In this article I’m going to look at a few different ways to remove tree stumps.

Tree Stump

I’m sure you have at some time come across an unwanted stump that you wanted to remove. It may be in the way of where you want to plant something, or possible some landscaping work or even in the middle of the lawn and you have been mowing around it for years. The good news is there are several ways to remove stumps. Some are easier than others and it does depend on where a stump may be located.

How to Remove Tree Stumps

We are going to look at a few common ways you can remove tree stumps for domestic applications:

  • Dig out stump using hand tools
  • Pull out stump
  • Grind out stump

Warning:

Before attempting to remove tree stumps by any means you want to check if there are any services below the ground that could get damaged in the process.  These can include;

  • electrical cables
  • phone / internet / optical
  • gas pipes
  • water pipes
  • irrigation lines and wiring
  • garden lighting

You can contact Dial Before you Dig on 1100 Toll Free. This service provides approximate location of key services such as electrical, telecom and gas.

Dig Out Stump

Stump Removal
Digging out stump

Although this may be the most back breaking method of how to remove tree stumps it may be applicable in some instances. I would only recommend digging out stumps for small stumps and for fit strong people that have not had any back problems. It can be very physically demanding.

Step 1: Dig around the stump to expose the major structural roots. Dig away as much excess soil as possible as this will make the later steps easier

Step 2: Cut the roots with a hand saw or axe. Clean as much soil away as possible if using saw.

Step 3: Try to dig under stump and cut any lower roots and again dig away as much soil as possible.

Step 4: Lever the stump by pulling on the stump or using a lever such as crow bar. By rocking back and forward the soil and remaining roots will break free.

Positives: Most of the woody material from stump is removed from the soil

Negatives: The stumps are often very heavy with the soil and difficult to dispose of.  Tip fees for stumps can be very high

Pulling Out Stump

Removing Stump
Pulling Out Stump

This method looks at how to remove tree stumps using a mechanical means to leaver the stump out. In the photo they are using a winch on the vehicle to pull out the stump. The combination of pulleys and cable/rope  increase the winching force.

The above can also be achieved by a hand winch system provided there is another tree or anchor point you can lever off. Levering off other trees can damage the tree so be sure protect the trunk with carpet or padding before placing any slings around the trunk. Also keep low down on trunk to reduce the leverage on tree to be retained.

Step 1: Dig around the stump to expose the major structural roots as per previous method.

Step 2: Cut the roots with a hand saw or axe. Clean as much soil away as possible if using saw.

Step 3: Try to dig under stump and cut any lower roots and again dig away as much soil as possible.

Step 4: Connect the cable / winching method and lever the stump out. If it does not want to break stop and continue to dig to cut more roots.

Positives:

  • Again most of the woody material from stump is removed from the soil

Negatives:

  • May not have access for a vehicle to area where stump is located
  • May not have an anchor point to winch off
  • The stumps are heavy and difficult to dispose of. Tip fees for stumps can be very high.

Warning: This method involves exerting a large amount of force onto the stump using a winch and cable and can be very dangerous if the system fails. As in the photo be sure to place a chain or heavy carpet over the cables for added safety if you intend to use this method and stand well clear when winching.

Also if using a vehicle without a winch you can damage the clutch of trying to pull out stumps.

Grinding out Stumps

Stump and Root Removal
Large Stump Grinder

Grinding out stumps using machines is how tree stumps are typically removed these days. There are various machines available today from small hand held machines through to large powerful remote controlled machines that remove large stumps with ease. The work on the basis of cutter teeth connected to a disc that swipes across the stump and cuts it up into small fragments.

The machines come in varying sizes. This means we can get access to stumps in back yards. Smaller machines can also go up and down stairs.

Step 1: Select the appropriate machine based on access and size of stump

Step 2: Check for services below ground

Step 3: Check for any rocks, bricks or foreign material around stump and move

Step 4: Place spray screens to protect from flying debris

 

 

Stump Grinding
Small Stump Grinder

Positives:

  • Minimal access issues
  • No excavated stumps to dispose of
  • More ergonomic and not very labour intensive especially remote controlled machines
  • Turns stump into small fragments which are easily moved and disposed of
  • Fast and efficient with minimal disturbance to surrounding area

 

Negatives:

  • Nil

Warning:

These machines have cutting components that can cause serious injury or harm and are best used by professionals that have the skills and experience with these machines.

 

We have various machines to be able to remove tree stumps of any size in almost any location. If you have a stump that you need to remove get in touch with us on 9482 5353 or by email at sales@prioritytrees.com.au 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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