guitarguy wrote:I've dealt with a ton of these on my lot. Your best options for quick removal are:
1. Dig it out
2. Attach a come-along to a nearby fence post or something and pull it out
3. Attach to a truck/hitch and rip it out
4. Call a stump grinding / tree service to remove it
How big is the stump?
FrugalInvestor wrote:However, if you've already cut it down to the ground you've likely eliminated options 2 and 3 since you no longer have a place to attach a chain and have also eliminated your good friend - leverage. In that case, I'd call for a stump grinder if you want it gone right away.
Default User BR wrote:If you're reasonably comfortable with power equipment, small stump grinders can be rented. I'm assuming the stump is relatively small as it was an overgrown weed and you handled the cutting down on your without a professional.
YttriumNitrate wrote:Unless you're grinding/pulling it out, stump removal can be a slow process. After cutting the tree, drill holes into the stump and then wait a few months for it to dry out a bit. Next, pour stump remover into those holes and wait 3-6 months. Finally, soak the stump in kerosene and burn it out. Even the burning process is slow. I had a 4 foot diameter ash tree stump smolder and burn for a whole week, so make a good fire ring around the stump.
Valdeselad wrote:I am hesitant to add fuel and burn it out due to the close proximity of neighbor homes.
pennstater2005 wrote:Just pay the money and have someone grind it out. I had a neighbor once who messed around with a stump for years and never got it completely out.
birdy wrote:I too live in Texas! Just recently I read how to get rid of a stump. Drill holes down into stump and fill holes with pure epson salt. Water it in and the stump is supposed to rot away. Anyone else heard of doing this?
Woodshark wrote:Here is a very inexpensive and easy way to remove it..... light the charcoal.....do nothing for 24 to 36 hours.
Default User BR wrote:I would caution against any fire-related methods unless you're out in the country. In more urbanized areas it's likely illegal to burn yard waste and might get a visit from the fire department and police.
Glenn wrote:I've removed several 1-2' diameter stumps, attempting every technique possible.
>Burning. Forget it. Takes forever.
>Stump-rotting chemicals: Never worked for me.
>Ax, shovel, and winch or high-lift jack. Works, but a LOT of work. Take care what you attach your come-along to; you could easily pull over a fence post. The base of another large tree would be best. If it's a fairly small stump, this is my preferred method. (Don't try to jerk it out by tying a line to a car bumper. That's a good way to tear the bumper off.)
>Professional stump-grinder. Not cheap, but does the job quickly, cleanly, and without (my) sweat.
Get a small roll of 12" sheet metal. You can find it at Lowes or Home Depot, usually in the HVAC or roofing section. Also pick up a medium size bag of easy light charcoal and a few sheet metal screws. Make a circle out of the sheet metal that will circle the stump with about 2 inches to spare all around. Dump in the bag of charcoal. It should, at least, completely cover the stump. Clear an area around the stump ( to prevent stray sparks from catching mulch on fire etc.) then light the charcoal. Now comes the hard part.....do nothing for 24 to 36 hours. When it quits smoking after about a day and a half the stump will be gone. Hose down the area and your done.
ddunca1944 wrote:I'm going to take a different view. Do you really want it gone?
At our last home, we had two very large stumps (30" diameter). I asked DH to hollow them out a bit - he used an axe to make a basin about 12" deep. I filled it with potting soil and planted annuals. I also planted flowers and bulbs around the stump. Within a short time, I had a very attractive flower bed. The stumps gave it height and the lobelia spilled out over it.
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