How to remove tree stumps

Trees are a glorious addition to any property. However, there are times when our leafy green giants need to be taken down. The remaining stump is an unsightly reminder of the dead tree — and that’s only one of the reasons they need to be removed, roots and all. 

Stump removal is a laborious process and in most cases should be done professionally, for esthetic and safety purposes.

Here are the other reasons for tree stump removal:

  • Stumps can be a hazard when mowing the lawn or trimming hedges.
  • They can inhibit new growth and regeneration of other plant life in the area.
  • The remaining roots can damage the root systems of neighboring trees.
  • Removal can eliminate infestations of aggressive insects such as termites.
  • It allows more space for other landscaping possibilities.
  • It reduces risk of injury by tripping or falling.
  • Removing ugly stumps increases the value and appeal of your property.

Stump removal can require special equipment, however, some people may attempt to dig it their stump out by hand. The process is time-consuming and back-breaking work.

Here are some steps to take if you want to take on this laborious project.

  1. First, you need to dig a trench around the tree with a shovel and pick until the roots are exposed. 
  2. Then the roots need to be chipped out with an ax. 
  3. Next, rock the stump back and forth until it’s loosened from the ground. 

Another method sometimes used is a chemical concoction. It involves drilling holes in the stump and filling them with a solution of potassium nitrate and water. In six weeks the wood will have a spongy texture making it easier to ship out with an ax. 

Some folks prefer a similar but chemical-free approach using Epsom salts and water. This process may need to be repeated a few times to have good results. The Epsom salts pull the waster out of the stump, making it easier to remove with an ax. This is a very frugal method of removal but can take weeks of dedication and hours of labor.

A professional tree service will use a tree stump grinder to easily rid you of the stump in a couple of hours’ time. The machine used in the process will remove every shred of the stump, including the root system. 

Calling a professional tree service with the right equipment is the most prudent and safest way to go.

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