How do I fix my backyard after a 200 yr. costing $9400 was removed?


Bylaw forced it down. We paid half the cost. Beg borrowed and almost stole to come up with money. Now a mess back their. 120 ft. Plus high, about 6 ft. diameter

q how do i fix my backyard after a 200 yr costing 9400 was removed
q how do i fix my backyard after a 200 yr costing 9400 was removed
q how do i fix my backyard after a 200 yr costing 9400 was removed
  8 answers
  • Polly Fuller Polly Fuller on Jul 29, 2018

    have the stump ground down. have the guys who grind do the cleanup for you. it's going to cost no matter what you do. try to find a reasonable guy. looks like the hard wood would be good for a fire pit or fireplace.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 29, 2018

    You can rent stump grinders, if you feel physically capable. It will be much faster than any alternate method. It should be ground down below surface level. Drilling holes in remaining area and filling with Epsom salt will absorb any moisture, ovee time. Chop any surface roots to hasten decay. If permitted, apply hot lime and manure to accelerate decomposition. You'll most likely wait some time before being able to replant.

  • Jennifer Chase Jennifer Chase on Jul 30, 2018
    It's a little close to a structure... but the last time I had stumps that didn't want to come out of the ground, I drilled and filled with gasoline and then put charcoal all around it, and set it on fire. Then, this year, it fell out all on it's own... literally, it just fell out of the ground when I pushed it with a shovel. That idea came from the people down the street, who set a giant one like you have on fire. They just kept it burning for a day and it was completely gone. I know I will probably get the three thousand lectures about why burning is bad, but I am seriously lucky I can walk, let alone cut out a stump. Also, we are allowed to burn in our area, under specific restrictions, but still.

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    • Jennifer Chase Jennifer Chase on Aug 02, 2018

      Me too, totally a pyro... I swear the only reason I cut my hedges is to have a "bonfire". Other people carefully cut the branches, put them in boxes, and put them to the curb for trash day.... not me.... squish them into the outdoor fireplace and set it up on fire. I rarely use gasoline though, it is more fun to play with it until it actually starts burning. I feel magical if I don't use gasoline. ROFL

  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Jul 30, 2018
    Try to make something out of the hard wood is what I would do. You never know unless you try. Have the rest ground down cleaned up and throw in some grass seed.
    Whoever took it away may of already decided to make an end table or something out of it. It looked beautiful.

  • Lien Lien on Jul 30, 2018

    That beautiful stump can be made into a table top. People had been using tree stump to for hardwood floor too. It was a beautiful tree stump. The rest can be removed with rented stump grinder.

  • Kate Kate on Jul 30, 2018
    Make a coffee table out of it. Just attached legs.

  • Jan Marie Jan Marie on Aug 27, 2018

    Put an ad on Craigslist for free wood. Say that have to cut up and take away. We have good luck getting rid of tree limbs and trunks because more and more people burn wood. That will leave you with just the smaller branches that can be cut and bundled and possibly picked up at the curb if your area has this service. I would wait a year to burn the stump as the tree was not dead when cut down and green wood doesn't burn well. We burned our stump but first we dug around the base of the trunk as far down as we could go. We then built a regular camp fire on top of it. It took about 4 days of burning. Then winter came and in the spring it was soft enough to break up and rake level. Do not use gasoline to start the fire as it is dangerous and puts out black smoke. Just use twigs and balled up paper. Take note of any winds as you are located close to your neighbors. If you wait until colder weather they will have their windows closed and smoke will not be as much of a problem. But take into consideration if you have neighbors with lung problems. Only burn on days with no wind and make sure that there is not a burning ban in your area.

  • JW JW on Aug 27, 2018

    You have taken down a fabulous tree so perhaps you could consider replanting with fruit trees and bushes ? Many new varieties are suitable for small back gardens as they do not grow too tall and do not require lots of attention. Much nicer to have fruit and flowers to use yourself or give to friends and a boost to your environment