Don’t Let the Stump, Stump You!!
Most of the methods of removing or killing a tree do the job well, but they only concentrate on the tree! Very often, after the tree is gone, the stump remains behind. Initially, people are happy just to see the tree go, but soon the stump becomes an eyesore, and in many cases, it starts sprouting new leaves and shoots. If left unattended, it may turn into a big problem.
When we decided to kill a tree in our garden, it was mainly because it was spreading underground at a fast speed and killing off all the other plants! The grass in our lawn was withering away. The decision to kill the tree was the last resort that we could think of. Once the tree was gone, and only the stump was left behind, I was sure that my plants and lawn were going to come back to their glory!!
Soon I noticed a few new shoots and leaves sprouting out of the stump! I kept cutting them off but soon realized that the tree was thriving. Now, I had to think about killing the stump! It turned out to be a bigger problem because I had to make sure that all the roots were removed or eradicated. Read on to find information about killing the stump in the best way possible.
What Do You Need?
Just like for killing a tree, there are a number of methods for killing a stump. It depends on a number of things:
Once you are sure about these things, you can decide the method of killing the stump. There are a number of things that you may need while killing a stump.
Apart from these things, you may need a few other things which you can note when we tell you about the different methods of killing stumps. Take time to understand your needs first before you choose any method. It is not a bad idea to take advice from someone who has done it or ask an expert for tips. We will give you as much information about different methods as possible and hope that it will be useful to you.
Ways to Kill a Stump
Do you want the stump to go completely? There could be many reasons why you want to get rid of the stump!
Like there can be many reasons why you want to kill the stump, there are several methods to kill the stump. Take your time and research properly before you decide to choose one method.
1. Herbicide and Chemicals
This is an effective method and used quite extensively. You can use a potent herbicide if the nearby area is free of residences, and no water lines are passing by. Strong chemicals can easily seep into the ground and soil, which can poison the other plants and even contaminate groundwater. There are two ways you can use herbicides.
Some herbicides are specifically designed to target a particular type of tree. Use these if you can to get better and more effective results.
2. Burn the Stump
Burning the stump is also a good option to kill it. Just follow these steps.
It is essential to keep a few things in mind while choosing this method.
3. Using Salt
Using Epsom or rock salt is an easy and cheap way to kill a stump. It takes a long time, and if you are in a hurry, then this may not be a good option for you.
This method is suitable for people who don’t want to use any toxic materials or don’t want to spend too much money.
4. Cutting the Stump
Chopping the stump and removing it is also a good way to kill it. You will need a grinder and safety gear to do this effectively.
Keep these things in mind while using this method.
5. Blocking the Sun
This is a very easy method and will not cost you anything much. What you need is a lot of patience. By blocking sunlight and water, you are slowly killing the stump. Use a dark tarp or a trash bag to cover the surface.
Check it from time to time. You will notice that the stump starts to rot and decompose. It may take a few months for this to happen.
Once there are signs of breakage and rot, you can add herbicides to fasten the process. Salt is another option. You can use a drill to make holes before adding salt or herbicide. Also, be on the lookout for any sprouts. Cut them off immediately and apply herbicide to prevent any more growth. Soon you will notice that the stump is dead, and it will be easy to remove it.
Which one is the Best for You?
It does not matter which method you choose, because the keys to success are consistency, patience, and careful follow-through. Sometimes it is better to combine two or more methods to get better and faster results. Before burning a stump, you can saturate it with the salt mixture to completely dehydrate it. This will help you when you burn it. Patience is essential to do a thorough job.
If money is not a criterion; buying or renting a stump grinder is probably the best option. It will give you excellent results and that too in a short time. If it is only one or two stumps, then hiring is a better option. For a large number of stumps, it is a good idea to invest in a good stump grinder. When using herbicides, be careful and use good branded ones and, if possible, find specific tree killers.
Some Tips to Keep in Mind While Killing A Stump
While you decide to kill the stump with any of these methods, it is also essential to keep in mind some things. Some of these are safety issues, while some are tips for effective results. Please read them carefully and follow them to get better and safer results.
Sometimes it is not removing the tree, which is a problem but a stubborn stump! If possible, get everything out in one go. The tree and stump, if removed together, can solve a lot of problems later on. However, many times, a stump remains for a long time before people pay attention to it. This ends up exacerbating the problem!
Removing A Dead Stump
Once you have killed a stump, the next problem is removing it. If it is a large stump, it is quite challenging to remove it easily.
Whatever the reason for your decision to kill the stump, you must go ahead and do it in the best manner possible. I wasted a lot of time and tried different methods before getting success. I also spent money and energy. The reason why we have shared this information is for you to be able to do it more easily. If you find the information useful, please feel free to share it with friends and neighbors facing the same issues.
If you have anything to add to the information we will be happy to incorporate it. If you have any questions feel free to ask us. We will be very happy to provide answers and help you. Removing a stump is not very difficult if you know how to! Take care of safety concerns and have the best equipment and tools to do this in an easy way!