How to Remove a Stump

How to Remove a Stump image by wikimedia


Tree stumps from dead or fallen trees can be unsightly. If the stump needs to be removed, you can do it yourself. Removing stumps will involve physical labor, so be prepared to take one or two days. Since this can be a dangerous project, this does not need to be attempted without a working knowledge of garden equipment.

Step 1

Cut the tree stump as close to the ground as possible with the chainsaw.

Step 2

Begin grinding the stump with the stump grinder according to operation instructions--all grinders operate differently. Do not forget to wear safety goggles.

Step 3

Continue grinding across the surface of the tree stump. This creates sawdust, so place the sawdust in the wheelbarrow with the shovel as you work. Grinders will grind the stump approximately 6 inches under the ground.

Step 4

Clear away all the sawdust. Place some loose soil in the bottom of the hole that was just ground out. Lay sod or grass seed and water well. This will eventually cover up the area where the tree stump was.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always use safety equipment when using a stump grinder. Make sure that you have been educated in using power equipment and stump grinders. If the stump is too big, consider using a stump-grinding service.

Things You'll Need

  • Stump grinder
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Chainsaw
  • Safety goggles
  • Grass sod, if desired


  • Removing Tree Stumps

Who Can Help

  • House and Garden Information
Keywords: how, to, remove, a, tree, stump, removing, tree, stumps, using, stump, grinders, grinding, tree, stumps

About this Author

Cathy McClellan has five years' experience in newsprint as an assistant editor and is a freelance writer. She has 20 years' experience working in the medical field and is currently licensed as a Texas Insurance Representative. She also has many years in home improvement and gardening.

Photo by: wikimedia