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Omaha Stump Grinding and Removal

What’s Beneath The Surface?

In Omaha, when considering stump grinding and stump removal, it is good to consider what’s beneath the surface. The Greater Omaha Area’s Urban forest is home to a wide variety of tree species.  Looking around Omaha, you’ll notice all different shapes and sizes of trees. One common link is that there is much more below the surface than most people realize.

The word stump refers to the remaining part of what would have previously been considered the trunk of the tree.  Visually, it ends at the level of the ground or mulched area around it but functionally it extends much deeper.  

Root and stump tissue still possess 100% of the tree’s original DNA and, depending on the species, may survive even after a complete removal of the above-ground portion of the tree. This DNA contains the entire genetic blueprint of the tree as well as the “instructions” on how to grow back.  You can think about it like a seed that already has a huge head-start.

Granted, a tree that has been cut all the way down to the ground no longer has leaves to convert the sun’s energy into food, but neither does a seed! What it does have, however, is a thoroughly developed structure to efficiently collect and distribute the water, nutrients and minerals necessary to sustain and propagate life.

What happens if my stump doesn’t die?

Omaha stump removal and stump grinding is recommended anytime you take down a tree. If the stump and roots left behind are successful in their efforts to “re-grow” they can come back as the same species, but often develop much differently.  What happens is that the tree will send up numerous “shoots” or “sprouts.” From a seed, the tree would start off with one leading “shoot” that would eventually grow into a single trunk. A stump, on the other hand, has a much larger root system in place as well as more surface area exposed to the air than a seed.

Why does it grow differently?

The “instructions” written into the tree’s genetic code tell it to utilize these conditions to its greatest advantage.  It is in the tree’s best interest to maximize its production of the structures it lacks (leaves) so that it can manufacture the chemical food it lacks (sugar). Because of this, the tree will send up several “shoots” in order to maximize its ability to collect the one and only missing structure (energy collecting leaves).  Each successful new “shoot” will continue to grow both vertically and horizontally, resulting in a tree with many, similarly sized trunks.

If you pay attention, it isn’t uncommon to see living examples of this having happened long in the past.  Trees with two or more main “trunks” extending to the ground are all over the place. You may also notice trees with a single trunk up to a certain height, where all of a sudden it separates into several.  This can be indicative of the tree being cut or damaged higher than ground level. 

Weakness In Numbers

Trees with multiple trunks are often less structurally sound. They tend to be significantly weaker and more prone to future damage to you and your property.   This weakness is largely due to how woody tissue is developed. As a straight, soft green shoot matures, tissue develops in a uniform manner, slowly developing from flexible to rigid.  The directional uniformity translates into strength and rigidity while still allowing it enough flex to sway in the wind without breaking. To avoid this potential problem in Omaha, stump removal and stump grinding is encouraged. 

Hindsight is 20/20

The most common reason that Omaha property owners choose not to properly dispose of a stump through removal or grinding is cost. By choosing to tolerate the inconvenience and liability of a left-behind stump, expenses will be minimized. In hindsight, this is often an innocent yet misguided direction of thought by homeowners. 

More often than not, the decision to hire an Omaha stump removal and stump grinding service is made within two years of taking down a tree. By delaying, the result is extra effort and expense on behalf of the property owner as well as the contracted Omaha stump removal specialist. So, instead of saving money, the homeowner ends up incurring greater expense than if they would have arranged to have stump removal or stump grinding taken care of on the original visit.  

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Based on the cost of the service alone, it is more effective to arrange for an Omaha stump removal or stump grinding expert, like Great Plains Tree Care, to remove the stump at the time of the tree removal. Getting everything done in one visit is a clear choice when you consider the risk and potential additional cost of delaying stump removal. 

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