Top 5 Tree Stump Removal Techniques

By: albertaarb - October 7, 2013

Having a clean backyard is one of the most daunting tasks of any homemaker. Raking leaves, removing tree stumps, and disposing of your pet's waste are just some of the tasks that you need to accomplish. Removing tree stumps can seem to be such a big project at first and you might think that it is not doable on your own. There are, however, several techniques in which you can complete this seemingly gigantic task easily.

Tree Stump Removal Techniques

You might have seen it on television where people tie the tree stump to the back of their car and drive away like a mad driver. This, however, is not the most ideal way to remove tree stumps. The following are the more logical ways to remove tree stumps.

Rent a Grinder

Removing the stump manually is a daunting task. As such, the next best thing to do is to rent a grinder and grind the stump away. Just expect that you will need to exert extra effort to operate this machine because it weighs about 1000 pounds. Renting one will also set you back between $100 to $200 for a day's use.

Removing a Stump by Hand

You will need the following tools for this: chainsaw, pick mattock, a digging bar, a shovel, an axe, a 4-wheel drive truck and some chain. Using the chainsaw, remove the lower branches from the trunk. Take out the top most portion of the trunk but make sure to leave some to use as leverage. Use the rest of the tools to reveal the roots then cut the major roots with an axe. Push and pull the trunk until it is entirely uprooted then wrap the chain around it. Drive your 4x4 truck away carefully in order to remove the entire trunk.


Use a drill to make a hole about 8 to 10 inches deep then clean all the debris out of the hole. Scoop in potassium nitrate into the hole then pour hot water. Do this several times until the potassium nitrate has dissolved completely. Place a lighted scrap wood on the stump then wait for it to ignite. This should get rid of your stump with lesser effort on your end.

Rotting a Tree Stump

This technique is quite similar to burning. The first thing that you have to do is to drill a hole about 8 to 10 inches deep. Use a high-nitrogen substance to fill the hole. Next, pour water into the hole then chip away the pieces as soon as you notice the stump softening. Lastly, fill the hole with dirt as you see fit.

Chemical Stump Removal

Visit your favorite home garden center to buy potassium nitrate. It is chemical the best to use because it hastens the decomposition process. As the stump decays gradually it becomes easier to remove. You may use a pickaxe to break up and remove the stump.

Hiring a Tree Removal Service

While the above mentioned tree stump removal techniques are completely doable on your own, sometimes the task becomes too difficult that you will be left with no choice but to hire a tree removal service. Hiring a tree removal service is beneficial because they have the equipment as well as the manpower required to get the job done safely.

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