Let’s talk about how you can get rid of a stump that interferes, for example, build a barn on this site or acquire a new bed. There are faster ways to get rid of the remnants of the cut down tree, there are more time-consuming ones. We will explore all the options so that you can make a choice.
Of course, a beautiful stump can be made part of the landscape design, adapted under a bench or a flower bed. However, an old tree stump does not always look attractive, and it can also become a source of spread of rot and insect pests. In addition, new shoots may appear on a fresh stump for many years, but you do not need them. In this case, it is better to remove the stump as soon as possible..
The fastest way is to hire professionals with a special technique who will simply pull the tree stump along with the roots. Pros – you don’t make any effort, everything happens quickly. Cons – the service costs money. To uproot one stump using a winch – at least 1,500 rubles. If the stump is large, it is more expensive. In addition, vehicles cannot always drive up to the location of the hemp, and rough efforts can damage the roots of neighboring trees. And it is very difficult to find performers for a small amount of work.
Manual method. A very time consuming but effective option is to do everything yourself. You will need a shovel to dig in the stump and get to the roots. Then an ax will come in handy to chop off all branched roots. Some of the elastic roots will have to be sawed off, so don’t forget about the hacksaw. After that, the stump is loosened, tied with a rope and pulled out. You can use a winch or call an assistant. With small stumps from fruit trees, this option of uprooting is not so difficult, although a lot of effort will have to be made.
Wet. Water will help to facilitate manual lifting of a stump with a highly developed root system. You still have to dig a hole around the hemp, and you will need another one – at least 0.5 m3 a volume about half a meter from it. It is into the second pit that water should flow, which, under strong pressure, ishes out the earth around the stump. The water helps to expose any roots that will be easier to chop off. In addition, the stump is easier to pull out of wet soil..
Fire. You can try to burn a stump firmly sitting in the ground. The efforts are much less than in the case of manual lifting, but this will not work quickly. A fresh stump will generally burn very badly. You will have to cover the stump with wood more than once or twice and burn the fire until you achieve your goal. Of the minuses, we can note the fact that large roots will still remain in the ground, you will have to remove them in the process of digging a site freed from hemp. And you have to spend a lot of firewood.
Chemical. If you are not in a hurry to get rid of the stump, and do not want to make a lot of effort, use the chemical method of destroying it. For this, holes are made in the stump with thick drills, where potash or sodium nitrate is poured. The chemical is poured with water to start the reaction, the holes can be covered with clay, and the rest of the tree itself is covered with a film, which should be pressed to the ground with stones so that the wind does not rip.
One medium-sized stump takes about 2 kg of nitrate. You will have to wait about a year. It is best to put the chemical into the tree stump at the end of summer to get results the next year. During this time, saltpeter will saturate not only the upper part of the stump, but also its roots.
The stump soaked in nitrate burns perfectly, so at the second stage of such uprooting, fire will come to your aid. Even the wood hidden under the ground will smolder, only dust will remain, which can be easily removed. The disadvantages of this method include not only the duration – not everyone is ready to wait a year. Saltpeter in large quantities can adversely affect the condition of plants growing nearby. In addition, you cannot burn a stump soaked in a chemical in an area with peat deposits. Fire from smoldering roots can set peatlands on fire!
Instead of saltpeter, you can use regular salt to kill the stump. She, too, is simply poured into the drilled holes, the stump is covered with a film. You will also have to wait at least a year until the wood turns to dust. Remember that a lot of salt will damage the soil on your site! Instead of salt and saltpeter, urea is used – in this case, the stump will rot in two years.
We state: if there is no strength, but there is time, it is better to choose a chemical method of getting rid of the stump, as it is much less time consuming. If not, for example, it is planned to start construction on the site already in this warm season – twist, making the task easier by washing the roots with water.