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Stump Removal

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Tom A, May 29, 2020.

  1. Tom A

    Tom A Posting Addict

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    I've taken down about 20 blighted apple trees, and need to get rid of the stumps. They were relatively young trees, so only about 6 inches in diameter. No way am I going to dig out that many stumps by hand, so I want to rot or burn them out instead.

    Can anyone tell me where I can get Potassium Nitrate for a decent price? 20 years ago, I used to be able to walk into the local hardware store and buy a kilo box for a couple of pounds, but not anymore. Most of what I've found online appears to be food-grade, and is rather expensive.
     
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    dig down a little then cut off below ground level. cover over and leave them to rot. if they try to put up new shoots (unlikely) just keep cutting them off.
     
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    Drill holes in the stumps then fill them with strong weedkiller and let it soak in.
     
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    I'm waiting for a supplier to get some Spectracide back in stock to rot out a stump in the front garden ... in the meantime I have treated with SBK to kill off any new growth :up:
     
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    Always better to leave sufficient trunk to allow winching of root ball than cutting close to ground. Field grade nitrate in small quantities from garden centre, but local farmer who buys bulk bags should be cheaper. Raw horse dung to promote rot cheaper still.
     
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    I'm tussling today to pull out a huge honeysuckle root. There is a heavy beam above supporting trellis on concrete posts, so the plan is to use a ratchet strap to give the final pull. Is this viable? :D

    @Tom A When we had to remove diseased apple trees and ancient currant bushes we used a winch anchored on a mature tree to pull them. If you have access, do you know anyone with a tractor that would pull them ?
     
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    Stump grind them if you want them gone, wait until Winter, you really dont want to be doing it on a hot sweaty day. In the cooler months boots, thick trousers, gloves, eyeshield and hat are more comfortable.
     
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    Another one for a stump grinder, after all they are designed for the job.
     
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    @Felixlogs may well be the man in the know with this one.
     
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    The stumps are dead already, as they were felled last year. I'm in no hurry to get them out, but my parents want them gone. They're cut a bit too low to easily winch out, hence why I'm probably going to burn them. Sod digging them out in this weather.
     
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    Stump grinder would be my choice unless you are prepared to wait for them to rot out naturally. If you feel that you could do the work yourself then you could hire a grinder but make sure there are no underground services nearby. Otherwise, you could get somebody in on a price and let them do the checking for you. 20 stumps of that size shouldn't take forever and the pricing is done by the inch. Just bare in mind that the grinder will only go a certain depth below ground level so it is unlikely that the ground will be clear for replanting and also a certain amount of roots will remain which may throw up suckers.
     
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    stump grinder is the easiest and todays job was to drop a field maple and a lilac then grind the stumps out
    maple was a full grind as they were digging out for a drive
    this is my bigger machine
    and a before and after on a stump
    i also have a little grinder that is ideal for small stuff
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    I like Multiforst but would you have room to do it, I think you could plant something after one of those has been through.
     
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    A Battery drill a few cans of 777 powder and a reel of firework fuse should take care of it. :) :) :)
     
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    Unfortunately, my dad moaned that I scared his chickens off lay the last time I exploded something.
     
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    I don't know the structure or depth of a root ball on an apple tree, but when I had a gardening round the quickest way to remove medium sized stumps was to dig round the stump and use a pair of heavy duty loppers to cut a 2" to 6" section out of each main root. Using loppers you don't need to clear as much earth as you would if you tried sawing or chopping each root.
    Also the root balls can make driftwood like garden features -

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    I was going to suggest, but now reading your comment I will...If you do not mind getting a little wet and dirty you can use a jet washer to dig a trench around the tree and lop the roots off as suggested by Gunfun. I dug a trench connecting a pipe to a well for the water supply at one place I had going down 2 meters. I used a pump to take the water out but a lot of the water just dissapeared anyway, it was a lot quicker and easier than digging I can tell you and no jarring on my joints!
     
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    A mate of mine tried to pull a stump out of his front garden with his artic unit, the stump came out but next doors lawn also came with it.
     
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    I've seen several walls and patios winched out along with a stump. Decent root systems can spread a surprisingly long way.
     
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