How to Clear Tree Stumps


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


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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.