Tree Stump Removal Techniques
You finally cut down that big, old, sick and unsightly tree in your yard.
Now, all that's left is an unattractive stump. You could just leave it there
and let nature do its thing. But, that may take a long, long time. And, many
trees produce suckers, as the root system tries to regenerate the tree. The
production of suckers can go on for many years, until the root system finally
runs out of energy. You begin to wonder just how you are going to remove
Here are several ways rid your yard of unsightly tree stumps. Use method
that looks like it will work best for you.
Call a Stump Removal Company - It's quick, easy, and.... pricey. Look
up local companies on the internet and give 'em a call. They will come out
with a big grinder, and grind it out well down below the soil level.
Chop it up with an Axe or Stump Grinder - The professionals will use
a very big stump grinder. The do-it-yourselfer can rent a smaller version.
Or, you can chop it with an exe, which is a very laborious task.
Dig it Out - If the stump is small enough, you can dig it out, and
chop off some of the roots as you go. This works well with smaller trees,
bushes and shrubs.
Buy a Chemical Stump Remover - It speeds up the process, but it also
puts a chemical into your yard. Follow the directions carefully for use.
Soak the Stump in a Salt Solution - Drill 1/2" to 1" holes into
the stump about 8 inches deep. Use Epsom salt to fill the holes. Seal the
holes with wax. This will speed up the process. Do not use regular salt,
as it can be harmful to your soil.
Burn It - Drill 1/2" to 1" holes into the stump about 8 inches deep.
Fill the holes with Kerosene. Then light the kerosene. Check local burning
laws. It can also cause potential fire, so we do not recommend this technique.
Shield the Stump from the Sun - Place a tarp over the stump, or cover
it with several inches of mulch. This works well to kill the suckers, by
denying them sunlight they need to survive. The stump will probably take
3-6 months or longer to rot.
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