Stump Removal

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 to handle the task.  Also, you will need to make sure you have the proper gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing.

After you have successfully cut the stump into manageable sizes you could use the stump pieces as firewood for inside or out.

Using A Grinding / Wood Chipping

If you use a wood chipper to dispose of the wood stump, you will want to make sure you use a one that is big enough to handle the task.  Also, you will need to make sure you have the proper gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing before you start feeding those pieces in.  If you have questions about how to proceed, we are more than happy to help and advise.

Using Top Tree LLC
Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree stump removal needs in the Tri-Cities.  All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified.  We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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 almost impossible to decompose and remove.

Burning can be used to get rid of tree stumps, but this method is rarely done except by professional landscaping and tree removers. Burning tree stumps can take up to a week or two to thoroughly burn and may not be permitted in most areas due to fire codes. This method should not be attempted nearby other dwellings or wooded areas.

Considered the quickest and easiest method, burning tree stumps out of the ground can be efficient. Though it may be somewhat time consuming, it can be done within a matter of hours, or even minutes, using specialized machinery like stump grinders. Smaller stumps can be dug out with a spade shovel or pickaxe.

Using Top Tree LLC
Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree stump removal needs in Pasco. All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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 provide vent holes for burning or help the rotting process.

You could remove a stump by renting a stump grinder, but another way is to buy a can of stump remover. Most brands are made of powdered potassium nitrate, which speeds up the rotting process. You simply pour the granules into drilled holes and fill the holes with water. The stump will become pretty spongy after four to six weeks. Keep kids and pets away. Then you can break out the rotten wood with an ax.

For labor-free removal, the manufacturers of stump remover suggest burning out what’s left of the stump by pouring kerosene or fuel oil (never gasoline) into the holes. Wait until the liquid completely permeates the wood. Then drop a match into the holes to start the burning process. The stump will smolder for days, eventually leaving a charcoal-filled hole. It’s dangerous having a giant, smoldering ember in your yard, so some precautions are in order. Envelop the stump in chicken wire, remove all leaves from the vicinity before ignition and keep an eye on it!

We suggest the ax method for finishing the job. Stump removers work only on older stumps that have been dead for a year or so, not freshly cut tree stumps.

Using Top Tree LLC
Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree stump removal needs in Richland. All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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