You can use a crowbar, axes, malls, splitting wedges, shovels or you can do it without much effort at all (coming up). Here is an excerpt for removing tree stumps from our friends at TreeRemoval where you can read more in detail.
Removing tree stumps…
If you only have one or two stumps, a professional company will probably only charge around $100 to $200, so that might be the way to go under those circumstances. As an added bonus, many companies will haul away the stump too.
DIY Method #1: How to Remove a Stump by Hand
People who set out to remove stumps by hand often go about it the wrong way. To do this successfully, it helps to be dealing with a relatively small tree stump. If it’s from an older or diseased tree, that helps a lot too.
To remove a stump yourself, it’s essential to have the right tools. You’ll need a chainsaw or limbing saw, a pick mattock, a shovel, a digging bar, an ax, a four-wheel-drive truck and some chain.
Follow these steps to remove a stump manually:
- Use a chainsaw or limbing saw to remove any lower branches from the trunk.
- Remove the top portion of the trunk, but leave enough to use as leverage.
- Use a shovel, pick mattock and digging bar as needed to reveal the roots around the stump.
- Use a hose or power washer to rinse dirt away to reveal more roots.
- Cut the major roots with an ax.
- Try pushing the trunk. If more roots are exposed, cut them with the ax. Continue pushing and pulling the trunk until the tree trunk is entirely uprooted.
- If the trunk won’t budge, wrap chain around it and connect it to a four-wheel-drive pickup truck.
- Alternate between slowly pulling forward and reversing to wiggle the trunk until it is uprooted.
DIY Method #2: Tree Stump Killer and Chemical Stump Removal
If manual labor isn’t for you, you could always try the chemical route. To remove a stump chemically, you’ll need a drill, a chainsaw, potassium nitrate, an ax and fuel oil or kerosene.
Here’s a summary on how to remove a stump with chemicals:
- Cut off as much of the stump as possible with a chainsaw.
- Drill 1-inch holes around the perimeter of the stump. Move inward by about 3 or 4 inches and drill some more holes. Ideally, these holes should be between 8-12 inches deep depending on the size of the stump.
- Drill additional holes around the sides so they meet with the other holes to create 45-degree angles.
- Pour liberal amounts of potassium nitrate into the holes.
- Fill the holes with water.
- Wait four to six weeks or until the stump becomes very spongy.
- Use an ax to break up the spongy stump.
- Optional: Saturate the stump with fuel oil or kerosene and allow it to sit for another week or so.
- Optional: Ignite the stump and let it burn and smolder until it is completely gone.