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How to Remove A Tree Stump

Category : Stump Grinding

So you’ve finally gotten that fallen tree out of the way to clear up your yard. Except wait, what’s that? You’re left with the stump of the tree, the final and most stubborn part of the ordeal. Removing a stump is no easy task, not only are they extremely heavy and sturdy, but they are connected to the ground through an entire network of roots.

Removing The Stump Manually

Removing a stump manually is possible, but it’s certainly not easy. If you have the appropriate tools and you are capable, you can expect it to take 3-6 hours to complete. This process is very labor intensive but it is actually much faster than other methods. It is best performed on small and medium trees, larger trees will require a stump grinder.

  • Dig around the stump to loosen it from the ground, remove the dirt until you can see around the tree roots.
  • Cut the roots from the main tree trunk
  • Continue to dig until you see the taproot, clear an area around it.
  • Cut though the tree trunk with an axe or saw.
  • After cutting through the taproot, you should be able to pull it out of the topsoil. This is a time consuming process and you’ll have to make sure all the roots are cut.

Removing a Stump with Chemicals

One method of stump removal is using chemicals to quickly rot the tree stump. This process is a bit easier than removing it by hand. However, not only does this method still require some manual labor, it also takes some time and patience to get done. It won’t be gone overnight, in fact it could take up to a year to completely dissolve the stump. The other downside is that you are using harsh chemicals which can be dangerous if not handled correctly. You also want to make sure that these chemicals aren’t getting into your water or food supply. Please take utmost caution if you do go through with this method.

  • Level the stump with the ground with your chainsaw. Be sure to use protective safety gear when doing so.
  • Drill holes in the top of the stump using the largest drill bit possible, going as deep as possible.
  • Fill the holes with water, and then potassium nitrate or another fertilizer high in nitrogen. Epson salts can also be used in place.
  • Soak the surrounding area with lots of water to get it as saturated as possible. Cover the area with a plastic tarp to maintain high levels of moisture.
  • Periodically add more water and nitrogen to the stump until it is completely rotten.

Call in The Pros

Dudley Tree has been an expert in tree and stump removal for many years. We use commercial grade stump grinders that get the job done fast so that you don’t have to lift a finger. There’s no need to waste time and energy with renting tools and chemicals. If you have any questions or are interested in an estimate please give us a call at 978-373-1510 or contact us for more information.


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Hiring a Professional For Stump Removal

After having trees removed in your yard, you’ll be left with useless stumps. Removing these stumps are your own can be a lot of work, so why not leave it to a professional tree company? Dudley Tree & Crane can be there to help you remove tree stumps after tree removal. Here are some reasons to avoid doing it by yourself:

Tree Experts Have The Right Tools

When you hire a tree company to remove tree stumps, they will ensure it is appropriately done with the right equipment. They have the experience and expertise to ensure the entire stump and roots are removed from the ground. Stump removal requires you to make precise cuts and dig out the correct area of the earth. You may run into situations where you won’t know what to do next or have a hard time with a tough stump. Leaving it to professionals will be a better idea since they have the right tools and expertise to remove the stumps no matter what.

Safety When Removing Tree Stumps

Stump removal is not the safest task to complete on your own – especially when you don’t have experience doing it. Professional stump removers will be able to safely remove any tree stump while taking into consideration the environment. Removing the stump in various pieces will help keep the surrounding area and bystanders safe. Having an expert complete stump removal is a better option, and they can assess the potential hazards and how to avoid them.

Cleaning Up The Aftermath of a Tree Stump Removal

Tree stump removal can often be messy, especially if it is on the larger side. You don’t want to be cleaning up stump debris on your own. Dudley Tree will make sure the area is cleaned up after the removal so that it looks like no one was even there. Tree roots can be heavy, and the experts have the materials and tools to make sure everything can be hauled away and disposed of correctly. 

Experts Can Remove Your Stumps For Less

If you choose to remove your tree stumps, you’ll end up buying tools that you’ll never use again. Tree experts are trained and already have the equipment to remove the stumps. Don’t waste money on tools – spend it on the service. Dudley Tree is happy to provide you with stump removal and grinding services in MA!

Contact Dudley Tree

If you need tree removal services and stump removal, Dudley Tree can be the tree experts for you! Contact us to learn more about our tree services or to schedule an estimate. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to get started!


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