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Have Ugly Tree Stumps In Your Yard? Here’s How To Get Rid Of Them

One of the hardest things about removing trees from your property is getting rid of the stumps. You can hire a tree removal expert to do the job for you using heavy equipment, but that can be expensive if you have more than one stump to remove. Before you do that, you can try to get rid of the stump yourself. The method you choose depends on the size of the stump and how soon you want it gone. These are some things you can try.

Chemical Stump Killers

If you’re not in a hurry, you can use chemicals to break apart the stump. These work to hasten decomposition, but it is still a slow process. It will be several months before the stump is gone.

If you want to try this route, you can buy chemical stump removers at a garden or home improvement store, and apply them to your stumps. All you have to do is drill holes into a stump and pour in the chemicals. You may also have to add water depending on the product you buy.

After several months, the wood will be soft from decay. Then you can take a hatchet and break apart the stump and dispose of the wood.


If the stump is situated in a safe location, you can try to burn it out. Stack firewood around it and burn it as you would any bonfire. When most of the stump is burned away, and the fire has gone out, you can chop apart the rest of the stump. The fire may need to burn for several hours if the stump is very big, or you may need to have multiple fires over a span of time. This method won’t work if the stump is close to your house or if you don’t have time to babysit the fire.


Another option is to rent a backhoe or tractor to pull the stump out with a chain. Unless you have a friend you can borrow a tractor from, this will be a costly way to remove your stump. However, if you want to build something in the space such as a swimming pool, using a backhoe might be the best choice for removing the stump because it pulls up the roots too and gets them out of your way. Besides the expense, another disadvantage is you’ll have a huge tree stump you need to dispose of. It could be costly to take it to the dump, so a good alternative is to bury the stump on your property if you have the space.

Stump Grinder

You can get a stump grinder rental from an equipment rental company. This is the ideal way to get rid of a stump because it grinds it up, so there is no big chunk of wood to get rid of, and the wood chips can be used as mulch. The grinder sits on top of the stump and grinds it into chips for several inches below the soil. Once the job is finished, you can plant grass seeds or put in sod, and you’ll never know a tree was ever growing there. Also, stump grinding is quick, so if you want a stump gone in a hurry, grinding is the way to go.

Since getting rid of a tree stump is such hard work, you may wonder why you need to worry about it. If the stump is in a back part of your property and you want to wait a few years, you can let the stump rot naturally and save yourself some work. However, you don’t want decaying wood too close to your house because it attracts termites and carpenter ants. Plus, tree stumps in your front yard look unattractive, so getting rid of them is the best option.

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