When you cut down a tree, you are left with an unsightly tree stump. While it would be great to be able to pull the tree up and dispose of it stump, roots and all - it's just impossible. However, this doesn't mean that there isn't a way to get rid of the unwanted tree stump that is always left behind. There are do-it-yourself methods, but a professional can go about it in a more effective and precise way. This process is most commonly known as stump grinding. Now, some people can go years with tree stumps in their yards. However, there are many benefits of stump removal. Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider contacting a professional for this particular service. 1. MAKE IT EASIER TO DO YOUR YARD WORK Since there is constant yard work to do, tree stumps can get in the way. You are going to have to maneuver around them with your lawnmower. Then, you are going to have to go back with your weed eater to cut the grass that you couldn't get with your lawnmower. In addition, if you were to accidentally hit a tree stump as you were mowing, it could cause significant damage to your lawnmower. For example, it could cause cosmetic damage to the mower or bend the blades. 2. ENHANCE THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR YARD One of the most unsightly things that you can have in your yard is a tree stump. If your goal is to have a beautiful, well-maintained landscape, then eliminating tree stumps from your yard is a must. By investing in removal services, you will not only improve the overall curb appeal of your home, but you may also help to boost its property value. 3. PREVENT NEW TREE GROWTH Many people believe that once a tree is cut down that it won't grow back. However, this is not true. As long as the roots are still in the ground and getting water and nutrition, the tree can grow back. In other words, that old tree stump that is in your yard can result in the growth of several sprouts - tiny trees. If this ends up happening, it won't do you any favors in terms of landscape aesthetics nor will it help any nearby plants because it will take away from the nutrients and water available to other plants. Additionally, it won't be easy to remove new tree growth. Therefore, it's a good idea to have the tree stump removed before new tree growth can happen in the first place. 4. DETER INSECT INFESTATIONS The longer that a tree stump is left to sit in the yard, the more that it will decay. As something decays, it will begin to develop an odor. Even if you can't smell it, certain insects can. In fact, these insects are attracted to decaying wood. Some of these include carpenter ants, termites and woodboring beetles. At first, these insects will remain in the tree stump. However, they will eventually make their way to your home and cause serious damage. This is particularly true if the stump is located near your house. It is for that reason that you should consider removing your tree stump before these troublesome insects can infest it.