So, you’ve finally cut down that old tree in your yard, but now you’re left with a massive stump. While some homeowners may leave these tree stumps in place, mowing the lawn around them, others prefer to remove them. But removing a tree stump isn’t as easy as cutting down a tree.
With roots embedded deep into the ground, stumps can remain intact for years or even decades. With a little bit of work, however, you can get rid of old tree stumps.
Dig it Out
The simplest – but not the easiest – method of removal for old tree stumps is digging it out of the ground. Using a shovel, dig a perimeter around the stump and eventually underneath it.
The goal in doing this is to expose the root structure, which is essentially what’s holding the stump in the ground. Depending on the species of tree and its age, you may have to dig several feet to reach its roots.
After digging and exposing the roots, use a root saw to cut them. Some people use an axe to cut the roots, but this isn’t recommended due to the possibility of accidentally striking a rock. Use a root saw to cut through the roots, and when you are finished, dig up and remove the stump.
Another solution is to burn the stump. Before doing so, however, you’ll make to make sure there’s plenty of clearance around the stump to prevent nearby grass or debris from catching fire. Next, place several sticks on top of the log to serve as tinder. Now pour some grill lighter fluid over the stump and set it ablaze.
Burning is an excellent way to remove old stumps, but it’s fairly time consuming. Even small stumps may take 6-12 hours to fully burn. Larger stumps can burn for well over 24 hours. And you should never leave a stump burning unattended. If you need to leave for any reason, either have someone watch the fire or put it out.
Hire a Professional
If this sounds like too much work, you can always hire a professional to remove your old tree stump. We have both the tools and expertise necessary to remove old stumps. Many homeowners make the mistake of leaving parts of the root structure behind, causing the tree to regrow. Professional landscaping and tree removal companies will remove all of the root structure.
If we can help with any of your tree care needs give us a call at 512-846-2535 or 512-940-0799 or