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What Is The Fastest Way To Get Rid Of A Tree Stump?

Dec 10


The stump is a reminder of the tree that was removed. Tree stumps can be an eyesore and a trip hazard and attract unwanted pests such as termites and fungi. A stump left untreated can decay and rot for up to ten years. 


You can remove a stump from a tree by yourself. However, stump grinders can be heavy and difficult to use. How do you remove a stump from a tree? Which is the best method? The best way is to let it rot but do so quickly.

How do you Rotate a Tree Stump Quickly?

Chemical removal is the fastest method to get rid of a stump from a tree without having to use a grinder. The chemical method involves applying chemicals to the holes in the stump. 


This will accelerate the natural decay process, and the tree fibers and roots will fall faster. This is one of the most effective ways to remove a stump from your yard. These are the steps to follow to use this method.


How to Rot a Tree Stump from a Leading Arborist


  1. If possible, start on a dry day. The tree stump will look for liquid and nutrients and absorb the chemicals more quicker.
  2. If you're able, cut off the rest of the tree with a chainsaw. This will make it easier for the chemicals to cut through. Chainsaws can prove dangerous, so be careful and wear steel-toed boots.
  3. After the stump is as close as possible to the ground, drill several holes along its top and sides in a downward direction. Each hole should only be a few inches in depth.
  4. After drilling holes in the stump, apply the chemicals to break down the wood. Oregon has strict laws about what chemicals can be purchased for this project. A commercial fertilizer with high levels of nitrogen is the best choice. However, cow manure can also be effective. 


  1. Epsom salt is another realistic option. A 19-pound page costs only $10, making it a cost-effective option. Although it has the same dissolving properties as nitrogen, it is more organic. Once you have selected the chemical you want to use, fill the holes with as much as possible.
  2. Next, soak the stump in water and wet its sides and top. To trap moisture around the stump, cover it with a plastic tarp. The chemicals will eventually break down wood particles quicker if there is moisture.
  3. Next, apply mulch to the top of the plastic tarp. This is the best way to protect the tarp from moisture.
  4. To help hold the tarp in place, you can add rocks or stones. However, this is an optional step.

After you've completed these steps, the stump of a tree will be officially dead. This is a way to speed up nature. However, nature can be slow, so it's expected to take some time. 


Read more; Common Reasons for Tree Removal


What can you do to speed up stump rot? If the mulch is becoming dry, you can continue the rotting process.