Trees are one of my favorite aspects of any landscape. They add beauty, shape and structure but can also help decrease heating/cooling costs, help clean air, and increase property value. Sometimes trees need to come out, and all your left with after that is an unpleasant stump. Professional stump removal is the most effective method for getting rid of these unsightly stumps, but there are a few techniques that the average homeowner can do to take care of this landscape problem.
The dig and cut method is a two-step solution for tree stumps. Other than stump grinding, this is the easiest method to remove an old stump. The first step involves digging a large trench around the stump. Make sure to dig the trench wide and deep enough for a chainsaw to be able to perform correctly. Larger, deeper trenches make the process much easier and more effective. Once the trench is dug around the stump, cut the stump with a chainsaw as low as possible. Try to cut any visible roots around the stump to prevent future growth. Bury the stump and re sod if necessary.
Using chemicals is one way to get rid of tree stumps in your landscape. Products using chemicals such as nitric acid, potassium nitrate, and sulphuric acid are commonly used. Drill holes in the stump and apply the stump remover chemical. These chemicals are designed to rot the tree stump, but their downfall is they typically take months to work, with an average timeframe being four to six weeks. Using these chemicals requires a great deal of care and failure to do so can be detrimental to your landscape. Make sure to keep pets and loved ones away from the chemicals, due to their harmful nature.
Another method to remove a stump is to rot it out. This process involves keeping the stump consistently moist, while adding a little bit of nitrogen fertilizer to induce fungal growth. Once the stump has decayed, the wood can be removed. Burning the stump out is another method. Stack wood around the stump so that the stump is in the center of the fire, light it and wait. Keep adding wood to the fire until the stump has been completely burned. Once fire is out, shovel out the ashes. If you do not want to remove a stump, you can incorporate it into your landscape. You can use it to place festive items or flower pots on top, or even hollow it out and use the stump itself as a flower pot.
Stump grinding is the most effective method to remove stumps from your property. The stump is ground down below ground level by a piece of light machinery. The machine grinds away the stump and surrounding roots. Interesting enough, the harder and denser the wood, the easier it is to grind. This method is recommended for trained professionals only! Give us a call at 307-732-3986 and the certified arborists at the Tree and Landscape Company will come take care of all your stump grinding needs!
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“The best friend on earth of man is the tree: when we use the tree respectfully and economically we have one of the greatest resources of the earth.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright