Stump Grinding + Returf ?

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    I mentioned in another post we are having some conifers removed . The trunks will be about 12" Diameter. The tree guys are also grinding the stumps out . Now having zero knowledge on stump grinding... I presume they grind the stump to say 4" below the surface ? Will this be ok for levelling with top soil and re turfing next spring :scratch:
     
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    When we've had stumps ground, the machine has gone down a good 8 inches - probably more

    The process is a brutal and does make a fair sized hole.

    I used the chipping/soil mix to fill in the hole but over time the wood has rotted and the soil level has dropped. I also have mushrooms/toadstools growing where the tree once was. Not sure if this is coincidence or due to the wood in the soil. I reseeded as soon as the hole was filled

    To avoid this I would use new topsoil and move the spoil from the holes to one side for the wood to rot down for a year or so.
     
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      Thanks Andrew, the guy who is removing the trees wil also returf next spring. I'll make sure he grinds the stumps down to the best depth for turfing.
       
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      Just had the conifers removed and the stumps ground down before we went on holiday . As you say the stump grinding is a brutal process . It basically batters the stumps into hundreds of pieces. As soon as the tree surgeon saw the conifers , he said red spider mites was the problem . We have seen the tiny webs on the conifers for years , not knowing what they were . This very hot and dry summer must have put them in overdrive. By the time we had the trees removed the growth was 50% dead.
       
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