Business Overview

Cutting down a tree is one task, but removing the stump that remains is an entirely different project. Property owners, and even some arborists, don’t have the equipment necessary to take out stumps. Instead of doing the work themselves, many contract it out to tree stump removal businesses. These businesses have the specialized equipment that’s needed to grind up tree stumps.

Stump grinding is a niche part of the tree trimming services industry. According to IBISWorld, this is a $21 billion industry that’s experienced 6.7 percent annual growth over the past five years. With such strong growth and no dominant company in the niche, there are many opportunities for new business owners.

Who is this business right for?

Anyone who enjoys working outside and is willing to work hard may enjoy running a tree stump removal business. There is some manual labor involved in grinding up tree stumps and removing the wood chips, but business owners get to be outdoors while working.

What happens during a typical day at a tree stump removal business?

A typical day at a tree stump removal business involves driving to customers’ locations and grinding up their tree stumps. Grinding a tree stump can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size of the stump. Most businesses also remove the wood chips after the grinding is finished.

When not removing stumps, business owners work on marketing their businesses.

What is the target market?

The target market for this type of business is large. Anyone who has property on which there are cut-down trees may need to have stumps removed.

How does a tree stump removal business make money?

A tree stump removal business makes money by charging customers to grind up and remove tree stumps. Businesses may charge a lump sum or by the inch (measuring at the stump’s widest point). Most businesses have minimum fees for smaller stumps.

What is the growth potential for a tree stump removal business?

Most tree stump removal businesses remain small and serve a local area. Marlow Haverland has a fairly typical setup, working in a 100-mile radius around Abercrombie, North Dakota.