Removing a Rotted Tree Stump

Although many homeowners opt to have trees removed from their property, whether for aesthetic or other reasons, they find that the tree removal cost can get expensive when the roots and stump have to go as well. There are a number of reasons for this, from the cost of renting machinery to facilitate this process (like a stump grinder) to the painstaking labor involved. Regardless, many people end up just having the tree removed and leaving the stump as a remnant of what once was.

If you have grown tired of seeing an eyesore of a stump sit in the middle of your yard, you will be glad to know that you can successfully remove the stump without any sort of professional help, thus avoiding the high tree stump grinding cost. However, be forewarned that the process can be physically demanding.

The first order of business is to determine how much time has lapsed since the tree was removed. Generally speaking, the longer the stump has been able to absorb moisture, the better. Rotted stumps are much easier to remove than those which were freshly created a month ago. However, when dealing with any sort of rotted wood, there is a risk of mold and fungus inhalation. Hence, you should wear proper breathing apparatus to help reduce your respiration of these contaminants. If you are the allergic type, it might be wise to have a helping hand nearby that can take over if you need to take a break.

If the tree stump is delicate enough, you should be able to easily cut through it with an axe and bring it down to ground level. This isn’t the most thorough way to get the job done, but for in most cases complete extraction really isn’t necessary. If you want to entirely get rid of the stump and any exposed roots, you will first need to do some digging along the base of the stump. Try to dig down about a foot or so. As you come across any obstructions in the form of tree roots, cut them using the axe. Rest assured that you will be at this for some time before the stump shows any signs of giving way. Don’t overwork yourself and take a rest as necessary.

If you decide to call it quits for the day and haven’t completely removed the stump, be sure to cover it with a tarp or similar to prevent kids or pets from gaining access to the area. Although you may be exhausted once the tree stump finally comes out, you will feel smug knowing you completed the project yourself for fractions of the price that you would have been charged.