a tree stump in the yard

By the time you want to spruce up your yard, you notice that there are some stumps get in the way. Imagine how annoying that can be? From there, things can get worse if you don’t know how to remove those tree stumps. And believe me, chopping the stump and shoveling it down to the roots can be exhausting. And if you do it wrong, the stump can still live and create new problems. 

Hire a Professional

a tree stumpIt may sound like a cheap solution, but you are going to need it anyway. For instance, let’s say you’ve just got your days off, and you plan to build a shed in your yard. You only have about a week for the task. In that case, you’d better hire a professional because they can remove the stump in hours! But how do you find the right tree removal service?

First, professionals in the tree removal business are called arborists, and they are certified and registered in the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Before you ask for stump removal service, you’d better check the company’s certificate. Second, you should ask if the service includes insurance. Removing a tree stump may not look like it can have severe impacts on your house, but it surely can go wrong. For instance, if the removal still leaves rotting roots, they can attract carpenter ants, which can be bad news if you have a wooden shed nearby. If you are covered by insurance, your second call to the removal service won’t cost you any dollar. 

Use Stump Removal Chemicals

For this option, you will have to be patient as it may take several weeks before you can remove the stump down its roots. First, prepare a corded drill, extension cord, and a stump removal chemical. Choose one from these brands: SeedRanch Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate Crystals, VPG Fertilome 32295 Chemical Stump Killer, Tordon RTU Specialty Herbicide 62719-031, and Spectracide Stump Remover Granules. Second, drill several holes on the stump, depending on its size, and pour the chemicals in those holes. After five or six weeks, you should check if the stump becomes spongy. If it is, remove the stump by cutting it with either a saw or a grinder. For the roots, pour kerosene to burn them down. 

Rent a Tree Stump Removal Grinder

stump grinderThis method will take the most energy out of you, but it is possibly the cheapest and quickest. You should find a tree stump removal grinder for rent, though. On average, it will cost $50 per day (fuel excluded). Compared to a professional who can charge you as much as $120 per stump, you can save $70 with this method. 

During the preparation, you’ll get to have heavy-duty gloves, hearing protection gears, a pair goggles, a long-sleeve shirt, and a pair of protective jeans. After you’re ready, dig a furrow around the stump and remove any stones nearby. Stones can be dangerous and damaging to the grinder’s head. Then start grinding on the tree stump until it is 6 or 10 inches deep. Don’t forget to take a rest if the vibration fatigues your hands.