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Why should you remove a rotting tree stump?

Whether it’s a stump from a previously felled tree that has always been there, or a newly removed tree that was maybe causing damage with it’s roots, making room for renovation work or just to open up your garden and bring in more light - leaving a tree stump to rot can cause significantly more harm to your landscape than you might think.


Here are the top reasons why you should always consider removing a rotting tree stump:

Disease and Pests

A decaying stump can attract various pests and insects, including termites, ants, beetles, and fungi. These organisms can potentially spread to nearby healthy trees or structures.


Fungal Growth

Rotting wood is an ideal environment for fungi to thrive. Fungal spores from the stump may spread to other plants, leading to the development of diseases.


Potential Hazards

A rotting stump can become unstable and may pose a safety hazard. It may be a tripping hazard for people or a danger to pets and children playing in the area.


New Tree Growth

Stumps can send up new shoots, creating unwanted growth. These shoots can become a nuisance and compete with surrounding plants for nutrients and sunlight.



A decaying stump can be an eyesore, negatively impacting the visual appeal of your landscape. Removing the stump can enhance the overall appearance of your garden.


Landscaping Issues

Stumps can interfere with mowing, landscaping, and other maintenance activities. Removing the stump makes it easier to maintain a clean and functional outdoor space.


Talking to the experts

Stump removal can be undertaken through various methods, including stump grinding or complete excavation, but it should be done by a professional tree surgeon who know what they are doing.

At OTS, we can help you determine the most appropriate method for your specific situation and guarantee that the job is done safely and effectively.

At OTS, we have over 40 years’ experience in the management of trees and gardens, and will always provide a free consultation with expert advice on what your options are.

If you have any questions or are worried about a tree on your property, talk to us today : 0800 145 52 62.



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