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How to Properly Get Rid of Tree Stumps

Cutting down trees in your yard is a way to increase natural lighting for other plants while also making room for new trees to develop. If you’ve ever had a tree removed from your yard, you know how bothersome the stump can be. 

Removing a tree from your yard may be difficult and costly, especially if you end up with a persistent stump. If you leave it alone, it may begin to grow, producing vexing branches from its roots, or it may take years to decay and die organically.

An old tree stump may not create difficulties at first, but the longer you leave it, the more of a nuisance it may become. Old stumps might obstruct mowing your lawn or provide a tripping danger to you and your family. Over time, a rotting stump may also create a breeding ground for home-damaging pests such as termites or carpenter ants.

While you may let the stump die, the pests that come along with it may spread to other plants and trees in your yard or even infiltrate your home. 

Thankfully, there are several methods for removing a stubborn tree stump from your yard:

1. Stump Digging

Digging out tree stumps up to 12 inches in diameter may be the best alternative. Ditch the big, expensive machines and dig using simple hand tools. Using the right tools is still a laborious process.

To remove the stump, use an iron and a powerful spade. A thin spade with a mid-length handle penetrates the thick root ball. A hatchet loosens compacted soils and axes roots and pries stubborn roots with the digging iron.

Work from the stump’s sides downward and inward. Lengthen the stump by loosening the ground beneath it with the digging iron, and cut the taproot using the mattock’s sharp edge. Lastly, get rid of the stump and large roots.

2. Stump Burning

If the stump is dry, it can be burned. This method takes longer than digging and does not entirely remove roots below the soil surface, but it is less physically demanding. However, check with your local council for any burning advisories.

Remove flammables and trip hazards from the stump area, and extinguish any flames that shoot out outside the burning stump with a connected, pressurized garden hose. Finally, make sure you prepare to stay until the fire is out, which depends on the size, wood type, moisture level, and current weather.

3. Stump Grinding

Grinding can eliminate a stump in 15 minutes or more. This job is best left to an expert. When operating a stump grinder, we utilize protective gear such as safety glasses and hearing protection.

Stump grinding is hazardous to both the operator and onlookers. The machine grinds to around 8 inches and dumps the trash adjacent. Using a stump grinder might result in flying wood chips or pebbles or severing utility wires.

Conclusion

If you’re attempting to get a tree stump out of your yard, one of the techniques listed above should work. While using the DIY methods can be done, hiring a professional to assist you in removing the stump is the fastest, safest, and most efficient solution available.

If you’re looking for successful tree removal, hire a reputable company with dependable experience and the right solutions for you. Aside from tree removal, you will need help in restoring your garden, landscaping, and upkeep. 

Northside Tree and Garden Services offer high-quality landscape design, turf laying services, and tree removal and cutting services in Sydney in the North Shore area and Northern Suburbs. Our team constantly provides customized services to fit your unique gardening needs and budget, so call us for a free estimate today!