Stump Grinding

Professional Stump Removal in Northern Virginia

We Go Out On a Limb For You

Our fully licensed and insured arborists are available 24/7


Note: Stump grinding is offered as a separate service (it's not included with our tree removal service unless you specifically ask for it).

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They've done an outstanding job every time. They come when they say they will, quote reasonable rates, and do thoroughly professional work. Their stump-grinding machine can reach further down than some others in the area, and that's a plus.

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Get Rid of Unwanted Tree Stumps

Thanks to a new generation of HGTV shows that highlight home landscaping, curb appeal is a very trendy thing (and a major contributor to your property value). But if you're aiming for that picture-perfect property, nothing is more disruptive than unwanted tree stumps.

Perhaps you’ve moved into a new house and had no choice but to adopt these eyesores. Or maybe you’ve recently had trees cut down. Whatever the reasons, tree stumps are unattractive trip hazards that damage lawn equipment and can be harmful to the surrounding landscape.

More important, don’t put off the removal of those annoying stumps. They often attract fungi and put out shoots from the root system still living beneath the ground. Plus, without stump removal, your planting plans in the immediate area won’t ever enjoy the light of day.

Fortunately, we know how to dump those stumps. Our skilled arborists at Absolute Tree have specialized equipment designed for the exact purpose of removing those deep-rooted problems. We have equipment available in a variety of shapes and sizes that allows us to remove any stump with total accuracy and precision.

What to Expect When You Hire Absolute Tree Service for Stump Grinding

When you hire Absolute Tree Service to grind out a tree stump, you’re hiring a highly skilled team that can eliminate your stump and make it look like it was never there.

We Dig Deep For You

We can easily grind stumps deep below the surface to remove all remnants and eliminate future problems.

Once we remove the stump, we fill the hole with compacted mulch to provide moisture and nutrients for replanting. From there, your landscaping plans are limitless!

Gone in a Flash

If time is a concern, we can ease your mind there, too. At Absolute Tree, we can typically complete a stump removal job in a single day and have your landscaping looking better in a snap.

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Why Hire Absolute Tree For Stump Grinding?


We take care of the stump that day, not weeks later


Specialized stump grinding equipment to tackle any stump


Our stump grinders fit through a 36-inch gate to reach most back yards with ease


Fast turn around on quotes and service - don't wait weeks just for a stump grinding estimate


We keep you fully up-to-date on your stump grinding job


Don't want us to leave the stump grindings? No problem! We'll haul everything away


We do it ALL!

Every member of our expert team is committed to safety! We are fully insured, so you can rest easy knowing your job will be handled by professionals who care about you and your property!

Call Absolute Tree for the Absolute Best Stump Grinding Service!

Getting Rid of Tree Stumps Throughout Northern VA

From Woodbridge to Reston, and Clifton to Alexandria, our stump grinding crews have taken out a LOT of stumps since 2004!

If you need stump grinding service or have any questions about it, give us a call at 703-969-6207 or use our handy online contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions About Stump Grinding

Most people choose to grind a stump after a tree removal as it is an eyesore, because it is a tripping or safety hazard, or because they want to plant something else in that area. If you've removed a diseased or pest-ridden tree, grinding a stump can help ensure that the disease or pests do not spread. Stump removal also prevents the tree from growing back.

A stump grinder chews away at the stump wood that’s left after a tree has been cut down. All stump grinders use a powerful, rotating blade that rips into the wood as it turns. The blade’s teeth cut the stump wood into small pieces. The operator guides the blade over the entire stump as the blade reduces the wood to chips and takes the stump down to well below ground level.

Stump grinding results in lots of chips of wood. You'll make more of them than you think, but they can be used as mulch onsite or added to your green waste can. You'll also have a hole, since you've just ground out all the stump volume that filled it. You can shovel the wood chips into the hole to decay, or you can import soil and fill the hole so that it's even with the surrounding ground.

Stump grinders differ from stump removers. A stump remover is auger-like and bores down into the stump from above, removing all trunk wood and anchoring roots.

A small, lightweight rented stump grinder means more time and physical effort for you, and your stump may be too large for a rental grinder to handle. And, as anyone who has rented machinery knows, there's no guarantee that the equipment is in good working order or even safe to operate. When you factor in the time, safety equipment, fuel, rental fee, and potential damage from a rented stump grinder (like rocks smashing through your window!), it's usually far more cost-effective to hire a professional stump grinding company to do the work.

Even the most skilled tree removal expert can’t cut a tree down flush with the ground, so there will always be a stump.

Contact us first. We can evaluate your situation and give you an estimate of how much it will cost to remove the tree stump. You may be surprised at how affordable it is. Most stump removals are fast, and even large stumps usually take only a few hours.

Stump grinding removes only some of the tree's roots. We grind the stump about 6 to 8 inches below ground level. However, roots are quite extensive and spread both outward and down from the stump, so it's likely that there will still be many roots underground. This is why you generally can't replant a tree in the exact spot where a tree used to stand (at least not until the old roots have decayed).

Stump grinding is a separate service that can be added to your tree removal quote. Be sure to let our estimator know you'd like the stump ground away when they're discussing options with you.

We do not offer stump removal (which usually involves digging or pulling out the stump, including the roots).


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