Stump Grinding

The Lefke Tree Experts stump removal professionals can permanently remove a stump and eliminate the risks that come with letting it sit on your property.

Hire Cincinnati's Professional Stump Grinding Service

After a tree has been cut or felled, you’ll be left with a stump in the ground. There are plenty of reasons to remove a tree stump from your yard, but it's not an easy task. Digging it out yourself is only possible if the stump is very small, and letting it decay (even using chemicals to speed up the process) will take years. The most effective way to remove a stump is to hire a professional stump grinding company with the right equipment for the job.

Call Lefke Tree Experts for professional tree stump grinding services in the greater Cincinnati area, including Southwest Ohio and North Central Kentucky.

What Our Stump Removal Customers Say

We've been pruning trees in the Cincinnati area for 15+ years so it's easy to find reviews of our work online, including these from Google.

Positive: Professionalism, Communication, Responsiveness

Lefke Tree Experts are very professional and do a great job of cleaning up at the job site.  We received our quote in a reasonable amount of time. The communication from the office is great. Our job involved the removal of trees down a hill, so they were very concerned with avoiding tearing up our yard.  They scheduled the work at a time when the yard was dry to avoid tearing up our yard. We were very impressed with the care they took on our property.

Brad Stroeh
Service: Tree and stump removal

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

We used Lefke extensively over the past few months. They've done really great work and all of the crews are a pleasure to have around. Polite. On time. Really good at their job. As a technologist I like how they have invested in machinery to help make their work faster, safer, and more economical for customers.

Andrew O'Driscoll
Service: Tree removal, Tree trimming & pruning, Tree stump removal

Getting a tree removed? Take out the tree stump as well!


Why Remove a Tree Stump?

Tree stumps are more than just an eyesore; they can be a tripping hazard, especially for young children or the elderly, and large roots can damage your lawn mower and other equipment if they aren’t removed. Old, rotting stumps can attract insects and other pests to your yard, and are a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

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    Safety Issues

    Tree stumps can pose a safety hazard in your yard by getting in the way of mowers and tripping the kids as they play on the lawn.

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    Lack of Access

    Stumps block areas of your yard that could be used for planting new trees, other plants, putting in a play area, building a patio, etc.

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    Attracts Pests

    Dead tree stumps attract termites and carpenter ants to your yard, as well as wasps and other pests.

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    Spreads Diseases

    As a stump rots, harmful fungi move in and can spread to nearby trees and plants.

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    Keeps Growing

    Tree stumps can resprout and grow into new trees over time, forcing you to remove the new growth.


Stump Grinding. What to Expect.

We’ll come to your property to inspect the stump(s) you want to remove and provide you with a stump grinding estimate. When you accept our proposal, we'll get you on the stump grinding schedule and let you know when to expect us. You do not need to be present when we do the work.

Stump grinders are usually equipped with a spinning carbide-tipped steel wheel. Once the stump grinder is in place, the operator moves the wheel from side to side. The wheel spins quickly, grinding down the stump with each pass until it's about 6 inches below grade.

Stump removal is a noisy and dirty process, so we encourage you to stay indoors while we work.

Stump Grinding & Stump Removal

Frequently Asked Questions

After a tree has been cut down, you'll need to decide what to do with the remaining tree stump.

If the tree removal team at Lefke Tree Experts has taken down your tree(s), we'll offer you stump grinding as an add-on service (unless it was explicitly included in the removal estimate).

We generally don't provide stump grinding or stump removal as a stand-alone service unless you have a lot of stumps to be removed at once.

Many people are fascinated by the stump grinding process (it's fun to watch - from a distance!) but may not know much about it. Hopefully, these FAQs will answer your questions about removing a tree stump. But if you have a different question, just give us a call!

The stump might not bother you, but it does start to affect the appearance of your yard.

Stumps will typically stick around for at least 15 to 20 years, so don’t expect them to naturally disintegrate anytime soon. The stump might send up new shoots, trying to regrow itself. If the tree was cut down due to disease or pest issues, the stump can still spread those issues to other things in your yard. Stumps tend to attract ants, termites, mold, and fungi. Plus, it can be a pain to mow around a stump and the above-ground roots can damage your lawnmower and other equipment.

There are two basic ways to quickly remove a tree stump: dig it out or grind it up.

  • Digging out a tree stump involves using an excavator and will cause major damage to a large area around the stump. It cannot be done for stumps that are near structures or hardscaped / paved area, and is generally expensive. However, it can remove all (or nearly all) major tree roots and may be a good option if you'll be removing many stumps at once and landscaping the area afterward.
  • Grinding a tree stump uses a stump grinder to turn the stump into wood chips. It usually involves less mess and a much smaller hole than other options, and can be done in nearly any location.

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.

That depends. Often, stump grinding is done by a different crew than the one that cut down your tree. In that case, the stump grinding will be done at a later date. We'll call to let you know when the stump grinding is scheduled.

If it's a large job with many trees to remove, we may have the stump grinding crew on site to remove stumps the same day.

Stump grinding will not damage your property if done correctly (which is one of the many reasons why it's best to hire a professional tree service to grind your tree stumps).

We put down mats to protect your lawn/landscape from heavy equipment and use barriers to cover or protect nearby structures. Grinding a stump does leave a hole in the ground, which we can fill with dirt and the wood chips left over from grinding.

Yes to both. It is a very loud machine that is literally grinding up a very hard piece of wood. The woodchips and sawdust that it creates can fly in all directions (which is why we use protective barriers to prevent damage to nearby structures).

As with all tree removal work, stump grinding can be dangerous.

The Lefke team is well-trained in safety and understands the risks involved (for example, the blade can sometimes kick up rocks and debris that could cause an injury). We have skilled operators who can use this powerful equipment safely.

Using dangerous equipment is one of the many reasons that Lefke carries the proper insurance for jobs of this type.

We take every precaution to make sure you're safe, including asking you to stay well away from the action while a stump is being ground.



For one stump, the process can take 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size of the stump, the location, and more.

Stump grinding only removes 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; 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.

Stump grinding results in lots of wood chips - probably far more than you think! However, they can be used as mulch or groundcover, or dumped into the hole to decay.

Schedule your Cincinnati stump grinding service today

Get a yard free from ugly and unsafe tree stumps and protect your property from fungus and insect infestations with professional stump grinding services.