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bz03m3
Apr 29, 2017 11:16 AM CST
Hello,

The guy that cut down my tree said I should leave the sawdust in the place where the stump was for about 2 months. He said that it will level itself out. It has been about a month and it does appear to be leveling out but what do I do from there? Lay soil over it?
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robertduval14
Apr 29, 2017 11:34 AM CST

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Why in the world would he say to leave it? I landscape for a living and take down trees fairly regularly. I also grind down stumps, if needed. I always clean up the mess left behind...cause, for the most part, that's what it is...

I mean, the sawdust won't hurt anything...it will rot like any other organic material. But if you plan on planting grass seed or something like that it also won't hurt anything to spread out or remove the sawdust, lay down fresh loam and seed it with grass.

In all honesty, it sounds to me like a crew that did not want to clean up the mess and came up with a blanket reason as to why. They just did not want to say 'We just ground up this stump with a machine and can't be bothered to pick up the mess with nothing more than a rake, shovel and our hands'.

Just my 2 cents.
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Garden10
Apr 29, 2017 11:54 AM CST
robertduval14 said: In all honesty, it sounds to me like a crew that did not want to clean up the mess and came up with a blanket reason as to why. They just did not want to say 'We just ground up this stump with a machine and can't be bothered to pick up the mess with nothing more than a rake, shovel and our hands'.

Just my 2 cents.


I agree

Put me down for a buck and a quarter, I had guys try to tell me that once, and when I didn't seem to be buying it, they kind of got that "lady, you don't understand these things" tone of voice, and then...well, I won't use the name of the company, but look for a guy who walks really funny, oh, and, by the way, you like my earrings????? Hilarious!

It's awful when people who are assumed to have superior knowledge in any given area play fast and loose with their customers/clients who trust in that assumption of knowledge, and just because they want to do a sloppy or half-hearted job.

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