Removing a tree stump is not an easy task. It can be done by using a chainsaw, but if you do not have the right skills this may result in injury or damage to nearby property.
If you are like most homeowners, then there’s a good chance that you’ve seen at least one tree get cut down and removed from your yard. This process inevitably leaves behind a big chunk of wood: the stump.
Removing this leftover tree stump can be difficult and time-consuming without power tools such as chainsaws or excavators, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some tips for how to remove tree stumps with chainsaws for those who don’t want to hire professional help.
- Make sure the area where the stump will be stripped is clear of any obstacles
- Cover the whole stump all over using some heavy plastic
- Cut into the area where you want to remove the stump
- Use your chainsaw to cut some lines down into the stump
- Push down as your cut deeper and deeper.
- Then cut along the side of the stump, slowly chipping away at the wood.
There are a number of alternative ways homeowners use to remove tree stumps from their property. Let’s have a look at a few.
How to remove a tree stump with chemicals
It’s not always easy to remove a tree stump. Sometimes you can just use chemicals and do it safely and successfully. It all starts with what kind of chemical agent to use.
You want something that is very strong but also safe for the environment around your home or property, so make sure to read up on safety precautions before using any new types of chemicals in your yard.
This process starts by using a chipper or other type of machine to reduce the stump down smaller pieces before applying one of three types of chemicals: sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, or calcium chloride.
These chemicals will eventually break down the wood fibers and cause them to decompose into their natural elements over time – resulting in a clean slate for your home’s yard.
Alternatively, you can soak the stump with some kind of chemical agent like Roundup or Boom-Stump, which should work just as well. The only problem is that you can’t guarantee the results – it might take longer to remove or could even make things worse.
How to remove a tree stump with fire
Using fire to remove a tree stump is a riskier option, but if you’re willing to try it then here are some tips that might help.
First of all, make sure your property is clear and there’s nothing flammable nearby – this could end in disaster very quickly!
Secondly, use an accelerant like gasoline or turpentine to get the fire started faster.
Once you’ve started the fire, let it burn for at least a couple of hours. Make sure you keep an eye on things and don’t leave anything to chance.
After some time has passed (you can estimate how long), use your chainsaw again with an extra sharp blade to cut away any remaining parts of the stump that still remain in place after the fire has done its work.
How to remove a tree stump with salt
Salt is another option that people opt for when trying to remove a tree stump. All you have to do is cut a circle into your stump about one inch away from the bark. Then pour salt on top of the stump and wait for at least a week or two.
The salt will draw moisture from the ground which will eventually cause roots to die off and then break apart from being dried out.
After that, you can use your chainsaw to cut away at the stump just like before. Then rinse off any remaining salt residue with some clean water and let it air dry for a bit to make sure there are no harmful effects left behind.
It is worth setting your expectations as just pouring salt on your tree stump is not guaranteed to work. You’ll need to be patient and wait for it to do its job.
How to remove tree stump with boiling water
This step should only come after you’ve first tried using other chemicals like salt or Sodium Hydroxide. This is because you have a higher chance of success if the wood fibers are already being broken down by another chemical agent before you try to remove them.
Boil some water on a stove so that you have hot boiling water ready next to the stump, and then pour it over top of the cut line made earlier using your chainsaw or other tools.
The heat from this will weaken any remaining fibers still attached inside of the tree stump which should make removing it easier.
Once that is done, use your chainsaw to cut away the entire stump just like before. You can then rinse it off with some clean water and let it air dry for a bit afterward.
These are only four of the most common methods people opt for when they’re trying to remove tree stumps from their home or property – but there are many other options available so feel free to explore them!
The best way to get rid of any unwanted trees around your home is by hiring someone who knows what they’re doing in order to save yourself money in the long run.
Doing this kind of work properly on your own sometimes needs a lot of extra tools and the right knowledge which you might not have access to if you’re a beginner.