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why remove stumps?

Although tree stumps can be left in the ground after felling, and covered in sprawling plants, such as herbaceous clematis, this can lead to problems with suckering where new shoots arise from the trunk and roots.

The rhizomorphs can spread up to 30 feet and 25 inches (9 metres and 63 cm approx) below ground to neighbouring trees and shrubs, and may invade healthy roots.  An infected stump should be professionally ground out and the resultant debris composted. The hole should be filled with new topsoil planted with annuals or herbaceous perennials and left for 18 months.
Completely dead stumps wont't form suckers, but they can play host to root diseases such as honey fungus (Armillaria species) which show as yellow-brown to dark brown mushroom growth in the autumn (August-November). Other evidence of the presence of honey fungus is white/creamy coloured sheets or dark bootlace strands (rhizomorphs) beneath the bark. There will also be a strong distinctive mushroom smell.