FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of Doug's most asked questions to help you make an informed decisions about the process and his services. If you have any questions that are not included here, just click the button at the bottom of this page to contact Doug by phone, text, or email!
CAN YOU ALSO REMOVE SURFACE ROOTS?
Yep, sure can! Depending upon how large, how many, and how long, extra fees will apply.
HOW DEEP DO YOU GRIND A STUMP?
Typically Doug will grind the stump 4-6 inches below the ground level to allow new plantings to grow on the surface. If a deeper grind is requested, extra fees will apply.
CAN I PLANT A NEW TREE OR GRASS ON THE PREVIOUS LOCATION OF THE STUMP?
Absolutely! Doug can make sure to grind the stump so you can plant new trees in the same place or seed grass on its surface, depending on the situation. For best success, Doug always recommends adding at least 3-4 inches of a high-quality black dirt top soil and over-seeding with high quality grass seed mix (like Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed Sun & Shade Mix). Remember to water the grass seed as recommended on the packaging for best results.
HOW MUCH TIME IS NEEDED FOR STUMP GRINDING?
Small stumps may only take 15 minutes to remove while larger ones can take a couple hours. Regardless of the stump's size, Doug's equipment is large and efficient enough to finish the job quickly and safely, with no damage to your yard.
WILL THERE BE A BIG HOLE WHEN YOU'RE DONE?
Typically, Doug backfills the hole with the biodegradable wood chips and dirt generated by stump grinding so there isn’t a hazardous hole in your yard. Some larger stumps will actually leave a mound of chips behind. If desired, for an additional charge he can also remove this material from your premises.
WILL THERE BE ANY DAMAGE TO MY LANDSCAPE?
Doug will perform stump grinding with the utmost care to ensure no damage to your lawn. His non-invasive equipment spreads the weight the stump grinding machine across six large wheels and boasts 4-wheel drive to further reduce the impact on your lawn. The only thing you'll notice once Doug is gone is how much better your yard looks without the stump!
CAN I USE THE MULCH PRODUCED BY STUMP GRINDING?
Yes, you can! The mulch is a combination of wood chips and debris that can work wonders in flower and vegetable gardens.
CAN YOU GRIND A STUMP LOCATED ON THE SIDEWALK OR NEAR A WALL?
These tricky stumps can typically be removed with great precaution. However, there are instances were Doug may not be able to remove the stump entirely because of the obstruction or its proximity to a structure. In some cases, extra fees may apply. If you have a question about a potentially tricky stump, just contact Doug for a free onsite, no-obligation quote.
HOW MANY YEARS WILL IT TAKE FOR A STUMP TO ROT IF YOU LEAVE IT IN YOUR YARD?
You have to consider the size, age, moisture level, and species of the stump to tell when it will total rot. A stump located in a place exposed to light might take 25+ years to rot away completely while a tree in a moist and shaded environment can take as little as 15 years to decompose.
IS STUMP GRINDING AND STUMP REMOVAL THE SAME THING?
Stump grinders are different from stump removers. Stump grinders generally do no damage to the yard during the removal process, and the ground-up biodegradable material left over is healthy for the ground and leaves less to backfill once removed. Doug uses a stump grinder.
CAN YOUR MACHINE GET THROUGH MY GATE OR TIGHT SPACES?
Doug's machine was specially designed to fit through a 36 inch gate – that’s a standard-sized gate or opening. If you have a special circumstance, just contact Doug.
CAN YOU REMOVE STUMPS ON A HILL OR INCLINE?
In most cases, yes he can. Doug has a 4-wheel drive machine that can be driven into tough locations. If you have a particularly tricky location, just contact Doug for a free assessment.
DO YOU NEED NICE WEATHER TO WORK OR WILL WE HAVE TO RESCHEDULE?
Nope - Doug has worked in about everything, from rain to snow. Removing stumps in the winter can be a little more tricky, but he can generally still do it!
WHY SHOULD I GRIND MY STUMP AWAY?
There are many reasons to remove a tree stump – aesthetics, you don’t want to constantly mow around it, you want to avoid termites, ants, and other pests near your home, you want to plant a new tree, you don’t want the stump sprouting into a new tree, and many more besides!
WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?
For payment, Doug accepts cash and checks. No payment is ever expected before work is completed to your satisfaction!
WHEN CAN I SCHEDULE DOUG TO REMOVE MY STUMP?
Doug makes it super easy because he works around your schedule and he can usually get your stump removed within a week or so from when you first contact him. Hours of operation can be found by clicking here.
WILL DOUG CONTACT UTILITY LOCATION SERVICES FOR ME?
Yep, upon request Doug will take care of everything, including calling Utility Location Services and coordinating with them to ensure safety and no accidental interruption of your services while he removes your stump(s).
WHERE AND WHAT CITIES AND AREAS DOES DOUG'S STUMP GRINDING SERVICE OPERATE?
Doug's Stump Grinding services most of central Minnesota, from the Twin Cities all the way up to 30 miles North of Mille Lacs Lake. Check out his service area map by clicking here.
DO YOU SERVE BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS?
Absolutely! Doug loves serving both residential and commercial customers!
...GOT A QUESTION NOT LISTED HERE?
It's free to ask and Doug will get back with you quickly. You can count on Doug to be professional, timely, efficient and make sure you’re satisfied every step of the way! Just contact Doug by clicking here.