At Upstate Stump Man we have listed the steps that we take to grind a stump from your property. We start by using a shovel to remove any rocks from around the base of the stump. This step is important because rocks can dull or damage the teeth on the cutting wheel.
Next we use a chain saw to cut the stump close to the ground. This step is not always necessary depending on the size of the stump. It can though speed up the process significantly.
We then use the hydraulic lever and start the grinding process from the top of the stump. Drive the machine forward to position the grinder wheel directly over the stump's front edge. Start the wheel spinning and slowly lower it a few inches all while grinding into the stump. Use the lever to slowly swing the grinding wheel from each side to clear out all the wood. After you've dug down at least 3 to 5 inches raise the grinder and go forward with the machine a few inches. Stop and repeat this process. While operating the machine, always stand at a safe distance away from the cutting wheel.
Slowly, continue to grind your way through to the other side of the stump. Stop and check to make sure that the freshly dug hole is at least 5 in. below the ground. If possible rake up all the wood chips and fill the crater with screened topsoil.Tamp down and lightly rake the soil. Spread out an even layer of grass seed and then rake the seeds into the soil. Water the area and cover with wheat straw.