Although chopping down a tree may seem like a large task, it’s actually very simple when compared to the task of removing a stump from your yard. Tree stump removal is a complex process that requires a lot of equipment and heavy labor. Because getting rid of a stump is typically not included in the price of professional tree removal, many people just leave stumps in their yards. Below you can find information on how you can remove a stump by yourself and why it’s a good idea to call an expert to complete the project.
Can I Remove a Tree Stump Myself?
If you’re good with tools and motivated to try a DIY stump removal, there are a few things you can do. However, please keep in mind that stump removal is very complex and can be dangerous. Safety should be a top concern, especially when using heavy-duty equipment without an expert present.
You can rent a grinder and grind the stump yourself but you will also need to rent or buy a shovel, chainsaw and rake to complete the job. Follow these steps to complete the process:
- Clear the area around the stump with a shovel.
- Use the chainsaw to remove as much of the tree stump as possible. Get it level with the ground if possible.
- Raise the wheel of the grinder approximately 7cm above the stump using the machine’s lever. Turn the grinder on and then lower it about 10cm into the stump. Using the lever, move the grinder from side to side slowly.
- Repeat this process until the stump is visibly about 10cm below ground.
When Should I Bring In a Professional?
If you want your tree stump removed as quickly and safely as possible, hiring a professional arborist company is the best decision. Martin’s Tree Service specializes in tree stump removal and has the equipment and expertise to ensure your stump is handled in the safest manner possible. Our trained technicians know the safest ways to burn, rot or grind down any stump. There are a couple of methods our technicians may use in your yard.
Using a grinder is the most efficient way to remove an unsightly stump. Our professionals will bring the grinder and all other needed equipment to your home to finish the process. The entire removal should take less than a day. Using a grinder disposes of the entire stump but does not damage the surrounding grass or plants. While this procedure is more expensive than other techniques, it is the fastest and easiest method.
Our technicians may also choose to rot and burn the stump to remove it from your yard. This technique takes a longer period of time to be effective, but it is less costly than utilizing a grinder. One of our trained technicians uses a drill to put holes in the stump. The holes are then filled with potassium nitrate, which rots the stump. The chemical mixture can take a few days to completely penetrate the wood. After the chemical mixture has permeated through the entire stump, our professional carefully ignite the mixture. Once the fire has cooled, the technician is able to break the stump apart and safely remove it.
Call Martin’s Tree Service
If you want to remove that unsightly stump from your yard in the safest way possible, call Martin’s Tree Service today. We use the latest stump removal techniques to ensure the process is completed as quickly as possible. Call us today for a free estimate or to schedule an appointment.