#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.

Quick Response and Turnaround

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.


  • Thanks again Zack and Andrew for taking out those two stumps today. Did it all within 1 hour. Being honest I even like watching it happen in real time. Andrew responds very quickly to any question you have I loved that, and if I asked about other runners Zack got them up for us. Even the pricing was very fair. Thanks again you two - Ray Rozier

    thumb Go Lo
    May 28, 2022

    Zach was awesome! Came out and ground a large tree stump without damaging the walk way it had begun to grow underneath. He was able to get this done quickly and professionally with no interruption of my work in my home office. Would definitely use Piedmont again!

    thumb Joseph Rich
    April 28, 2022

    Andrew was careful, thorough, and honest. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Would recommend to all!!

    thumb Matt Knepper
    February 28, 2022

    Piedmont Stump Grinding provided prompt service. He was able to quickly give me a quote and get the work completed. Highly recommend his services.

    thumb Heather Dean
    January 28, 2022

    Andrew Betts at Piedmont Stump Removal is one of the most honest, genuine, and hard working individuals you will meet. He not only cares for his customers, but when he says he is going to do something he will do it. I will continue to refer him to anyone that I know who needs work done! Look no further! A+

    thumb Andrew Nielson
    November 28, 2021

    Very professional, did great work. I asked for extra work an they only added a small fee. I would highly recommend this company. 5 stars and excellent.

    thumb Matthew Hall
    October 28, 2021
  • Piedmont stump removal did a great job for a great price.i would definitely recommend them!

    thumb Harry Bray
    October 28, 2021

    In addition to the qualities mentioned, they were HIGHLY efficient. Three stumps removed and the site completely cleaned in minutes. Would highly recommend.

    thumb Ed Jenkins
    October 28, 2021

    Andrew is a pleasure to work with. He is very reliable and professional. And he did a great job.

    thumb Genevieve F.
    August 30, 2021

    Peidmont Stump removal did an excellent job! They are professional, knowledgeable and prompt. Andrew thoughtfully answered all of my questions and requests. I confidently recommend them!

    thumb Sonya Cipollina
    August 27, 2021

    I had three red tips cut down near my concrete driveway and the stumps were impeding the drive a little bit. Piedmont Stump Removal got all of them without any damage to the concrete and cleaned it up well. Very satisfied! Thank you!

    thumb Eric Bachmann
    July 9, 2021

    Andrew came out in a one day notice and removed some bush stumps. The process was fast, efficient, and clean. He was very professional and respectful. Will definitely use again.

    thumb Matthew Dennis
    May 11, 2021
  • Top notch. Very impressed with cleanliness and honestly couldn't tell he had even been there except for no stumps. Andrew was very responsive and gave a very fair price. I am VERY particular about who I hire to do work around my house and Piedmont did not disappoint. Would highly recommend!

    thumb Seth Fields
    April 16, 2021

    Very professional. Quick service. Got the job done right and at a great price! Will use again when needed without hesitation!

    thumb Ronald Copes
    April 2, 2021

    Andrew does great work at a good value. He went above and beyond what I requested. I would recommend him to anyone!

    thumb Tori Whitaker
    March 30, 2021

    Andrew was extremely responsive, I sent a quote request on Sunday and he called on Monday morning. My job was fairly close and he accommodated my time line since it was a small job. He showed up, did the work at a fair price, and was very professional and polite the whole way through. I highly recommend his services and will be calling him again as I have other work in the backyard I want done. VERY RELIABLE. That definitely makes a difference. Thanks Andrew!

    thumb Corey Shiflet
    March 9, 2021

    Andrew did a great job taking care of multiple stumps in my yard. I would recommend him to anyone. He was able to complete the job with minimal impact to the rest of the yard and even avoid some flowers that my wife wanted to keep free from damage. We’re very pleased with the results.

    thumb Hunter Hopkins
    March 5, 2021

    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
    March 2, 2021

Before & After Stump Grinding

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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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