Stump Removal Process

Several Options to Consider


Have a stump you want removed? There are a few ways it can be done. The question is, how much time, money, and know-how do you have to get the job done right? Learn more about each stump removal process to gauge how you want to plan the project.

DIY Stump Removal Process

If you’re ready to take on the project yourself, there are several options. They may take longer and require some potentially hazardous steps, so take extra care and precautions before getting started.

  • Soften the stump for removal. This is a multi-step process that could help make your stump easier to remove on your own. First, drill deep holes several inches apart into the top of the stump. Fill the holes with a stump removal formula found at your local store. Top it off with boiling water to help the formula dissolve, then leave it for several weeks to work.
  • Dig it up. If the stump is small enough or if you can cut it down into smaller pieces with a chainsaw and soften the wood, you may be able to manage digging the stump out of the ground.
  • Burning the stump. Be sure you follow the laws in your area on open fires before getting to this step. Drill holes into the top of the stump and fill with kerosene. Let it soak for a few weeks. This should help the liquid filter through the stump and into the roots for a better burn. Before lighting it up, clear the area of flammable debris and build a wall of bricks and rocks around the stump to help contain the flames. Use kindling to start the fire and tend to it until the stump has burned out completely. Replace the ashes with soil or seed if it’s in a grassy area.

Professional Stump Removal

Hiring a company to remove the stump is a quick, easy, and convenient choice—but could be a more expensive option. They have the necessary tools and know-how to do it right the first time, saving you time and money and giving you peace of mind.

No Stump Removal

Do you really need to remove the stump, or can you incorporate it into your landscape? Some stumps make nice outdoor seating, table, and other forms of decor. If you can leave it, not only does it add natural ambiance, it saves you all the hassle that comes with removal.

Still Stumped?

If you need a stump removed and tried to do it yourself without any luck, it may be time to call in the professionals. The estimate will be based on the size of the stump and the type of wood—harder woods are easier to grind. If you still have questions, call the experts at Elite Tree Care for more information on how to best remove your stump.

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