Uprooting tree stumps: an overview of 8 effective ways to remove tree debris

The removal of stumps on a site is necessary in the following cases: if you have purchased a site with old trees and want to replace them with new ones or do redevelopment; if an old tree has fallen, or the tree is in disrepair; if a stump or a tree interferes with creating a landscape composition that the owners have conceived, or are an obstacle to the layout of the garden and the planning of the adjacent territory. You can uproot stumps in several ways - with the involvement of special equipment, using chemistry or on your own manually. It should be said that if the stump is far from the rest of the trees and does not bother you, you can leave it to decay in a natural way or turn into an object of landscape design. If the stump is in close proximity to healthy trees, it is better to get rid of it, because bacteria that destroy stumps, spores of fungi, woodworms can also move to other trees.

Removing stumps mechanically

In this case, you can use a gasoline tool or rent special equipment. This method is quite expensive since will have to attract an organization that has the appropriate equipment.

Using a chainsaw

This is a simple method that any owner can do - the stump is cut with a chainsaw as low as possible - to ground level. If you call saw cutters for felling, they can cut the stump too. But this method is suitable if you do not plan to arrange a garden or a flower bed in place of a dumped tree.

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Cutting a stump to the ground level with a chainsaw is one of the easiest ways to get rid of it, but this option can be used on a lawn or garden plot where you do not plan any arrangement works and the rest of the stump will not bother you

Use of heavy equipment

You can hire a tractor, bulldozer or excavator to root out a stump. You must have an entrance to the site and a place where the equipment can work. This method is suitable if you need to clear the area for construction, when you need to uproot a few stumps. Heavy machinery damages the topsoil, and if you want to protect the lawn and fruit trees, this method is not suitable for you.

Heavy equipment will help in the preliminary cleaning of the site from the roots and stumps before starting construction and planning works

Using a stump chopper

This method has a lot of advantages: the lawn remains almost intact, a small area is needed for the forest milling machine to work. The stump is milled to a solid depth - up to 30 cm below the soil level. But a cutter for removing stumps is expensive, and it makes no sense to buy it to remove only one stump.

In this case, a mini tractor and a crusher are used to remove the stump. So you can remove the stump located among other trees, without fear of damaging their roots

The market for services offering uprooting stumps is replete with offers of this kind, so you can always hire specialists working with forest mills.

The video demonstrates stump removal in various ways:

Manual uprooting methods

Ax, spade and hacksaw to help

Root stumps can also be carried out manually using an ax, a shovel, a hacksaw, a rope and a winch. Although this method does not require any material costs, you will need to spend a lot of time and energy, especially if you need to uproot a large stump. So here it is better to weigh the pros and cons.

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First you need to examine the stump, find the thickest roots, dig them in and chop them with an ax or use a hacksaw. Then you need to dig a stump to a half-meter depth and pull it out with a winch. It is so convenient to uproot high stumps - the rest of the trunk acts as a lever when the stump is twisted.

Pretreatment of roots before stump removal - all large roots are dug, sawed with a hacksaw or removed with an ax

The stump is ready for uprooting - the roots are separated, the cable is fixed. The small size of the stump allows you to remove it with a cable and winch

Ground erosion method

This method can be used in areas with sandy or clay soil, the soil is washed away by a stream from a hose, so that a large amount of water supplied under pressure is required. Dig a hole near the stump so that water flows into it and with a hose stream wash the soil around the stump. When the soil is well washed out, the roots will be freed from the soil. The thickest sections of the roots need to be cut, and then the stump can be taken out of the ground.

Chemical use

Using saltpeter

Chemical stubbing of stumps is often done using nitrate. The essence of the method is as follows: in a stump, you need to drill holes to the maximum possible depth with a diameter of about 1 cm, the more holes the better.

Nitrate is poured into the holes and poured with water, then the stump is covered with polyethylene so that precipitation does not wash the saltpeter. It is advisable to do this in the fall, so that the stump in this state will stay all winter until spring. This is a sufficient period for soaking wood and nitrate roots. With the onset of spring, the stump needs to be set on fire, it will burn well and will burn out almost completely. This method is suitable for clay and sandy soils, but it is extremely dangerous if you resort to it on a site with peat soil.

Urea application

After impregnation of wood with urea, it begins to decompose quickly. The technique is almost the same as in the case described above - ammonium nitrate is poured into the drilled holes, filled with water and the stump is covered with a cellophane film.

Urea is a good fertilizer, so you don’t have to remove stump residues. Leave it for a year or more under a layer of earth, and then a plot with fertile soil will appear in its place, where you can arrange a flower garden or garden.

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Salt as a means of dealing with stumps

Using coarse salt is one of the easiest ways to get rid of stumps. Salt is poured into the holes, and the stump is poured with a layer of turf. After some time, only trash will remain from the stump.

Which method is better to choose?

Each of the above methods is effective in its own way:

  • Rooting trees mechanically is convenient if you need to clear a plot for building a house or make a site plan.
  • Rooting out on a site where there are already objects will be more convenient using chemicals. This is an inexpensive and easy way.
  • If you plan to break a bed in place of a stump, it is recommended that you remove the stumps manually or use a chopper: a crusher or a wood mill.

If you wish, you can even make the stump a home for edible mushrooms, but this is a topic for another discussion.


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