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Tips From a Tree Service on How to Fill in a Stump Grinding Area

How to Fill in a Stump Grinding Area

Finally, the unsightly tree stump on your property has been ground up and removed. You are now left with an even more ugly hole filled with woodchips instead of a stump. Try to be patient since it may take months or even years to get grass to grow successfully, depending on how much root is left underground. A tree service will explain how to cover the space where stumps are ground up with grass:

Get to the Garden Store

Go to your neighborhood nursery or garden supply store and stock up on a few bags of topsoil (the amount of bags you need will depend on how big the stump area is) and grass seed that matches your current lawn.


Clear the area of any remaining debris, including woodchips, twigs, and branches. It’s best to remove woodchips from the area because they can take two to three years to decompose.

Fill in the Hole

Fill the hole with a couple bags of topsoil to level the ground. To allow for settling during the planting process, make sure the topsoil is raised a little above ground level.

Plant the Grass Seeds

Rake the grass seed into the topsoil after spreading it there. After sowing the seeds, give the area a deep watering, and keep doing so every day until the grass takes root.

Other Post-Stump Grinding Options

The space where a stump once stood can be renovated in a variety of ways, including by planting grass. There are several equally appealing options, including:

  • Replace the tree you removed with a young, healthy one.
  • Plant shrubs in its place.
  • Ask your arborist to remove woodchips that remain after stump grinding (this can usually be done on request for an additional charge). This expedites the timeline for whatever you’re planning to do with your stump-less area.

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