How Do I Eliminate a Tree Stump?
Unearthing a stump takes patience and hard work, but is definitely possible. Removing a 10-inch diameter stump by hand is doable with some digging, chopping, and levering. You can eventually loosen the ground and get the stump out. This also goes with larger stumps, although it can be more labor extensive.
What Tools are Necessary to Remove a Tree Stump?
What Are the Steps to Removing a Tree Stump?
Safety Precautions When Removing a Stump
Remove Surrounding Vegetation
Using a petrol hedge trimmer or hedge shears, eliminate any vegetation surrounding the stump. It will give you enough room to move around while getting rid of the stump. Slice off the top growth of the tree and leave just enough portion for easy leverage when swinging the trunk.
Cut Away Ground Cover
Eliminate grass or ivy that covers the ground using your petrol hedge hammers or shears.
Clear Roots of Ground Cover
Clear the remaining top growth like ivy or grass using a spade. It is easier to dig the ground without the ground cover. Make sure that the spade is as sharp as possible to make digging faster.
Start to Dig Soil From Around the Roots
If the ground is hard and stony, use a pick-ax or spade to break it up. Pile the soil to one side. Keep any rocks or stones you stumble upon because you can use them for drainage for a soak pit.
Clear Soil from Under the First Root
Get rid of any soil around the base and under the roots. This will make it easier for the saw to cut through the roots.
Cut the First Root
After you have cleared the first root with any soil attached to it, begin cutting using a bow saw or an ax. Use safety glasses when you hit the root to avoid soil and stone particles from hurting your eyes. Strike the ax at a perpendicular angle to your body or downwards to keep it from hitting your legs in case you miss the wood. To loosen the roots grip on the ground, use a pick-ax or a mattock.
Uncover and Cut Another Root
Expose the roots around the stump and cut another one.
Rock the Trunk
If you are working on a small tree, making two cuts on its roots can loosen it up. Swing the leverage of the trunk back and forth to break smaller roots.
Uncover, Cut, and Lever
Keep exposing, cutting, and rocking the stump. You should be able to loosen its grip on the ground so it can be pulled out. You can use a spade, a pick-ax, or a mattock to chop off side roots to help loosen its grip on the ground. When you are dealing with a larger stump, you can find a mattock and a pick-ax handy in unearthing the stump and extracting the roots out. If you have a long steel bar, use it to lever the stump upwards. Thick boards and bricks can serve as a fulcrum when using the long steel bar. Maximize the force by keeping the pivot point as close to the stump as possible.
How to Remove Large Tree Stumps
Be careful not to cut flush to the ground using a chainsaw because it will dull and damage the chain the moment it strikes the ground and stones.
Method 1- Burn It Out
Method 2- Use a Stump Grinder
When it comes to removing large tree stumps, you can use a stump grinder. This machine is a large angle grinder that is useful to mill the stump below the ground. The process entails reducing the stump as close to the ground using a chainsaw. Then, position the stump grinder above the stump, turn the power on and begin the grinding process. The blade will swing back and forth over the stump, gradually reducing its height.
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