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What Are the Different Methods of Removing a Tree Stump?

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If you previously cut down a tree, you now have to think about removing the stump. While it isn't harmful to leave it where it is, it might be in the way or become a sore spot in the lawn. Here are some methods to consider using for removing the tree stump.

Dig Out the Stump

While this is the most labour-intensive option for removing a tree stump, it is the traditional method. If you just want it gone now and don't have access to special tools or chemicals, this might be the way to go. It is also the most economical way of removing a tree stump. You only need some basic tools, most of which you probably already have on hand. Some tools that work well include a sturdy shovel, loppers, a root saw, and a hoe or axe. You need to use the tools to first dig around the stump and expose the roots, then cut the roots and pull the stump out of the ground. 

Use a Stump Grinder

One of the more popular methods now used to remove tree stumps is with a stump grinder. It can take a little time, but you aren't physically trying to dig out the stump from the roots. A stump grinder can be rented or purchased at your local home improvement store. It works by grinding up small pieces of the stump at a time and storing these pieces inside the machine. If the stump is large, it can take a little time, but you don't need to do any of the work. If you are going to use a stump grinder, make sure you wear protective equipment, including gloves, goggles and a hard hat.

Try Chemicals

This is another good option for removing a tree stump if you don't mind using chemicals in your yard. Chemicals don't remove a tree stump immediately, but instead speed up the decomposition process. Once the stump is dead, it is much easier to remove with one of the other methods. Look for chemicals that have nitrogen and potassium nitrate, as these chemicals grow bacteria in the stump and the ground around it that kills it faster. You can either use the chemicals by digging around the stump and adding them to the roots or by cutting holes in the stump itself and putting the chemicals inside the holes.

If you are still having difficulty with the stump removal, contact a professional. They will be able to use machinery, such as a stump grinder, to remove it as quickly as possible.