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Three ways to remove a stump

Status: 04.12.2019 4:59 p.m. | archive
In no case should a tree stump be set on fire - there are better methods.

Sometimes you have to part with a tree in the garden. Sawing off is quick, but the stump remains and becomes a trip hazard. If the stump is simply left to its own devices, it can take eight to ten years to rot. The often heard tip of filling the trunk with gasoline, kerosene or fuel paste and simply lighting the whole thing up should definitely be ignored. This is dangerous and will not work: When burned, a layer of charcoal forms, which even delays the rotting process, so that you have something from the trip hazard for longer.

1. Digging out: Effective but exhausting

Dig up the stump cleanly and remove the roots with a chainsaw: this method is the fastest, but it is also labor-intensive.

The most effective way to do this is to dig up the stump. But that is easier said than done: With shallow-rooted trees, the roots can be exposed relatively quickly, with deep-rooted trees like the fir, it can take several hours until all the roots are dug up. It is a little faster if you only remove the top layer of soil and then cut through the roots with a chainsaw. The earth residues should be removed really cleanly beforehand, otherwise the chainsaw will quickly become blunt. If you really want to have it done very quickly, you have to put a little money in hand and hire a company with a stump grinder.

2. Compost stump in place

Saw the stump crosswise and fill it with compost and fertilizer: With this method, the tree trunk rots faster.

If you have a little more time and don't want to invest too much work, you can compost the stump on the spot. To do this, use the chainsaw to cut it crosswise as deeply as possible, like a checkerboard pattern. Alternatively, holes that are machined with a drill and a large wood drill also work. These slots or holes are now filled with a mixture of half-rotted compost, half a bag of organic fertilizer and - if available - some quick composter. The compost contains fungal spores, microorganisms and microorganisms that can quickly decompose even fresh wood. Because the wood contains only a few nutrients, the organic fertilizer is added, which provides the microorganisms with enough nutrition to continue working quickly.

3. Let climbing plants grow on the tall tree trunk

In the third method, the stump is not removed, but converted into a useful climbing aid for climbing plants, provided it is of sufficient height. That would be the simplest solution, but only helps if the tree trunk is not in the way.


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