3 Tricks For Painless Stump Removal From Your Back Yard

When you have had a tree removed from your property, you are often left with a stump sticking up. Dealing with old tree stumps can be a headache, but it does not have to be. There are several tricks that you can try to get rid of the stump. Here are a few painless stump removal tricks to try before calling the tree service to grind the stump:

1. Make Stumps Rot Faster Using the Salt Trick

Salt is a great solution to make things rot away. For stumps you want to get rid of, simply pouring in salt and adding water will speed up the natural process of the stump rotting. First, you will want to drill several holes in the stump to apply the salt. Fill the bottom of the holes you drill with salt and add water to allow the stump to soak it up. Over the next few months that stump will rot away faster. When the stump has rotted and softened enough, use common garden tools to break it up and remove it.

2. Burying the Stump Beneath the Soil

Another option that you may want to consider is just burying the stump beneath the soil. If you are doing landscaping renovations, adding a few inches of soil over the stump may be the easiest and quickest solution. First, make sure to cut the stump as low as possible. You may want to dig around the stump to cut it a little bellow the previous soil line. Cover the stump with soil and compact it; this may lead to sink holes as the stump rots, which is going to require adding soil to fill the void of the stump.

3. Digging Up the Stump and Cutting Loose the Roots

Another option that you may want to consider is digging up the stump. There are many softwood species of trees like pine that have shallow root systems. These poor root systems can make removing the stump easier. Usually, there is a tap root that grows straight down in the soil, and you will need to cut this root to remove the stump. Digging up the sump works for smaller trees but is difficult to do without equipment for larger stumps.

Try some of these stump removal tricks before you call for help. If you need a stumped removed sooner, contact a lawn care service to help remove it or apply treatments to make it decay faster. For more information, contact a business such as Pattie Group, Inc.