Once a tree is removed, the stump is left behind. In most cases, you'll want to grind the stump eight to twelve inches below ground level to allow for the planting of grass, shrubs, or a new tree.If the tree was very large there may also be outer roots at or above ground level that need to be ground. This will be discussed during our initial inspection where the scope of work and the costs involved will be clearly indicated. Nassau Tree Service also offers finishing landscape services which include removal of the stump grindings and spreading soil and seed or sod. If you'd like a replacement tree, we can do that, too. Stump grinding requires the use of heavy equipment. Our professionals will take the following precautions to help ensure that the surrounding areas are not damaged.