. While they might help the stump decompose, they’re also going to start calling the rest of your property home.

An Invitation to Invasion

A tree stump is invasive both visually and physically. However, you might see other invasive plants start growing on the stump. Fungi can spread throughout your yard and endanger curious pets and children who might eat them as they infect your other trees.


Tree stumps might be the remains of former trees, but new trees can grow around them. Some stumps even grow back into trees with multiple trunks. All these situations take nutrients and moisture that other plants could use to grow and stay healthy.

Root Growth

Even if a tree stump doesn’t generate a new trunk, the roots might keep growing. You might not notice them since they’re underground, but they can eventually hit places where you don’t want them. Those include your home’s foundation, driveway, sidewalk, patio, and underground pipes and utilities.

Curb Appeal

How your property looks can matter in many different situations. You might want to make a good first impression on potential buyers, make your home appealing to visitors, or just have a nice view when you pull into the driveway. In all these cases, a tree stump is a waste of space that could be a flower bed, swing set, or picnic table. The biggest danger here is lower property value.

Leave This to the Professionals

Removing a tree stump on your own is unlikely to improve things. At best, you can spend a ton of time and energy on it without even finishing the job. At worst, you might hit utility lines underground and start a flood or fire. Removal specialists have the experience and equipment to do the work safely and clean everything up. If you need stump grinding services for your yard in Tucson, AZ, get in touch with us at AAA Mammoth Tree & Landscaping.