Trees are a beautiful addition to any property, but inevitably the time comes when one needs to be removed. Disease, storms, or poor location can lead to a tree having to come down. So what do you do with the stump once the tree is gone? Here are the most common options for dealing with a stump.
Dig It Out
Digging is a very labor-intensive choice for stump removal, but it is effective, especially for smaller tree stumps. This is also an excellent choice for those who want to avoid using chemicals. Here’s how it works:
Grind It Up
Stump grinders can be purchased or rented at many home improvement stores. Use caution and follow instructions precisely as you grind up the stump and roots. Be sure to use proper protective gear for your eyes and ears.
This choice is not available in all areas. Some municipalities have laws against burning, so be sure to check your local codes first. If it is legal, build a fire around the stump and monitor as it burns. It can take several hours so be prepared to keep it going long enough to be effective.
Use a Chemical Stump Remover
The chemical option requires minimal effort, but it is a slow process, usually taking several weeks for the stump to rot enough for easy removal. You also need to be very careful with this process as the powder is dangerous when ingested. Children and pets must stay away from the chemicals.
Drill several large, evenly spaced holes in the stump. Pour the stump removal powder into the holes. After a few weeks, the stump should be soft enough to remove easily.
For any of the above options, be sure to remove all debris from the hole and then fill in with loam or sawdust. You may need to refill periodically as the materials settle.
Call a Professional
If you do not have the time, energy, or interest to tackle this project on your own, no worries. Rochester Stump Removal offers stump removal and grinding services for both commercial and residential properties. Give us a call today and our experts will handle this for you safely and efficiently.
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