4 Techniques for Removing a Tree Stump

Say that you want to expand upon your land and your land has a fairly dense amount of trees to deal with. While you can certainly cut down the trees, the stumps of those trees are not so easily mitigated. This article has been written to help people struggling with the best way of removing the last bits of trees from their concerns.

Analog Tools

Start by taking a shovel and digging out the ground immediately around the stump until you have uncovered the roots down to their tips. Its worth mentioning that this approach may not work if the tree was exceptionally old, with thick roots that go on for several feet. Once you have exposed the tree’s roots, grab something suited for trimming shrubbery and start lopping off the roots until you have enough clearance to dislodge the uprooted stump. After you pull the stump free, finish the process by filling in the cavity, ideally with something like loam or sawdust.

Deploy a Unitasker

A “stump grinder” is a power tool designed specifically to handle tree stumps like a lawnmower handles overgrowth. Simply ease the grinder into the stump until all that remains is a mound of shavings, dig out all the shavings and fill in the ground as mentioned in the previous method.


No matter how hardy the particular strain of wood your stump may be, trees are still vulnerable to fire. After checking to see if you may burn on the property and pursuing any necessary paperwork to do so, start a controlled fire atop the stump. Once the stump burns down to nothingness, dispose of its ashes and periodically fill the cavity as mentioned in the first section.

Chemical Warfare

This approach begins with a drill and a substance commonly known as stump remover. Drill several deep holes into the stump and then pour the chemical, usually treated with wood-rotting potassium nitrite, into the holes as the instructions indicate. Check on the stump every week and in a few weeks’ time you should notice that the stump has become considerably softer thanks to the chemically-accelerated rotting process. Once you feel that the stump remover has sufficiently weakened your stump, grab an axe and chop away at the bigger parts, then dispose of the weakened wood. Burn the rest of the stump to the ground, then finish by covering the stump’s lingering remains with loam.

While removing a stump is not hard, it can be time-consuming, just remember to consider your options and restrictions. No matter your limits, you should have at least one approach from among these reliable techniques. Stumps should no longer leave you stumped.

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