After stump removal, a rootball stays in the ground. Most people resist removing it because it is too much work. But it can start causing trouble because rootballs attract different kinds of pests. The best solution is to remove them.


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For all tree removals in West Palm Beach, we give our customers the option of whether they would like us to haul the wood away or whether they would prefer to keep it. In many cases, a removed tree can be a good source of firewood.

Rootball can attract various pests that harm other plants on your property! 

After cutting down a tree, most owners remove only the stump because it is a part left above the ground, so it gets in the way. Tree roots are left intact because they will not produce sprouts, will decay over time, and will feed the soil. But tree roots can also be dangerous for the property. 

Since they are decaying wood left in the ground, they are exposed to various insects, larvae, and fungi. Most of those pests will only eat the root or plant their eggs in it, but some are more threatening, especially for other living plants on the property. For example, Armillaria is a fungus living in tree stumps and spreading through the root system. It destroys weakened and young trees and is very hard to stop because it can spread over a very large area. 

Besides pests, dead tree roots can make the soil denser, which will slow down the growth of other trees that you plant near the rootball. Those trees will have to fight for their space in the ground. Dead rootballs can also contain a lot of moisture in the ground, which can kill other plants’ roots or attract pests. More water in the ground means less air, which makes the ground even denser, making it almost impossible for other trees and plants to grow in that area. 

So there are several reasons why you should remove tree rootballs. They can:

  • Attract pests 
  • Dense the soil 
  • Distort soil drainage.

Most trees reach several meters deep in the ground, which is making rootball removal hard. It is almost impossible and extremely dangerous to do it alone, especially if you have no experience or proper equipment. We are there to help you. We not only offer stump removal but also rootball removal, so the ground on your property stays healthy and ready for new plants. 

Please note that the rootball removal is not included in the tree removal services.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rootball Removal 

Can I leave roots in the ground after I cut the tree?

After you cut down a tree, roots will, over time, decay and probably attract pests that can harm other trees and plants on your property. That is why you should remove them and prevent possible hazards. 

What does it mean to remove a rootball?

Removing a rootball refers to the process of removing a tree stump and the roots after a tree is cut down If a tree is small, it is possible to do it manually, but for a larger tree, you will need heavy machinery. It is a dangerous process, so never do it alone. The safest option is hiring a professional tree service. 

Can I remove rootballs alone? 

For some very small trees, you can remove tree stumps alone. But only if you have experience and good safety gear. Large stumps are almost impossible to remove all alone, so do not take that chance and hire a professional tree service to do it for you. 

What happens if I leave roots in the ground after removing the tree and a stump?

After you cut down the tree and remove a stump, tree roots will start decaying and will, over time, attract insects, larvae, and fungus. Some of them can be dangerous and spread to other trees and plants on the property.