Pain-Free And Stump-Free: Finishing Your Tree Removal With Simple And Easy Stump Removal


Tree removal may be fairly easy, but once the Tree Service leaves, what do you do with the stump left behind? Stump removal is back-breaking work and involves lots of time and effort. 

...Or does it?

Below are the two simplest ways to remove those pesky tree stumps from your yard, without even breaking a sweat!

Removal by Chemicals:

The longer-term route involves rotting the stump out of the ground over a period of several months. To start off, you will need a long 1" wide spade bit for your drill and a bag of stump-remover, also known as "Potassium nitrate". Both of these can be easily found at your local hardware store.

Once you have these, use the spade bit to drill several holes into the stump. Keep the holes about 1 inch apart, keep them vertical, and drill them as deep into the stump as your drill bit allows. Once that is done, clear the holes of debris and pack them full with potassium nitrate. Then fill the holes to the top with hot water, and let it seep in.

Every week or so, you will want to come back to the stump and top off the water in the holes. The potassium nitrate will dramatically speed up the rate at which the stump rots. However, this will still take anywhere from a several months to a year to fully disappear.

Once surface parts of the stump have rotted away, just fill the hole with dirt. You now have a stump-free surface to work with.

Removal by Fire:

This method is drastically quicker than the chemical method, taking just a couple of days, rather than several months. However, it does require more active participation. Rest assured, though, it's just as simple and easy as the chemical method!

For this one, all you need is the same spade bit that the chemical method calls for. 

To start, begin by drilling as many holes into the stump as deeply as you can. Drill as many vertical holes as you can fit into the top face of the stump and include several around the sides, plunging down at a 45-degree angle. 

Next, check to make sure that there are no flammable materials around the stump. Clear anything you find within 20'-40'. Then, start a fire on top of the stump, carefully tending it until the fire takes hold of the stump itself. Once the stump catches you may stop actively tending the fire, but never leave it completely unattended for long stretches of time. Depending on the size of the stump, this process may take anywhere from half a day to several days. Be sure to stop by frequently to check on the progress. Once the stump is burned several inches below the surface, fill the hole in with dirt, and pack it down thoroughly. You now have a stump-free yard, and a pain-free back!


1 June 2016

Discussing Landscaping Practices

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