Drill from the top down, spacing each hole 2 to 3 inches apart and 8 to 10 inches deep. Drill holes from the stump's sides as well, intending for them to intersect with the holes going down from the top. Make sure you use a drill bit with a diameter of 3/8 of an inch. That'll allow room for the stump to grow back.
The first thing you need to know about stumps is that they can't just be left where they are. Stumps have to be removed because not only does this prevent future problems with your lawn, it also makes your yard look better. If you leave a stump behind, it will eventually turn into wood which will then release nutrients into your soil that will help plants grow faster. These nutrients make plants stronger and give them a competitive edge over other plants in their environment. As plants grow, they will begin to draw their nutrients from the soil, leaving less for others. The end result is that the plants that were once grown around the stump will start to die. When this happens, you will no longer get to enjoy their beauty, which is why removing stumps is so important.
As you can see, drilling out a stump is not hard work. It's actually quite easy if you know what tools to use and how to use them. You should be able to remove a stump within an hour or two using these tips.
Once you're prepared, you may quickly (and naturally) remove the unsightly stump from your yard. Begin by drilling holes at least a quarter-inch wide approximately 3 inches from the stump's edge with a power drill. Drill as far into the stump as you can, keeping the holes at least an inch apart. This will allow room for wood fibers to grow through the hole and help stabilize the stump. Next, use a chisel or hammer to break up the hard surface of the stump. Be careful not to damage the soil beneath the stump.
After you have removed all the material from the stump, dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. You can take the material to a recycling center or disposal site. If you choose to recycle the material, look for opportunities to use it again. For example, recycled wood is often used for outdoor furniture such as benches or birdhouses.
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Make use of a Circular Saw. I use a circular saw set at 15 degrees and start crisscrossing the stump at a three-inch blade depth, and the stump just comes apart into little wood squares. Recover with dirt after covering with strong 6-mil plastic. Or leave the dirt on and water regularly.
The advantage of this method is that you don't have to spend time finding stumps that are straight across or that lie flat on the ground; any piece of wood that's large enough for your saw to cut through will do. The disadvantage is that you can only cut down trees that are near your house or property line; if they're over 100 years old then probably not a good idea anyway. Also, you need a circular saw for this technique to work.
You could also try using a handsaw. This would require first cutting a circle in the center of the stump and then cutting around it, but some people say this is more effective than using a circular saw because the grain of the wood runs along natural lines. Of course, it also requires more skill to make sure you don't cut into the heart of the tree.
Finally, you could chop the stump up into pieces small enough to fit inside your lawnmower wheel well. You'd want to avoid cutting too deep because you'll increase the amount of soil contamination, but otherwise the process should be similar no matter what tool you use.
The key to success is to dig out about 3 feet from the stump's base, where the roots are simpler to sever. It will be almost tough to remove the stump if you dig or chop it out at its base. Backfill the space and cover it with more soil or mulch once the stump has been removed. This will keep animals away while preserving the area for future use.
If you want to get really creative, you can try making your own stump spray. Put several cups of water into a large pot and bring to a boil. Add a cup of white vinegar to the boiling water, turn off the heat, and let cool completely. The acid in the vinegar will help dissolve any minerals that may be present in the wood of the stump. When the mixture has cooled, add a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil and a couple of effective herbicides. These products are available in liquid or powder form and should be diluted before use.
Stump grinding is another way to get rid of stumps. This process uses an industrial grinder to break down the tree into smaller pieces or sawdust. The dust is then sold for landscaping or playground materials.
Finally, you can ask someone to help you out. Stumps can be heavy to lift, so if you have friends or family who can provide a helping hand, then you should consider asking them to assist you in your quest to get rid of a nuisance stump.
To follow the grain of the wood, run medium to fine-grit sandpaper, such as 180-grit, up and down the sides of the stump. Repeat this technique on the top and bottom of the stump, sanding as you go, using the rings of the stump as a guide. Sand the stump with your hands or a belt or palm sander. Wear gloves if you have sensitive skin.
You can also use a tool called an edger to smooth out the edges of a tree trunk. Edgers look like small lawn mowers with a sharp edge instead of a blade. They come in several sizes for smoothing different areas around a yard. Try to find one that is no more than 36 inches long because longer tools are harder to handle and may not reach all the way around the tree.
An alternative method is to lay the tree across two sawhorses with the lower trunk sticking up, then take a chainsaw to it. Start at the base and cut upward toward the upper trunk. You will need to work quickly before the heat of the day dries out the wood too much.
Finally, you can hire a professional tree surgeon to remove trees from your property. These people know which trees are safe to cut down and which ones should be left alone.
The goal is to remove any damaged or diseased tissue before it causes further problems for the tree.