Safe, Injury-Free Tree Maintenance: Tips for DIY Work

Welcome to my blog. My name is Kerry, and I love to do DIY work around the home. While painting high ceilings and putting in garden beds seems to be easy for me, I find climbing into a tree with a saw to trim branches very scary and potentially dangerous. Luckily, over the years, I have gotten past the fear and have found ways to service my trees safely and efficiently without risking grave injury to myself. Sometimes, I admit that I have to call in the pros, but I'll help you identify when that's a necessity as well. Take a look at these posts. I hope they move, entertain and inform you.

What to Do About a Tree Stump Once You Remove the Tree


You may be considering removing a tree from your property if it is too close to a utility line or it is obstructing your view, but you may not be sure about what you should do about the tree stump. Read on and learn some options that you can choose from to deal with the tree stump.

Dig It Up

You need a pick, a pruning saw and a spade if you are going to dig up the tree stump by yourself. This option is very effective but you will need to invest a lot of time and effort in order to complete this task. For instance, it is very laborious to dig up established roots from the ground.

Use Chemicals

This option is a lot easier than the option of digging up the tree stump. All you need to do is to research which chemicals you can use to kill the tree stump after you have removed the tree. Your next job after getting the right chemicals is to drill holes into the stump and then place the chemicals into those holes. The stump will die and decompose. The time required for this process will depend on the specific chemicals you use.

Let it Decay Naturally

You can leave the stump to decay naturally if the prospect of using chemicals makes you uneasy. You need to keep cutting off any branches that try to sprout from the stump. Cut those suckers as soon as possible (when they are not yet several inches long, for example) so that they don't start manufacturing food to support the stump. The stump will eventually die and decompose once all the stored food within it is spent in trying to feed those branches that you keep cutting off. This option may be the slowest in getting rid of that stump.

Make it Part of the Landscaping

You can also consider embracing the landscaping opportunities that the stump presents. For instance, you can hollow it out by drilling out the pulp. The void left can be a very good place to put soil and plant some flowers. The stump will eventually rot but you will have benefited from it before it decomposes.

Weigh all the options above and the select the one that you are most comfortable with so that you know what do once the tree is gone. You can also ask tree removal specialists, such as Woodpecker Tree Services, to remove the stump if you feel the work involved in dealing with that stump is too much for you.


18 September 2015