Removing old tree stumps to improve your garden – DIY or have an arborist do it!

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Removing old tree stumps to improve your garden – DIY or have an arborist do it!

Removing a Tree StumpWhen it comes to garden maintenance, trees are often the first to go, especially if they have been overcrowding the garden or causing the lawn to die in the summer heat.

Unfortunately, with the method of tree removal, an unsightly stump or trunk is often left behind, which will have to removed separately to avoid damage to the land surrounding the roots.

If the tree is large then it’s best to contact a professional tree arborist as tree removal can be a dangerous business.

There are a number of ways in which you can remove a stump left after tree removal, either DIY or by a professional at Independent Tree Services.

If you’re patient, eventually the stump will decay and die, but it can take time – and if you’re in the middle of a garden renovation, a lifeless tree trunk is the last thing you want.

Removing a tree stump is no easy task, so we always recommend using a professional arborist service to get the job done quickly.

However, there are several methods DIY gardeners can use if they want to have a go at removing the tree stump themselves. Here are our top four:


1. Chemical Tree Stump Removal

This is the process of killing the roots and stump with specifically formulated chemicals. There are several products available from garden centres that will help speed this process along.

The process involves drilling holes into the stump with a large diameter drill bit, filling the holes with formulated chemical and water and left alone to work over a period of about four weeks.

After this time the stump should have decomposed and is soft and mushy to touch. If this is the case, you can use an axe to remove the stump with ease.


2. Tree Stump Removal With Fire

This technique is quite common when it comes to the quick removal of tree stumps for garden areas.

The technique involved drilling holes into the top of the stump with a large diameter drill and filling the holes with kerosene or fuel. Then you should wait about two weeks for the fuel to soak into the stump.

Next thing to do is drop a match into each hole until the trunk is smouldering, which it should continue to do for the next few days before eventually dying out.  What you will be left with is a charged and hollowed out stump, with the remainder easily removed with an axe.


3. Professional Removal With A Tree Stump Grinder

Professional tree arborists will often use a tool known as a tree stump grinder to remove tree stumps.

The machine consists of a toothed circular cutting blade that grinds or chops away the stump, breaking it into small chips. An arborist will then use a chainsaw to remove the bulk of the stump by cutting it as close to the ground as possible.


4. Natural Removal of Tree Stumps

There is another alternative method for tree stump removal — doing nothing at all.

Once a tree is cut down the stump will begin to decompose. It can simply be left in the ground to rot. This is a viable option if the stump is not too large in diameter. Covering the stump with fertilizer, soil or mulch will help to generate the fungus and bacteria that causes decay. In time the stump will reach the point where it can easily be extracted from the ground with minimal effort.


If you need help removing old tree stumps in your garden or property – call the team at Independent Tree Services on (07) 3888 4202