How to Remove Small Tree Stumps


Removing trees from around your home leaves unsightly stumps behind. Not only do these stumps take away from the beauty of your lawn and garden, but they make simple tasks such as mowing a challenge. The stumps can also create tripping hazards. Proper removal of tree stumps is a must when it comes to keeping your lawn accessible and ship-shape. By following these few steps, you can easily remove small tree stumps and restore your lawn's beauty.

Step 1

Dig a trench around the stump you intend to remove using a spade shovel. The trench should be about eight to 10 inches from the perimeter of the stump. The purpose of the trench is to reveal the buried roots so they can be broken, allowing you to successfully remove the stump.

Step 2

Chop all of the visible roots using the chopping axe. The axe will need to be very sharp to cut through the roots easily.

Step 3

Insert the landscaping bar underneath the stump, after all of the roots have been broken away. Make your way around the stump prying upward on the stump to break any roots that were out of reach of the chopping axe.

Step 4

Remove the stump from its hole. Again, insert the landscaping bar underneath the stump. Pry upward while lifting. This will easily remove the stump from the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade shovel
  • Landscaping bar
  • Axe


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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.