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You just had a large tree in your yard removed and the residential tree service also did the stump grinding. You’re now wondering what you need to do next. How are you going to fill the stump grinding area?

It’s important to understand that removing a tree stump from your yard helps to increase the curb appeal and appearance of your landscape and property. The decision of grinding the tree stump was worth it considering the risk of injury as well as the infestation it could have caused. You’re now eagerly waiting for grass to grow in the area. However, this will depend on how much root remains in the ground after the stump has been removed. Here are some guidelines on how to fill the area with grass:

Equip yourself and clear the debris

The first step should be to equip yourself with such things as a rake, grass seed, top soil and a saw for removing any roots. Use the rake to clean up any other debris that was left in the stump grinding area. Remember the wood chips left in the area can take more than a year to decompose. It’s, therefore, recommended to remove them.

Add the soil

Pour a few bags of topsoil to level the ground to the same height as the rest of your yard. Make sure any soil that’s clumped together is loosened.

Plant the grass seeds

If you have a lawn, this won’t be a problem. If you’re applying the grass seed by hand, it will be necessary to strive for good coverage. You can use a rake to spread the grass seed on the soil as well. It’s recommended to water the area as soon as you’re done planting and maintain a regular watering schedule until the grass is established. Don’t overwater the areas as it may wash the seeds away.

Planting grass in the stump grinding area is just but one of the alternatives available. Other attractive alternatives include planting a young, healthy tree in the area to replace the one that was removed or planting shrubs in the area.


The trees in your yard offer numerous benefits and it can be difficult to remove a dying, diseased or unwanted tree. The fact is, sometimes you don’t have any other option or alternative. It’s unfortunate that tree services can be costly especially when your tree’s location is unsafe. Tree removal services can also be costly if the tree is so huge. Here are some tips for saving money on your tree removal expenditure.

Consider trimming your trees

At times, you may want a tree gone simply because you’re tired raking the leaves. Well, there are many other benefits that trees offer and it may not be a good idea to cut down a tree because it’s dropping a lot of leaves. The trees in your yard enhance the value of your property and are nature’s air conditioner. It’s, therefore, possible to avoid cutting down a tree especially if its integrity has not been compromised. If the tree is still in good condition, you may consider cutting back hanging branches and any dead or decaying portions.

Get free estimates for tree removal

Tree location and accessibility are some of the factors that affect the cost of removing a tree. A professional tree service will want to see if they can drive on the ground and simply drop the tree down. You can save money for tree removal by working with a trusted and reliable residential tree service. You don’t want to hire someone who won’t provide you with a high-level service. Your best shot at getting high-quality service is getting estimates from a certified, insured professional. This will help you avoid damage to your property, incidences of injury, and additional costs.

Find out if you can remove the tree on another person’s dime.

Trees near a power line are a hazard and present a safety issue. You might consider contacting the company operating the power line and see if they can take care of part of the tree removal cost. You’re helping to prevent power outages in case the tree falls on the power line. Also, find out if your home owner’s insurance can offer full or partial coverage for removing the tree. You don’t lose anything by calling your agent and reviewing your policy.

Ask about discounts

Find out if the residential tree service offers off-season discounts. Most professional tree companies tend to offer a discount if a client wants to remove several trees at once. It’s somehow cheaper to them than when removing one tree. If you’re removing several trees, consider asking about discounts. It could be a good way of saving your money.