Stump removal consists of the complete removal of the stump including chasing out lateral roots of the tree. This operation is usually undertaken by mechanical means, although some lateral roots may require removal by hand.

Stump grinding involves the removal of stump to a specified depth, generally between 150m and 300m. Upon completion of stump removal, the remaining hole is usually back-filled with the spoil from the grinding operation but in some cases requires the importation of quality soil.