Tree stump removal


Reasons to Remove a Stump

After all the rigours you must have gone through trying to cut down the trees, I’m sure you don’t want to leave those stumps standing there. These are some of the reasons why you should remove those stumps from your compound:

  • They occupy valuable space: A lot of people love to have their compound spacious and smooth, but these stumps could be a barrier.
  • They are eyesores – Looking into your compound and seeing stumps damaging the beauty of the landscape, is a sight you don’t want to behold. It looks horrible when weeds grow on them, which is going to happen over time.
  • They are hazardous – While some stumps are easily seen, other are covered by grass/weeds which make it a tripping hazard. This could be very dangerous, as one could stub the toe on it.

Assessing a Tree Stump

In removing stumps, different methods can be applied, because some stumps are harder to remove than others are. To make the task easier, you should be prepared before time and have knowledge of the methods and technique to use for a particular job type. For instance, removing pine tree stumps are less tasking than removing deciduous tree stumps.  This is because the pine tree is not deep rooted while the deciduous tree has long and deep roots.

Why are some stumps relatively easy to remove? Naturally, the age of a particular tree and its size are the two critical factors for the ease or difficulty in the removal of stumps. The Older the stump, the less difficult it is to remove. So also, small stumps are less tasking to remove than the big ones. Another vital consideration before choosing a stump removal method to adopt is the amount of stumps to be removed. You don’t want to remove 100 stumps with your bare hands. After going through this guide, you will have adequate knowledge on which to make your decision of the most appropriate method to use to get those stumps off.

Removing a Stump by Grinding it Away Yourself

If you need to get the stump(s) out quickly and trying to do that manually just didn’t work, then a grinder would be handy here – Just hire one and grind off the stumps yourself. These are heavy-duty machines that weigh about 1,000 pounds, and you could rent one for between $100 and $200 per day. Therefore, to be financially conscious, it makes a whole lot sense to get the stumps out yourself when several stumps are to be removed.

In addition to the grinder, you will need a shovel, a mattock, a chainsaw and a rake.

  1. With the use of a shovel or hoe, clear off the sands and rocks from the stump.
  2. Now, use a chainsaw to cut off as much as possible from the stump, attempting to have it levelled to the ground.
  3. With a hydraulic lever, put the grinder wheel some few inches on the stump. After making it low, take it about 3 inches into the stump. Do a side to side movement with lever.
  4. When it is grinded to about 4 inches with a grinder wheel, take it forward. Go all through the process again and again until you have the entire stump about 4 inches below ground level.

Always ensure you are wearing protective gear, as this equipment is a very dangerous one. Be sure always to put on protective glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the flying wood chips. If you have no experience with using the machine, it would be nice to have someone at the rental store teach you how to use it.

If all you have to remove is just a stump or two, a professional company will charge about $100 to $200; this might be the best option in this case. Some companies will also haul away the stump as a bonus

Method #1: Removing a Stump by Hand

Many people who go about removing stumps by hand most times get it all wrongly done. To successfully do this, it’s best to deal with small tree stumps. A lot more better if it’s a stump from a diseased or older tree.

You need to have some appropriate tools to be able to remove stumps yourself. Some of these tools are Limbing saw or chainsaw, a shovel, a pick mattock, an axe, a four wheel drive truck, a digging bar and some chain.

To manually get rid of these stumps, follow these steps:

  1. If there is any branch from the trunk, remove with the chainsaw or limbing
  2. Cut off the top of the trunk, however leaving a part big enough to be used as leverage
  3. Use the pick mattock, shovel and digging bar to expose the roots
  4. Use a power washer or a hose to wash off the dirt so as to show more roots
  5. Use an axe to cut off the major roots
  6. Exert force on the trunk by pushing it. If more roots are out, cut them. Keep pushing and pulling until the trunk is completely off the ground
  7. If the trunk happens to be resistant to the pushing and pulling, then tie a chain around it connected with the four-wheeled-drive truck
  8. Move the truck forward and backward, wiggling the trunk until its roots are off the ground.

Method #2: Tree Stump Killer and Chemical Stump Removal

If you are not so good at manual, then you could alternatively use the chemical option. Using a chemical to remove stumps, the following will be needed: chainsaw, an axe, kerosene or fuel, a drill and potassium nitrate. Here is a brief explanation of how to use chemicals to remove stumps

  1. Use your chainsaw to cut off the stump as much as possible
  2. Drill around the stump, at least 1-inch whole. Drill more holes going deeper – about 3 to 4 inches. The holes ought to be between 8 – 12 inches deep based on the size of the stump
  3. Create 45-degree angles by drilling more holes around the stump meeting with the previously dug holes
  4. Pour in some little quantity of potassium nitrate in the dug holes
  5. Pour in water to fill the holes
  6. Leave it for a period of between 4 to 6 weeks till stump gets spongy
  7. Break the spongy stump with an axe
  8. pour fuel or kerosene on the stump and leave it for an additional week(optional)
  9. fire up the stump, leaving it to burn until it’s all ashes(optional)

Learn more about tree stump killer and chemical stump removal here.

DIY Method #3: Burning a Tree Stump

Assuming you have those trees down and you’ve got your landscape cleaned up, but for those annoying stumps still sitting around. A method that can be  effective and that will neither unsettle your wallet nor cause you stress is simply to get the stump burnt.

Highlights of stump burning direction

  1. Drill an eight to ten inches deep holes in the middle of the stump
  2. Remove all the debris from the hole
  3. Drill more holes, with about an inch of space between the holes
  4. Pour in potassium nitrate into the holes
  5. Pour boiled water in each hole
  6. Keep pouring water to dissolve the potassium nitrate
  7. Put the scrap wood and on the stump, light it up and wait for the stump to ignite
  8. Breakup whatever is left with your shovel
  9. Fill up the holes with sand

DIY Method #4: Rot a Tree Stump

Just like burning a stump, a stump can also be removed by rotting it, after which filling is done.

Brief rundown on rotting a stump

  1. Drill 8 to 10 inches deep holes at the centre of the stump
  2. Pour in your any high-nitrogen substance into the holes
  3. Pour water in each hole
  4. Break the stump into pieces as it gradually softens
  5. Fill up the hole with soil

Disposing of Old Tree Stumps

It isn’t always so easy to get rid of a stump especially a large one. The city may refuse to take them with your other wastes. Find out from your city if they’ll be picked up, if they say no, then ask if there be any option that makes provision for it. IN some areas, recycling centres do collect these large stumps

If it happens you have a lot of stumps to dispose off, hiring a wood chipper and using the wood chips for other around your compound would be a great idea. You could also burn the an old dried up tree stump if it’s not against the laws in your area. Burning large stumps may take a real long time to get totally burnt. Endeavour to get the stump covered with crap wood before burning

Some companies take away the old tree stump but for an extra fee. Always make proper inquiry before hiring a stump removal company

How to Use the Space

Now you have successfully gotten rid of the stump(s), ensure to fill up the hole(s) with topsoil, spread grass seeds over the soil and cover with mulch hay. Regularly water and see its progress, after which you could use the spot for whatever pleases you to. Now you will observe your yard has a more brilliant look


If you’re going to remove one stump from your yard, you might as well remove all of them. You can do the job yourself, but you should weigh the time, cost and effort that are involved carefully before doing so. There’s a good chance that you’ll have to buy or rent tools to get the job done, so it may ultimately be best to let the professionals do it instead.

Rather than thinking of getting rid of one of the stumps in your yard, you could as well get them all off. Although this can be done all by yourself,  take time to think about the time, effort and cost it entails before engaging yourself in it. If you choose to do it yourself, chances are you will most likely hire or rent the tools needed to get it done, so getting the experts to get the job done might just be the best option

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