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Stump grinding - wood chips all over backyard

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Stump grinding - wood chips all over backyard

We just had a pretty large Douglas Fir cut down. Its giant branches were starting to fall off and posed some pretty big safety risks. Anyway, the tree cutting company I hired ground the stump and proceeded to leave a giant mound of wood chips in my backyard. They said not to worry about it and that when it rains, the wood chips would just sink into the ground. Is this normal practice or are they just being lazy asses? I was planning to grow grass over top of where the used to be, but now it would take weeks before these wood chips supposedly “sink in”. The surrounding area where there used to be grass is also filled with wood chips...isn’t this going to suffocate those parts of my lawn?
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And fyi, when I cut and ground a 30 cm diameter maple about 10 years ago, remember that there's still a 'heart' underground... slowly rotting... which resulted in a mushroom field in my lawn. Until I finally did some landscaping... and the bobcat unearthed a root ball the size of a small car underground!
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canucksfan19 wrote: We just had a pretty large Douglas Fir cut down. Its giant branches were starting to fall off and posed some pretty big safety risks. Anyway, the tree cutting company I hired ground the stump and proceeded to leave a giant mound of wood chips in my backyard. They said not to worry about it and that when it rains, the wood chips would just sink into the ground. Is this normal practice or are they just being lazy asses? I was planning to grow grass over top of where the used to be, but now it would take weeks before these wood chips supposedly “sink in”. The surrounding area where there used to be grass is also filled with wood chips...isn’t this going to suffocate those parts of my lawn?
If you're growing grass rake the chips. It wont suffocate the grass but it may burn it while the chips decompose. Depending how far they ground down your stump, the residule stump in the ground can also burn your grass.

As superscoots said, the chips make great mulch elsewhere.

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