Choosing the best stump removal procedure

11 May 2016
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Stumps left after cutting down a tree can be an eyesore in your garden, and most people like to have them removed completely to be able to do something else with the area that the stump is occupying. There are many ways you can remove a tree stump, and in order to make the right decision, you'll need to know a little bit about the different procedures in order to pick the stump removal technique that fits you and your garden the best.


Grinding is a very common way to remove stumps and is usually the preferred procedure for professional stump removal firms. This procedure is fairly quick since most of the work is done by a machine. You do, however, need to do manual labour and dig around the stump before you start grinding to make it easier to pull out of the ground later. You should also consider the price, as you'll need to rent the grinder. If you only need to remove one stump, it might not be economically beneficial. Find out what rates professional tree stump removal firms in your area have and compare them to the rate of the grinder hire company. In some cases, hiring a removal firm like Waratah Tree Services might be cheaper and save you the effort.

Manual removal

You can also remove the stump by hand. This is the cheapest option, but also the option that requires the most time and effort. You'll need to cut the stump down as far as you can with a chainsaw, dig around the stump to remove its hold of the soil, and cut the roots off with an axe or a saw before pulling the stump out of the ground. You might also want to consider getting a high pressure washer for the project, as that makes it possible to wash the dirt off the roots to get a better view of them and thus make them easier to cut off.

Chemical removal

You could also remove the stump chemically. You do this by drilling holes into the stump which you then fill with a stump removal chemical and let it sit for a few weeks. After that time, you should be able to just use an axe to remove the spongy and dead wood. This is the method that requires the most amount of time as you'll need to wait for the chemical to affect the stump. You should also reconsider using this method if you have pets, as they might ingest or touch the chemical, which can make them ill.