How to Clear Tree Stumps

Overview

Whenever you're doing landscaping or renovating your home or surrounding property, you sometimes need to remove trees to make room for an addition or for a garden. Storms can also bring down trees and you are left with yet another stump. When trees are removed from property by either yourself or a storm, they leave behind unsightly tree stumps that still have to be removed once the tree itself is gone. With some simple tools, you can remove tree stumps.

Step 1

Dig a trench around the tree stump using a spade to reveal the underlying roots.

Step 2

Chop as many of the roots as possible using a sharp chopping axe.

Step 3

Insert a landscaping bar underneath the tree stump and pry upwards to break loose smaller roots underneath the stump.

Step 4

Pry upward on the stump forcing it from its hole.

Step 5

Discard the stump into a designated dumping area, and fill in the hole where the stump once was with loose soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Chopping axe
  • Landscaping bar

References

  • Free Plants: Tree Stump Removal
Keywords: removing tree stumps, tree stump removal, digging up stumps

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.