If you have moved into a new home where the previous owners had left an unsightly tree stump in the front yard, you will most likely want to remove it completely from your property. Taking out a tree stump is usually best left for a professional, like Dubois Tree & Land Management LLC; but if you are trying to save money and if you are not worried about how long the procedure takes, you may be able to remove the stump on your own. Here are some stump removal methods to give a try in getting rid of the eyesore for good.
Grinding the Stump
A professional tree service company would use a stump grinder to remove a stump from your yard. You may be able to do this yourself if you are confident around heavy machinery. Check out a local tool rental service to see if they have a stump grinder available and ask for a demonstration on how it is to be properly utilized before you undertake the project yourself. Make sure you have on the proper safety apparel needed and have a friend available on-site while you use the machinery in case of an accident.
If you are not concerned about how long it will take to remove the stump from your yard, using chemicals is an efficient way in removing it without needing to do much physical labor. Drill a few holes in the top of the stump. Go to the landscaping section in your local home goods store and find a chemical treatment that will deteriorate wood.
Pour some of the contents into each hole in the stump and let it soak inside. Add more of the solution every few days so it stays prevalent inside the stump. In time, it will break down the wood fibers, allowing you to easily remove pieces by hand for disposal.
Burning The Stump
Setting the stump on fire is another way to remove it from your yard. This is done much like the chemical method. Drill holes in the top of the stump and pour kerosene or gasoline inside the holes. Do this at a time you know there is no precipitation in the forecast for several days so the fuel has a chance to saturate the wood. Set it on fire and keep someone on hand to watch over it as it burns through the stump. This may take a few sessions before the stump is totally eliminated. Also, double-check with your municipal policy about open fires on residental properties.
Digging Around The Stump
You can attempt to dig around the stump and pull it out of the ground on your own. Dig as closely to the stump as you can and use an ax to chop through any roots as you get into deeper soil. If the stump is very large, have some friends help you lift it from the ground when it becomes loosened enough to remove.