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How To Kill a Tree Stump (2022 Guide)

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From home remedies to professional solutions, here’s everything you need to know about getting rid of a tree stump in your yard.

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Cutting down trees in your yard is a great way to improve the natural lighting for other plants and make way for new trees to grow. If you’ve removed a tree in your yard, you know how pesky its leftover stump can be.

While you could leave it alone, it could start to grow, sprouting annoying shoots from its roots, or it may take years to naturally rot and decompose. Try the following techniques to kill the tree stump and remove it from your yard or find a tree removal expert to take care of it for you.

Home Remedies for Tree Stump Removal

Here are a few ways you can get rid of a tree stump before getting your hands dirty with physical removal.

Epsom Salt

This is a common DIY method for killing tree trunks, as it accelerates the decomposition process to 6–12 months, as opposed to three to seven years for natural rotting. Epsom salt contains magnesium and sulfur, which are beneficial to plants but deadly in large quantities. Overdosing the stump with Epsom salt pulls the moisture out of it, killing it and accelerating the decaying process.

Here’s how to use Epsom salt to kill a tree stump:

  1. Drill deep holes in the stump about an inch wide with a power drill and a wide drill bit.
  2. Sprinkle the stump with water after covering the top of the stump with Epsom salt.
  3. Cover the stump with a tarp to keep the rain from washing away the substance.
  4. Repeat this process every few weeks to ensure its success.

If this process is successful, the stump will die within two to three months and be close to full decay after a year. This is a great solution for homeowners who want a slower, natural approach to killing their tree stump.

Rock Salt

Similar to Epsom salt, rock salt can help kill and decay a stump with minimal effort. Here’s how to kill a tree stump with rock salt:

  1. Drill holes into the stump.
  2. Pack the holes with rock salt.
  3. After all of the holes are packed and the stump is covered in salt, pour soil and mulch over the stump.
  4. Then, pour water over the mulch—this will dissolve the salt, help the roots absorb the solution, and pack the soil.

Keep watering the stump every few days for one to two months to keep the stump moist with the saltwater solution, promoting absorption and the growth of fungi that can accelerate the stump’s decomposition. You can also add a potassium nitrate fertilizer to further support the growing fungi.

Plastic Bag or Tarp

Perhaps the easiest method to kill a tree stump is forcing darkness on it. Without sunlight, the tree stump will die, accelerating the decomposition process. Rotting should start to take place in two to three months.

Here’s how to kill a tree stump with a plastic bag or tarp:

  1. Similar to other methods, cut the stump as close to the roots as possible with a chainsaw, hatchet, or handsaw.
  2. Cover the stump with a black trash bag.
  3. Weigh the bag down with heavy rocks or bricks. For a smaller stump, use a dark-colored bucket or container to cover the stump.

This technique requires little to no effort, but it can be slower compared with the physical removal methods.

Boiling Water

You don’t need to purchase any substance or solution to try this remedy—all you need is hot water.

  1. Expose as much of the stump’s root structure as possible.
  2. Drill holes into the roots and on top of the stump—this will help the scalding water reach as much of the root system as possible and kill the roots with heat.
  3. Once all the roots are exposed, pour boiling water over them. The heat from the water will shock the root system, severely damaging it and killing it.

Once the stump and roots are dead, the natural decomposition process can begin.

Techniques To Physically Remove a Tree Stump

If you have the time and resources to use physical methods to kill and remove your tree stump, consider the following techniques. Compared to home remedies, they are much quicker but take a bit more effort, tools, and money to perform.

Use Fire To Kill a Tree Stump

Use some kindling or kerosene to burn the stump so that it doesn’t protrude from the ground. This method will kill the tree, but it won’t completely get rid of the tree roots and stump. Keep in mind that this may not be an option if you live in an area with a dry climate that’s prone to wildfires. Check with your local fire department to see if burning a tree stump falls in line with the local fire code.

Once you have approval to burn your tree stump, there are a few ways you can move forward. You can drill holes into the trunk, pour kerosene into each hole, light scrap wood on the surface of the stump, and carefully monitor the wood as it burns. This method is slower, but it burns the wood from deeper within the stump.

You can also cut criss-cross lines in the wood that are about five to six inches deep with a chainsaw, then simply light some kindling on top and monitor the stump until it’s burned down below ground level.

Dig the Tree Stump Out of the Ground

Digging out a tree stump is one way to remove it from your yard, but it can require time-consuming work that can be potentially destructive to your yard or garden. This method allows you to remove as many tree roots as possible and ensure that the stump doesn’t continue to grow. To save time and effort, consider hiring a professional with digging equipment to handle the job.

Here’s how to dig a tree stump out of the ground:

  1. Dig around the stump, exposing as many roots as possible.
  2. Use a chainsaw, hatchet, or handsaw to cut the larger roots. As you continue digging, you may find smaller roots that can be cut with clippers or loppers.
  3. Once you’ve cut all of the roots around the stump, lift and remove the stump from the ground.
  4. Fill the hole with dirt and cover it with topsoil or mulch.

Note: This process can take multiple hours of labor, depending on the size of the tree stump and the root structure.

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Grinding the Tree Stump

This is the quickest method for killing and removing tree stumps. It involves hiring a tree removal specialist or renting a stump grinder machine to break apart the wood in the trunk and tree roots. Typical prices for this job are around $100–$400. Stump grinder machine rental costs typically fall between $80 and $150 for a four-hour window.

To grind a tree stump, start by trimming the stump with a chainsaw, digging around it and removing any rocks. Then, use the machine’s cutter blade to chip away at the wood and cut any roots that are connected to the stump. This process can take anywhere from two to six hours depending on the size of the stump. Once you’re finished, spread dirt in and over the hole, adding topsoil or mulch if desired.

What To Avoid When Killing Tree Stumps

Here are a few factors to consider when removing or killing tree stumps to ensure safety and effectiveness:

  • Bleach—Bleach can be used to kill a stump when poured over it in high quantities, but we recommend avoiding this method since it can be detrimental to the surrounding plants. It would be much healthier for the environment of your yard to use a more natural method like Epsom salt, as this can be beneficial to plants and soil.
  • Diesel fuel—Avoid using diesel fuel or gasoline to burn tree trunks, since these solutions don’t offer a slow, effective burn needed to properly break down the wood. Diesel fuel and gasoline can also be toxic for the surrounding plants in your yard. Instead, we suggest using minimal amounts of kerosene and kindling wood for your stump fires.
  • Potential dangers—Even if your city allows for burning a stump, monitor and maintain the fire until it’s finished burning to keep it from spreading beyond the controlled area. You should also take safety precautions when using tree removal equipment, such as a chainsaw or stump grinder, and wear the proper protective gear.
  • Proximity to other plants—If your stump is located near plants that you wish to protect, be careful when adding chemicals to the stump and keep them off any surrounding plants. For example, even though the magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt can be good for plants, too much of it can dry them out.

The Bottom Line

If you’re trying to remove a tree stump from your yard, try one of the above methods. While we recommend the DIY techniques if you’re not in a hurry, renting a machine or hiring a professional to help grind the stump is the fastest solution.

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5 Ways to Remove a Tree Stump

You eliminated the tree that just didn’t work in your yard, but now you have the stump to contend with. Surprisingly, removing it is no easy task.  In fact, it’s left you, well — stumped. But never fear! Here are 5 ways to remove a tree stump.

  • No. 1: Use Chemicals
  • No. 2: Remove Stump Manually
  • No. 3: Burn the Stump
  • No. 4: Use a Stump Grinder
  • No. 5: Call in the Pros
  • Best Way to Remove a Tree Stump
  • FAQ About Tree Stump Removal

No. 1: Use Chemicals

Using chemicals to remove a tree stump is the least labor-intensive way to get rid of it. However, this process does take time, especially if the size of the stump is large.

In some cases, it could take up to a year for the stump removal process to be complete because you are literally rotting the pesky stump. But the good news is that this method is inexpensive if you already have a chainsaw and drill.

The materials you need to purchase will cost you less than $20. Here are our five picks for stump removal chemicals.

To get your tree stump out this way, you’ll need the following:

  • A chainsaw and a drill
  • Potassium nitrate
  • Plastic tarp
  • Garden mulch
  • An ax

How to Remove a Tree Stump Using Chemicals

Once you’ve got your materials, you can begin. But remember, when you use a chemical stump remover, be patient as it will take at least four weeks in most cases to see results. If you are looking for a way to rot a tree stump fast, this is it. Normally, it takes three to seven years for a stump to rot.

Step 1: Using your chainsaw, take off as much of the stump that’s above ground level as possible. Be sure to have protective safety gear on such as safety goggles and steel toe boots.

Step 2: Next, it’s time to drill holes through what is left of the tree stump. Space the holes closely together and use the largest drill bit that you can. Go as deep and wide as you can with these holes.

Step 3: Fill the holes using water first, then add the potassium nitrate. You could also use another type of fertilizer high in nitrogen, or even stump remover granules designed for this process.

Step 4: Soak the ground all around the tree stump with water to get it nice and saturated, then cover the area with a plastic tarp. The tarp will help to keep moisture in and accelerate the rotting process.

Step 5: Cover the tarp with mulch, preferably an organic variety, and water again to help retain moisture and soak the area.

Step 6: Check on the progress periodically and add more water and nitrogen to your tree stump, then recover with mulch and more water.

Step 7:  After four to six weeks have passed, your tree stump should become spongy. If so, you can use an ax to speed up the process and remove portions of the tree stump. If enough of it comes loose, you can cover what remains with dirt, and create a flower bed or even plant grass seed. If the stump is still firm, repeat the process.

If you discover that the old tree stump hasn’t progressed as far as you’d like, you can always move on to the burn method listed below.

Or, if you want to avoid harsh chemicals, fuel oil, or anything else that’s not natural, you could use the Epsom salt method. Follow the steps above but switch out Epsom salt for the potassium nitrate.

No. 2: Remove Stump Manually

If you don’t want to use chemical stump removal or wait too long to get rid of the tree stump, it may be possible to remove it manually. Again, it’s not expensive to do it this way if you already have the tools. It may take around three to 12 hours to finish the project, but once you are done, that stump will be history.

The tools that you need to gather or purchase include:

  • Digging bar ($30 to $50).
  • Bow saw ($10 to $30).
  • Ax ($30 to $40).
  • Mattock ($15 to $50).

Be sure to wear safety gear such as work gloves and steel toe boots for this project.

How to Manually Remove a Tree Stump

Manually removing a stump is definitely more labor-intensive, but it will get the job done fast. This method is best used on small to medium-sized tree trunks. If your stump is larger, then you’ll probably need a stump grinder, which we will talk about later.

Step 1: Use the broad end of the mattock to dig around the stump and loosen the dirt.

Step 2: Remove the loosened dirt with a shovel so that you see the tree roots.

Step 3: With your mattock (or a small bow) sever the tree roots from your tree trunk.

Step 4: Continue to dig and chop until you reach the taproot and clear an area around it.

Step 5: Using an ax or bow saw, cut through the taproot.

Once you’ve cut through the taproot, you can wiggle the tree stump around and pull it out of the topsoil. This process will take hours, but when it’s over, your tree stump will be gone.

Another strategy for removing a tree stump manually is to use a wedge, which this video illustrates.

No. 3: Burn the Stump

Another do-it-yourself option is the burn method. This may be used alone or in conjunction with one of the two stump removal methods listed above. The supplies you’ll need to burn your stump include:

  • A tree stump removal product such as Stump Out (which you can find on Amazon).
  • Kerosene or fuel oil.
  • Power drill.

How to Burn a Tree Stump

Burning the stump may seem daunting, but as long as safety measures are followed, this is an effective method to remove a tree stump. Carefully follow the instructions:

Step 1:  Drill holes in the stump and sprinkle your powdered tree stump removal product inside. This will help to make the wood porous.

Step 2:  Pour kerosene or fuel oil into the holes. Soak the tree stump completely, allowing the porous wood to absorb the fuel.

Step 3: Ignite the tree stump and let it burn. Watch it closely and make sure that the flame smolders. Once it is just about finished, you can cover it with topsoil to help put out any remnants of the fire.

This is a fast method for removal, but if you live in a neighborhood, you may want to check first that it’s acceptable to use kerosene on your tree stump.

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4: Use a Stump Grinder

If you are dealing with a larger stump, or have multiple old tree stumps to remove, renting a stump grinder may be your best DIY bet. Stump grinders that are available at your local home improvement store generally cost between $100 and $200 to rent. You’ll also need a few extra tools including:

  • Shovel.
  • Mattock.
  • Rake.
  • Chainsaw.

How to Remove a Tree Stump With a Stump Grinder

Stump grinders are large machines that can weigh around 1,000 pounds. So before you rent one, make sure you have a vehicle that can transport it to and from your home, or that the rental company can deliver it and take it away.

Step 1: Clear dirt, debris, and rocks away from the tree stump using your mattock or shovel.

Step 2: Using your chainsaw, cut as much of the stump as possible. Ground-level is ideal.

Step 3: Place the stump grinder wheel a few inches above the stump and turn it on.

Step 4: Lower it about 3 inches and move it from side to side using its lever.

Step 5: Grind it down about 4 inches using the grinder wheel and repeat until the entire perimeter of the stump is 4 inches below the ground.

Step 6: Fill the hole with the wood chips which are the remnants of your stump then cover with topsoil and/or grass.

While this is a home improvement project that you can do yourself, be sure to do your research before you begin. These machines can be a challenge to operate and you will need the proper safety gear and attire.

No. 5: Call in the Pros

If waiting weeks, working on it for hours, lighting fires, or operating heavy equipment don’t appeal to you, you can always hire a local tree care professional. If you’re already getting a tree cut down, ask that company to remove the trunk. They will charge you an additional fee, but you may be able to negotiate a favorable rate since you are already working with them.

It generally costs between $175 and $516 per stump for removal. To get a good estimate, measure the diameter of the stump and multiply this by $2 to $5. The average cost for professional removal is $326.

Stump grinding costs from $158 to $450 depending on the size of the stump. The average cost of stump grinding is $313.

Advice from a Pro

Since the cost to rent a stump grinder ranges from $200 to $400, you could actually come out ahead by hiring a service instead. Gerald Williams, owner of C-Trees & More in Houston, Texas said that in many cases the stump grinders available for rent at places like Home Depot are not big enough for most jobs.

“I’ve seen people rent these machines and try to do it themselves,” he said. “They get worked to death trying to remove the stump with one of these small grinders, and then they still end up calling a professional in to do the job.

He said that you can rent a stronger, professional-grade stump grinder, but warns that these can cost around $400 or more.  Additionally, he said that the commercial-grade grinders require skill to operate as well as the proper equipment to haul them.

The Bottom Line: By calling a professional, you’ll not only avoid hauling heavy equipment, but you’ll also avoid safety glasses, sawdust, and the local fire department.

How to Choose the Best Way to Remove a Tree Stump

There are several aspects to consider when choosing how to remove a tree stump. Does it have a deep root system? Is the stump small, medium, or large? Large tree stumps may not come out as easily as smaller stumps with some of these methods.

And why do you want to get rid of it? Is it an eyesore that you are ready to eliminate, or are you willing to wait? Once you have the details and reasoning behind the stump removal, you’re ready to choose your tree stump killer. 

  • Best ways to remove a small stump: Chemicals, remove manually, or burn
  • Best ways to remove a medium stump: You could use any of these five methods, depending on the size, age of the stump, and root system. Probably wouldn’t need to call in a pro, unless you prefer for someone else to do the work.
  • Best ways to remove a large stump: Call in the pros for the fastest results. Chemicals or burning may also work, depending on the size, age of the stump, and root system. 
  • Cheapest ways to remove a stump: Remove the stump manually, or burn the stump. Compared to renting heavy equipment or hiring a pro, using chemicals is also inexpensive.
  • Fastest ways to remove a stump: Remove the stump manually or call in the pros

FAQ About Tree Stump Removal

How Far Down Should a Stump be Ground?

Generally, tree stumps are ground from between 4 inches to 6 inches below the surface. This length is ideal because it’s deep enough for the lawn to regrow over the remaining stump and roots. Further grinding can be done, but it can be challenging for a DIYer and cost more if you hire a professional.

Can I Leave a Tree Stump in the Ground?

If you leave a tree stump and its roots in the ground, it’ll decay. Sometimes it can take up to a decade for the decay process to start, but it will eventually start. In the meantime, it’ll be vulnerable to organisms, fungi, diseases, and pests like termites and other wood-destroying insects.

Can you Remove a Tree Stump with Epsom Salt?

Yes. It is a long, drawn-out process, but you can use Epson salt to remove a tree stump. You can either drill a few holes on the top of the stump, dump in the salt, and then add enough water to moisten the salt. The other option is to make a 2:1 water: salt solution and dump it on the stump, then cover it with a tarp, and repeat the process a week later. Both methods will slowly draw the moisture out of the stump and kill it. Chip away at the dead pieces as they form until, eventually, the stump shrinks enough to pull out of the ground.

If I Grind the Stump, What will Happen to the Roots?

Eventually, they’ll decay and break down, returning to the environment. Because the roots are below ground, they don’t cause the same issues as leaving the tree stump. However, if you’re concerned, you can use most the same methods to remove the roots as you would the stump.

If I use a Herbicide, How Long will it Take to Work?

It depends on a few factors. How new is the stump? How big is the stump? What product did you use? On average, results should appear in 6 to 8 weeks. However, it may take several months for the stump to decompose.

No Longer Stumped

If you’ve got an annoying stump in your yard that you are ready to remove, you have options. This final stage of tree care really depends on how quickly you want the stump removed, how much work you are willing to put into it, and of course, how much you want to spend to remove it.

If you’re ready to take action, contact a local tree care professional to remove the stump and take this chore off your lawn care to-do list.

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How to get rid of stumps and tree roots on the site: 4 ways

Sooner or later, every owner of the site is faced with the problem of removing stumps. Even if they didn’t exist initially, they will definitely appear over time. Aging and diseases of fruit trees, the need for redevelopment of the territory - there can be a lot of reasons. We will analyze several working methods on how to remove a stump from the site quickly and easily.

All about uprooting stumps yourself

Is it always necessary
4 working methods
— Manual uprooting
— Burnout
— Chemical destruction
— Mulching

The easiest way to solve the problem of removing large and small stumps is during the development of the site. If the territory has not yet been ennobled, special equipment is ordered. With its help, in just a few hours, they clean the site. The disadvantage of this method is obvious: heavy machinery and destructive mechanical uprooting will leave numerous marks on the site. But if the territory is still going to be ennobled, it's not scary.

It is much more difficult to choose the right solution, how to get rid of a stump in an already developed area. There can be a lot of options, but each of them has certain disadvantages. First of all, you need to understand whether it is really necessary to get rid of a piece of wood. After all, you can benefit from them. For example, an interesting landscape decor is obtained from the rest of the trunk. In order to make it, the core is hollowed out and a fertile substrate is poured into the cavity. The resulting "bed" is used to grow flowers, vegetables or berries. Such a flower bed or garden bed can become the center of an interesting multi-tiered composition. A good option is growing mushrooms. Their spores are inhabited by the remains of wood, where mushroom families germinate very quickly.

It turns out an unusual and useful “decoration”. Honey mushrooms or oyster mushrooms will give several harvests over the summer. At the same time, the mycelium actively destroys wood, because it needs food for growth. In five to six years, mushrooms will completely destroy the remains of the tree. Flowers or vegetables "work" in a similar way, however, they need much more time to destroy.

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If the stump stands where it is planned to set up a flower garden or beds, or somehow interferes with the improvement, you have to think about how to uproot the stump on the site. You can invite specialists with a cutter. A powerful technique will crush the wood, deepening 20-30 cm. This is enough to get rid of the roots. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to use the services of specialists. Then use the methods available for independent use.

1. Manual uprooting

In order not to mess with the remains of the tree, when sawing, you can cut the trunk at ground level. This is done if they do not interfere and it is possible to leave them to rot in the soil. To speed up the process, the cut is chopped with an ax. Sooner or later, the rhizomes will rot, but this will not happen very soon. All the time, while the processes of overheating are going on, it will not be possible to break a garden bed, put up any building, etc. at this place.

When there is no time to wait, choose manual uprooting. This is a very labor intensive method. To begin with, they dig a hole around the hemp, exposing the rhizome. It is important to expose all root processes in the trunk area. You can not remove the soil with a shovel, but wash it off. To do this, put a drain chute in the pit and “wash” the rhizome with a stream of water under strong pressure. The bare root shoots are cut. This must be done very carefully so as not to get hurt. It is extremely inconvenient to work in the pit, the roots are most often mixed up and very hard. But it is imperative to cut them, otherwise, when the hemp is pulled out, the long rhizome will easily destroy the adjacent path, fence or building foundation. A snag with chopped roots is fixed to a winch or any other lifting mechanism and pulled out of the ground. If it is not possible to use mechanical devices, the stump is split, loosened and untwisted fragments, removed from the ground.

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2. Use of fire

A very simple but rather dangerous method. It can be used with certain restrictions. First of all, the remains of the tree must be removed from buildings, fences, underground and air communications, power lines. It is impossible to carry out the procedure on peat soils (peat bogs ignite quickly and can smolder for a long time). Putting out an underground fire is very difficult, almost impossible.

Burning is carried out in calm, dry weather. All flammable items are removed to a safe distance and be sure to prepare a supply of water in case the situation gets out of control. Start by drilling two channels inside the hemp. Drill to the maximum possible depth. One is lowered strictly vertically, and the second is placed at an angle to it. In the first there will be a fire, through the second it will receive the air necessary for combustion. In large snags, it is advisable to drill several holes for air. This will speed up the burning.

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A flammable liquid is poured into the central cavity. It is best to take lighter fluid or diesel fuel. Gasoline will burn very quickly, which will not give the desired effect. A cotton wick is lowered inside the hole and lit. The only thing left to do is keep the fire going. Depending on the condition of the wood, it will last from 13 to 16 hours.

You can speed up the process if you remove the stump using the Tsiolkovsky method. In this case, "caramel fuel" is used as fuel. This is a mixture of ammonium nitrate and sugar in a ratio of 7:3. The ingredients are mixed and carefully poured into the drilled hole. You need to know that the mixture gives a very strong flame. In a matter of minutes, the entire snag, including the roots, burns out. Therefore, it is imperative to observe precautionary measures: it is necessary to ignite the fuel from a certain distance; for this, a gasoline “path” is laid to it.

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3.

Chemical destruction

The essence of the method is the decomposition of root residues with the help of chemicals. This is an effective, but slow way to get rid of tree roots. Different preparations are used for destruction, but the method of their application is approximately the same. To begin with, as many deep holes as possible are drilled in the saw cut. This is best done in the fall, two to four weeks before the first frost. The chemical substance will have time to penetrate into the most remote root shoots before the cold weather and will destroy them all winter.

Chemical reagent is poured into the holes. Most often it is carbamide, aka urea. This is a well-known fertilizer that decomposes wood in large quantities. The granules are tightly packed in the cavity, spilled with water, covered with plastic cut and the film is securely fixed. You can plug filled holes with corks or cover with clay. After a few months, the snag will soften, it will be easier to remove it from the ground. Urea, even in large quantities, is relatively safe for the site.

The same cannot be said about potassium or sodium nitrate. They are also used to destroy wood residues. Nitrogen salts are toxic in high doses, so the technique is not suitable for areas where there are new plantings near tree residues. Saltpeters act differently than urea. They dry up the root, which is then easily taken out of the ground. If the soil is not peaty, you can simply burn it, because it is saturated with a substance that stimulates combustion. To destroy a hemp with a diameter of 15-16 cm, it is necessary to lay 2,000 g of any reagent.

Salt will help solve the problem of how to remove stumps from freshly cut trees. Tree juices will quickly spread it throughout the rhizome, which the salt will “dry out” in a year and a half. The removal procedure is the same as described above. You need to know that a high concentration of salt will not allow plants to develop in this place for several years.

Copper or iron sulphate can also be used as a chemical reagent. Each of these preparations is a highly effective insecticide and fungicide, toxic in large doses. Vitriol is used for chemical uprooting of diseased stumps. No other way can prevent the infection of nearby plantings.

Herbicides work quickly and effectively. They process only a fresh cut, pour the roots with a solution. Autumn processing allows you to remove the rhizomes from the ground in the spring without any problems. But the soil turns out to be contaminated with herbicides, nothing will grow here for several years.

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4. Mulching

The essence of the technique is that the mulch layer blocks the access of air to the saw cut. Without oxygen, the roots slowly die. True, it takes a lot of time. Mulching is more suitable for destroying small stumps. For example, it will be a good solution for getting rid of cherry or plum roots.

The trunk is cut at ground level or slightly above. The saw cut is covered with a dense layer of mulch 20-25 cm high. It is desirable to cover the entire near-trunk circle. Any organic matter is suitable as mulch: chopped grass, leaves, plant debris. The rhizomes will rot for a long time, for several years. All this time, organic matter will have to be added, as its layer is thinning.

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There are many ways to uproot trees. The optimal one is chosen taking into account the prevailing conditions. So, effective mechanical uprooting is not suitable for an already ennobled area, but on a newly developed area it will help to get rid of rhizomes quickly and easily. In order not to spoil the landscape design, they invite specialists with a cutter, they can remove any stumps in a short time. Or use the safest chemical uprooting. Burning is effective, but it must be done very carefully. The risk of fire and fire is too great.

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Technology for removing stumps with nitrate. How to get rid of a stump video

Sometimes it is necessary to get rid of a tree on the site. And most often the tree is simply cut down. After cutting, a stump remains, which can spoil the appearance of the site and interfere. Therefore, there is a need to get rid of it.

The first thing that comes to mind is to dig out the stump. This method is suitable for small trees that do not have a powerful root system. To remove a stump by digging, you will need a shovel, crowbar, hacksaw and a hose with water.

Remove the soil around the stump with a shovel and wash away excess soil with water and a hose. Then you need to saw with a hacksaw the most powerful sections of the roots of the stump. Try prying the stump out with a crowbar.

Chemical method

You can also get rid of the stump by the chemical method. To do this, you need to make a hole in the center of the stump and pour sodium nitrate there. Then cover the stump with plastic wrap to prevent rain from washing away the stump's chemical filling. To speed up the process, you can pour saltpeter concentrate into the hole every day. When the stump is completely saturated with saltpeter, it must be set on fire.

Thanks to saltpeter impregnation, the stump will burn out completely, even those areas that are underground. It is forbidden to use this method if the site is on peat soil.

Salt removal

If the area where the stump is located is not used for growing plants, salt can be used. Pour coarse salt into the hole and pour salt solution periodically inside. After six months or a year, dust will remain from the stump, which will need to be removed from the site.

The simplest, but costly, is the hiring of specialists. With the help of a special machine, the stump will be removed from your site in a matter of minutes. Very often such a machine can be ordered from garden societies. True, such a service will require certain costs.

As a result of the drying of a tree, as a rule, the trunk is sawn down at the root, after which an obstructing stump remains, which everyone wants to quickly remove.

Today, there are many options for how to remove the stump yourself.

The following methods of stump uprooting are considered the most effective:

  • Manual
  • Chemical agents
  • With mushrooms
  • Mechanical removal
  • With Pneumatic Crusher
  • Uprooting with a winch
  • Water or crowbar

Now let's take a closer look at each of the methods.

Manual stump removal

The manual method of removing stumps is the longest and most laborious, but at the same time does not require any cash costs. All you need is a bayonet shovel and an ax (or a hacksaw). First, you need to dig the stump from all sides (about half a meter), after which the freed roots are cut, and the stump itself is pulled out of the ground. This method will allow you to extract the root in a short period of time (several hours), while not spoiling the decorative objects of the garden and not harming the environment.

Chemical stump removal

This method is one of the simplest, because does not require physical effort. The essence of the chemical removal of stumps is that the stump is treated with a special tool that completely destroys it with an underground root system within 1-2 years.

Today, the following agents are used for chemical stump removal:

  • Saltpeter (sodium, potassium, ammonium)
  • Urea
  • Table salt

Briefly consider the essence of each method.

When using potassium and sodium nitrate, it is necessary to drill a hole in the stump (over 30 mm in diameter) and clog it tightly with nitrate, then carefully wrap the stump with plastic food wrap and leave for about a year. As soon as a year has passed, you need to remove the film and set fire to the remains of the stump.


Please note that this method is not suitable for peat soils, as they are very flammable.

Removing the stump with ammonium nitrate (actually, like urea) is a similar process. The only difference is that there is no need to set fire to the stump, because. after a year or two, the root system will disappear on its own.

When removing a stump with table salt, it is only necessary to cover the object with a large amount of coarse salt and in a year there will be no traces left of the stump (only dust).

For lovers of mushrooms, this method will allow you to combine business with pleasure. All you need is to place the mycelium of your favorite mushrooms on the surface of the stump. As a result of their vital activity, mushrooms will destroy the structure of the stump, after which you can cook your favorite mushroom dish.

It should be noted that mushrooms negatively affect the vital activity of surrounding plants, so if a beautiful flower bed grows nearby, think about another way.

If you are faced not with a single stump, but with a whole garden, then you may have to use special mechanized equipment - tractors, which quickly remove all stumps. The disadvantage of this method is the high material costs for hiring specialists, as well as the fact that heavy equipment will damage the landscape design of the entire site, after which it will take more than one week to restore beauty.

It should also be noted that instead of tractors, you can simply hire tree trimmers. With the help of chainsaws and other tools, they will quickly and accurately remove interfering objects.

The stump grinder is a gardening tool that effectively removes old stumps by crushing them with an executive body. The cost of the crusher is high, but there is a service "rent of the crusher", which will allow you to inexpensively extract the stump in a short period of time.

The disadvantage of the pnedrobilka is that it can only remove a small stump (up to 30 cm deep), and for this it will be necessary to clear the area near the garden debris.

Uprooting with a winch

Rooting a stump with a winch is quite effective and will allow you to quickly remove the stump from the ground.

You will need the following tools for work:

  • Winch
  • Ax
  • Spade
  • Lever
  • Rope

Immediately it should be noted that this method is only suitable if there is a stump with a trunk about 1 meter high.


First you need to dig around the stump at a distance of half a meter, then chop off the visible roots and fix the winch on a nearby support (at its base). After that, you need to fix the rope on the stump (preferably higher), and under the stump itself, as far as possible, put a lever. As a result of the work of the winch, the extracted stump should come off the ground.

Stump removal with water and crowbar

These two methods refer to the manual removal of stumps, but will only facilitate this laborious process.

Removing the stump with a crowbar is suitable if the tree was young. In this case, it is necessary to release all the roots with a shovel, cut them, after which place the crowbar right under the stump and with effort alternately tilt the stump in different directions until the object to be removed is completely free.

Manual removal of the root with water will quickly and efficiently free the roots from the ground. All that is needed is to dig a hole near the stump (at a distance of half a meter) and wash the roots from the ground with a hose. Water under pressure will completely free the root system, and the dirt will drain into the dug hole. As a result, clean roots will only need to be chopped and the stump pulled to the surface.

Rutarium as a way to use stumps in the country

If you don't want to mess around with root extraction, why not make it a landscaping highlight?

Today, very often a rutarium (root garden) is created in summer cottages. Its essence lies in the fact that instead of extracting stumps, they are painted, made into flower pots, etc. In order for you to clearly see the beauty of this design idea, we recommend that you view the photo at the summer cottage!

After felling trees, stumps remain, and if they are not removed in time, the site may look somewhat untidy. It's like a mote in the eye: it seems to be small, but something constantly interferes with the review. Therefore, how to remove the stump from the site must be decided immediately after removing the tree, otherwise you can get shoots constantly appearing from the ground. The rhizome of an unremoved stump can cause other plants in your area to grow poorly due to lack of free space. And who will like it when something incomprehensible sticks out of the ground among the green lawn, and besides, it interferes with the beveling of grass and other work.

How to remove tree stumps left after removal a lot has been said and it is almost impossible to find anything new, unless they soon invent a machine that will dissolve the stump before your eyes, without the use of chemistry or anything like that, and the unit itself will weigh several kilograms. Although everything is possible, because no one expected the appearance of a chainsaw before. Let's wait and see, but for now there are only the most well-known methods of struggle, tested by time and more than one generation of summer gardeners.

  1. How to remove a stump in a garden with many trees, bushes and beds? Extract manually, of course. It is necessary to dig around the trunk and gradually cut the roots that come out. The remaining piece of the trunk is loosened so that the most important tap (in most plants) root appears. Chop it - and consider the job done. Then it remains only to pull out the largest roots and dispose of the wood with the remnants. From the inventory, a shovel, a rope, a saw, an ax are useful, from overalls - garden gloves, glasses, shoes with durable soles and overalls. If the trunk is large, you will need an assistant, and preferably two.
  2. How to remove the stump in the country in an easier way? If you do not have assistants and are not supposed to, you can apply one trick. Namely, wash the roots with plain water. For this, another hole is dug, larger than the one around the stump. It is made in half a cube in dimensions and digs at a distance of about a meter from the trunk. When the preparatory work is completed, turn on the hose. A jet under high pressure washes out the soil, moistens it and the rhizome is better amenable to removal. True, there will be a lot of dirt during such an event, but less physical effort is applied and the process is much faster than with conventional manual uprooting.
  3. How to remove stumps in the garden with a chainsaw? The chainsaw is the first assistant to the gardener and summer resident. With its help, you can remove dry branches, the tree itself, cut shrubs, small shoots, or saw the trunk for firewood. Therefore, if you consider yourself an experienced worker in the field of growing green spaces, then she should certainly be in your arsenal of housekeepers. With its help, the remains of the trunk are cut as close to the surface as possible and the area is covered with earth. The stump removed in this way decomposes in the ground, although the process takes a long time and, as a rule, summer residents try to speed it up as much as possible. This can be done in different ways, but everything is in order.
  • How to remove stump with saltpeter (potassium or sodium) - this method can already be attributed to the chemical methods of removing green spaces, which allows you to remove the rest of the tree somewhat faster than described above. The fact is that saltpeter not only helps the wood decompose faster, but also allows you to remove the entire root system, which can be located very deep in the ground. To do this, many holes are made on the cut surface, where saltpeter powder is poured in large quantities. Then all the recesses are poured with water so that the substance dissolves and after that the surface is carefully clogged to prevent it from being washed away by precipitation. (If you do not know how to remove a large stump without uprooting, then this method will work just fine). Once the wood has chipped, it will be much easier to remove the stump. It is poured with a combustible substance or a fire is kindled from above and the wood burns, including the roots, which are located deep in the ground. Saltpeter, when burned, releases a large amount of oxygen, which is what helps to completely burn out the rhizome. This method is widely used not only by our summer residents, but also by foreign farmers. Of course, it will be necessary to wait a little (1 - 2 years), but the site will be completely cleared, besides, the young growth will not bother all this time.
  • How to remove the stump on the site with a chemical method? An ammonia fertilizer called "urea" can be used. The principle of laying the substance is the same as when removing it with ordinary saltpeter, but the process takes a little longer and without ignition. But at the place of decomposition of wood, you can almost immediately plant another plant. Ammonium nitrate is used for soil fertilization. And in our case, it turns out two in one. It will also take several years to wait for the result, but the use of any physical effort is absolutely not necessary. This is the way of patient gardeners.
  • How to remove walnut stump with salt? In fact, in this way you can remove the rhizome of any tree, regardless of the species. This method will be affordable for any budget, since the price of a pack of ordinary kitchen salt is quite low. Even if it takes two packs to remove your stump. Salt is poured into prepared drilled holes, filled with water and wrapped. After a year or two, the stump will almost completely dry out, if the object is large - digging may be necessary, but this process will be so easy that you do not even need to involve an assistant. The only caveat is the excessive "salinity" of this method. The soil after it will be unsuitable for planting plants for some time.
  • How to remove a stump with chemicals using a herbicide? There are quite a few chemicals that are used for both weeding and stump removal, but Roundup is the most popular. This herbicide of general action is universal for both annual and perennial plants, completely destroying not only the ground but also the underground part of green spaces. It is practically harmless, because when it enters the soil, it quickly decomposes into phosphates, water and carbon dioxide. To remove the stump with this substance, you need to carefully read the instructions and only then begin processing the cut surface. It is desirable that the object be freshly cut, then the drying process will be much faster. After the root system dies, removing the stump will not be difficult. Such processing and removal on the site does not require additional top dressing of the soil, you can immediately plant a new plant or design a lawn.
  • How to remove a stump from a garden or other open area? So we came close to the use of special equipment. A conventional tractor is suitable for gardening. With it, you can not only level the ground or plow the site, but also remove a few stumps in a matter of minutes. A tractor is an excellent traction force that will help to pull an object out of the ground, as long as there is free territory for approaching the site for removal and there is an opportunity to turn around. It is necessary to observe safety precautions, not allowing the presence of strangers at this event.
  • How to remove an old stump with an excavator? Suitable for both large and small excavators. Old stumps are usually large-sized, therefore, large machines are also used to uproot them, i. e. the performance of the excavator must necessarily correspond to the size of the object. Also, you must remember that the larger the equipment, the more it will harm the topsoil. Basically, this method is used when developing a new territory, when reorganizing garden areas, or before starting site development. This method is extremely costly and calling a machine to uproot one stump will not look entirely appropriate and economical.
  • How to quickly remove a stump or how to remove a stump without uprooting and without the use of chemicals? A machine has recently been invented that turns wood into dust. Yes, that's right, it's a reality, it's called Pneumatic Crusher. When using a cutter, the chipper cuts not only the outer wood, but also the inner roots, deepening into the ground by 20 - 30 cm. This technique shaves the object, turning it into ordinary sawdust, small chips and dust. In this case, it is impossible to damage anything: nearby trees, bushes, a lawn and even a flower bed will remain untouched. This is the most practical method, although somewhat expensive. How much it costs to remove a stump in this way will tell you the consultants of the organization for the removal of unwanted green spaces. If you are not going to open a business, then there is no point in buying such a machine for personal use.

How to properly remove the stump (the price depends on the removal method you choose). There are several general rules when carrying out this process, but you need to start with the selection of tools and protective equipment:

  1. strong gardening gloves;
  2. ear protectors for chainsaw operation;
  3. eye protection goggles;
  4. overalls and footwear;
  5. rake, broom, dustpan for cleaning the territory;
  6. saw or hacksaw for cutting roots;
  7. shovel, axe, secateurs, pickaxe;
  8. rope, cable, rope or chain;
  9. water hose;
  10. chainsaw.

How to remove a tree stump without harming yourself and others:

  • when a helper is involved, provide him with the necessary protective equipment;
  • accuracy above all, especially when using piercing-cutting-sawing objects;
  • read instructions for use of power or gas powered tools;
  • when using chemicals, read the dosing and bladeless application leaflet carefully;
  • should not be operated in very hot weather;
  • if you feel unwell or sleepy, you should stop the process;
  • when attracting special equipment to your site, take care of warning signs and barrier tapes.

Before you make a decision, remember that the method for removing an oak tree stump can be very different from the method for removing an apple tree stump in the garden. If you are not sure about the right choice - contact experienced people, you can save much more time and effort than you think.

Woodman - a company with experience in removing stumps and trees, is ready to offer you different methods and ways to solve your problems. Our consultants will provide you with all the necessary information in a short time and will be happy to answer your questions not only about uprooting, but also about pruning, treatment, crowning, replanting trees.

Employees "Treekeeper" dispose of all garbage and logging waste after any process. We are also ready to provide this type of work separately. If you have stored firewood of fruit and ordinary trees on your plot, which are of no value to you, but only take up space - sell them to us!

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We do not encounter such a problem every day, and therefore even for experienced gardeners, the question of how to remove a stump from a tree often becomes a difficult task. Without certain knowledge and skills, it is impossible to solve it qualitatively and quickly. But it is also impossible to leave wood "garbage" on the site.

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Stump from cut wood can be a nuisance, produce fresh shoots, occupy a usable space that is better used for planting other crops. But this is not the main problem. If thin roots are able to naturally compost over time and become a full-fledged fertilizer, then this will not happen with massive roots and the rest of the trunk. Very soon, a stump that has not been uprooted in time will become a source of soil infections, fungus, and a cozy refuge for pests.

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Therefore, the removal of a stump is not so much a matter of aesthetics and comfort as the need to comply with sanitary standards. It should be remembered that maintaining “hygiene” in a personal or garden plot is a guarantee of longevity and high productivity of the “green friends” you cherish.

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So how do you remove a stump from a tree? Consider the options.

This is the traditional way to remove the stump and part of the root system of a felled or dead tree. The method is simple when it comes to a small stump, and incredibly laborious in the case of old trees, whose age is many decades.

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Although if we consider this process as an inevitability and tune in to work, then everyone can cope with such a task. Of course, you should not refuse the help of friends and neighbors, but if such proposals have not been received, then you will have to pick up a shovel, not forgetting about gloves, and act independently.

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First you need to dig around the stump well, exposing the lateral roots as much as possible. As soon as they are available, they need to be cut or trimmed. When the lateral roots are separated from the stem part, the stump should be loosened well so that access to the most important thing is opened - the tap root, which goes vertically down. It will also need to be separated from the stump. It is desirable that the part remaining in the ground is below the fertile layer.

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But that's not all. It is also necessary to remove all large roots from the ground so that they do not interfere with the subsequent cultivation of the vacated area.

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Only in fairy tales do stumps jump out of the ground by themselves. Therefore, you should not relax, you will have to work hard here. But there is a way to optimize this process. The idea is that the roots extending from the stump can be washed away with water, thereby facilitating access and removal.

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To do this, you need to dig another hole, comparable in size to the one that will be dug around the stump during digging. The soil around the stump is eroded under pressure by a jet from a hose, and excess water goes into a hole prepared for this purpose. When the roots are well washed out, they will become as accessible as possible for pruning and uprooting.

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Probably, few have heard that there is a special unit for removing stumps - a stump crusher. True, this superweapon is worth it as the latest development of NASA, but for the sake of completeness, it will not be superfluous to mention it. Maybe someone wants to do stump fighting professionally and open their own business. Fortunately, there is a request for such a service, and things will go well.

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But back to the stump grinder. Outwardly, it is very similar to a professional gasoline-powered wheeled cutter, which is used to cut asphalt and other hard surfaces. In fact, it is what it is, it is only used to turn stumps into sawdust. She cuts stumps thoroughly and, most importantly, very quickly.

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This is one of the most budget options, but you still have to fork out for a pack of salt. Sodium chloride, although it is a food additive, has pronounced aggressive properties. Table salt destroys wood and this is a fact. You can test this property of salt with benefit by destroying a stump with it.

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To do this, it is necessary to pre-drill several holes in it with a large drill, fill them with salt, fill them with water, cover the entire “construction” with cellophane and forget about its existence for a year and a half. During this time, the salt will destroy the structure of the wood, and the stump can be simply and easily uprooted on their own without anyone's help.

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You need to make a reservation right away, this method does not belong to the category of express methods. You have to wait at least two years. But why rush when an amazing prospect opens up to combine pleasant and tasty with useful, and even enjoy these benefits for several years. The idea is simple - infect the stump with fungal spores. There are two worthy candidates for this role - oyster mushroom and winter honey agaric. Both of these species are almost omnivorous and feel great on any stumps, except for those left from coniferous trees.

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The technology of "infection" is extremely simple. Mushroom mycelium, preferably grain - already germinated on the substrate, is introduced into drilled holes or notches on the stump. And that's it. It is desirable, however, to moisten the stump occasionally, especially in hot weather. If this is done in the spring, then in October you can already expect a harvest of oyster mushrooms, and from December to March, collect winter mushrooms. In three years, the stump will generally turn into dust, and the experience gained may be the impetus to start growing mushrooms seriously.

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According to the implementation technology, it is close to the variant with table salt. Only saltpeter is used in this case - sodium or potassium. The advantage of the method is that the base impregnated with saltpeter, in our case, wood, burns very well. After all, it is not for nothing that saltpeter is the most important component of many types of gunpowder.

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To implement the method, you need to drill a lot of holes in a stump, fill them with saltpeter, fill them with water, cover them with a plastic bag or film from precipitation, and be patient for a year and a half.

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When the saltpeter does its job, and the wood of the stump softens, there is no need to rush to uproot it mechanically. It is enough to pour some combustible liquid on the stump and set it on fire, or build a fire around it. Saltpeter in the process of burning abundantly releases oxygen, due to which in this way it will be possible to burn out even deeply rooted roots. This method is popular not only among domestic gardeners, but is also widely practiced in foreign farms.

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This method is for people with increased patience. Here we will talk about urea, and scientifically - ammonium nitrate. The bookmarking method is no different from the method with potassium and sodium nitrate. Only the option of arson will not work here, and it will take a little longer to wait for the destruction of the stump.

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But when the stump turns into dust, its remains can be easily dug up with the ground and new plants can be boldly planted in this place. Ammonium nitrate is a first-class fertilizer, so this method of removing stumps gives a double effect.

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Let's talk about herbicides. Despite the widespread opinion about the absolute harm of herbicides, it can be said that "the devil is not as terrible as he is painted." In any case, modern preparations Glisol, Alaz, Tornado, Roundup, Zero and others, designed specifically for the destruction of weeds, are practically harmless, they quickly decompose into phosphates, carbon dioxide and water.

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There are two ways to introduce chemicals - either treat a fresh cut with them, or evenly distribute them around the stump on the soil surface. Abundant watering or rainfall will do their job, and the preparations will penetrate deep into the root system.

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These chemicals are effective only on freshly cut wood, as they are designed to kill only living vegetation.

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Another important property of them is the so-called systemicity, which allows substances to quickly spread through the capillary system of the plant. Introduced into the structure of a tree, in particular a fresh stump, they quickly kill it, after which the latter collapses and becomes pliable for uprooting.

We do not encounter such a problem every day, and therefore even for experienced gardeners, the question of how to remove a stump from a tree often becomes a difficult task. Without certain knowledge and skills, it is impossible to solve it qualitatively and quickly. But it is also impossible to leave wood "garbage" on the site.

Stump from cut wood can be a nuisance, produce fresh shoots, occupy a usable space that is better used for planting other crops. But this is not the main problem. If thin roots are able to naturally compost over time and become a full-fledged fertilizer, then this will not happen with massive roots and the rest of the trunk. Very soon, a stump that has not been uprooted in time will become a source of soil infections, fungus, and a cozy refuge for pests.

Therefore, the removal of a stump is not so much a matter of aesthetics and comfort as the need to comply with sanitary standards. It should be remembered that maintaining “hygiene” in a personal or garden plot is a guarantee of longevity and high productivity of the “green friends” you cherish.

So how do you remove a stump from a tree? Consider the options.

Classical method - manual uprooting of the stump

This is the traditional way to remove the stump and part of the root system of a felled or dead tree. The method is simple when it comes to a small stump, and incredibly laborious in the case of old trees, whose age is many decades.

Although if we consider this process as an inevitability and tune in to work, then everyone can cope with such a task. Of course, you should not refuse the help of friends and neighbors, but if such proposals have not been received, then you will have to pick up a shovel, not forgetting about gloves, and act independently.

First you need to dig around the stump well, exposing the lateral roots as much as possible. As soon as they are available, they need to be cut or trimmed. When the lateral roots are separated from the stem part, the stump should be loosened well so that access to the most important thing is opened - the tap root, which goes vertically down. It will also need to be separated from the stump. It is desirable that the part remaining in the ground is below the fertile layer.

But that's not all. It is also necessary to remove all large roots from the ground so that they do not interfere with the subsequent cultivation of the vacated area.

The easiest way to remove the stump

Only in fairy tales do stumps jump out of the ground by themselves. Therefore, you should not relax, you will have to work hard here. But there is a way to optimize this process. The idea is that the roots extending from the stump can be washed away with water, thereby facilitating access and removal.

To do this, you need to dig another hole, comparable in size to the one that will be dug around the stump when digging. The soil around the stump is eroded under pressure by a jet from a hose, and excess water goes into a hole prepared for this purpose. When the roots are well washed out, they will become as accessible as possible for pruning and uprooting.

Technological method, mechanized method of stump removal

Probably, few have heard that there is a special unit for removing stumps - a stump crusher. True, this superweapon is worth it as the latest development of NASA, but for the sake of completeness, it will not be superfluous to mention it. Maybe someone wants to do stump fighting professionally and open their own business. Fortunately, there is a request for such a service, and things will go well.

But back to the stump grinder. Outwardly, it is very similar to a professional gasoline-powered wheeled cutter, which is used to cut asphalt and other hard surfaces. In fact, it is what it is, it is only used to turn stumps into sawdust. She cuts stumps thoroughly and, most importantly, very quickly.

Stump removal with salt

This is one of the most budget options, but you still have to fork out for a pack of salt. Sodium chloride, although it is a food additive, has pronounced aggressive properties. Table salt destroys wood and this is a fact. You can test this property of salt with benefit by destroying a stump with it.

To do this, it is necessary to pre-drill several holes in it with a large drill, fill them with salt, fill them with water, cover the entire “construction” with cellophane and forget about its existence for a year and a half. During this time, the salt will destroy the structure of the wood, and the stump can be simply and easily uprooted on their own without anyone's help.

Biological method - destruction of stumps with fungi

You need to make a reservation right away, this method does not belong to the category of express methods. You have to wait at least two years. But why rush when an amazing prospect opens up to combine pleasant and tasty with useful, and even enjoy these benefits for several years. The idea is simple - infect the stump with fungal spores. There are two worthy candidates for this role - oyster mushroom and winter honey agaric. Both of these species are almost omnivorous and feel great on any stumps, except for those left from coniferous trees.

The technology of "infection" is extremely simple. Mushroom mycelium, preferably grain - already germinated on the substrate, is introduced into drilled holes or notches on the stump. And that's it. It is desirable, however, to moisten the stump occasionally, especially in hot weather. If this is done in the spring, then in October you can already expect a harvest of oyster mushrooms, and from December to March, collect winter mushrooms. In three years, the stump will generally turn into dust, and the experience gained may be the impetus to start growing mushrooms seriously.

Stump removal by chemical-pyrotechnical method

According to the implementation technology, it is close to the variant with table salt. Only saltpeter is used in this case - sodium or potassium. The advantage of the method is that the base impregnated with saltpeter, in our case, wood, burns very well. After all, it is not for nothing that saltpeter is the most important component of many types of gunpowder.

To implement the method, you need to drill a lot of holes in a stump, fill them with saltpeter, fill them with water, cover them with a plastic bag or film from precipitation, and be patient for a year and a half.

When the saltpeter does its job, and the wood of the stump softens, there is no need to rush to uproot it mechanically. It is enough to pour some combustible liquid on the stump and set it on fire, or build a fire around it. Saltpeter in the process of burning abundantly releases oxygen, due to which in this way it will be possible to burn out even deeply rooted roots. This method is popular not only among domestic gardeners, but is also widely practiced in foreign farms.

Chemical stump removal

This method is for people with increased patience. Here we will talk about urea, and scientifically - ammonium nitrate. The bookmarking method is no different from the method with potassium and sodium nitrate. Only the option of arson will not work here, and it will take a little longer to wait for the destruction of the stump.

But when the stump turns into dust, its remains can be easily dug up with the ground and new plants can be boldly planted in this place. Ammonium nitrate is a first-class fertilizer, so this method of removing stumps gives a double effect.

The method is a bit "poisonous"

Let's talk about herbicides. Despite the widespread opinion about the absolute harm of herbicides, it can be said that "the devil is not as terrible as he is painted." In any case, modern preparations Glisol, Alaz, Tornado, Roundup, Zero and others, designed specifically for the destruction of weeds, are practically harmless, they quickly decompose into phosphates, carbon dioxide and water.

There are two ways to introduce chemicals - either treat a fresh cut with them, or evenly distribute them around the stump on the soil surface.


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