The Easiest Way To Remove A Tree Stump
Sooner or later, there is going to be a tree on your property that you’ll need to remove. Disease and pests are the main reason for having to cut trees down, which is a task in and of itself. But once you cut the tree down, you’ll also need to deal with the stump. People have the idea that tree stumps are impossible to remove. But it doesn’t need to be this way! Here are some helpful tips for removing a tree stump as easily as possible.
Method 1: Chemicals
The most effortless way to remove a tree stump is by using chemicals. This method isn’t super quick, but it will eventually get the job done. You should start by removing as much of the stump as possible using a chainsaw. Next, use a drill with a large drill bit to drill holes into the surface of the stump.
Next, fill the holes with water, followed by a stump remover chemical or potassium nitrate. You’ll also want to soak the ground around the stump with water. Once you’ve done this, apply a plastic tarp over the stump and the surrounding area. To really speed up the process, place mulch or another organic material over the tarp and water thoroughly.
After about a month, your stump should be extremely soft. You can then use an ax or shovel to break up the remaining stump and remove the pieces. Larger stumps can take longer to break down.
Method 2: Burning
As long as you do so safely, burning a stump can be one of the fastest ways to remove it. As with our first method, you’ll want to drill holes in the stump and fill with a stump remover product. Then, pour some gas into the holes and over the base of the stump.
Next, carefully ignite the stump and let it burn. If it’s been extremely hot and dry, you will not want to try this method as it can be a fire spreading hazard. If you live in the city, be sure to check the backyard fire bylaws in your area.
Method 3: Grinder
If you own a stump grinder, you’ll likely want to use it! If you don’t own one, see if a family member or friend has one they’d be willing to lend you. You can also rent stump grinders for a relatively low cost which may be the best option if you have multiple stumps to remove.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, you’ll want to place the wheel a couple of inches above the stump and turn it on. If you’re renting a stump grinder, ask the company to give a demonstration since operation can vary based on the grinder. This is a very quick and easy way to remove stumps on your property.
If you have some stumps dotting your front or backyard that you’re ready to remove, hopefully one of these methods will help you get the job done. Just think of how much easier it will be to cut the grass without bulky stumps getting in the way!