By Marilyn Syarto
Removing a tree from your yard involves two steps: cutting down the tree, then getting rid of the tree stump. Both steps can cost you money because they are two different processes. But luckily, you can learn how to kill a tree stump yourself without having to hire a tree removal service.
You can always just leave the stump to decay over time—but it’ll take lots of time. It usually takes three to seven years for a tree stump to naturally decay. But if the stump is an eyesore, a tripping hazard, or a condo for termites or carpenter ants, our guide shows you other ways to get the job done more quickly so you can avoid potential issues. Stumps can also harbor root disease.
Take note that a freshly-cut tree stump is much more difficult to remove than a rotted one. That's why, in this guide, we provide you with several methods for accelerating the rotting process to help remove a tree stump along with the traditional—and labor-intensive—method of digging a tree stump out yourself.