Does Grinding A Tree Stump Kill The Tree Roots?

Grinding a tree stump may leave most of the tree’s invisible root system intact under the surface, depending on the size and type of the tree. This is acceptable for certain tree species, while the fruit-bearing trees like honey locusts, ailanthus, sweet gums, mulberries, hybrid poplars, bamboo, and other exotic species will see their roots not only survive but expand.

Instead of producing food, the roots have already accumulated enough to survive for another two to three years and grow further. Sucker sprouts are sprouting from the roots themselves. It will seem as though one tree was destroyed only to be replaced by dozens of seedlings. Unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done at that time. The sprouts will have to be trimmed off or mowed over by the homeowner, and they will ultimately die off. 

Consider the following points to guarantee that the roots are fully destroyed and no longer give birth to a new tree:

The Root System

After a stump has been removed from the ground, it has the potential to reshoot. You may not believe it, but a tree may grow from a stump to become a complete tree. It occurs because roots are still present. The only problem is that the roots are dormant. It is possible, however, that there are enough nutrients in the roots to renew the tree via sprouts sticking to the ground. It's critical to note that any new growth will provide fuel for the root system's operations. Any fresh sprouts should be removed as soon as they begin to develop, if at all possible.

Removing The Offshoots

If there are sprouts, there are chances that they can turn into a full-fledged tree tomorrow. Remove any sprout from the area if you do not want the tree to grow there again. You must look for the place where roots and stumps meet, or you may engage a stump grinding professional to do it for you.

Chemical Control

After the stump has been ground out, an immediate herbicide application is required to avoid root sprouts. The treatment must be administered within an hour after the tree removal.  The herbicide application must then translocate/move through the root system for a day or two in order to destroy the remaining subterranean root system that is not visible.

The Final Thought

It is much easier to detect potential problems once the stump has been ground. You must be engaged in order to predict what may happen after you have fully ground the remaining stump.


The majority of problems stem from a misunderstanding of the consequences of potential post-grinding outcomes, which may result in the regeneration of a new tree even after the stump has been ground well. It is crucial to be well-versed in order to guarantee that the remaining roots after grinding the stump are handled in such a manner that they do not sprout a new tree.

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