How to remove palm tree stumps


How to Remove a Palm Tree Stump and More

Tree stump removal can be back-breaking work, but leaving a stump in place after tree removal can leave a tripping hazard, and it can also be unsightly. Depending on the type of tree, the tree size, and how deep the root system goes, the process of removing a tree stump can vary. How to remove a palm tree stump specifically can also vary, based on how large the palm tree is. Palm trees all have extensive, deep root systems hidden below the soil that also require removal with the stump. Removing palm tree stumps can be particularly difficult due to their root structures containing long, stringy, intertwining roots that travel into the soil.

Removing the stump and attached roots allows for better soil structure for future planting in that area.

There are several options when looking into how to remove a palm tree stump. Some more natural ways also require a long waiting period, while other methods require a lot of physical strength and may require training on heavy machinery usage.

Chemical Tree Stump Removers

If you’re not in a hurry to remove your palm tree stump, you may find using chemicals to rot the tree stump is the best option. This isn’t an eco-friendly option, and there are other more natural methods, but using a chemical tree stump killer is the most hands-off approach. The majority of stump removing chemicals available today are made with the active ingredient potassium nitrate. Potassium nitrate contains a high level of nitrogen, which aids in the breakdown and decomposition of tree stumps.

There are other chemical options, but potassium nitrate is the most effective option. Most chemical stump removal products are in powder or small granule formulas. This is preferred over liquid form, as liquids can evaporate over time, and granules will stay with the stump during the weeks following application.

Application

To apply the granules, you’ll need to drill holes with a 3/8-inch drill bit in the stump about 2 to 3 inches apart and about 8 to 10 inches deep. Also, drill holes along the side of the stump, parallel to the ground, and they should intersect with the holes drilled down from the top of the stump.

Then pour the chemical powder or granules into the holes from the top of the stump, followed by the amount of water listed on the instructions of your chemical stump remover. It’s important not to dilute the chemicals with too much water, so follow the instructions on the chemical packaging to determine the correct amount of water.

Cover the stump to keep both children and animals away from the chemicals as they decompose the tree stump. These dangerous chemicals will remain active over the next several weeks, so making sure to keep the stump covered and away from children and animals is imperative. Check on the stump over time, and it will change from solid wood to a spongy, mulch-like consistency.

Once the chemicals have completed their job, the stump is still not fully ready to remove. The next step is to coat the stump in kerosene, cover the stump, and let the kerosene soak into the stump for several weeks. Once the stump has fully absorbed the kerosene, uncover the stump and set it on fire. Monitor the fire at all times. Never leave the burning stump unattended. The flames should extinguish on their own once the stump is completely burned up. Some roots will be left sticking up around a black hole where the stump once stood. Just pull up the roots, fill the hole, and plant seeds or lay sod.

Rotting a Tree Stump

As a more natural but similar approach, rotting a tree stump with natural high-nitrogen sources, such as blood meal, fresh manure, or compost, can be a more eco-friendly approach to tree stump removal. The process of rotting a tree stump is similar to the chemical process above. Drill several holes in the top of the stump, each hole should be 8 to 10 inches deep and at a 30-degree angle. Use a trowel or plastic scoop to fill the holes with your high-nitrogen source. Next, fill each hole with warm water by using a funnel or a plastic cup with a spout, until the nitrogen source is dissolved. As the stump softens over time, chip off pieces of the stump with a shovel until the stump is gone. Fill the hole with dirt and seed or sod.

Grinding a Tree Stump

You can remove a stump by using a power stump grinder. Stump grinders are available for rent at your local home improvement store. Tree stump grinders have circular blades that chop the tree stump into woodchips, making its removal much easier. Stump grinders are difficult to handle and can be dangerous to use without the proper know-how. If you’re inexperienced, leave your stump grinding to the experts at Mr. Tree. No matter what the stump size, we’ll remove the stump, grinding 10 to 12 inches below grade. We will remove the grindings or we can use them to fill the hole left behind. As an added bonus, we have years of landscape experience to help guide you in the right direction when choosing what to plant next in place of the removed tree.

There are many options when looking to remove a palm tree stump, or any tree stump for that matter. Some options require more chemicals, while others require more hard manual labor and knowledge in heavy machinery. Whether you choose to remove your stump naturally with high-nitrogen materials, use a stump grinder, or use one of the chemical stump killers on the market, your property will look so much better without the eyesore and tripping hazard. If you prefer to leave that stump grinding to the experts, contact Mr. Tree for an affordable estimate. Our stump grinding service is top-notch, and we’ll have your yard back to looking its best.

Palm Tree Stump Removal: A How-To Guide

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by Jeanne Keith F.

Palm trees are beautiful but may not last forever. However, as your plans change for your property, there’ll come a time that it has to go, leaving you with a palm tree stump in your yard.  

In this post, we’ll share with you different methods of palm tree stump removal and how to do them DIY style. 

Your palm tree may have served its purpose but removing it including its stumps will open a new space for plants to grow and better additions to your lawn. 

Table Of Contents

What To Expect in a Palm Tree Stump?

The look of a palm tree would immediately give anyone a tropical vibe. These tropical trees have a hundred thin roots that only expand in length and not in size like other trees.

So the older the palm tree the deeper the roots grow. It may take a while to reach the root ball since the hair-like branches of roots may get in the way.

Roots of young palm trees are shallow and can be easily removed by hand. However, old palm trees may take hours or even days to remove. 

So, if you have the old ones, brace yourself for a day of physical labor, or let’s just say a workout.

Advantages of Removing a Palm Tree Stump

Palm Tree Roots

Palm tree stumps may stay around your property for a few good reasons like serving as an outdoor chair. However, they also keep you away from the following opportunities:

  • Additional space for a garden: Palm tree stumps may take up an excellent space to plant new types of floras in your garden. These stumps may also give the tree a chance to regrow so if you’re no longer interested in having a tree, you might as well remove it.  
  • Spotless green lawn: Having a tree stump in the middle of the green lawn will not sit well with the neat conscious homeowners.
  • A flat foundation for new buildings in your yard: Leveling the ground and ground and removing the stumps in the area is the first thing that you should do if you’re planning on extending a deck or a pagoda on your property. 
  • A clear field for kids to play around: If you have kids letting them run around a field with a tree stump is not a good idea. Any obstacle may cause accidents so getting rid of the tree stump is like babyproofing your outdoor area at home.  
  • Getting rid of potential animal and insect den: Yellowjacket hornets and skunks are fond of staying in woody areas. If the palm tree stump provides an ideal spot for these animals to stay on it, you’ll be surprised to see new nests and den around. 
  • Generally improving the look of your garden: Overall, tree stumps don’t look great in a garden. Unless you make something creative to give them another purpose, they will remain a waste of space and an obstacle for your landscape.

4 Different Methods For Palm Tree Stump Removal

Removing a palm tree stump can be done in four different ways. The method that will be suitable for you will only depend if you have abundant time to remove it by hand or you have the equipment to do the removal job for you. 

To make it easier for you to weigh the pros and cons of each method. Here are some palm tree removal options for you to choose from:  

Method 1: Removing Palm Tree Stump By Hand

If you’ve been reading our blog posts here in Our Garden Works, chances are you’re also a DIY junkie.  

Well, if you do, the good news is that you can remove it by hand. You might be thinking of turning like The Hulk and pulling it out is an option, sorry to break this to you but no, sorry! 

Here’s what we, humans, can do. The idea is to disconnect the trunk and root ball from the branches of its roots underground and divide the trunk like a pizza with a chainsaw. 

Sounds tough? It’s doable! Check out our guide below:

How To Remove a Palm Tree Stump By Hand?

Before working on the tree stump, make sure that you’re wearing protective gears since you’ll be using a chainsaw and other sharp materials for this activity. Here are the materials you’ll need:

Materials:

  • Chainsaw
  • Crowbar
  • Pick 
  • Ax
  • Shovel
  • 4 Triangle wood inserts 
  • Sledge hammer 

Procedure:

  1. Trim the stump using the chainsaw to its lowest possible height. Doing so will help make each piece lighter and make it easier to detach the parts of the trunk later.  
  2. Dig around the tree stump and start disconnecting the trunk from the roots using an ax or a pick. 
  3. While detaching the roots, remove the soil around it too to expose the depth of the stump and the root ball. Continue this procedure until you reach the bottom of the root ball.
  4. Using the chainsaw, cut the trunk in half and make another cut to divide the trunk into four. Simply put, it’s like cutting a pizza.
  5. Change the shape of the wood inserts and make one end of the triangle thin enough to be inserted between the sliced trunk parts.
  6. Push the wood inserts down into the trunk using a sledgehammer. This process will help split the four parts of the trunk farther away from each other. As you keep hammering the inserts, parts may start to move sideways, giving an opening to detach it even more from the base trunk. 
  7. Place the crowbar between each trunk part and use it to split them up into smaller pieces.
  8. You can then continue removing the stump altogether by using an ax to remove the trunk and root ball from the ground.
  9. Prepare some muscle pain medication because you’re going to need it after this power-draining palm tree stump removal method.

Method 2: Burning Palm Tree Stumps

If you think axing a stump is not your cup of tea, you may burn the stump to remove it with ease.

You only need to put kerosene on the stump and let the wood soak it in. Then lit the fire like a villain in the movies.

While this method is an easy one, it comes with many risks since you’re dealing with fire. 

Considerations

Before burning the palm tree stump on your property, you must consider the following: 

  • A potential risk for wildfire: If there’s a forest or woods near the stump, a strong wind may spread the fire to it and can go out of hand. Wildfires are hard to control and can affect so many people. Use other tree stump removal method if this is the risk for you. 
  • Against homeowner association rules: Living in a subdivision comes with rules. Since you’re dealing with fire, it may alert your neighbors for potential fire hazards of the activity and get you into trouble with the whole community. Believe it’s not worth the commotion. You can opt for other tree stump removal method.
  • Can cause a fire in your home: Here’s nothing more at risk than your house catching fire from the burning tree stump. If the location of the stump is too near your house, don’t do this method.
  • Clean air act of the city or state: Check the state regulations about burning and air quality to avoid a citation.

If the conditions above are far from what you have at home, burning the stump is an easy way for you.

Make sure to watch it burn to the last bit for safety. Hit two birds with one stone by grabbing a drink and a seat while watching the stump burn.


Method 3: Using Tree Stump Grinders To Remove Palm Tree Stumps

We’re now in a digital age where everything is made easier with machines, including stump removal. You may rent a stump grinder from a major hardware store like Home Depot to deal with the stump removal. 

A stump grinder is a dangerous tool as it has sharp blades used for trimming the stump. Wearing safety gear is recommended starting from head protection, goggles, jacket, gloves, and protective shoes.

Here’s how you can use it:

How To Remove Tree Stumps With a Stump Grinder?

Here are the materials you’ll need:

Materials: 

  • Chainsaw
  • Shovel
  • Stump grinder
  • Protective equipment

Procedure: 

  1. Since you’ll be using the tree stump grinder, all you have to do is remove anything that may obstruct the blades during the process, like rocks around the tree stump using a shovel.
  2. Trim the stump to its lowest possible height using a chainsaw to speed up the process, and the grinder can only reach a certain level. 
  3. Release the brake and press the lever of the stump grinder.  
  4. Slowly move it towards the tree stump and see how it grinds the side of the stump. The grinder will off the wood layer by layer, so you have to move it sideways.
  5. You can adjust the grinder downward so you can cover the root ball of the palm tree and work your way through the roots until you finish the whole stump. 
  6. When done, make sure to pull the brake and put the machine to the side of the work area. 
  7. Gather all the wood chips and use them to cover the hollow left by the stump. 
  8. Cover the area with ground soil, and voila! Problem solved!

Method 4: Rotting The Palm Tree Stump With Chemicals

Palm tree stumps do decompose over time. However, we’re talking about months or even years.

Stump removal chemicals speed up the decomposition of the tree stump and make it easier to remove from the ground. These chemicals also help make the wood porous to make it easier to burn.

Here are some of the popular stump removal chemicals in the market:

  • Spectracide Stump Remover(Granules)
  • Bonide Ready to Use Stump-Out
  • Grow More Stump Remover 1lb
How To Remove a Palm Tree Stump Using Chemicals

Using stump remover is, by far, one of the easiest routes in getting rid of the palm tree stump. Here’s how:

  1. Use a drill or a chainsaw to drill holes or slice openings on the tree stump. 
  2.  Pour the chemical into the openings based on the manufacturer label. 
  3. Let it sit for a day or two to see the changes. Results may vary depending on the brand that you use.  

Pro-tip: Opt for the environment-friendly type of stump remover chemicals to avoid damaging your surrounding plants.


Tips And Reminders For Palm Tree Stump Removal

Each stump removal method mentioned in this post comes with risks. It is up to you to choose which is more favorable to your surroundings and safer for you to do.

Here are some tips for getting rid of the unsightly stumps:

  • Always wear protective clothing and equipment when handling sharp tools like axes and bladed-machinery.
  • Check your city regulations and community guidelines before setting up your palm tree stump on fire.  
  • Keep your body at an angle away from the wood that’s being chopped off. Crowbar, pick, and ax should be handled with care to avoid injuring your hands 
  • Unused bladed tools and machinery should be placed at the side of the working area when you’re clearing out the wood chips. They go under the pile of chips, and you might not notice them around while walking or working on covering the ground. 

Final Thoughts

Palm tree stump removal is one step in improving the landscape of your yard. The root system of the palm tree may look intimidating, but with the right tools, you can easily remove the whole stump completely.

We hope that this post gave you some ideas on how you can remove the stubborn stump on your property. 

If you find this post helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family, and also share with us your experience by adding a comment below. 

About Jeanne Keith F.

Jeanne Felipe is a content creator of anything that can make this world a better place. She is a self-improvement junkie and a nature lover at heart. She loves to help people through her writing, either finding the right tools or doing the right thing to accomplish their goals. Quotes, sprouting plants, and cute dogs make her feel ecstatic. In her free time, she loves tending her garden and cooking Chinese and Mexican dishes. Connect her on Linkedin.

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How to remove a stump: options for uprooting an old stump on your own

The rational placement of all trees in the garden is a privilege not only for experienced, but also for competent gardeners. The maximum quality distribution of the site for planting fruit trees, as well as caring for them, are not only the main duties, but also measures that will certainly lead to success.

The presence of large trees in the area is not always a sign of a high yield, so the garden should be updated every 10-15 years, if there is an emergency. Breaking is not building, everyone knows this folk wisdom, but there is a nuance in gardening. This is a stump. It would seem that he cut down an old overgrown walnut or plum, business something. But no, a stump will remain on the site, which will not only become a big obstacle to the further cultivation of trees, but also significantly deteriorate the appearance of the garden. Huge underground roots will not allow a young tree to fully develop, which I would like to plant near an old stump. Therefore, there is only one way out - to uproot it. Anyone who has ever faced such a task will confirm that the occupation is not an easy one, since a perennial tree is not a weed, so you will have to sweat a lot. How to get rid of an old stump in your summer cottage? Let's figure it out together.

List of basic tools and basic materials for uprooting

To begin with, it should be noted that you should think through all the points of work in order not only to achieve the desired result, but also not to get hurt. We offer a complete list of tools that can help you free the area from the old stump.

For your protection, wear:

  • thick gloves;
  • maximum wide glasses;
  • comfortable but tight clothing and closed shoes;
  • petal for respiratory protection;
  • when working with a noisy tool, such as a chainsaw, special headphones will become relevant.

The main tools include:

  • saw and chainsaw;
  • knife and hacksaw;
  • axe;
  • secateurs;
  • knife;
  • spade.

Auxiliary tools include:

  • rake;
  • broom and dustpan;
  • rope;
  • cable, strong rope, chain or rope;
  • water hose.

Basic safety rules for uprooting a stump

With all the above tools and auxiliary materials, you can safely get to work, but if you clearly know the safety rules for such work, after all, it is your own safety that is the first thing should be considered on this day.

  1. Weather conditions must accompany fruitful work, so avoid too hot weather, as extreme heat will be a significant obstacle to success.
  2. A favorable time of day is the second half of the day in summer, or earlier in the morning in spring or autumn. You must understand that the work process is laborious, so you need to start early in order to be done in one day. But if it is the height of summer outside the window, then it is better to wait out the heat and start after 17:00, with the idea that it will be possible to complete the work the next morning.
  3. Safety first and foremost. Think through all situations, especially those that have side effects and anticipate the outcome, so it's easier to protect yourself from danger.
  4. Carefully study all the instructions and principles of operation of the tools, because scrupulous observance of all the rules is a must.
  5. When using chemicals, strictly observe the recommended proportions, and do not forget about safety precautions.
  6. If you work in pairs or a team, everyone should have all the elements of protection, even if the main role is only yours, because force majeure situations can significantly harm your health or even injure you.
  7. Before starting work, be sure to think over your actions, do not panic if everything is not as simple as it seems. Perseverance and well-thought-out work will certainly lead to the desired success.

The main methods of uprooting a stump on the site

In order to get rid of the old stump on your site, you can use one of two methods - mechanical or chemical. So, in the first, you will need strength, endurance, patience and tools, and in the second - powerful chemicals, which will greatly facilitate and speed up the work. That is why it is necessary to clearly highlight all methods and present a variety of methods of uprooting, both mechanically and chemically.

TOP-5 mechanical ways to get rid of the stump

We offer five proven methods that will help you say goodbye to the "unwanted resident" of your site as quickly as possible.

  1. Manual digging – slow but effective. The very first way is really to single out manual digging, since this thought first appears among gardeners. The technology is simple - dig as deep as possible around the perimeter of the stump, getting close to the root system. All the roots that are encountered along the way need to be cut, so the stump can be pulled out. Of course, this process is very time-consuming and requires a lot of strength, time and patience. But to say that the technique is unrealistic is impossible. The main thing is that after removing the stump from the ground, try to pull out large parts of the root, which will be able to produce young shoots in the future, which is very undesirable, since all the work is in vain. It is easier to work in a team of 2-3 people, then the process will go faster and more fun. Of the materials and tools, you will need all the elements of protection, as well as all kinds of hand tools that will help you dig, saw and pull out.
  2. Use for uprooting a chainsaw. More efficiently and quickly - use a chainsaw to clean the stump. This method is relatively fast. The bottom line is to cut the stump as low as possible, preferably below ground level, so you have to dig a deep hole around the perimeter. When you get to the roots, start sawing as low as possible. Next, the resulting hole should be covered with earth as much as possible. Stump, as it never happened. In principle, everything is simple, but there are nuances. If the stump has a viable root, then young shoots may break through in the future. But experts believe that if the stump was really very old, then everything will be crowned with success, and it will be possible to plant vegetable crops with ground fruiting in that place.
  3. Removing a stump with a tractor. Of course, this technique is very simple, but not available to everyone. A tractor is a quick way to dig a hole and also pull out a deep-seated stump. It is possible that you will need to use the manual method of dealing with the roots, but in the end this technique is much simpler. Of the obvious disadvantages of this method are several important factors. The first place to get a tractor, because not everyone has such equipment on the farm, and hiring is not a budget option, albeit less troublesome. And secondly, the location of the stump should be objectively assessed, because there should be enough space for an overall tractor so that it can not only work productively, but also not harm the “neighboring crops”.
  4. Stump removal with a specialized machine or the principle of operation of a stump crusher. Since the problem of the presence of old stumps is very relevant, therefore, specialist scientists have specially created a special technique that could turn a tree into very small particles - dust. This miracle for gardeners is called a crusher machine. The principle of operation is first-class, since grinding takes place not only of the stump itself, but also of the root system. For full-fledged work, the technique should be deepened into the soil by 30 cm. It is very simple and easy to use this machine. The main advantage will be its practicality, because it qualitatively helps to overcome the problem, but at the same time without causing any harm to a nearby plant of any size. Naturally, this is the best option, but of the minuses - the cost. It is difficult to accurately formulate the price, although it is known that for an ordinary garden plot and rare use, the costs are not appropriate. The way out is to hire guys who can uproot your stump with this particular machine without damaging the rest of the plants on the site. This procedure will be clearly cheaper than buying a similar miracle of technology.
  5. Stump removal with an excavator. This method works perfectly, but in addition to good moments, nuances emerge. An excavator is not a small machine that can overcome a stump of any size and dimension. But, there are many aspects that are not only embarrassing, but also alarming. Firstly, there should be enough space on your territory so that such large equipment can not only get to its destination, but also not disturb the landscaping. Secondly, it should be clearly understood that this procedure will not be able to pass absolutely painlessly. Even if you have enough space, but the equipment will be loaded into the soil, as it is very large, so the top ball will be completely damaged, which will necessarily negatively affect the further growth of plants. Conclusion, an excavator is a good option, but should be used in cases where it will be safe for the site itself, for example, at the start of landscaping.

TOP-4 chemical ways to get rid of a stump

Along with mechanical methods, those options for using special components are considered very relevant, which popularly has taken a loud name, like uprooting stumps with chemistry. Let's take a look at the most popular and, according to experts, effective ways to fight.

  1. Using saltpeter is a simple and affordable way. Experts are unanimous in their opinion that the use of sodium or potassium nitrate is a way out, which will help not only get rid of the stump, but also preserve the fertility of this area and continue further planting at a specific place. The principle is the following. You will need saltpeter, a knife, a coating that will protect from rain. The stump that needs to be uprooted should be plentifully cut so that the nitrate powder gets as deep as possible. Next, fill all the cracks with plenty of water so that the powder dissolves and soaks even deeper into the stump and its root. That's it, half the work is completed. Further, it is recommended to protect the stump from precipitation so that the saltpeter does not disappear, wash off or evaporate, so arrange a dense roof. Literally in a year or two, the stump will be much easier to neutralize, as the wood will dry out. After that, proceed to the final procedure - kindling a fire. Yes, yes, it is fire that will put an end to this method. During combustion, oxygen is strongly released from saltpeter, so the fire does not go out for a long time and allows you to burn out not only the ground, but also the root part. The main advantage of this technique is the complete destruction of not only the stump, but also all the roots, from which then growth often re-forms. This technique will allow you to permanently get rid of a particular tree and occupy the territory with a completely new plant.
  2. Use carbamide if time permits. Nitrogen-containing preparations are a natural "solvent" of wood, so the use of carbamide is very important. Carry out the procedure of "piercing" the stump, where pour plenty of urea and pour water. It is recommended to close the stump from precipitation. Nothing should be set on fire, as this is not necessary. Carbamide will be able to completely destroy the stump over time, turn it into dust without any additional manipulations. If no one is chasing you in the neck, use this technique, especially since you will be able to fertilize the soil with high quality and re-occupy this territory with a young tree without delay.
  3. Removal of a freshly formed stump with herbicides. Weed control with herbicides is a popular and effective practice, so the stump decided to “survive” with this technology. The only note will be the use of herbicides, such as "Roundup" or "Hurricane" on a freshly cut tree, then the result will be positive. The action of herbicides is aimed at combating the ground and underground parts, so you can easily uproot the stump after exposure to the drugs. The popularity of this technique is that after all the procedures, the process of planting a new plant or lawn occurs as soon as possible.
  4. A budget option for uprooting with “chemistry” is the use of edible salt. Do not use saltpeter or carbamide if you are prejudiced against chemistry. A good alternative is table salt. Yes, yes, it is with salt that you can completely “kill” the stump in a couple of years and get rid of it without any obstacles. The principle of operation is as follows: drill vertical holes in the stump and completely fill them with salt. Be sure to fill them with water and cover from future rainfall to prevent washout. That's all. After a year or two, the stump will turn into a decrepit plant as much as possible, so it is very easy to uproot it. The only drawback will be the abundance of salt in the soil, after the disappearance of the stump, planting should not be carried out in the coming years at this place.

Transformation of a backyard plot is everyone's desire, so feel free to try different methods, and you will definitely be able to get rid of an unbearable stump on the plot.

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How to destroy the stump and roots of a felled tree

Clearing a new site, as well as cutting down old fruit trees, always involves the fact that stumps remain in the ground. It’s good if special equipment can be driven to this place, which will uproot them in no time. But what if the stump is located deep in the planted area or other trees or shrubs grow next to it?

I had a similar problem when we cut down an old apple tree that was surrounded by perennial flower beds and a lawn. Full uprooting did not suit us, since overgrown roots, when pulled out, could destroy ornamental plants.

Contents of the article

  • Why remove stumps?
  • Choice of method
  • Rooting
  • Urea
  • Saltpeter
  • Other methods
  • Summary

Why remove stumps?

Why, really? There is a stump and it stands, you can even masterfully beat it in landscape design. I wanted to leave it, but they dissuaded me in time, citing a number of significant arguments:

  • a dead tree will gradually collapse, attracting pests from all around to rotten wood, which subsequently migrate to healthy individuals;
  • in the case of sawing a stump below ground level and then backfilling the soil, the solution will become temporary, since over time the roots and the rest of the trunk will rot and the soil will sag;
  • If a fruit tree was cut down due to a disease, the stump left behind will serve as a source of "infection" for other crops.

In addition, the left stump will take up useful space on the site. I decided that it was better to work on the problem a little and remove an unnecessary element from the ground than to wait until the roots rot on their own.

Choosing a method

So, I decided on the need to remove the stump, it was up to the choice of method. To solve this problem, you can use physical (uprooting) or chemical (use of drugs) methods. It is they who will give the desired result and help get rid of both the stump and the overgrown roots of the sawn tree.

Of the chemicals used to destroy the stump and roots, urea and saltpeter are used. The latter works effectively, but it can adversely affect the composition of the soil, and as I said, I had a flower garden next to the apple tree. Urea is more useful for the garden, but carries with it a lot of nitrogen, which can greatly acidify the soil. I was afraid to use chemicals, so I turned to the uprooting method, and transplanted perennial flowers to another place where they successfully adapted over the season.

Uprooting

The quickest and easiest way is to call for special equipment, which will uproot all the stumps in the area in no time. But this method is possible only on empty lands, not yet fenced with fences and without beds, flower beds and garden paths. For me, the involvement of technology turned out to be an impossible task, I had to convene men and manage their physical strength.

After carefully transplanting perennials, I outlined the scope of work for my men:

  1. First, a half-meter circle around the stump is cleared from the soil. The earth is broken with a bayonet-shovel, and the shovel is thrown aside onto the bedded polyethylene. It is necessary to expose the entire stump and the main roots extending from it.
  2. Next, we dig out the roots diverging to the sides, releasing them from the ground. If it seems to you that the thickness of the root indicates that it will end soon - try to pull it or chop it off altogether. The small fragments remaining in the ground during decomposition will not greatly spoil the relief of the site.
  3. When most of the excavation work is completed, you can start uprooting. It will be ideal if you have a winch with which you pull the stump with the roots in the "up" direction. If it is not there, you will have to work hard: tie the rest of the trunk with two or three ropes, winding the ropes under large roots in order to fix well. After that, the ends of the ropes are parted on different sides, and the stump swings back and forth until you succeed and extract it along with the roots.

The upper root system can be opened in a less time-consuming, but more "dirty" way - with a hose. This method shows itself especially well on sandy soils, which are easily washed away by a powerful jet of water. To drain dirty streams, it is advisable to dig a hole in a free place nearby. After the earth dries up, you can proceed directly to uprooting.

Urea

If the time-consuming method of removing the stump from a cut tree does not suit you, you can try the urea method. To do this, you need to arm yourself with a puncher or a drill with large diameter drills. The tool needs to drill as many vertical holes as possible in the stump, into which urea is poured.

After that, the stump should be watered little by little throughout the day so that the urea crystals dissolve and go through the tissues of the underground part of the felled tree. Then you need to take a cut of a dense black film, wrap the stump with it and fix it with tape.

This is not a quick way to destroy the stump and roots of felled trees - the process of destruction and decomposition will take 1-2 years, and all this time an unaesthetic composition will stand on the site. But in the end you will have a place fertilized with nitrogen and decaying wood.

Saltpeter

This chemical will help you get rid of the unwanted stump and its roots, but it is quite dangerous for crops growing closer than 1.5 to the work site. If there are fruit trees and shrubs next to the sawn tree, or perennial crops grow, it is better to abandon this idea.

The work algorithm is similar to the method described above: the stump is drilled with vertical holes, potash or sodium nitrate is poured into them (approximately 2 kg per tree with a diameter of up to 15 cm). In order for the wood to be impregnated with chemicals, it must be carefully spilled several times with water, and then wrapped in polyethylene and tightly bandaged. In this state, the stump remains until the next season: during this time, the saltpeter will kill the roots and artificially dry the wood.

The next year, all you have to do is build a fire around the stump and wait for everything to burn out. To speed up the “setting” of wood by fire, you can pre-drill new holes and pour gasoline or lighter fluid into them.

This method is well suited for the destruction of stumps of freshly cut trees prone to the formation of undergrowth - sea buckthorn, poplar, etc. Pickled immediately after felling, the residue will free you from additional trouble. It is also worth noting that the method based on the ignition of saltpeter should absolutely not be used in areas with peat deposits - smoldering roots will lead to underground fires.

You will learn how to destroy the roots of felled trees using saltpeter in a video:

Other ways

There are other ways to get rid of stumps or use them effectively on the site:

  1. Planting a young tree in a stump . The rest of the trunk is sawn off at ground level, then a “landing pit” is organized in the center using tools that are suitable for the root system of the young growth. The recess is filled with nutrient soil, in which a small seedling of a fruit tree is planted. As it grows, it will feed on the decaying roots of the sawn tree.
  2. Filling with water before winter. It is necessary to drill several holes in the stump, into which water is poured before the first frost. If you have the opportunity to come to the site in early winter, continue to water the rest of the sawn tree with water, as if “glazing” it. The ice formed inside the wood will destroy it, and in the spring you will only have to manually remove the rotten stump.
  3. Table salt. This method is suitable for eliminating overgrowth in places that you do not plan to use in the coming years for planting crops. The average stump takes about 300 grams of salt, which must be poured into the drilled holes in the wood, and then spilled with water. After wintering, the rotten part is removed, and the remains are covered with earth.
  4. Herbicides. Apply a herbicide solution to a fresh saw cut, wrap the stump in polyethylene and leave it for the winter. In the new season, you can easily remove dead residues from the site.

You can use stump as a bed for mushrooms, especially since you can buy spores for mycelium at an affordable price in garden stores, and you can find instructions for growing mushrooms and oyster mushrooms on the Internet.


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