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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.
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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?
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.
Epsom salt helps some plants like tomatoes grow better. I would take a chance and plant the tree
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.
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.
How do I make and use homemade tree stump rot solution?