How to Remove a Tree Stump Painlessly


Trees die more often than we’d like, and it’s a hassle to chop them down. But that’s nothing compared to the hassle of getting the stump out of the ground so you can try again with a new tree – but it’s that or pay several hundred dollars to have someone do it for you. check this out. This handy guide will tell you how to remove them painlessly, and it only takes a few things to do. If you have the patience (which it requires a handful of), you’ll be ready to start in no time. Then, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be on your way to clearing out all of these eye-sores in the neighborhood.

You can remove a stump by renting a power stump grinder, but another way is to buy a can of stump remover (available at most garden or home centers). Most brands are made of powdered potassium nitrate, which speeds up the rotting process. You simply pour the granules into drilled holes and fill the holes with water. The stump will become pretty spongy after four to six weeks. Keep kids and pets away. Then you can break out the rotten wood with an ax.

For a completely labor-free removal, the manufacturers of stump remover suggest burning out what’s left of the stump by pouring kerosene or fuel oil (never gasoline) into the holes. Wait until the liquid completely penetrates the wood (this could take a few weeks). Then drop a match into the holes to start the burning process. The stump will smolder for days, eventually leaving a charcoal-filled hole. It’s dangerous having a giant, smoldering ember in your yard, so some precautions are in order. Envelop the stump in chicken wire, remove all leaves from the vicinity before ignition and keep an eye on it!

We suggest the ax method for finishing the job. Stump removers work only on seasoned (older) stumps that have been dead for a year or so, not freshly cut tree stumps.

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