Tree Stumps. How to remove them?

We need to have 3 trees removed that were planted next to the foundation of the house. The tree guys said they would not be able to grind out the stumps because of how close they were to the house. Does anyone know how to effectively get rid of the stumps without having to dig them out?
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  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on May 02, 2014
    Buy a can of stump remover (available at most garden or home centers). Most brands are made of powdered potassium nitrate, which speeds up the rotting process. You simply pour the granules into drilled holes and fill the holes with water. The stump will become pretty spongy after four to six weeks. Keep kids and pets away. Then you can break out the rotten wood with an ax. For more info see this website.

    • B.J. B B.J. B on May 03, 2014
      @Donna Byram Thanks for the info. We don't have pets and our kids are adults so I'm going to look into this.

  • Becky Becky on May 02, 2014
    I have also read something about Epsom salt. I think it was on HT but I haven't searched it. Good luck and if all fails google it!

    • JoAnn Preen JoAnn Preen on May 08, 2014
      B.J.B I have also researched Epson Salts, which found a lot of positive results. I am planning on trying it myself @

  • DeMarie I DeMarie I on May 02, 2014
    Just read that people use epsom salts (drill holes and pour in). One person said they had to replace the salt twice in the year (it takes about a year using the epsom salts method).

  • Lavende Lavende on May 02, 2014
    I wrote an article about the Epsom salt method: It is slower than a chemical stump remover, but much safer for your yard and family. DeMarie I is correct, the salts do need to be replaced periodically because they dissolve as they absorb the stump's moisture. But if chemicals are a concern to you, it is well worth a few minutes every so often to freshen the salts.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 03, 2014
    We just drilled a bunch of tree stumps and filled the holes with Epsom salt...hope it works. We limit our use of harmful chemicals! Hope it works!

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    • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 03, 2014
      @B.J. B You probably won't be hearing any results from me on this...hubby says it will probably take years! Ha! I am sure I will not remember to respond!

  • Chemicals simply take to long. You can rent a small stump grinder that will work find next to the house. Simply place a piece of plywood against the foundation so if it jumps it will not strike the house and injure it. All these machines are is a metal disk with a few hardened metal teeth on a long arm that spins. You control it by simply moving the handle up and down. You will not remove the entire stump with these machines but will be able to get it down several inches below the soil level so they can be covered over with soil. You should have a pest professional come in within a few years after and treat the soil for termites as once the stump dies off and dries out it becomes a food source for termites. Here is a short U tube video on a machine that can be rented locally. You could also check around for stump removal companies that would be more likely able to do this for you. The tree person that you used may only have had a larger machine that could not be used near a foundation.

    • B.J. B B.J. B on May 04, 2014
      @Woodbridge Environmental It never occurred to me that you could rent a stump grinder. You are right, our tree guy only had the large machine which wouldn't work. Thank you so much!! I'm on my way to watch the U tube.