Tree Pruning For Beginners – June 2019: Part 1

The objective of pruning is to produce strong, healthy, attractive plants. By understanding how, when and why to prune, and by following a few simple principles, this objective can be achieved. Reasons For Pruning The main reasons for pruning ornamental and shade trees include safety, health, and aesthetics. In addition, pruning can be used to stimulate fruit production and increase the value of...
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May 2019 Stump Removal Part 6: Proper Disposal

Getting rid of a tree stump can be done a few different ways.  If you need to get rid of a stump that you’ve dug out of the ground, you can either take a chainsaw to it, burn it where it sits, or just cut out chunks and toss them into a wood chipper. Getting It Done With A Chainsaw If you use a chainsaw to bust up a wood stump, you will want to make sure you use a chainsaw that is big enough...
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May 2019 Stump Removal Part 5: Using Fire

One of the most crowd favorite ways of getting rid of a stump is to burn the stump out of the ground. In reality, this method is less than perfect, since stumps set deep in the ground rarely receive enough oxygen to facilitate a fire that actually makes a measurable difference in eliminating the stump from your property. In fact, a low oxygen burn can instead create a charcoal material that is...
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May 2019 Stump Removal Part 4: Chemical Removal

Drill Holes In The Stump Trim off as much of the top of the protruding stump as you can. Using a one inch spade bit with a spade bit extender, drill several one inch holes around the perimeter of the stump about a foot deep and three to four inches back from the edge. Drill more holes three to four inches down from the rim at a 45-degree angle to connect with the other holes. They’ll...
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May 2019 Stump Removal Part 3: Doing It By Hand

Removing a Stump by Grinding it Away Yourself If removing a stump manually won’t work and you’d like to get rid of it quickly, you can always rent a grinder and grind the stump yourself. These machines weigh around 750 pounds, and you can expect to pay between $125 and $225 to rent one for a day. It makes sense to do the job yourself when there are several stumps to remove. In addition to the...
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