#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.


  • 5 star review  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
    May 21, 2020

    5 star review  Piedmont Stump Removal was recommended to me by a local arborist who removed a large oak tree in my yard. Andrew Betts responded right away to my voicemail request for a quote, and he removed the oak stump for a reasonable price. I especially appreciate the outstanding job he did of cleaning up. I highly recommend Piedmont Stump Removal.

    thumb Greg Mitsoff
    April 9, 2020

    5 star review  I am extremely pleased with the work performed. Andrew was quick to respond to my call, gave me a fair price, and did the work immediately. I would highly recommend Piedmont Stump Removal to anyone looking for this kind of service.

    thumb Andrew Hedrick
    May 7, 2020
  • 5 star review  This 5 star review is for our second go-around w/Piedmont Stump removal as we were so pleased from the first. A businessman who listens! He was off-loading his rig right at 8am. Kept us informed from the first contact for scheduling thru the day he completed the work. He went the extra mile on details we didn’t see yet maintained the reasonable $ quote. A side note from the first job: because it was very close to the driveway included in his service was cleanup😊 We will call him first to tend to some other details around the property in due course and so should you😊.

    thumb Anthony Keve
    April 21, 2020

    5 star review  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

    5 star review  Piedmont Stump Removal is a great company. Andrew, the owner, was quick to reply to my inquiry for a quote. He came out the same day, gave me a competitive quote and was able to scheduled the job for the next day. Very happy with the speed, efficiency, and price. I will definitely use again. Excellent job.

    thumb Amy Hairston
    September 30, 2019
  • 5 star review  Did very good work for a good price. I nice guy to do business with. thanks

    thumb howell sharpe
    February 28, 2020

    5 star review  Fast estimate, reasonable time starting, and completing job. Personable service, pleasant attitude, and professionalism make this company easy to work with. Recommended.

    thumb JL Green
    February 20, 2020

    5 star review  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

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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