How to Remove a Tree Stump

Stump removal is more complicated than cutting down a tree, which is why it’s generally not included in the cost of tree removal. When removing a tree stump, the trickiest part is cutting away the roots which can spread as far under the ground as the branches that spread above. There are several options for how to remove a tree stump, with varying costs and length of time associated. Whichever you choose, keep safety top of mind. Also, don’t forget to fill in the hole afterwards, otherwise the ground around the hole will collapse and you’ll have a large dent in that spot.

  • Dig Out the Stump

Use a shovel to dig around the stump exposing the largest roots and then move around the stump. Dig deep on either side to expose as many roots as possible. This method works best when you can uncover the roots to their tips. Use a saw to cut them into manageable pieces and pull what you can out of the ground. Use a hoe to yank the remaining embedded roots out. Keep going until you’ve removed the major roots, then go back and pull out anything that’s left. Once most of the roots have been removed, you should be able to easily dislodge the stump. Depending on the thickness of the roots and your physical fitness, this can be completed within 1-3 days.

  • Chemical Stump Remover

Stump removers help to soften the wood and make it rot faster, so that you can more easily dig up the stump. Drill a series of large holes in the top of the stump, the stump will absorb the chemicals through these holes. Carefully follow the directions on the stump remover packaging and only use as directed. Keep children and animals away from the stump during this time as the chemicals can be harmful. After a period of a few weeks, you can then chop up the stump using an axe or shovel and dispose of the debris.

  • Burn the Stump

This is a dangerous method and should only be attempted during the cooler months. It’s best first to check with the local fire station to make sure it’s okay to burn the stump. Lay wood on top of and around the stump so that the fire will enclose it. You must always supervise the fire, clear leaves away and keep a hose on hand. When the stump is thoroughly burnt, extinguish any flames and dig out and dispose of the ashes.

  • Stump Grinding

The safest and fastest way to remove a tree stump is to hire a professional contractor that will use a stump grinder. This will reduce the stump down to small chips, similar to sawdust, which can then be used as mulch for the garden (great for reducing water usage in summer) or to fill in the gap left by the ground down the stump.

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