If your landscaping is dotted with ugly stumps, getting rid of them can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you do not know what the best course of action will be to do the job. Depending on the species of tree, size of the stump, and location of the stump, you will want to consider different options to get the job done quickly and easily. The following tips will help you get rid of the stubborn stumps in your yard using different methods to deal with the problem:
Large Trees and Extensive Root Systems That Are Easy to Remove with Stump Grinding Machinery
Sometimes, larger trees are too big to dig up and have extensive root systems that would take hours of manual labor to cut, dig and remove. In these cases, it is usually best to use a stump grinding machine to grind the stump and its roots back into the soil. You can rent these machines to do the job or hire a stump grinding service with larger machines if the stump is just too big to handle with a rental machine on your own.
Using Salts and Burning Stumps to Get Rid of Them Quickly with As Little Effort as Possible
To slowly get the stump to rot away, you can use salts by drilling holes in the stump and adding saltwater. The salt will weaken the fibers of the wood in the stump and help speed up the decaying process. If the stump is not rotting away fast enough, once it has begun to decay and the stump is dry, pile lawn debris over the stump and roots and burn it. After the stump and roots have completely burned, add soil to fill the void and till it in with the ashes for nutrient-rich soil that can be planted with grass, flowers, and other landscaping plants.
Digging Up Root Balls and Pulling the Stump Out with an ATV or Compact Tractor to Get the Job Done
If you are a person that likes to get their hands dirty and want to get rid of the stump on your own, it is time to get the shovel and pick out to start digging. Dig around the stump and root ball until you get down below the taproot that grows deep in the soil. Once you have the root ball completely exposed, attach a chain or towrope to a small tractor or ATV to pull the stump out of the ground.
Manually Digging Up Smaller Stumps and Cutting the Taproot and Stump into Manageable Pieces to Be Removed
Sometimes, you may not need much effort to remove the smaller stumps in landscaping. You will only need to dig up the stump and get down to the taproot below the root ball. Once the taproot is exposed, cut it to free the root ball. You may also need to cut other larger roots to get the stump loose. If the stump is larger and you cannot remove it with a lawn tractor or ATV, cut the stump into smaller manageable pieces so it can then be removed one piece at a time.
These are some of the different options that you will want to consider to get rid of stubborn stumps in your yard quickly and easily. If you have stumps that are too big for you to take care of on your own, contact a stump grinding service to quickly turn them into nutrient-rich soil for your landscaping.