We love trees for their sturdiness and hardiness but when they die or need to be removed those traits can come back to haunt us. Cutting the tree down is the easy part. Stump removal is the hard part.
Since humans first started cutting trees down they have had to deal with stump removal and there are about as many techniques on stump removal as there have been versions of the mousetrap. I will go through some of the best ways to remove a stump and list the pros and cons of each.
If you visit your local hardware or garden center you will find several products that claim to be able to speed up the process of stump decomposition. Sure, it sounds easy, too easy.
Going the chemical route means you need to have access to an electric drill and be able to drill a lot of holes depending on the size of the stump. The holes allow the chemical to seep into the wood.
This isn’t going to magically remove the sump overnight. The chemical process can take a season or two to soften the wood up enough to be removed. Even then, the tree might not be soft enough everywhere to bust apart.
The instructions also suggest using kerosene to burn the stump. Soak the stump with kerosene, light it, and the stump will slowly burn away. When I say “slowly” I mean SLOWLY. It might take several burns to completely remove the stump.
Pros: It’s faster than nature
Cons: You will still have a stump for a while
Burning the Stump:
The first idea that people usually jump to is burning the stump. Sure, it’s made of wood and a stump is just a big log, right?
Wood from a tree trunk is often much denser than wood from branches. That’s because as trees age their centers become harder.
If the tree has been dead a while before you cut it down the wood might be harder than a living tree.
The idea is that if you pile wood around the stump and maybe use some kind of accelerant that the stump will burn out completely.
In my experience, this only makes things worse. Building a fire around a stump, even if you have drilled holes or cut slats in it, will only make the stump harder. You are essentially fire hardening the stump.
Pros: It’s a good excuse to have a bonfire.
Cons: Only hardens the wood.
If you want that stump gone today then rent a stump grinder. This may be the last resort for people and there’s a good reason. It works 100% of the time. This machine can chew up even the biggest stumps in a few hours and they dig 6 to 12 inches below ground. All you are left with is a hole filled with wood chips. Perfect for planting a new tree or garden. Be sure to follow the safety instructions before you operate the machine.
Pros: Great for big stumps or several stumps
Cons: Requires operating heavy machinery for several hours
Let Nature Take its Course:
If you are in no hurry to remove the stump you could always let nature take its course. A stump can stay solid for several years. Depending on its size, good sized stump can stick around for a decade. Many people like to take advantage of it by carving the stump into something unique or using it as a stand for flower pots.
Pros: You can incorporate it into your landscape
Cons: Stump can remain for ten years.
Call The Professionals
Removing a stump is not easy no matter how you look at it. If you want to have your stump removed right away and safely then call the professionals at PPM Trees. We have the equipment and the know-how to get out any sized stump.
Call us today at (877) 454-8733 or leave us a message on our site.