We were recently approached by a new client for some advice about a stump grinding and fencing project. The client had employed the services of a reputable and competent tree service to have 14 trees removed from a boundary on one of their properties and wanted to develop the property further with the installation of a new boundary fence.
The tree work was carried out well, and all logs and branches removed from site. The tree stumps lining the boundary of the two properties remained, as well as a 2ft height difference between the two sides. There were also concrete paths, old concrete fence posts and curb stones surrounding the stumps.
The problem in these situations is that the tree root systems have often been holding the ground together. When removed, structural issues can ensue.
We put together the following solution for the client; dealing with their stump removal, boundary line, and ground slippage issues all in one.
Firstly, we removed the existing fence, then used our narrow access stump grinder to remove the stumps. This had to be carried out with great care, given the proximity of the clients’ path, and the neighbours property.
The stump grinder is radio remote control; therefore it is possible to use the machine and maintain a good view of the cutting wheel, thus ensuring no contact is made with surrounding materials.
We also used a mini excavator to carefully remove the spoil material and mounds of broken concrete from the work site.
Once all the stumps and roots had been ground out, the groundworks could be started. Instead of standard length posts, 9ft posts were sunk 3ft deep in concrete to provide a secure footing. Then, double concrete panels were dug into the bank and concreted into place.
As you can see, the height difference between the two properties was 2ft. With a block paved drive on one side, ground movement was not an option.
The use of double panels enabled us to match up the new fence to the existing boundary, to ensure there are no future problems for either client. It was therefore not necessary to build a new retaining wall.
Once all was in place and level, the timber panels could be installed. This provided the two properties with a clean boundary line, privacy, and an easily maintained fence. The fence panels do not touch the soil at any point, therefore removing the risk of premature rotting.
Do you have a fencing or stumping grinding project that you’d like to discuss with us? If so, please get in touch.