The ABC's of Tree Service: Tips for Everyone

The ABC's of Tree Service: Tips for Everyone

Removal and Treatment Options for Tree Stumps

Roberto Palmer

Tree stumps are an eyesore in residential property, and they interfere with the aesthetics of the landscape. Moreover, they are tripping hazards and can cause injury to people who are not aware of their existence. If you have a tree stump in your compound, it is advisable to consult a removal specialist for an assessment and professional removal. This ensures that the work is done efficiently and safely. However, you can remove the stump without assistance to save money. Here are the main techniques that you can use for tree stump removal.

Manual Removal

If you want to remove a tree stump by hand, you will need to have the right tools. It is recommended to only attempt the manual removal if the tree stump is relatively small, diseased or old. You should remove any lower branches remaining on the stump using a chainsaw. You can also cut it shorter as long as you leave enough height for leverage. Next, use a shovel or mattock to dig the area around the stump so that you can expose the roots. You may also need to use a power washer to rinse the dirt and reveal the roots properly. Use an axe to cut the revealed roots, and then push the stump to expose the inner roots. Keep cutting until the stump is completely detached.

Chemical Removal

Manual removal is not always practical, particularly for beginners. If you do not think that you can handle the manual work, you should consider chemical removal. First, you will need to cut the stump with a chainsaw as much as you can. Next, drill some holes into the stump around the perimeter and in the inner surface area. These holes should be deep, but this will depend on the depth of the trees. Pour generous amounts of potassium nitrate into the holes and add some water. Leave the stump to soak in the chemical until the wood becomes very spongy. Finally, use an axe to break the stump and clear away the debris.


You can burn the unsightly stump that remains after tree removal. However, you should check and inquire about the local fire codes before you attempt this technique, in case there are restrictions. Drill holes into the stump, add potassium nitrate into the holes and pour in hot water to dissolve. Place scrap wood on the stump and ignite the material. When the fire burns out, use your shovel to remove debris and fill the remaining hole.


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The ABC's of Tree Service: Tips for Everyone

Taking care of trees can be challenging, and sadly, there is a lot of misleading information on the Internet about the best ways to take care of trees. To try to shed light on these shady organisms, I have decided to start a blog. Hi, my name is Mandi, and I have always loved trees. Through the years, I have built tree houses, travelled to the woods to chop firewood for the winter and trimmed trees to help them survive. It is one of my favourite hobbies and something I have devoted a lot of time and research to. If you want to learn about trees, explore this blog, and thanks for reading!