How to Rot Tree Stumps


After cutting down a tree, you are often left with a cumbersome, space-consuming stump. Professional removal of the stump can be quite expensive, and trying to remove it yourself can take lots of time and effort. Rotting a tree stump is a natural and safe method for ridding your yard of a tree stump, especially if you are not in a rush to get rid of it.

Step 1

Cut the tree stump as close to the ground as possible using your saw.

Step 2

Cover the cuts with sod and keep the sod moist. This will promote the rotting of the tree stump.

Step 3

Drill several holes into the top of the stump with a power drill, using a bit that will create a 1-inch diameter hole. This exposes the inner wood of the stump and promotes rotting.

Step 4

Add a small amount of fertilizer into the stump to provide organisms that will decay the stump the nitrogen they need to grow. Do this during the first year.

Step 5

Add sugar to the holes also to promote the growth of organisms that need carbon to multiply. Do this during the first year.

Step 6

Add topsoil to any small holes that appear in the yard due to the decay of the tree roots below ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Saw
  • Power drill
  • Sod
  • Fertilizer
  • Sugar
  • Topsoil


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  • Louisiana State University Agricultural Center: Stump Removal from Home Grounds
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