Stump Removal: 2 Ways To Eliminate The Eyesore From Your Backyard

Posted on: 2 March 2017

Do you have tree stump in your backyard? If so, it may be quite the eyesore. Not only does the stump likely look bad, but it could become problematic for you in many ways, too. For example, if you have children who like to play around in the backyard, they may end up tripping over the stump and falling down on the ground or getting hurt. A stump in your yard could also lead to a pest problem with insects (e.g. termites and other wood-boring bugs) and rodents who want to make it their home.

If you would like to keep the pests away and avoid any hazards in your backyard, stump removal is absolutely necessary. There are a couple different ways to complete the removal process.

Digging It Out of the Ground

If you would like to attempt to remove the stump on your own, you can attempt to dig it out. You will need to start by using a shovel to dig around the sides of the stump. After digging around the area, you can use a reciprocating saw to dig into the ground a bit further.

The amount of time spent digging into the ground will depend on how deep the roots of the tree are in the ground. As soon as you can locate the roots, you can carefully cut them with the saw. You may then want to attach a hi-lift jack to the stump and attempt to lift it out of the ground.

If there is any extra stump remaining, you will want to use a drill to make small holes around the base; then, pour some store-bought chemicals in to those holes to speed up the decomposition process, like potassium nitrate.

Although some people may have success with this option, it is time-consuming. If you are looking for an alternative option that does not take nearly as much time or work, it may be best to hire a professional to remove the stump for you.

Professional Removal With a Grinder

You may be wondering what it takes to remove that unwanted tree stump quickly. There is a certain process that the professionals, like Hudson & Sons Tree Service, may like to follow. For instance, many professionals use a stump grinder to carefully break apart the pieces of that leftover tree. Depending on the size of the stump, it may only take about 10 to 15 minutes to officially remove it from the ground. The grinder literally turns it into dust that you can then easily remove from your backyard within minutes.