How To Remove a Tree Stump

How to remove a tree stump naturally.

Removing the stump requires skill and at times lots of labor. That is why professionals who remove stumps are sometimes costly. Most times professionals will charge separate fees for removing the tree and stump.

There are many ways to get rid of tree stumps. You really have to decide which route you want to take. You can decide to tackle the project as a do-it- yourself project or hire a professional to do your tree stump removal. You can either get rid of the tree stump naturally or use chemicals. Whichever method you decide to use is up to you.

The "Natural" Way

If you decide to get rid of a tree stump the natural way, you can tackle it as a do-it-yourself project. The process will take longer, but over time the stump will deteriorate. Below are some options you can use to rid your yard of the stump naturally.

Salt: Using salt to kill a tree stump is probably one of the least expensive ways to kill it. Cut the tree trunk close to the ground, and then put a good amount of rock or epsom salt completely over the stump. Then cover the stump with dirt. It will eventually rot. Another way is to drill holes into the stump about 10" in depth. Then fill all the holes with rock salt, and put duct tape over the holes. It can take a few months for the stump to die.

Fire: One of the best and fastest ways to kill a tree stump is to use fire. Cut the tree down to the ground, and then just set it on fire. You can also put rubber and dry wood on the fire until the stump is completely burnt.

Fertilizer: Fertilizers usually make things grow. However, in this case, you are using fertilizer to kill something. First, drill holes throughout the tree stump and put high-nitrogen fertilizer in the holes. Nitrogen feeds on the fungi that is on the stump, if the stump is moist. If you want the stump to decay quicker, create a compost heap over the stump. This process will rot the stump.

Dig it out: If the stump has a shallow root structure, you can actually dig up the stump to remove it. All you have to do is dig up the dirt around the stump. Dig around 20 inches around the stump. While digging around the stump, shake the stump to loosen up the soil. Then cut and remove the large tree roots before digging out the stump.


Using chemicals is a quick way to get rid of a tree stump. One chemical solution you can use to get rid of a stump is caustic soda and two parts water. Take the solution and pour it over the tree stump. You will need to repeat the procedure three to four times to kill the tree stump, but it will die. You can also use chemicals available in stores to remove the tree stump. Be sure to read the directions and follow the instructions of the manufacturer before starting the process.

Find a Pro

Why: Hiring a professional to remove a tree stump is easier. Generally a professional will get rid of the stump quicker and more thoroughly. One of the quickest ways professionals remove stumps is to grind it up. A tree stump grinder will turn the stump into saw dust. Once the stump becomes dust, all you have to do is fill the hole with dirt. You can choose to use the sawdust for your garden or for mulch.

Who to contact: It's always hard to know who to call for help to remove a tree stump in Atlanta. Use Kudzu to get a list of tree removal companies in your area. Call at least three companies to ask them their process for removing stumps, their cost and their clean-up process. Before you decide on which company to use, check their customer reviews. The worst thing you can do is assume a company is credible and gives good customer service just because they have a nice website. Do your due diligence and check the company out before you make a final decision.

Popular on Kudzu

  1. How much could I pay for carpet cleaning?
  2. Video: How do I choose a garage door?
  3. How much does it cost to install new gutters?
  4. Incredible Lighting in 4 Steps
  5. Kitchen Remodeling: 13 Common Mistakes

ENJOY THIS ARTICLE? Sign up for more articles, tips and savings

From Our Experts

Kudzu Category Sponsors