Removing a stump-- best and easiest way?

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A large tree stump is 18" away from my back fence. This is where I would like to build a new shed. What is the best and /or easiest way to remove it quickly?

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  • Russbow Russbow on Jan 08, 2018
    IF you have a rental shop near you, rent a stump grinder. I would also put a product like copper sulphate over the ground out stump to make sure it does not try to send new tops up and through the floor of your shed.

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Jan 08, 2018
    Hello! Here are some recommended methods for tree stump removal. Ignore the ads.


  • R R on Jan 08, 2018
    Quickest is to dig it up - a lot of hard work! If you ask a tree service they may bring in a chipper that cuts it to below grade, but they leave the roots to rot away.
    If you can live with the eventual settling of the soil as the wood rots, you can do the same. If you have the time you can cut the stump to a height below your shed floor and then bore a bunch of holes into the top and sides and pack topsoil in and around to encourage decomposition - may take a couple of years.
    If you chop/cut the top down (Axe, chain saw) to grade yourself and then cover and leave it should be fine. You would just need to place/build your shed to accommodate remaining height and ensure any footings will not be compromised by the root decomposition. Most sheds are not built with a full foundation so you would need to fill in under these spots eventually, with gravel/rocks etc. Not so bad really.
    If you have not used a chain saw before have someone with experience do the work - the danger of having the saw kick-back into you is very likely working to the ground this way. The stump removers that arborists use is just a big chain saw attached to a trailer with a large motor and fuel tank that moves across the top of the stump and works downward a little at a time until it is below soil line. Kickback is held by the mass of the machine.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 08, 2018
    Drill holes in the stump and use rock salt,stump out,or epsom salt

  • Russbow Russbow on Jan 09, 2018
    TRUE story for your amusement. When I was about 5, now 86, my grandfather had a small farm in Southern Illinois. Nearing the 4th of July, he decided to remove a stump, then build a fire in the hole and roast a pig for the 4th celebration. He dug down, drilled a hole, and put in some dynamite. When set off, a muffled "umph" was heard. Nothing moved. He redrilled that and still another hole at right angles to the first, inserted the dynamite, and the same thing. A team of horses, and then an old McCormick Deering tractor were chained to it, but NO luck, it wouldn't budge. SO, he drilled still more holes, inserted more dynamite, then BOOM. Even at the age of 5 I swear that stump went hundreds of feet in the air, and the hole remaining was quite ample to roast the pig.