Although tree stumps can be left in the ground after felling and covered with sprawling plants this can lead to problems with ‘suckering’ where new shoots arise from the trunk and roots. Completely dead stumps won't form suckers, but they can play host to root diseases such as honey fungus and, as such, aren't worth leaving in and taking the risk. Physical removal of the stump is the best solution.
We use a machine known as a stump grinder to mechanically grind out the main root plate, leaving fine sawdust. This can be left to fill in the hole, used as mulch in other areas of the garden or we can take it away.