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Stump grinding mulch recipe | Accomplished Tree Management

Recycling Ground Chips

After grinding a stump, what do you do with the massive pile of stump grindings?

Recycle them.

Using stump grindings as mulch brings many advantages. They help to insulate the soil making it warmer in winter and cooler when the weather gets hot. They reduce evaporation and are also good for retaining moisture. They even help to reduce weed growth and ultimately they make weed removal easier.

When using these stump grindings, it is probably best to check if they came from a diseased tree. While the harmful pathogens from a diseased tree should not cause problems when applied above the soil surface, it is best to err on the side of caution.

Stump Grindings Mulch Recipe

To make mulch, you need a few simple ingredients:

  • A trusty leaf rake

  • A strong shovel

  • A large wheelbarrow

  • A dash of high-nitrogen fertilizer

  1. Rake the wood chips into a pile.

  2. Scoop them into a wheelbarrow with your shovel.

  3. Remove bits of grass that may have escaped into the mix. Leaves or evergreen needles can be left in the mix without problems.

  4. One neat little trick is to first add a one-inch layer of nutrient-rich compost around your plants if you know the soil is not fertile enough. This gives a bit of oomph to the plants than just adding wood chips alone.

  5. Spread a three to six-inch layer of wood chips around the bottom of the plants depending on the size of the plants or trees. Make sure you do not spread the mulch directly against the plants because this can cause decay or infestation of the living plant.

  6. You can mix the wood chips with mulch or shredded bark if you find you are running out of chips.

  7. You can add some high-nitrogen fertilizer if you see weak plant growth after applying the wood chips. This is because wood chips use up nitrogen in the decaying process and they may be depriving the soil of nitrogen.

  8. Remember to replenish the mulch as the wood chips decompose over time.

For Stump Grinding work, call Accomplished Tree Management on Tel: 0411 443 535

You can also use these tree stumps as firewood. We'll chop them up and pile them for you. All ready for use as firewood in winter! | Accomplished Tree Management

Click here to have all your questions answered about stump grinding

  • What is Stump Grinding?

  • How long does it take to grind a stump?

  • Do dead tree stumps attract termites?

  • What are the reasons to call in the professionals to perform stump grinding?

  • How far do you grind the tree stump? Level with the land or below?

  • What is the biggest tree stump that has been ground?

  • How can stump grinding be good for your wallet?

  • What can one do with the part when the stump has been ground down?

  • Are there other options to stump grinding?

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About Accomplished Tree Management: Tel 0411 443 535

Accomplished Tree Management is based in Port Macquarie and services the Mid North Coast. With over 16 years experience, we employ safe work methods and are certified with Australian AS 4373-2007-Pruning of Amenity Trees standards. We're fully insured with $20 million Public Liability and $5 million Professional Indemnity Insurance.

We provide the following tree services -

  • Tree management - tree removals, palm tree services, council permits

  • Tree and garden maintenance - hedging, pruning, deadwooding, stump grinding

  • Tree consultation - arboricultural reports, hazard assessment

Stump grinding mulch recipe is written by Vermilion Pinstripes, a sales marketing and communications agency based in Port Macquarie, Australia and Singapore helping businesses engage with customers so they can sell without selling.

1 Comment

Jul 14, 2020

Great article! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

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