Are You Stumped About A Stump? Learn How To Remove It With Some Simple Steps

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After having a diseased tree removed from your property, you may be concerned about the appearance of the stump that remains. Learn how to remove the stump with the following instructions. After you have cleared the land, you will have extra space that can be used to place decorative items, a new tree or shrub, or recreational equipment. 

Materials

  • power drill
  • drill bits
  • stump killer (powder form)
  • funnel
  • garden gloves
  • duct tape
  • plastic sheeting
  • garden stakes
  • power saw
  • garden shovel
  • rake
  • grass seed
  • water hose

Drill Holes And Fill Them With Stump Killer

Drill shallow holes around the perimeter of the flat portion of the stump. Space the holes out so that they are a couple inches apart. Put on a pair of garden gloves so that your skin is not exposed to the chemicals that are contained in the stump killer. Insert the tip of a funnel into each hole and pour the stump killer into the wide opening at the top of the tool. Add enough powder so that it it comes up to the top of each hole. Place strips of duct tape over each filled hole to assist with holding the stump killer in place.

Cover the stump with a piece of plastic sheeting to help keep the powder contained in case the tape does not remain intact. Secure the sheeting by inserting a garden stake through each corner of it and the ground. The killer may take several weeks to work. Read the instructions that came with the product that you purchased to determine the length of time that you can expect to wait.

Use A Power Drill To Cut Up The Stump

Uncover the stump and press the end of a garden shovel against it to determine if it has softened. If the stump is spongy in texture, use a power saw to cut the wood into small pieces. After the stump has been eliminated, you will notice roots that remain near the ground's surface. Cut the roots up with the saw and use a shovel to loosen any soil that is covering parts of the root system.

Add topsoil to any parts of the ground that are lower in level than the rest of your yard. Rake the topsoil to assist with leveling it. Plant grass seed if you would like your property to have a uniform appearance and water it each day until the new blades begin to grow. Otherwise, plant a new tree or shrub in the section that is bare. Talk to a tree removal company in your area for more information.

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