3 Ways on How to Remove a Tree Stump by Yourself

There are a lot of ways that you can do to remove a tree stump at home. All you need to do is to get the right tools for the job. If you don't have anyone to help you, don’t worry. This is because the 3 methods on how to remove a tree stump that’s listed here can be done alone.

These methods are proven to be effective in any kind of tree stump. You can say goodbye to those stumps that destroy the view of your garden. After removing the tree stump you can actually use them as firewood. You can also use them as a decoration in your yard.

The methods that we will show you are not only exclusive to tree trumps at home. These methods can also be used in farms or forests. Removing tree stumps is easy especially if you have the right tools for the job. The only thing that you need to do is to prepare your tools and prepare yourself.

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Importance of Removing Tree Stumps

Removing tree stumps are important. This is because there are some serious consequences if you don’t. You might want to remove tree stumps because they can be an eyesore to look at. But there are other reasons that you might not know that is far more important.

One of these reasons is that when tree stumps decay they become breeding grounds for insects. Insects are attracted to dead tree stumps because it’s an ideal place for them to live. And not only that, tree stumps also attract termites. These are the insects that you really want to avoid having in your backyard.

And finally, tree stumps can cause bodily injury to small children and animals. If you happen to have children then removing tree stumps are an important task. These deadweights can cause injury to your children if left unchecked. They can trip or get splinters from playing near a tree stump.

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Techniques to Kill Tree Stumps

It’s easier to remove a dead tree stump than a live one. This is why killing the tree stump first before removing it is preferred. There are a lot of techniques that you can try to remove these tree stumps. Just choose the one that best suit you or the easiest that you can try.

The first technique that you can try is to use rock salt. Rock salt can kill a tree stump, not for the quickest time. Using rock salt to kill a tree stump will take you a few months. But if you’re tight on cash then this method might work for you. All you need to do is to drill holes into the tree stump and fill it with rock salt.

If you have a bit of cash on you, you can try killing a tree stomp with chemicals. There are a lot of chemicals that are being sold in the market today. These chemicals are proven to be effective when it comes to eliminating tree stumps. You can get yours in your local gardening store or you can always order online.

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3 Ways on How to Remove a Tree Stump by Yourself

Now that you know why you need to remove tree stumps. It’s time to know how you can remove it from your garden by yourself. Take note that these methods need careful planning and a lot of skill. So, prepare your tools and yourself to perfect this method of removing tree stumps.

#1 - Burning and Uprooting Method

This method involves a lot of firepowers for it to work. Among the different methods listed here, this method might be the most dangerous one. So approach it with caution and prepare the necessary precaution to avoid accidents. This method involves using gasoline so we suggest you be extra careful with this method.

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What You’ll Need

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    Gasoline/ kerosene
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    Industrial gloves
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    Water or sand
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    Hand drill
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    Shovel

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • The first thing that you need to do is to prepare your sand or water before starting. This is important because you’ll be using gasoline or kerosene for this method. After preparing the water and sand, put on your industrial gloves. This will protect you from burn or bruises during the process of removing the stump.
  • Next is to use the hand drill and proceed to drill holes into the tree stump. Make many holes as you can and make it deep. This is where you’ll pour in the kerosene later so make the holes bigger for the kerosene to enter. After making holes into the tree stump, pour in gasoline or kerosene in the holes.
  • After pouring, light the tree stump on fire and keep an eye on the fire so that it won’t spread. Wait for the fire to burn down the tree stump and turn it into coal. After the fire has died down you can now proceed to dig it up with a shovel. Pour some water on the tree stump if needed so that the soil will loosen.

#2 - Chip it and Grind it

This method of removing tree stomps requires heavy duty equipment. If you happen to have extra cash on you this method might be what you’re looking for. It’s a quick way to remove a tree stomp without waiting for a long time. You can remove a tree stomp with this method in half a day.

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What you’ll need

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    Chainsaw
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    Stump Grinder
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    Goggles 
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    Industrial Gloves
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    Shovel

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • The first thing that you need to do is to prepare your equipment. Put on your goggles and gloves for protection so that you’ll be free from harm. Next is to prepare the heavy equipment. Start off by cutting the tree stomp with your chainsaw. Cut it sideways so that a little bit of the trunk can be visible. 
  • After cutting it with a chainsaw proceed to use the stump grinder. Grind the remaining tree stump until most of the trunk is grounded or that you’ve hit the ground. Be careful when you use the stump grinder because debris might come flying at you. Make sure that you have your gloves and goggles on.
  • Finally, after grinding the stump, dig up the rest of the roots with a shovel. You can pour water on the stomp and around the soil so that it will be easier to remove. For those roots that are hard to remove you can use a garden hoe to chop them off and remove them.

#3 - Killing and Uprooting Method

If hard labor isn’t your thing you can always use the long route to remove it. This method involves killing the tree stump first before removing it. Killing and uprooting the tree stomp will take longer than any method that’s listed here. So, if you’re not so keen on time then this method is for you.

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What You'll Need

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    Rock salt
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    Hand drill
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    Shovel
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    Axe
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    Gloves

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • The first step in this method is to kill the tree stomp by using the rock salt. In this method, you’ll have to use the hand drill to drill several holes into the stump. These holes will serve as the entry point of your rock salt which will kill the tree stump. The process of killing the tree stump will take about 7-10 months.
  • After killing the tree stump you can now proceed to the next step. Put on your gloves and use the axe to chop off the dead tree stump. Breaking it into pieces will be easy. This is because the tree stump has entered its decomposition stage. Chop it all off including the roots and the trunk until none is left.
  • Finally, use the shovel to remove the remaining tree stump. Dispose of it together with the rest of the dead tree stump.

Conclution

There are a lot of ways to remove a tree stump at home. These are just some of those methods that you can try. So, did you like these methods? What’s your favorite way of removing tree stumps? 

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Ella Wilson
 

Hi! This is Ella Wilson, the founder of tinyplantation.com. Being a devotee with plants and gardens, you will find numerous things with me. I have developed enough interest regarding plants that these things do not bore me anymore; instead this has become my passion.

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