When it’s time for an out-of-place or dying tree to be removed, you have bigger concerns than whether or not the wood can be used for kindling during colder months or the initial fallen tree removal costs. Rather, how can you reliably remove the tree stump without hiring it out to someone else or letting it sit and rot (or grow new sprouts) for years to come?
Using large drill bits, create several holes in the stump. Then, fill each opening in the wood with kerosene, allowing it to soak in and refilling it over the course of 1-2 weeks. Once the stump
becomes saturated and the openings are empty, light a match and place it into each of the holes.
Because burning tree stumps will cause the wood to smolder for several days, you need to plan this removal method for a time when you will be there to keep an eye on it. It’s possible for the roots of the tree to burn and spread to other areas of your property, depending on how far they reach.
Paying for someone to grind out an old stump for you can cost a pretty penny (most companies charge based on price per inch or per stump if you have several trees to remove.)
The MAGNATRAC® MH8000 and the MAGNATRAC® MH4900 model’s are both more than capable of handling a stump grinder. Options include loaders with an optional quick hitch system which utilize third party skid steer and farm tractor implements. Such as: grinder, snow blowers, concrete mixers, grapples, mowers, chippers, sweepers and many more.
If you’re able to rent or borrow a grinder, take care to wear protective equipment and steel toed boots.
Before using a grinder, cut the stump as low to the ground as possible. As you move the grinder from one side to the next, you will be able to remove a small portion of the stump at a time. Extremely large stumps may require an industrial grinder and hiring a landscaper. If you’re planning on cutting down trees in several places, you may want to keep this in mind.
Chemical Stump Removal
If you’re letting your stump rot away the old fashioned way, using a chemical mixture that contains nitrogen or potassium nitrate can speed up the process. Like burning a stump, it’s best to create openings in the wood with a large drill bit first. Then fill each opening with the chemical, following directions as specified by the manufacturer.
Dig it Out
Smaller tree stump removal may appear to be something that you can do by hand, with a good shovel and a bit of muscle. However, manual tree stump removal is no easy task. As such, you’ll need something stronger to pull or dig out the stump.
In the old days, farmers would use their horses or livestock to pull burned stumps out of the ground. Today, homesteaders can use their own small dozers to efficiently rip the stump from the ground with just the touch of a finger. Personal machines like the MAGNATRAC can tow thousands of pounds, making them the perfect choice for tree stump removal, and pulling those logs out of the woods.
Gina Henrie says
Thanks for the advice! I didn’t realize there were so many options for getting rid of stumps! I hadn’t considered burning it before. We’ve been thinking about grinding the stump. Thanks for recommending some specific stump grinding machines!