How to Remove a Tree Stump

A tree stump is not only unsightly, but it can also interfere with the growth of any future trees or plants you wish to plant in your yard. Stumps are also a fire hazard, can attract unwanted pests and critters to your property, and they can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, as well. If you have a lingering tree stump that’s in your way, there are a few ways you can remove it, including using chemicals, digging around it with a mattock or other tool to expose the roots and cutting them with a shovel or chainsaw, or burning the stump.

Chemical removal involves pouring a commercial stump-rotting tree stump removal solution onto the stump. The chemicals soak into the pores of the wood, speeding up the natural rotting process. There are a few different products available, but you can also use Epsom salts or even cow manure (which is a more natural, high-nitrogen choice). You’ll need to drill lots of holes into the surface of the stump and then add the rotting substance. Cover the area with mulch and add more rotting material every few months, if necessary.

Digging the stump out is a more involved project that requires manual labor and specialized tools. Start by digging out as much of the roots as possible with a shovel or other digging tool. If the root system is extensive, you’ll need to use a mattock or other tool to cut them as you go. Once the stump is exposed, you can use a shovel to dig away all of the remaining dirt and roots.

Once the stump is completely removed, you can cover it with soil and reseed it for grass or other plants. The best time to do this is when the weather is warm and dry, so that the seedlings have the greatest chance of success.

If waiting weeks, working on the stump for hours, lighting fires, and operating heavy machinery aren’t your cup of tea, you can hire a professional to handle the job. Stump grinding companies typically specialize in this type of work, so they’ll have the equipment and expertise needed to get the job done quickly.

Total stump removal is a more expensive option, but it can be the best one if you want a smooth, level landscape in your yard. This method also eliminates the possibility of the stump sprouting or rotting, which can create problems for your yard in the future.

If you choose this option, make sure you’re working with a reputable company that uses safe and efficient equipment. A company that specializes in stump grinding will have the appropriate grinding equipment, and they’ll take the time to ensure it’s safe and effective. Be sure to ask about the cost and estimated turnaround time. It’s also a good idea to have the company you choose remove other debris from your property while they’re there, like branches, logs, and large limbs that fell from your tree.