Stump grinding vs. total stump removal

Depending on your needs, you may require either stump grinding or total stump removal. So, what’s the difference between the two?

Stump Grinding

Stump grinding involves using a machine to chip away at a tree stump, producing many small woodchips. This is a less invasive removal technique. However, the disadvantage of this method is that the roots of the tree stump remain in the soil. Roots will decay eventually, but this is a lengthy process.

This is not ideal if you want to use the land to plant a new forest.

The wooden chips produced during stump grinding can also be used as mulch for other plants.

Total stump removal

Total stump removal involves digging the entire tree stump, as well as all the roots of the stump, out of the ground. This is an intrusive and labour-intensive process. However, this method has the advantage of removing all parts of the stump from the soil, thus leaving the soil clear for new plantations.

If you’re still not sure whether you require stump grinding or total stump removal services, please feel free to contact us today to arrange for one of our professional team members to evaluate your specific situation and advise you further.

Our services include stump grinding and total stump removal.


Stump grinder rental costs depend on the size and number of stumps to be ground. Please contact us today for an evaluation and quote for your stump requirements.

As with stump grinder hire, total stump removal costs depend on the size and number of stumps to be removed. Please contact us today for an evaluation and quote for your stump requirements.

There are several reasons that advocate for removing tree stumps from gardens. These include making it easier to mow your lawn, avoiding an infestation of termites in your garden and making your garden prettier. Removing a tree stump also clears the space to plant a new tree.

40 million ha of South Africa’s land surface area are covered in forest resources and the forest sector contributes about 1% of South Africa’s GDP. Forestry also considers 4,4% to the regional GDP of KwaZulu-Natal and 3,7% to the regional GDP in Mpumalanga.*

*Statistics obtained from the South African government website.

Many tree stumps can re-sprout and grow into new trees if the conditions are right. For example, eucalyptus tree stumps re-sprout, but pine trees have to be re-planted with seedlings.


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Stump grinder rental and total stump removal in forestry

Bendet is located in Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, which is a timber-growing region. The areas is the home to many forestry companies in South Africa. It is thus covered in tree plantations, which get felled fairly regularly.

Once tree fellers have logged the trees on a plantation, the tree stumps often need to be removed. Tree stump removal may required for a number of reasons, including:

  • Needing to clear the land to plant new trees or to use the land for a different purpose
  • Wanting to avoid invasion of old roots by fungus, termites and other organisms

Stump grinder rental and total stump removal for gardeners.

Gardeners may also require our stump grinding and total stump removal services.

Old tree stumps in a garden can make mowing the lawn more difficult, cause a tripping hazard and have a negative effect on the aesthetics of your garden. As old tree stumps slowly decompose, they may also become a home to termites, which can harm your home in the long run. Fungi may grow on the stumps and eventually spread to other plants in your garden.

An old tree stump in your garden might also have far-reaching roots underground. These could negatively affect any new trees you may want to plant. It thus makes sense to remove a tree stump from your garden as soon as the tree has been felled.