Personally planted 1,000 trees during the 60s-70s, and had 300 of them
cut down with stumps ground 2005-6. The trees that were cut were
chipped and the shavings shoveled via bulldozers but kept on the
property to serve as a reservoir of mulch.
The ground stumps eventually rot and sink below ground level even if
you heap them. You have to regularly add filler (from mulch
reservoir) until the ground shavings and roots rot completely.
Otherwise, you have craters that are hard on garden tractors -- and
Squirrels see these stump sites and assume that their walnuts and
acorns are buried there. So they dig, removing the filler. You
cannot replace the total amt. of filler they dig up by mere raking, so
it's necessary to haul out the cart and bring up more filler from the
It's bad enough having to fight woodchucks -- killed six so far this
year -- who burrow along the row of wild mulberry and cherry trees
that define the east side property line, now it's war with the gray