Tree stumps can be referred to as the esthetic blemishes present in the garden landscape. The systems used to remove any tree stump depends largely on the size and age of the tree. Luckily, there are various methods that can be used to remove a range of tree stumps present in your home garden, without any need to experience the cost of a professional tree stump removal company.
Here we are going to discuss four ways to remove the tree stumps:
1) Digging out the tree stump;
2) Grinding the tree stump;
3) Burning the stump;
4) Chemical tree stump remover.
If you recently cut down any tree in your yard, there are many ways you can use to get rid of the stumps that are unpleasant. You can dig it up by hand, use the grinding method, burning method, chemical stump remover method. It is advisable to use the method/technique that works best for the root system you’re dealing with.
FIRST METHOD: Digging out the tree stump
To remove a tree stump this way, follow this procedure
1. Make use of the shovel to dig around the roots of the tree stump. Dig as close as you can to the tree stump to make sure the roots underneath are exposed. Move around the edge of the tree stump and continue to dig until you are able to expose all of the main roots around the stump. Dig deep round the stump roots to expose the roots.
2. After digging around the stump, cut all the roots you can see. This depends on the size of the stump’s roots; you can use a root saw or Loppers to cut the roots into pieces. Cut the roots into pieces that will make it convenient for you to pull out of the ground. Toss them into a pile as you move, clear away the root system as much as possible.
You can use an ax to cut the stump’s roots, but this is optional because it can break easily if it strikes any hard substance, also it could get stuck in-between the roots if the roots are not completely exposed
3. Pull the pieces of root that you cut out. You can use a grub hoe in pulling the remaining embedded stump’s roots out of the ground even to the tips. If there is a need to make more cuts when pulling out, do so – it will ease the pulling out those pieces of roots from the ground. Keep removing the roots until you have removed all the main roots, and then make sure you pull out any leftover.
4. Removing the stump; meanwhile, the largest part of the roots have been removed, you should be able to displace the main stump easily now. You may need to dig underneath the stump using a shovel and cut a few of the remaining roots under the stump before you can finally get it out.
5. Lastly, fill in the hole, this is the final step. You need to use sawdust or loam to fill up the hole if not; the surrounding ground will collapse into the hole which will lead to a large dent around the spot in your yard. When the sawdust or loam settles, it will make the ground sink a little, this will, of course, have to be filled over the next few months before the ground will stay flat.
SECOND METHOD: Grinding the Stump
1. Find a tree stump grinder. This machine will grind up tree stumps to their root structures to a depth of about one foot below the ground. You can rent stump grinders from machine rental houses. You can hire somebody to operate the stump grinder for you if you do not want to operate it yourself. Make sure you wear goggles, ear protection, and gloves if you want to operate the machine yourself.
2. Place the machine over the tree stump and start to grind. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, place the tree stump grinder in a right position and switch it on. It will start grinding the tree stump’s surface and move it down through the stump into the ground until it has reached the stump’s roots. Move the stump grinder around the border of the stump to take care of the areal roots.
3. Use shovel to remove the grindings. The ground is more likely to repair itself faster if the ground up wood is removed. Remove it and use it for your compost or better still dispose of it.
4. Fill the hole with loam or sawdust, continue to add to the affected area as it helps it to depress over time.