How can I quickly rot out a tree stump?

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How do I kill a tree stump? It has been years and it still there...


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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 19, 2017
    drill several holes and throw rock salt inside or use stomp out.

  • Teresa Teresa on Mar 19, 2017
    Spectracide
    1 lb. Stump Remover
    Accelerates tree stump decomposition
    Safe for use around surrounding vegetation
    Granules are easy to pour and to apply
    You can get it at Home depot

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    • Jennifer Jennifer on Mar 21, 2017
      I used that and seems to work like a charm!

  • Tam 15076171 Tam 15076171 on Mar 20, 2017
    Where we live it's not that expensive to have a stump ground then if you garden you can use it for mulch. Then the stump will be gone in a few minutes. The other ways all though good ways do take some time (I've done both). Good luck!!!

    • Diane Diane on Mar 21, 2017
      I will check out the cost and see if I can afford that thank you.

  • Sandy Sandy on Mar 21, 2017
    tried all the tricks - ended up calling our tree-cutting man back who had purchased a "neat & clean" stump remover machine instead of renting one [rental was messy - used it here b4 and chips went everywhere]

  • Jeanie Jeanie on Mar 28, 2017
    the BEST way to get rid of a tree stump is to sprinkle dry powder milk over stump, cover the stump completely sprinkle a little water over dry powder milk
    it will take time but no real expense or chemicals the stump will slowly start to rot this step will need to repeated as needed.

  • Dennis Lee Dennis Lee on Aug 02, 2021

    The sure fire eventual way of naturally accelerating the decomposition of ones potential tree stump is to buy a 40 lb. bag of lime for less than $5.00 and then simply take a one half inch wood auger bit to drill numerous holes directly into the tree stump using a strong heavy duty rated hammer drill and the half inch wood auger bit holes themselves should be at least 12 inches deep to about 17 inches deep.


    Then simply spread a paste made of lime moistened with water to fill all the many deep half inch wood auger bit holes on the surface of the exposed tree stump and also spread a generous lime mixture paste on the tree stump surface; then also make sure to cover it with a plastic tarp material to prevent it from being washed away; sprinkle the lime paste covered tree stump with water every day to further accelerate the natural garden lime decomposition mixture; once every week apply new lime paste to the half inch wood auger bit holes drilled into the tree stump and also on the entire tree stump surface to continue the all natural tree stump composition; as it is gradually and progressively absorbed into the tree root system.


    This naturally will take as long as six months months time so its quite slow of course but it is an all natural solution and will not harm or effect any other plants in ones surrounding environment at all. The tree stump will eventually be transformed gradually and progressively into a soft and spongy mass over time that can be simply dug out and broken up by using a pick axe.


    Ones long patience will eventually be rewarded with the eventual removal of ones tree stump no thanks to the all natural decomposition process when using lime. The tree stump will definitely kill the tree stump and tree stump roots in about three to four weeks time; and the rest of the time the lime will continue to naturally decompose ones tree stump and tree stump root system.


    Now one can also add potassium nitrate in the form of garden fertilizer to one's lime mixture to form a paste to further aid and accelerate in the all natural decomposition process to break down ones tree stump and tree stump root system on a once weekly basis as this definitely encourages and nourishes the all natural fungi to continue the process of the decomposition of the tree stump and its tree stump root system on an accelerated basis.