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By AmandaI've just recently finished removing eighteen stumps by burning with very good results. I used the hole drilling and potassium nitrate (saltpeter) method. Mix 400 to 500 grams of SP in about 3 to 4 liters of very hot water. Fill the holes in the stump repeatedly until the solution is all used up. This should be left a month or two to dry. The stump should be covered to keep rain out during this period, but air should be able to circulate around the top of the stump. The SP doesn't seem to encourage stump rot, its purpose is to assist the burning. Fill the holes with kerosene or diesel a couple of times and let it soak in for a week or so. You may have to pour a little more kerosene on it to light it but I found it usually lit by laying a bit of burning paper on top of the stump. It will burn with very little flame or smoke. It will burn right down into the roots. A little bit of dirt to fill the hole and grass grows readily on the site.
Bleach is not toxic.
Clorox bleach will turn into ordinary table salt when it comes in contact with the ground it is made from sea water and will DO NO HARM to the ground or critters.
I have taken many stumps out as a kid growing up on 27 acre home in VA. I used to use red devil lye after I drilled 1/2 holes. I cant find red devil lye anymore so now I use the cheapest oven cleaner spray I can find. Oven cleaner is base as opposed to an acid like bleach. Most wood is already acidic and if you correct the PH level nature will digest the wood a lot faster. Covering the stump with clear plastic and lots of watering will help reduce the rot time.
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Is it OK to plant a new tree in the same hole where a stump was removed, using Epsom salts? I have a dwarf RI red maple, and want to plant it where I am removing a white pine stump. Will I need to add anything to the soil, or in the hole, before replanting?
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