Getting Rid of a Tree Stump

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You have the tree cut down, now comes the harder part, getting rid of the tree stump. This is a page about getting rid of a tree stump.


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July 19, 2007

Advice for removing stumps inexpensively from the ThriftyFun community.


Drill holes in the stumps, then pour bleach in the holes. In time, maybe 6 months to 1 year, the stumps will be really dried out and easy to break up and remove.

By David

Burn It Out

My husband uses lighter fluid, and charcoal to burn the stump out of the ground. It will smoulder when in the ground. I guess that's why you use charcoal.

By Amanda

I'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.

By Richard

Use A Circular Saw

I use a circular saw set at 15 degrees and keep crisscrossing the stump at the blade depth of three inches and the stump just falls apart in small wood squares. Cover with heavy 6 mil plastic and re-cover with earth.

By James

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May 21, 2015

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?



November 4, 20170 found this helpful

This is not really a good idea because you put Epsom salts in your dirt. Your soil has a high salt content now. You will need to wait a few months before you can plant a tree again in this hole. If you try to plant a new tree there now, the salt in the hole can kill the roots of this tree.

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November 4, 20170 found this helpful

Epsom salt helps some plants like tomatoes grow better. I would take a chance and plant the tree

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September 4, 2013

We had a wild fig tree which produced a lot of problems. It kept growing and destroying all nearby plants and its figs (not edible) made the area dirty and mice kept coming. We cut it down in winter and burned part of it near the cut down trunk. But it continues producing branches. All summer I cut them down, but new ones grow. Can I use a herbicide with the new plants around it?


By Athina K.


January 6, 20190 found this helpful

Herbicide is never a good idea as it will kill other plants and leach into ground water. Here is a little known trick for killing trees...copper. Go get some copper nails and hammer them into the stump or tree trunk. It will take time but it will work without having to use herbicides.

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November 19, 2011

How do I make and use homemade tree stump rot solution?

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