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beverly 10-09-2005 12:34 PM

tree stump how do I get rid of it?
my kids have a swingset in the yard and right under one of the swings is an old treestump from an evergreen that used to be there. How do I get rid of it? I don't have the stamina to dig it and all of it's roots up, is there something I can like pour on it to dissolve it or something? anyone know?

FirTrader 10-09-2005 04:18 PM

Heheh.... well... you can get a stump-grinder in, you can attack it with a chainsaw... I don't know if there is a chemical that will break down wood without doing ridiculous harm to other things around it...

Lil Dave 10-10-2005 03:36 AM

Tree stump removal
Lime is generally used for eventual deterioration of tree stumps. Takes more than one year for full removal. Will have to be reapplied on a regular basis. Not a smart thing to do in such close vicinity of children playing area.

Another way is to build a few fires on the stump. Has to be really hot to get the moisture out, and usually takes more than one fire. Long-burning fuel, like charcoal and hardwood (oak for instance) is needed.

Digging around to expose the major roots at the stump, then using a chainsaw to cut these roots can help in either case. Whatever method has its own type risks and precautions.

sonofthesoil 10-13-2005 10:03 AM

For my money, it is worth it just to pay someone to come and drag it out with a tractor - may cost a bit, but you will save time and it will be over and done

beverly 10-16-2005 10:13 PM

I like the idea of having someone just pull it out but wondering what something like that might cost...

Canadiver 11-11-2005 08:21 PM

Best way is to dig around the stump to expose the roots, cut the roots and then pull the stump depending on size. This would do less damage then say: having a backhoe come in and dig it out if you can even get a backhoe into the backyard. In the North West a Backhoe will cost $50 to $75 per hour for small one. Most landscaping companies would do this work and repair the erea after, give some a call and get an estimate. Good Luck

Mach1 11-11-2005 09:02 PM


Originally Posted by beverly
I like the idea of having someone just pull it out but wondering what something like that might cost...

Just had a guy remove a mid-size maple tree from the yard. A backhoe made quick work of it, stump and all.

mickmar 11-22-2005 11:01 AM

beverly, you should be able to rent a small stump chopper from a tool rental place, a couple hours should do it. Probably need a trailer and a strong armed person to help. Mick.

dotnik 01-12-2006 11:36 AM

I'm told that the Amish put a load of manure on the stump and let nature take its course. That wouldn't work too well under a swing, though. If you put a couple of inches of woods soil on it, it will decay faster than if you don't. You could also take out that swing and put a little raised bed of petunias or ground cover there.
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HUNARI 07-05-2006 10:10 AM

I take my reciprocating saw and about a 12" blade to stumps taht aren't too big. First I circle around the stump and get all the outreaching surface roots. Once I get them cut I take my pick axe and pry em all up.
Then I take the same saw and just start trimming the stump down to below ground level. Once the stump si below ground level I drill a hole into what is left and pour stump-rot into it, and cover it up with dirt.
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