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Complete Tree Stump Removal Guide

Dec 10


No matter how you feel about tree stumps, they’re hard to ignore if you have one in your yard. In addition to looking unattractive, stumps can also be a tripping hazard or can even cause damage to your home if the roots begin expanding beneath it. Luckily, there are lots of ways to deal with tree stumps, depending on what type of stump it is and where it’s located. This complete guide will tell you everything you need to know about tree stump removal, from choosing the right method for your situation to choosing the right professionals to do the job for you.

How to Remove Tree Stumps

Tree stumps are unsightly and can be difficult to remove. The good news is that there are many different ways to get rid of them, so don't give up!

1) Cut the stump off with an electric saw: 

This is the most efficient way to remove a tree stump. If you have a large stump, it might be time-consuming. You'll need a chain saw or electric saw with a long cable attached so you can move around while cutting. Be careful not to damage any other trees nearby. Use a reciprocating saw for smaller stumps, but make sure it's powerful enough for the job before getting started. Always wear eye protection and hearing protection when using power tools. Wear gloves to avoid hand injuries from sharp wood edges. Wear heavy clothing to avoid being burned by hot metal parts. 

2) Drop the stump into a pit and fill in the dirt around it: 

Wait until after your lawn has been cut to do this method. It takes less than half an hour if done right. Dig out a hole at least twice as deep as the height of your tree, then dump in some dirt and water until the hole is full. Next, use a shovel to dig away one side of the dirt on top of your tree stump until it rests on the other side. Finally, replace the pile of dirt and replant grass seed over it. In a few months, you will barely notice any difference in where your old tree once stood. 

3) Place a plastic cover over the stump: 

When removing a small tree, this method works well. Get a piece of plywood big enough to cover your entire stump. Place it over the spot, then weigh down each corner with bricks or rocks so that it stays securely in place. Secure all four corners first, making sure they're even. Cover the board with tarps, polyethylene film, or another waterproof material. Fill in any gaps between the board and the ground with mulch or soil. In a few weeks, roots will grow through these gaps and eventually lift the tarp off of your stump.

3) Remove excess earth around your stump: 

With this method you can choose how much earth to take away from around your tree; only go as far as necessary so that no roots remain below ground level. Don't forget to check your neighboring plants during the process, since you may end up exposing their roots too. Afterward, refill the area with fresh soil and sow grass seed on top of it. For several years, it will form new roots and blend in perfectly with the rest of your yard. Georgetown Tree Service is here to help you with your needs and would love nothing more than to offer their assistance in caring for your property or landscape!


5) Suck up the tree stump with a vacuum cleaner: 

Make sure you have adequate coverage on your vacuum cleaner before beginning this process. Carefully cut down any surrounding weeds near your tree stump (don't forget about checking neighboring plants). Put down cardboard or dry leaves to help absorb spills during removal. Wear protective clothing and safety glasses to prevent any debris from entering your eyes. A shop vac, in conjunction with a wide blade, is the best option for tree stump removal in Georgetown KY. You can also rent a stump grinder for the task. However, the stump needs to be frozen before grinding it down.