Depending on the size, removing a tree stump can require a herculean effort. With the correct technique however, the process can become manageable. We are going to break down both how to remove a tree stump with hand tools or minimal power tools as well as how to grind a stump down with a stump grinder.
It can be a drain on both time and energy but it is possible to remove tree stumps with only hand tools. The larger the stump the greater the required energy expenditure.
Now before giving any advice on technique we must advise steel toe caps. Better safe than sorry!
– Digging Bar
– Small bow saw
– Reciprocating saw with a pruning blade (if you want to cheat)
The first step to removing a tree stump with hand tools is clearing around the stump. The last thing you need is rock or debris getting in your way.
Next dig around the stump. Use either a shovel or the flat end of the mattock for this. Larger stumps will require you to move more soil.
Once you have exposed the roots you can work on chopping through them. The mattock is a good tool for this, if you have a digging bar this can be an effective chopping tool. Loppers can provide a quick and easy solution to some of the smaller roots.
Depending upon the size of the stump you may need to use a bow saw or reciprocating saw to get through some of these roots.
Once you have sufficiently cleared around the stump you can now target the taproot. If you are experienced you can use an axe otherwise the reciprocating saw or bow saw can be enough.
We DON’T recommend using a chainsaw to cut the roots. You will likely blunt the chain!
For some good video instruction see the following video.
A stump grinder is a power tool that grinds a stump down to wood chippings and sawdust. It does this with a large serated disc. There is a great deal of variety in stump grinders. Some large, some small, some automatic and some manual.
If grinding is the route you would like to go down then our recommendation is to call in the professionals. Of course if you are in Colchester or the surrounding areas we would be happy to help!
If however you are determined to go ahead with stump grinding yourself here are our tips:
Remember your safety gear!
Trim the tree stump – You want the stump as close to the ground as possible to begin with. This will mean less work for the stump grinder.
Clear around the stump – Remove any rocks or debris
Locate the surface roots
Position your grinder above the stump. Don’t force the grinder down onto the stump, lower it and allow it to chew up the stump.
Do the same thing for any exposed roots.
You can keep any wood chips left over from the grinding and use them for mulch.
If you have an interest in stump grinders then watch this video of insane stump removal machines!