How To Safely Remove A Tree Stump Without Calling In The Professionals

Chemical Removal—Less Laborious If you're tired of pulling a tree stump by hand, apply chemicals. We gently push that tough stump to break down on its own, saving you from perspiration and strained muscles.  

Start with a drill, wide drill bit, chemical stump remover (potassium nitrate works well), water, and a tarp or plastic sheeting. Protect yourself with gloves and safety glasses to avoid splashing.  

On top of the stump, drill deep holes a few inches apart. Fill the holes with chemical stump remover and follow the package instructions. Sometimes you need water to get the proper solution.  

Your virtue now is patience. It takes weeks to a month for this chemical breakdown dance. Your stump's size and wood type may affect this. Your cue is when the stump becomes mushy and spongy.  

You may now break it apart and clear the space with little effort, and maybe even feel accomplished for not having to wrestle it out of the ground.

Manual Method: Hands-On Manual removal is ideal for tiny stumps if you're ready to get your hands dirty. A shovel or mattock for digging, an ax or saw for difficult roots, and a winch if the stump is stubborn are needed.  

Remember to safeguard yourself. We require gloves, boots, and eye protection. Start by excavating around the stump with a shovel or mattock to reveal the roots. Clear space around the stump to work comfortably.  

Next, tackle the upper roots. Grab your ax or saw and chop them from the stump now that they're visible. Expect a workout if the roots are thick and tough.  

Taproots, the major roots that hold trees in place, are often the biggest problem. Cutting or pulling this root loose after digging around it is difficult. If the stump is stubborn, use a winch to remove it.