Asked on Nov 04, 2016

Best way to kill bush/tree after being cut down?

Jackie Byrd
by Jackie Byrd

Just moved into a new home. There was a huge thorny bush dragon devouring the mailbox. I slayed the dragon but it is trying to rise up again. How can I make sure it's not simple dead but "really most sincerely dead" [Wizard of Oz quote]? I've cut the stump closer to the ground but there are sprouts come out. grrr. Any tips on killing a tree stump for good are appreciated.

  123 answers
  • Clory Clory on Nov 04, 2016
    I've got a similar problem with a stump. I've researched it and am going to try Epsom Salt.
  • Rosie Walsh Rosie Walsh on Nov 04, 2016
    I've done this in several steps. As soon as the cut has been done, paint a coat of Roundup, a fairly strong solution, heavier than the standard 3 oz/gal. Soon after, I drill a bunch of holes in the stump and pour dirt into the holes and cover the stump. When little shoots come up near the base, I again apply Roundup to each shoot, freshly pruned. I have a bottle of the mix and apply with one drop directly on the fresh cut. This has proven highly effective. Repeat as needed. I took out several overgrown loropetalums and had regrowth from the roots that remained. This really works and is safe. I know Roundup has a bad rep to some, but this is a tiny amount.
    • DOD DOD 5 days ago

      Roundup is highly carcinogenic. I stay far away from that stuff!

  • If you do not wish to use the Roundup method, use vinegar - lots of it. If there is any stump left, drill holes in it. Pour straight vinegar in there. It will take a bit of time, but it will work. Now as with rhe roundup, it will be sometime before you can replant in that area. So I would decorate with rocks, potted plants, and google "mailbox decoration" and you will get a zillion this to do. Hope this gives you another option! Good luck!
  • Katy Bowss Katy Bowss on Nov 04, 2016
    I have done something similar to Rosie. I drill holes in the stump, then fill with salt. Sea salt, table salt, something along those lines. The salt helps to dry up any moisture. You may have to repeat a few times, but it doe work. Learned this from my dad when I was young. Worked then and still works now. Good luck.
  • Berniece Cronquist Berniece Cronquist on Nov 04, 2016
    I cut a tree down and then drilled holes down into the top of the stump. I poured Round up into the holes. Yup, it died. Then I used the top of the stump for flowers.
  • Gina Gina on Nov 04, 2016
    Stump grinder! rent at home depo 50$ go deep,removing entire rootball.add concentrate round-up rootkiller.(stumpgrinding should do),can use rootkiller for100% death of bush.
  • Ruth Ruth on Nov 04, 2016
    Cut the stump as close to the ground as possible. Then take a tin can large enough to completely cover the stump, and nail it on with large-headed nails (so no sunlight gets to the stump surface). May take a corn can, may take a large coffee can. It should stop any shoots, without poison or expensive machinery rental.
  • Lynn Paterson Lynn Paterson on Nov 04, 2016
    But what when there are a whole grove of small trees , like 1" to 5" ? The big original tree was removed, these are all suckers. Cottonwoods to be exact, they grow like crazy and are blocking the view of the lake :-(
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 04, 2016
    If all possible do not use roundup...all studies are showing serious effects...
    • DOD DOD 5 days ago

      Nowadays it's known to be strongly carcinogenic. For anyone reading this in 2024 and later.

  • Taf Taf on Nov 04, 2016
    Have you considered leaving the tree and moving the mailbox? just a thought...
  • Raul DeMoura Raul DeMoura on Nov 04, 2016
    If you can't get a "stump grinder" to remove the stumps, & if you have a chainsaw, you can cut a few grooves across the stump. If it's a bigger stump, cut a "tic tac toe" in it. That worked for the FOSTER HOLLY I removed by my kitchen door!
  • James Ingersoll James Ingersoll on Nov 04, 2016
    STEP 1. Take a 5' solid steel crowbar with the point on one end and make several (5-6) holes in the ground next to the tree stump. STEP 2. drop a stick of dynamite in each hole with the fuse sticking out of the hole. STEP 3. Twist all the fuses together sot it's about 2-3 feet long. STEP 4. Put some dirt in on top of the dynamite so they're in there real tight. STEP 5. Tell all yer neighbors to go have some lunch. (safety first) STEP 6. Light the fuse and then run like hell. When yer either 100 yards away or jest outta breath, fall on the ground and don't move tis the blast goes off. STEP 7. After the blast, go back and fill in the huge hole with some dirt or rocks, or sumpthing ya don't want. CAUTION: if the blast don't go off, stay away and call the fire department to come and flood the stump site with water for 2-3 days. After that, yer on yer own. Thanks partner. Good Luck.
  • Dana Dana on Nov 05, 2016
    Funny James Ingersoll. Not everyone has a stick of explosives, plus kids could get hurt while he I see running for his life, a car or bike could come by. I agree with cutting crisscrossing patterns in the stump, Or dig out the roots and chop them off at the bottom of the hole. Still James's idea was funny, I pictured road runner and the atmos logo
    • DOD DOD 5 days ago

      I believe that's "ACME"? Also, I think anyone who might possibly take this at all seriously probably can't read. So, whew! We're safe! lol

  • Daniel Daniel on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill some holes in the remaining trunk and fill them with diesel. Doing this you are going to kill the roots,
  • JustMe JustMe on Nov 05, 2016
    You can try one of the chemical stump killers sold at HD, garden centers or farm and ranch stores.
  • Fee Miriam Rosenfeltz Fee Miriam Rosenfeltz on Nov 05, 2016
    I have an organic, non chemical method I use that works well for my garden. First cut the remaining stump off lower to the ground, leaving only about 4 inch high stump. Cover this with thick black plastic bags (I use the postage bags I receive goods in) and put a heavy upturned flower pot over it to wedge it all in place. So long as you have shut out all light it will die off over a couple of years. This method uses no nasty chemicals that can leach into the soil. I've used this on several different trees. If you don't like the look of it then a few pits of flowers grouped around it will disguise it. Hope this helps.
    • DOD DOD 5 days ago

      Yep, Even salt will prevent other flowers etc from growing. Unless you drill the holes and pour it directly into the stump.

  • Fee Miriam Rosenfeltz Fee Miriam Rosenfeltz on Nov 05, 2016
    That should read 'pots of flowers' not 'pits'! Oops!
  • Lori Verni-Fogarsi Lori Verni-Fogarsi on Nov 05, 2016
    I had some trees cut but not the stumps ground and our tree guy said to pour a mound of rock salt on it (like you use for snow/ice).
  • Suzi Suzi on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill a couple of holes in the stump or simply drive a thick nail into it. Pull nail out. Pour rock salt on the stump. The stump will start to crumble. You can put more salt as weather will wash away. Eventually you can literally push the dead stump away with your hands and throw away.
    • Wee13104616 Wee13104616 on Nov 05, 2016
      I would say the same thing . I did it with holly and it worked . . I pour salt on the weeds my drive . Cheap and does the job If it doesn't rain make sure to wet the salt
  • Sti2242965 Sti2242965 on Nov 05, 2016
    I cut a largish tree down low at a relatives, I let it grow again but have shaped it into a small bush and just keep trimming it the same shape, I suppose if you wanted to do that it may take a while to fill out below the level of the mailbox
    • Jackie Byrd Jackie Byrd on Nov 05, 2016
      That might have been a good idea if this bush/tree wasn't a dragon. It was full of thorns! I had to snip at a branch multiple times to clear one out of the way. Then repeat over and over to clear an area large enough so that I could get near the trunk. Finally I was able to take my hand saw and slay that dragon. I never want it or any of its family near my property again. AUGH
  • MadameRã MadameRã on Nov 05, 2016
    How about trying a paste with aromatherapy.. Mandarin,Orange,lime & clove(depending on size of the base cut, use4-6 drops of each, mix into a small bowl of baking soda & just enough distilled water to create a paste).. Once that is organized then spread thickly over the top, also spread it around any area of the plant thats left(like icing a cake),& a bit just around the base onto the ground, though make sure it doesn't touch other plants you like. *This ought to only be absorbed mainly by the offencive plant & won't hurt the soil by spreading @ all, just the area thats wanted. This method ought to be tried every few weeks for a few months & it will rot the root system. At the time you notice this then it becomes easier to get enough of it removed by axe & shovel; sometimes parts turns to jelly thus becoming very easy to remove... watching it fall to pieces(& chopped out in bits)then its just is a matter of time:)
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    • MadameRã MadameRã on Oct 08, 2019

      ^ The question I answered is all true; we kept an eye on doing the entire procedure and there was never a complaint, only a happy being~ that’s what matters though Mother Earth to myself is first, thus is why to have anything done well one must remember that there remains a length of work ~ which I call this simply being of quality.

      After stating this, one thing that No-one knows is how matters” will work in their living environment. The entire globe with plants/animals/and the weather are being affected daily at a statistical rate that’s hard to keep up with, even for the best.

      I do hold hope that you can figure out what you would like to try; as trying always is the only way of knowing and improving on ‘anything ‘ just about.

      kind regards

  • Mike Schreiber Mike Schreiber on Nov 05, 2016
    Pack the stump with rock salt
  • Hei12625205 Hei12625205 on Nov 05, 2016
    copper nails
  • Elaine Kater Elaine Kater on Nov 05, 2016
    muriatic acid
  • Dee Brock Dee Brock on Nov 05, 2016
    spray the cut with grass killer. the stump soaks up the killer. i killed a 5' diameter stump this way. just keep spraying it. you can also spray the raw cut with spray paint.
  • RBJ RBJ on Nov 05, 2016
    Sugar water
  • Pba9347059 Pba9347059 on Nov 05, 2016
    copper sulfate
  • Sve4509253 Sve4509253 on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill a hole and fill it with Roundup
  • Farmer Susie Farmer Susie on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill several holes and fill with any kind of root killer
  • Daniel Daniel on Nov 05, 2016
    Ordinary Truck Diesel. It is a poison.. careful with the other plants
  • Jw Johnson Jw Johnson on Nov 05, 2016
    Diesel fuel daily till you see it dying.
  • Wil9901113 Wil9901113 on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes and put in bleach.
  • Mgkiely Mgkiely on Nov 05, 2016
    Copper nails, hammer them into the stump
  • Nan10407969 Nan10407969 on Nov 05, 2016
    That's a lovely tree. It looks healthy and happy. Why don't you leave the tree and relocate the mailbox?
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    • Robert Heath Robert Heath on Nov 05, 2016
      Dig down about a 4 foot diameter circle. As deep as you can cutting any roots you hit. Try to get down at least 12 inches. Cut stump as deep in the ground as you can. Then put black plastic and backfill, mulch and plant things you like as a ground cover. Should never see the tree again.
  • Susan Harris Seeley Susan Harris Seeley on Nov 05, 2016
    Pour salt and or vinegar on the roots, both cheap solutions.
  • Susan Susan on Nov 05, 2016
    I would have pulled it out with my car and a chain , even if the mailbox came out. Then there would be a nice hole, soft dirt and you could replant mailbox and mound up soil in a 3' circle/square and mulched it and landscaped with day lilies for a nice fresh look.
  • Barbara Robinson Barbara Robinson on Nov 05, 2016
    Roundup concentrate (made to be diluted for your sprayer) painted directly on the stumps of the tree or large bush will kill the remaining tree stump and the roots of the offending tree. It will not regrow and can be dug up easily.
  • Kathy Davis Kathy Davis on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes into the stump and pour turpentine into the holes.
  • Michelle Michelle on Nov 05, 2016
    do not add salt or vinegar NOTHING will grow after the salt leaches into the ground. NOTHING. Go to home depot rent a stump grinder you'll need it less than an hour. It's basically a weed wacker for tree stumps.
    • I have regrown in areas where I had taken out trees using this method. I waited 2 years, then added a bunch of miracle grow moisture control - one area has a nice bed of lavender, another is an herb bed and another now has a 5 year old fig tree. And I live in drought ridden So. CA. It can be done - just takes time.
  • Kathy T. Kathy T. on Nov 05, 2016
    There is a product at the home stores called stump out. Worked for us.
  • Lori Lori on Nov 05, 2016
    If you don't want to use any harmful chemicals.....cut it to the ground..cover the area with thick dark can even mulch over it for a better sun no water no plant coming back.
  • Debbie Watts Debbie Watts on Nov 05, 2016
    I've used Stump Out, too. It's was great. Drilled a few holes into the trunk base so it would be sure to penetrate into the wood and not just on the flat cut surface.
  • Delores Snellen Delores Snellen on Nov 05, 2016
    You can get something called brush killer and put on the stump
  • Dale Dale on Nov 05, 2016
    Cheap Epsom Salt (& is actually good for surrounding plants/grass):
  • Lyn Buerger Lyn Buerger on Nov 05, 2016
    You could have someone come and with heavy equipment drill out the stump. But with just a few roots it could come back. Sorry but the chemical if probably the best way to kill it completely. I've done both ways in removing trees. Some plants are easy and other will "fight to the death". good luck.
  • John John on Nov 05, 2016
    You can use water softener salt. Drill a few holes in the trunk and put salt in there. Also dig around the base a little bit and put salt in there, then cover it up
  • Renee Outzen Renee Outzen on Nov 05, 2016
    I cut close to the ground, drill holes down into stump and pour bleach great!
  • Craig Craig on Nov 05, 2016
    I set the setting on Roundup to foam and spray on fresh cut
  • Parkerventures Parkerventures on Nov 05, 2016
    Rock salt
  • Sherry H. Sherry H. on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes, try good size holes too. Pour Boiling Water in the holes, say for 3 days. If this doesn't work try the salt idea. Hope it works for you. :)
  • Susan David Jacobs Susan David Jacobs on Nov 05, 2016
    Hammer a couple of copper nails in the stump. It will kill the tree.
  • Mary Lou Pearce Mary Lou Pearce on Nov 05, 2016
    There is a product you can buy to rot the stump. Check with your local gardening center.
  • Phyllis Phyllis on Nov 05, 2016
    I had the same thing happen with a tree of mine. When it started coming back out I would trim it back each year, so I only have a short bush.
  • Sonya Sonya on Nov 05, 2016
    i use vinegar and salt to kill weeds bushes,trees faster than roundup the weeds turn brown immediatley buy large bottle vinegar in groc aisle and add one box table salt to it pour it onor mix in sprayer to use all time works on all weeds, poison ivy as well
    • Geri Geri on Nov 05, 2016
      what would be the result o n the earth when regrowing? salt harmful to soil? thx Geri
  • Diane Taylor Noel Diane Taylor Noel on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes any use root killer product like Zep root killer. You can find it at Lowe's or Home Depot. It is used for killing roots in sewer lines but others have used it for stumps. Or drill holes and fill them with salt, herbicide or nitrogen.
  • Kenneth Soucy Kenneth Soucy on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes in the stump and fill with antifreeze.
  • Terry Maule Dehn Terry Maule Dehn on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes in stump from top down and soak with water. Let dry out just til water not standing in holes. Put as much Epsom salts on stump as you can. If you are still getting new side sprouts, though, you may have to dig up roots because for some plants, cutting off sprouts encourages the roots to put out more and more.
  • Lynne Johnson Lynne Johnson on Nov 05, 2016
    I always drill holes in the stump and fill with full strength Round Up. It has always worked for me.
  • Jpy11082745 Jpy11082745 on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes in stump, use stump killer, burn. Or cut stump close to ground. Cover with rock salt. Salt will not hurt soil, salt adds calcium to ground
  • Dena Miller Dena Miller on Nov 05, 2016
    Hi, I had a holly tree that seemed to have nine lives! I cut it to ground level, drilled holes in it & filled the holes with Epsom salt. Tree rots out from inside. My 10 yr battle is over, too easy!
  • Steve Trandem Steve Trandem on Nov 05, 2016
    Paint the stump with undiluted 2-4,D type weed killer, such as Weed-B-Gon. Guarantee it will do the trick. Steve
  • PamelaBlake PamelaBlake on Nov 05, 2016
    Salt, salt. Drill holes and put rock salt, good bye.
  • Abb11745774 Abb11745774 on Nov 05, 2016
    I've have always cut off close to the ground as possible. Then cover with heavy duty canvas or dark plastic that keeps the light out. Nothing can grow without the sunlight.
  • Ronda Westdyke-Mcmullan Ronda Westdyke-Mcmullan on Nov 05, 2016
    Vinegar or pickle juice
  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Nov 05, 2016
    Drive a copper nail into it.
  • Jane R. Jane R. on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes in the stump, fill with rock salt then pour strong vinegar into the holes. Not table vinegar but "weed pharm" (vinegar_ You can get it at Home Depot. It's much more acidic than the 5% table vinegar.
  • Dea Wiley Dea Wiley on Nov 05, 2016
    I had a Firethorn bush (pyracantha) like that. Pamela is right. Drill a hole about 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches deep. Put any type salt in the hole. Cover with a cork plug or with glue to keep the salt in and the weather out.
  • DAWN DAWN on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes in the stump and fill with salt. It'll kill the roots, and it won't harm the environment
  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Nov 05, 2016
    you can buy a paste especially for stumps you paint it on and it will gradually kill the tree / stump. sorry I don't know the name but your local garden centre will be able to help you.
  • Rad9620306 Rad9620306 on Nov 05, 2016
    We used Round Up successfully on a honeysuckle bush stump after several friends suggested it. We soaked an old white sock with Round Up, wrapped it around the stump, and covered it with a plastic bag secured with a rubber band. Being patient, it took about 3 weeks to really take effect.
  • Sheila Harris Sheila Harris on Nov 05, 2016
    Being a retired mail carrier, I'm sure yours will thank you! Lol
  • Pamclay Pamclay on Nov 05, 2016
    Roundup on the new growth. Water the stump well then apply the roundup to the new tender growth If it's a waxy leaf add a little dawn dishwashing liquid into the roundup to help break the tension of the waxy leaf Roundup is very safe on the environment
  • Lgv7349166 Lgv7349166 on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes down into stump and pour copious amounts of salt into holes. Cells will dehydrate and die. Dig out the root stump.
  • DAWN DAWN on Nov 05, 2016
    it'll kill the stump,and keeps pests away too
  • Nancy DeCarpio Nancy DeCarpio on Nov 05, 2016
    Drill holes in the stump and buy Root Rot and pour into holes.
  • DAWN DAWN on Nov 05, 2016
    Te salt kills the stump and keeps slugs etc away too
  • Arica arora Arica arora on Nov 05, 2016
    Put brush killer all around it.
  • Duncan Duncan on Nov 05, 2016
    I second the advice to drill holes in the stump and pore in salt or root rot. Either works. Salt may be a little less expensive.
  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Nov 06, 2016
    I have cut across the stump-an x into the stump is a better description and used round up. Be super careful not to get that onto plants you want to keep
  • Rebecca B Rebecca B on Nov 06, 2016
    I cut down some old pine trees that died last year. I had stumps that could not be dug out or chopped any further due to the close proximity to the garage. I drilled holes in the stumps and filled the holes with epsom salt then watered it. I kept refilling the holes with epsom salt every time it rained. It finally rotted out the center to where we could finish drilling it out. These were large trees so it took several months, but your tree is small so it shouldn't take long. Also you might peel or scrape the bark off of the stump so it doesn't resprout some offshoots or suckers.
  • David Pell David Pell on Nov 06, 2016
    Watch this YouTube video...
  • Charles Myers Charles Myers on Nov 06, 2016
    Dig it out you have ample room and that will solve your problem forever.
  • Amy Skaggs Amy Skaggs on Nov 06, 2016
    I drill several large holes into the stump. The number of holes depend on the diameter of the stump. Then insert kitchen funnels into the holes and fill them with roundup (full strength) and let it drain into the stump. You can add more if you like, to make sure it is most sincerely dead. Works well for me, I live in Florida and we have invasive Brazillian Pepper trees and Austrialian pines. The funnels ensure that enough of the weed killer gets to the roots of the tree. Good luck!
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Nov 06, 2016
    Let this be an educational lesson for homeowners when deciding where to plant a bush or tree... Terrible placement. Thanks for sharing.
  • Laurie Laurie on Nov 06, 2016
    Agree with Amy Skaggs. I cut the tree, drill holes in the stump, and fill the holes with roundup. Works like a charm.
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  • Sherry Siedenburg Sherry Siedenburg on Nov 06, 2016
    Drill several holes in the remaining trunk and fill them with borax.
  • Ann Davis Ann Davis on Nov 06, 2016
    All of the above or cut down to ground and paint ALL exposed wood with Bush-Be-Gone. It will definitely kiss it roots and all. You can also bore holes and fill with salt and borax and slowly pour on boiling water. Nothing to harm environment. Concentrated Roundup is bad stuff and can be dangerous especially if you have children or pets.
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Nov 07, 2016
    I plan on trying the oil tip first. Then if necessary I'll progress to chemicals. I have a massive vine (of some kind) that is taking over everything in my backyard! I cut it back every winter but it gets out of control during the summer. I absolutely CAN'T stand vines! They have NO purpose and just take over everything! Hope this works!
  • Tel9837986 Tel9837986 on Nov 07, 2016
    drill 4-5 holes in stump.pour roundup in holes.
  • Andres Andres on Nov 07, 2016
    Very simple but it takes patience. After cutting the tree leave part of the stomp. Next: peel the skin (bark) of it. Give it time and it will die. For SURE!!!
  • Andres Andres on Nov 07, 2016
    Cut the tree leaving part of the stump then peel (remove the bark) its skin. Be patient. Guvie it time and it will eventually die. For sure!!!
  • Tamra Tamra on Nov 07, 2016
    I would have just kept the tree... cut the bottom branches and enjoyed the nature of things.
  • Sherry H. Sherry H. on Nov 07, 2016
    Cut tree to a stump, Dig hole around stump. Then go about 8-10 " down around stump. Put Fat Lighter in the hole, and set on fire. Get the lawn chairs and start a conversation. Neighbors usually come over. You can have some good times. The stump burns up If there are any roots left pull them up easily. Put in the back of your truck, take off.This is a sure fire way for removal of a stump I can guarantee you . Burn Permit (over phone) Free We did 26 stumps, it will work for you. All we had to buy was matches. :)
  • Chr4787838 Chr4787838 on Nov 08, 2016
    You may have to burn the stump to truly kill it. Call your local fire department to see if your area is under a burn ban. Check with you post office about temporarilypp moving mailbox. Then drill a few holes in stump . Dig down a few inches and remove soil. Pour some alcohol in the holes and allow to soak in then set fire and allow to burn until at least several inches of the stump is completely burned. If your area is under burn ban you may have to rent or hire a stump grinder.
  • Tig8813372 Tig8813372 on Nov 08, 2016
    If you're not able to burn it in your neighborhood. you might consider drilling several holes in the stump and put a mixture of epson salt, vinegar and a spirt of dawn dish soap in the holes to poison the core, without using a harsh chemical.
  • Abb7421189 Abb7421189 on Nov 08, 2016
    What is 'fat lighter'?
  • C_e9968408 C_e9968408 on Nov 08, 2016
    Roundup 50% Professional, I transfer some into a squeeze bottle (IE dishwashing liquid/Shampoos bottle with pu;; up top and add Red flood coloring, then apply directly to FRESH CuT tree, shrub. Vines, volunteer trees, etc. Roundup is toxic and can be absorbed thru the skin so use carefully, wear gloves and protective gear. Keep pets and children await from area until product is absorbed and completely dry. Wash hands and clothing immediately. Round up is no longer toxic once dry/.
  • Barbara Barbara on Nov 09, 2016
    Drill a large hole down the center of the stump the fill with salt, you can use salt from a water softener if you have some or rock salt for an ice cream maker, the deeper the hole the better the results
  • Denise Webre Denise Webre on Nov 09, 2016
    The live area of the stump is around the edges - the cambium area just inside the bark. It is important to drill the holes near those areas and use stump kill - a granular product you can buy at your local nursery. It is not always guaranteed to work, but will eventually kill the roots. For best results, contact a local arborist and get the root ground out. That is the best way to guarantee you won't get regrowth.
  • My niece's husband owns his own tree business. I asked his advise about our tree and how to kill the roots once we take it down. He said pour Round-up on the top of the trunk and let it sit for a week. Do this three or four times and the roots should be dead and easier to pull out if you want to do so. Good luck.
  • Rob Rob on Nov 10, 2016
    we used water softener like a dream
  • One8414992 One8414992 on Nov 10, 2016
    Drill a hole in trunk and attach a large strong chain..Hook up to truck and yank out......Dig around the base first......
  • Mcastler Mcastler on Nov 11, 2016
  • Barbara C Barbara C on Nov 18, 2016
    Roundup is good, but it works thru leaves. Get stump killer at your local garden center.
  • Sherry H. Sherry H. on Nov 20, 2016
    After you cut it about 5 " above the ground, dig a hole around. and below it too. It would be nice if you had some "Fat Lighter" to shove under the bush, it's wood that has aged and has a fuel in it - keeps on burning for hours. You put paper, leaves, straw under the Fat Lighter. If that chain or rope that you use on your car - truck, it could break and hit anyone or anything. Hope this helps you. Don't burn up your transmission.
  • Petrina Lesko Petrina Lesko on Nov 20, 2016
    Use a screwdriver to make holes/slits in it and put pennies in it. Give it a couple months and roots will die off and it will come out of the ground easily
  • Tauba brown Tauba brown on Nov 24, 2016

    Spectracide makes a Stump killer..can be found at Lowes inside on chemical aisle. Black bottle with orange label

  • I really hope that all of your are ok. Looking at how many people were using Roundup, and now knowing that it caused cancer. I really really hope all are well. 💜

  • Jackie Byrd Jackie Byrd on Jul 21, 2020

    Used the dill holes method w/ salt & vinegar. Then hired a guy with a mattock who hacked it out. The End.

    • Annie Annie on Jun 24, 2021

      So you were able to get rid of it? It sounds like it, using salt and vinegar works, just takes a bit of time.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jun 23, 2021

    Drilling the holes and then filling them with salt should work! It may take a time or two.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jun 30, 2021

    Drill the stump with holes and fill with salt--agreed with the above!

  • Beka 6 Beka 6 on Jun 30, 2021

    Drill holes n stump and cover with buttermilk, works like termites on speed

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 28, 2022

    If all else fails dig it out!

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 08, 2022

    Had a crab apple tree that kept growing back after cutting it down. Had a tree stump grinder come out and that took care of the problem no more crab apple tree popping up.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 21, 2023

    If all the advice/suggestions fail, wrap a chain around the trunk near the base of the tree and hitch the change to a pickup truck's frame and drive's sure to yank the tree out of the ground. Of course you'll need to do this carefully so as to not damage the mailbox. A truck with a winch on it will be able to do the same process if you can find someone who has a winch.

  • We've had tons of trees/ shrubs removed or removed them ourselves over the years. The only surefire way is with a stump grinder.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 25, 2024

    Stump Grinder will do the trick

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 26, 2024

    Hi Jackie: Try this site: How to Kill a Tree Stump 4 Different Ways ( and you will find that 'it is not only merely dead, it is really most sincerely dead!' Take off from the Wizard of Oz :)

  • Janice Janice 5 days ago

    Drill several holes in the stump as deep as possible, add salt, and high potency vinegar (landscape grade) and pour into the holes. Cover the stump with heavy duty plastic bag to keep out the sun and that will work well over time. Repeat if needed by drilling the holes deeper as the stump begins to disintegrate.