How to Remove a Tree Stump from Your Yard
While tree stumps can be painful to look at, that does not mean that removing them needs to be painful. This article not only intends to inform home and property owners how to remove a tree stump but to highlight that there is more than one way to go about the process. Considering this article will handle the question of “how to remove a tree stump” from multiple directions, it is my hope that at least one of these approaches will seem feasible enough for my each of my readers’ abilities, budgets and time.
Approach #1: Digging Up the Stump
When Is This Method Unwise?
Consider another method if you lack the recommended tools or if the tree’s roots are notably large and deep-running.
Approach #2: Use a Stump Grinder
Do Not Forget to Use Protection
Stump grinders are loud and powerful machines; remember to use ear, eye and hand protection at all times while operating one.
Approach #3: Fire
Do Your Research on Burning
When considering fire as a solution to the question of how to remove a tree stump, there are a variety of factors that may prevent you from pursuing such a solution. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the local laws, ensuring that your activities will not violate any local bans regarding burning on your property. Make sure to contact your local fire department for a permit.
Approach #4: Chemical Warfare
For the most part, this is all of the prep work required to remove a stump through this method. Regularly check the treated stump and you should notice the chemicals’ effects in a month or two. Once you have determined the stump to be soft enough to extricate, take an axe or a shovel to the rotted mass of lumber and pile it up. Once you have leveled off the land, take a cue from Approach #3 and burn what remains of the stump and its root system. Finally, swap out any ashes for a filler material like loam or sawdust, trash whatever bits of stump remain.
Are There Any Safety Hazards to This Approach?
Keep small children and animals far away from any stump once you have applied the chemical treatment. Potassium nitrate is harmful if ingested and the utmost care should be taken in its proximity. Additionally, while there may be issues with setting a fire, as mentioned in Approach #3, you should require far less time to burn out any remnants of stump than only using fire.
After explaining how to remove a tree stump in multiple ways, it is my hope that you finally have the means and equipment needed for removing stumps. Although not mentioned in each of these four approaches, it is important to always fill in the empty space that your stump once occupied, preferably with loam and sawdust, and to continue to do so every few months until the land has fully recovered. While fire, power tools, chemicals, or a combination of all three can do the job of removing a stump, feel free to share your own approaches in the comments.
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