3 DIY Methods To Remove A Tree Stump
Do you have a tree stump in your yard? Removing it may be a good idea. Besides being eyesores, tree stumps can also be hazards. If you have kids, they could trip over the stump and fall while playing in the yard. Also, a tree stump may take up valuable space in your yard. If you remove the stump, you could plant flowers, a garden, or simply expand your lawn. You can always hire a tree stump removal professional to do the job for you, but you can also do it yourself. Below are three methods for removing your tree stump:
Grind it. One way to remove a stump is with a stump grinder. You can rent a grinder from most tool or equipment rental businesses. You start by cutting the stump down as close to the ground as possible by using a chainsaw. You then move the grinder back and forth through the top of the stump, cutting the wood into small pieces. You continue in this manner until the surface of the stump is a few inch below ground level. You can use a shovel to remove the loose pieces of wood.
A grinder is an effective tool, but it can also be hard work. If the stump has a lot of knots in it, it may be difficult to move the grinder through the wood. Also, you'll want to wear goggles and other safety equipment while operating the grinder.
Burn it. Another solution is to burn the stump out of the ground. Start by drilling holes around the top of the stump and along the sides. Dump potassium nitrate into the holes and then pour in hot water. Let the potassium nitrate and hot water solution soak into the wood. After a few minutes, pile pieces of scrap wood on top of the stump and then light those pieces of wood on fire. The flames will spread through the holes and burn out the stump. Once the stump is burnt completely, you can dig out the ashes and clear the area.
Dig it out. This may not be the easiest solution, but you can always dig the stump out of the ground. You will need a shovel, a pick, an ax, and preferable a chainsaw. Use the ax and chainsaw to cut the stump down as far as you can. Then dig around the stump to locate the tree's roots. Use the pick and the ax to sever all roots and then continue digging to locate more roots. If the tree is large and old, it could have several layers of roots. Once all roots have been severed, dig around the stump until you can lift it out of the ground.
While you can remove a stump yourself, you may want to hire a stump removal service to do it. They can get the job done quickly and safely and may do it at a reasonable price. Contact a tree stump removal service like Dubois Tree & Land Management LLC in your area.