How To Remove Tree Stumps Without Destroying Your Annandale Yard

So you've removed a tree in your yard and now you have to deal with the tree stump. Besides calling a Fairfax County tree service for stump grinding, there are various ways to deal with stump removal on your own if your a Do-It-Yourself kind of person. From digging a stump out manually to using a chemical to decay it, this post will provide some of the most common DIY tree stump removal methods that will keep your Annandale landscape intact without destroying your yard.

Image of a tree stump needing to be removed in Fairfax County

What should you do to remove tree stumps?

How long does it take to remove a tree stump?

It can take anywhere from a day to two weeks depending on the size of the stump, how deep it is, and the method used to remove it. The quickest way is to grind it out with a stump grinder, which can be rented from a local arborist equipment supply store. Grinding a stump can be done within one day.

Digging it out can take from one to several days, depending on how much time and effort is put in each day.

Burning it usually takes a couple of days depending on how wet the stump is. Obviously, the dryer a stump is the quicker it will burn but often times a stump left over from a recent tree removal job will need to sit for months before it becomes dry enough to burn. Using a chemical to facilitate decay can speed the process up a bit.

How to remove tree stumps by hand

The first step to removing a tree stump by hand is to use a shovel or any other digging tool. To remove the stump, move it away from the trunk of the tree and dig around the perimeter of the stump. It is important to remove all roots and dirt from the ground. Next, use a chainsaw or ax to cut through the bottom of the stump. After that, use a sledgehammer and splitting wedge to break up the stump into manageable sections.

Can you get rid of a tree stump by burning it?

Yes! Using fire is a great way to eliminate a tree stump. Check your Fairfax county fire ordinances before starting your fire. You may not know if you're allowed to burn tree stumps in your area, so check! You will need to prepare the area around the stump before starting the fire. Plan your day to start as early as possible. Use the same digging techniques mentioned above to clear the base of the stump of soil and expose the top layer of roots. Build a fire, ignite it and let it burn for several hours. After the fire has been extinguished, shovel out the ashes. Fill with topsoil and tamp down until it is level with surrounding area.

Stump removal using fire

Stump removal using fire

How to use Epsom salt for tree stump removal

One of the benefits of using Epsom salt is that is leaves the surrounding soil in good condition. Other plants can be grown in the place of the stump if the stump debris is removed properly. To use Epsom salt, first you will need to drill several holes in the roots and top of the stump. The holes should go at least 6 inches deep. Next is to fill the holes with Epsom salt and add water. Depending on the season, you may need to cover the stump with a tarp. The process is repeated every three weeks until the stump dies. Drench the stump and any exposed roots with mixture. Cover the stump with tarp, repeat soaking every week until visible dried out. Pale wood still has life left, while dark and brittle wood is dead.

How can you kill and remove a tree stump with oil?

Another method involves using potassium nitrate and fuel oil for stump removal. Here are the steps for this technique. Drill 1-inch holes around the perimeter of the stump, move in by 3 to 4 inches and drill more holes. Drill additional holes around the stump to create 45-degree angles. Add potassium nitrate and fuel oil or kerosene at a ratio of 2 parts fuel oil to one part potassium nitrate. Add more potassium nitrate and fuel oil mixture for 4-6 weeks or until spongy. Use ax to break up stump into pieces as it decomposes if needed.

How to remove a tree from the ground without removing the roots

A stump grinder is best for this and is certainly the most efficient. However, it is important to take note of the condition of the surrounding ground before using a stump grinder so you don't destroy your lawn. If the ground is dry and can support the weight of the stump grinder, then this method will quickly reduce a tree stump to sawdust that can be used as mulch. Cut stump as close to the roots as possible with a chainsaw, hatchet, or handsaw. Grind the stump several inches below grade level and then fill the hole with soil.

Stump grinding in Annandale by Genesis Tree Service Fairfax

Remove tree stumps using a stump grinder

What is the best DIY method to remove tree stumps?

There is no one good answer for this, although digging it out by hand significantly reduces the potential for tearing up the landscape surrounding the stump. The best way ultimately comes down to how much time you have to devote to the project and which DIY method you feel is going to produce the results in the timeframe you desire. If you don't want the hassle of DIY tree stump removal, then you can always call Genesis Tree Service Fairfax to request stump grinding. We'll provide you with a free estimate for tree stump removal and do the job for you.

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