Pros And Cons Of Removing Tree Stumps

Posted on: 3 October 2018


Have you been wondering whether to remove a tree stump in your yard? Here some of the pros and cons of removing stumps in your home to help you make the right decision.

The Pros

The Stump Can Sprout

If the stump is from a tree you would still like to own, then leaving it in place may allow it to sprout again. This may be helpful, say, for a fruit tree that was accidentally removed and had to be removed. It allows you to get another fruit tree in the same location without planting another one. Note that the sprouting may produce more trunks than you need so you will have to trim away some of them if your new tree is to thrive.

You Can Factor the Stump into Your Landscaping Plans

Another benefit of not removing the stump is that you can use it as part of your landscaping. For example, you can fashion it into an additional garden bench or table. Alternatively, you can carve it into an attractive garden feature to enhance your home's curb appeal.

The Cons

Before latching onto the above benefits of leaving a tree stump in place, you should consider the following problems the stump may create for you:

The Stump Can Attract Pests

Pests such as insects and rodents are attracted to organic matter such as decaying tree stumps. Therefore, leaving a decaying stump in the yard may attract termites, ants, and rodents that may even end up in your house. This is particularly true if the stump is located close to the house.

The Stump Is an Injury Risk

A tree stump in the yard is also an injury risk because it can easily trip you up and cause a nasty fall. This is particularly true in the early days after tree removal when you are still not used to having an obstacle in the area.

The Stump Can Sprout

Yes, this is both a pro and a con depending on what you want. If you had removed the tree because you didn't want it there, for example, if the tree was growing too close to the house, then leaving the stump in place is just creating more problems for you.

The Stump Can Be an Eyesore

Lastly, a dead tree stump in the yard can also be an eyesore. This is particularly true if you have carefully designed and maintained landscaping and the stump is just an eyesore in the yard.

For more information, contact your local tree care service.