Did I grab your attention with my click-bait'y tittle? I apologize about that but I do want shed light on something I will always tell my customers. Something other guys will try to hide from their clients.
That stump in your front yard by the street might get ground, for FREE!
Yes you heard right. Many towns do their own stump grinding when the tree is located on city frontage. Off the top of my head I can name, Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Hamden, and West Haven to name a few. Usually the smaller town do not, but if you currently have a stump that resides in the first 5 feet by the city street, calling the towns public works line and asking if they do stump grinding could equal a freebie! Also, this works with the state roads as well. I have personally seen a CT DOT stump grinder.
I have saved a handful of my customers by letting them that "secret."
There are certain pro's and cons.
Obviously it's free! and if it's it's for me!
Some of the cons however are that, it could take ages for them to get there. I recommend politely calling and getting a ball park range of when they will be there to grind. If they don't show up during that time, I would call again to be sure they didn't forget.
A second con Is you get what you pay for. The price tag of free might mean you have to clean up some extra chips that landed on your lawn, or that some of the roots that shoot off the stump will be missed. But that isn't saying the public works guys don't take pride in their work.
So there you have it. One simple call could mean that the stump on your front lawn will disappear for free! Hope that helps and of course if you find that you town doesn't handle the grinding, then call Stump Shark at 203 610 3643!