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Don't Get Stumped: Two Ways To Remove A Tree Stump

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Many tree removal companies charge an extra fee for stump removal. If you don't want to pay that fee, the tree is cut down and the stump is left in your yard. Random stumps can be an eyesore. Fortunately, it isn't something that you have to live with forever. Check out these tips to learn how to remove the tree stump that has you stumped. 

Dig It Out

If the tree the you had removed wasn't extremely large, you might be able to dig up the stump.

  1. Use a shovel to dig around the circumference of the stump, exposing as much of the tree roots as possible.
  2. Use an ax or a root saw to cut the tree roots off of the stump. Then, cut the exposed portions of the roots into smaller pieces and toss them in a pile to the side.
  3. Use a grub hoe to pull the remaining roots from the ground. You want to remove the roots all the way to the tip. You might need to cut the roots into smaller, manageable sections as you go.
  4. Use a large shovel to dig underneath the stump, pulling it up out of the ground. As you work on removing the stump, cut away any remaining roots that become exposed and pull them from the ground completely.
  5. Dispose of the wood and fill the hole with topsoil.

Use a Chemical Stump Remover

Using a chemical stump remover is a lot easier than digging the stump out of the ground, but it does take a lot longer because the stump has to absorb the chemicals before the stump begins to rot. Also, this method isn't ideal for people who have children or pets. The chemicals are dangerous if they are ingested.

  1. Use a drill with a long drill bit to drill holes in the top of the tree stump. Try to space out the holes evenly to make it easier for the stump to absorb the chemicals.
  2. Mix the stump remover and apply it to the stump as directed by the package.
  3. Wait for the stump to become soft and begin to rot. This could take a few weeks.
  4. Use an ax to chop up the stump's softened wood until it's almost level with the ground.
  5. Use a shovel to dig up the rest of the stump.

Fill in the hole in your yard with topsoil.

The easiest way to get rid of a tree stump is to pay the tree removal company the additional fee to have it removed professionally. However, if you don't want to pay extra, simply dig out the stump on your own or use chemicals to speed up the rotting process.