Cutting down a tree is the easy part of tree removal. The stump left behind, on the other hand, is a lasting reminder of the project. Tree stumps can be a hazard on your property--not to mention an ugly addition to the landscape. Controlling them will increase the value of your property and show others your commitment to maintaining a neat landscape. If there is no rush, concealing stumps and allowing them to naturally rot away is the easiest and cheapest way of controlling tree stumps.
Cut tree stumps as close to the ground as possible with a chain saw. Keep an eye on the stump and trim it down over time if it continues to grow in height.
Drill several holes in the top of the tree stumps. Make them at least one inch in diameter. Drill vertically into the wood. The holes will expose more wood to quicken the rotting process.
Cover the stump with a layer of top soil that is at least three inches thick. Rake it smooth, breaking up any clumps that are more than one inch in diameter.
Lay sod down on top of the soil, pushing it together to get rid of lines between the pieces. This will camouflage the tree stumps.
Water the sod thoroughly and keep it moist. The goal is for the tree stumps to be in a temperature of 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and at least 20 percent moist at all times, but not soaked. This encourages the growth of fungi, which rot and decay the wood.
Consider digging holes in the soil and planting ground cover over the tree stumps instead of sod. Choose plants that do well in moist conditions.