Removing stumps is a complex and time-consuming job and it requires good knowledge of the different methods available and which would best suit this stump situation. When you hire a service for land clearing, stump removal can be a part of that. Professionals in the industry can do it faster and have all the equipment needed. Some property owners choose to ignore tree stumps but ideally, you should remove them. It is better for you in terms of causing injuries, and they can attract pests and become less attractive looking as vegetation grows on them. Our expert arborists are highly experienced in tree removals. Here is a look at four common methods professionals might consider for your stump removal needs.
Four common stump removal techniques
- Removal by hand – Removing your unwanted stumps by hand is really only possible when they are small or rotting or old. At that point, they are not as solid so you can use something like an axe, chainsaw, pick, length of chain, or digging bar, or a combination, to pull it out. You need tools that are well looked after and not dull, and remember the roots might have spread further than you thought making it harder to get it to give. Tree stump removal this way can be physical and hard work.
- Grinding it down – This is a popular method but only professional tree services should do so with the equipment they know how to use. While you do have the option of renting the grinder, you are unlikely to have the skill to use it as effectively. It is not just a grinder that they use, there will be a chainsaw used to cut it down so that the grinding is easier and the whole process takes less time. When you need a land clearing, call a professional!
- Burning the stump – Then there is burning, a more affordable option for removing tree stumps and commonly used where there might not be access to grinders. This does not mean just lighting up the stump, that would not be effective. It means boring holes into it, filling those with potassium nitrate, then pouring water down to dissolve it. Then scrap pieces of smaller wood are put over it and then the fire is started. The chemicals and holes make sure the whole stump burns.
- Using chemicals – Chemical tree stump removal is also an affordable option but it takes a lot longer. Again potassium nitrate is poured into holes but you drill them around the stump not in it. Water is poured down and that is left for a good month, sometimes longer. When the stump becomes spongy to the touch you can tear it up and clear it out easily.
Stump removal is a lot of work when you use certain methods, and time-consuming too. When you have other things to think about and do why not just save up and have a reputable and experienced service come to handle your land clearing and tree stump removal for you!