Tree stumps are the bane of every homeowner. After cutting down a tree, the stump will remain in place, preventing you from using the land for other purposes. Some homeowners assume that chopping the stump with an ax will suffice, only to realize later that this is a tedious, laborious and time-consuming process.
But if you don’t remove the stump, it may regenerate a new tree. Some trees, particularly deciduous varieties, will regrow in and around the stump after being cut down. This process happens very quickly, as well, which is why it’s important to eliminate tree stumps if you want them off your land.
One stump removal option is to hire a professional tree removal company or contractor. There are companies and individuals out there who specialize in removing stubborn tree stumps. They’ll typically use a machine known as “stump grinder” to literally pulverize the stump. Once pulverized, there’s virtually zero chance of the tree growing back.
Another option, however, is to use a chemical tree stump remover. There are certain chemical-based products that are made specifically for this purpose. So, how exactly do these chemical stump removers work?
Depending on the size and species, it can take a tree stump up to 10 years to fully decay. Chemical stump removers, however, are designed to expedite this process, allowing the stump to decay more quickly. Most chemical stump removers consist of potassium nitrate (KNO3). You cut a hole in the center of the stump, apply the product as instructed, and wait for it to work. After about five to six weeks, the stump should be rotten enough so that you can easily chop it up into small segments.
If this sounds like too much work, you can always hire a professional to remove the stump. While chemical stump removers generally take over a month to work, companies and contractors can remove it in just a few hours using a grinder. And with a grinder, you can rest assured knowing that all of the stump will be removed, with no chance of it returning.
Hopefully, this gives you a better understanding of chemical tree stump removers and whether or not they are right for you. Basically, these products work by facilitating the tree’s natural decomposition, allowing it to decay more quickly. You pour the product into the stump, after which it does the rest of the work.
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