Do It Yourself or Don’t Injure Yourself?


Are you a homeowner looking to remove a tree stump from your land? Bet you have thought about doing the job yourself. However, it is easier said than done. A tree stump is a very stubborn thing to remove.

But many people still ignore the dangers and try to do the job themselves. Because why take on the headache of renting a predator stump grinder when you can do the deed yourself, right? However, there are certain precautions you have to take. Or you might end up seriously harming yourself.

Take a deep look at your skill

As with most equipment, stump grinders are only handled by tree care professionals. They are heavy-duty tools, and the chance of accidental injury is high. Before you attempt to grind the tree stump yourself, question your skill.

Can you handle the heavy appliance and then direct it professionally? Are you sure you will not end up harming yourself or some innocent bystander? If the answer to both the questions is yes, you can do it yourself.

Wear protective equipment

All professionals wear proper protective equipment to guard themselves against the dangers of their job. Such things range from radiation-protective suits, goggles to masks and whatnot. Similarly, tree stump grinders take adequate precautions to protect themselves from flying wood shrapnel and debris containing glass, bricks, etc.

Professional tree removing companies carry insurance against any physical damage that may occur to the property. Therefore, if you are thinking of doing the tree grinding yourself, make sure your insurance covers any damage that may harm you or your neighbor’s property.

Things you’ll need:

  1. A vehicle to transport the stump grinder to your home and back.
  2. Enough gas to power it.
  3. Protective gear to prevent personal damage.
  4. Manpower to load, unload and maneuver it.
  5. Materials to protect surrounding land from damage.
  6. Materials to collect and dispose of the wood.
  7. Personal liability coverage.

Compare the cost of doing everything yourself to hiring a professional company to do it for you. Go for the cheaper and safer option.


Tree stump grinding sometimes becomes a necessity. The tree stump, if left untouched, can regrow, rot, or become a tripping hazard. Therefore, you must grind it as soon as possible. You can either grind the stump yourself or hire professionals to do the job for you. But be mindful of the cost and risks of either option.