A Guide to HVAC Units for the Amateur

When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.

Remove Stumps Fully To Avoid Future Problems


If you're a homeowner who needs to have a tree removed from his or her yard, you know that calling a professional is the safe thing to do. Large trees, especially, can be very dangerous if not impossible to remove as a DIY project. But did you also know that removing the stump properly is better done by a professional tree removal service? Stumps can cause some insidious problems years down the road, and they need to be removed fully and their leftover holes filled. If you don't take care of the stump, you could end up hurting yourself, your yard, and your landscaping budget rather severely.

Filling the Hole

One of the problems people face when a stump is removed is filling in the hole. It is not as simple as just filling the hole with dry dirt. The dirt can blow away or settle down as it gets wet during rainstorms, leaving more holes and unsteady ground. The hole needs to be filled in such a way that the ground is definitely solid in that area again. A professional tree removal service can do this, though you might have to make separate arrangements—in other words, you may have to arrange and pay separately for that service, rather than having the hole filled in automatically when the stump is removed. Many services can grind the stump into chips and fill the hole with those, but double-check so you know exactly what the service is using.

Decaying Stumps

It might seem like it's easier to just leave the stump in the ground and use it for a lawn ornament, but that's not possible over time. The stump will either decay or start suckering and sprouting again. If the stump decays, it can make your yard look unsightly and rather unpleasant. If it suckers and sprouts, you have to start getting rid of the shoots that appear. That could really send your landscaping budget out of whack as you continually chase after new suckers and shoots.

One option some people take is to remove the top part of the stump and make it level with the ground. This is dangerous. Over the next few years, the stump will slowly rot from the moisture in the ground. It can become weak and give way when you step on it. It might look like a small sinkhole has appeared in your yard, but it's really a cavity created by a decaying, softening stump.

If you need more information on how best to get rid of a tree stump, contact a tree removal service (such as Hodgson's Expert Tree Service) or certified arborist. There are options that will not send your budget soaring out of control.


22 January 2015