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Tree stumps can be removed several different ways. However, the size of the tree, the complexity of the root system, and the condition of the soil may affect the ease or difficulty of removal.

1. Let It Decompose

The most economical way to remove a stump is to wait for it to decompose on its own. Unfortunately, this can take 5-10 years. You can speed up the process by drilling holes in the stump and filling them with nitrogen-rich organic material. However, this may not be possible. The stump may pose a significant safety risk if it is located in the middle of your yard or it is hidden by grass. Not only is it an eyesore, someone can easily trip over it and hurt his or herself.

2. Stump Grinder

A stump can be removed with a stump grinder. This is the most commonly used technique by professionals; however, for DIY stump removal, a stump grinder can also be rented at a local equipment rental or home improvement store. The grinder will break up the stump into smaller, more manageable pieces. However, a stump grinder can be a potentially dangerous piece of machinery. The grinder should only be operated by capable individuals that are wearing the necessary safety equipment.

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3. Chemical Treatment

It is possible to speed up the decomposing process by drilling holes in the stump and inserting a chemical treatment into these holes. The chemical “stump killer” may come in granules or in liquid form. After the chemical is applied, the stump should be covered in order to prevent small children or pets from the potentially dangerous chemicals.

4. Burn It

If the stump is located in a well-ventilated area, it may be possible to burn the stump out of the ground. Make sure to check with your local fire department to make sure that the practice is legal in your local area. If it is legal, you should still make sure to have a water supply and fire extinguisher nearby.

5. Manual Removal

For small trees, it may be possible to manually remove the stump by digging it out or pulling it out. This can be very hard work depending on the complexity of the root system and the overall size of the tree. This type of removal typically requires a shovel, axe, root saw, and a lot of elbow grease.

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