#1 Stump Grinding Service for Athens Clarke and surrounding counties

Athens, Georgia Stump Grinding  and Stump Removal

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Vermeer SC552

Local & Trusted Stump Grinding Services

At Piedmont Stump Grinding and Removal, we pride ourselves on hard work, professionalism, and great service. Although we’re based in Athens, Georgia, we serve all surrounding counties– including Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, and Oglethorpe.

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We guarantee to respond to inquiries within 24 hours on any regular business day. Most jobs are completed within 3 days of quote approval.

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Our Services

Let us handle the heavy stuff

Stump grinding

this service involves grinding the stump all the way down to the bottom of the root ball, approximately 6-10 inches below the grade. Mulch is left in a pile where the stump was.

Mulch removal

ground up stump mulch can be removed and hauled off, leaving a hole in the ground where topsoil or other plants can be placed.

Topsoil replacement

involves the previous 2 services, but topsoil is left in the hole where the stump was originally.

Root ball removal

if grinding is not viable option, a mini excavator can be brought in to dig the stump up. Top soil restoration is additionally offered.


  • review rating 5  Andrew answered on my first call. He came out the following day. He communicated with me when he would be headed to our home so I didn’t have to wait and wonder. He quoted and performed the job right then and there! He did a great job. I would highly recommend him.

    thumb Jacob Forehand

    review rating 5  Andrew was very professional and showed up on time. He did an excellent job of removing the stump and did it in record time. He even cleaned up the debris and left the area in pristine condition. I would highly recommend Piedmont Stump Removal.

    thumb Juanita Page

    review rating 5  Can not recommend these guys enough. Professional and reasonably priced. Even blew off my driveway as an extra step. I’ll be using them from here on out as we have multiple trees we still need to remove at later dates.

    thumb Cliff Rushton
  • review rating 5  Very professional. Quick service. Got the job done right and at a great price! Will use again when needed without hesitation!

    thumb Ronald Copes

    review rating 5  The service was very professional. Andrew was great with communicating and the the stump grinding was scheduled very quickly. He cleaned up nicely as well.

    thumb Susan Adams

    review rating 5  Excellent experience with Piedmont. They did the work on time, below budget, and they did a great job. Wouldn’t hesitate to use them again - I’d recommend them to anyone in need of services they offer

    thumb Justin Overton
  • review rating 5  Needed a stump ground down. He came out and did the job very quickly and affordably; and cleaned up afterwards too. Definitely recommend if you need to have a stump removed. Would hire him again in the future.

    thumb Clif Law

    review rating 5  Andrew did a great job removing 2 stumps for us! Couldn't be happier with the efficiency, price and the clean up. He left everything so neat and tidy that it was like he had never been there. Will definitely use again and highly recommend! Excellent job.

    thumb Michael Woodall

    review rating 5  Andrew is very professional showed up on time and executed very high quality work. He listened to our needs and completed the job as explained. We will continue to use Piedmont Stump Removal would recommend them to anyone who needs stump grinding or removal service.

    thumb Amber Gaddis

Before & After Stump Grinding

Before and After Stump Grinding with Vermeer Before and After Stump Grinding with Vermeer 2

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after the stump is gone?

This all depends on the location of the stump, and what condition the area was left in. If none of the mulch was removed and the area isn’t able to be mowed for a year or more after the grinding was completed, then you may see some small offshoots in the area. If there was mulch removed and topsoil brought in with sod or grass installed, then any small offshoots will be clipped by the lawnmower before they become large enough to standout. For stumps that were ground in wooded areas, a regular round of weed killer or weed pulling will prevent any offshoots from becoming too large to manage.

Is digging around the stump before grinding a good idea?

Not necessarily, but it often drives up the cost of the service with no real benefit to the customer. Occasionally it may be necessary to expose portions of the stump flare to check for poorly buried utilities, or sometimes chunks of rocks or old metal.

How deep should the stump be ground?

That all depends on what you intend to do with the space. A stump in a field that gets bush-hogged once a year will probably be ok just 1-2 inches below grade. If sod is being installed (after mulch removal and topsoil is brought in) it’s probably best to go 5-6 inches deep. If any kind of tree is being planted in the same location, it is recommended that the whole rootball is removed with a mini excavator.

Is the mulch good for anything?

Absolutely – fresh ground mulch is incredibly nutritional for your shrubs, garden, or plants. Be mindful that since it’s smaller mulch than what you would buy commercially, it will not last as long as pre-bagged or professionally ground mulch.

What equipment will you use for stump grinding?

After much deliberation, we decided on the investing in the Vermeer SC552 for it’s ability to grind through the toughest of stumps, as well as it’s maneuverability in crowded areas of our customers’ yards. Stump grinding is literally what this beast was built for.

Once the mulch is removed, what can you do with the hole in the ground?

This is the most common question that we get at Piedmont Stump Removal. There’s basically a limitless number of options, but the most obvious answer would be to bring in some top soil and replant something there. You could take advantage of the excavated area and plant a small flower garden or vegetable garden. Another option is to hire a landscaper to lightly re-grade the area and either plant grass or install sod. By far the most interesting solution I saw was a grandmother that made a sandbox for their grandkids. After the stump grinding and mulch removal she filled the hole with sand and a small bucket. Her grandkids were able to have a “day at the beach” without leaving the house! It was a huge hit all summer long and the grandkids absolutely loved it.

How much does stump grinding cost?

Most individual stumps cost $200-$750 to complete the job. This price includes proper/complete grinding and full cleanup.

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