Tree Got You Stumped? 3 Ways To Get Rid Of Unsightly Tree Stumps

If unsightly tree stumps are preventing you from using your yard the way you'd like to, you need to get rid of them. Stump removal can be easier than it sounds, especially if you use the proper techniques. Here are three tips that will help you get rid of the stumps in your yard.

Dig It Out

If the stump is small enough, you should be able to dig it out. It might take you a few hours, but with a bit of digging, you can remove the stump and the root system.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Shovel
  • Root saw


  1. Put your safety goggles and gloves on.
  2. Use your shovel to dig around the stump.
  3. Continue digging until you've exposed the main roots.
  4. Use your root saw to cut through the roots.
  5. Remove the roots.
  6. When you've removed the roots, use your shovel to dig underneath the stump.
  7. Continue digging until you've exposed the underside of the stump.
  8. Use your root saw to cut through the wood.
  9. Lift the stump out.

Burn It Up

It can be difficult, and time-consuming, to dig large stumps out of the ground. Burning is a simple and efficient way to remove large stumps. Remove all the debris from around the stump. Stack pieces of fire wood around the stump and light the fire. Add wood to keep the fire burning. Continue adding wood until the stump has been completely destroyed by the fire. The remaining ashes can be composted and turned into fertilizer for your plants.

Grind It Down

Stump grinding is another way to remove large stumps from your yard. In most cases, stump grinders can be rented from equipment rental companies or home improvement centers. Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves when operating a stump grinder. Place the grinder directly over the center of the stump. Turn the grinder on and allow the machine to grind one section of the stump at a time. The grinder will grind the stump all the way down to the roots. Reposition the grinder until the stump has been completely removed.

You don't have to live with unsightly tree stumps in your yard. Use the easy-to-follow tips provided here to get rid of the stumps. If you run into stubborn stumps that you can't get rid of, be sure to call and for professional stump removal services. A tree service company in your area can take care of that for you. Contact a business, such as Hudson Tree Service, for professional help with your stump removal.