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Old 10-09-2005, 12:34 PM  
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Default 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?



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Old 10-09-2005, 04:18 PM  
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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...



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Old 10-10-2005, 03:36 AM  
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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.

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Old 10-13-2005, 10:03 AM  
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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

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Old 10-16-2005, 10:13 PM  
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Default hmmm...

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

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Old 11-11-2005, 08:21 PM  
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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

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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.
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Old 11-22-2005, 11:01 AM  
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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.

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Old 01-12-2006, 11:36 AM  
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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.
Dorothy Nichols, author of Garden Adventures

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Old 07-05-2006, 10:10 AM  
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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.
Out of site, out of mind.



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