Tree growing from stump

So, you’ve finally chopped down the unsightly shrub growing in your yard, only to discover it’s grown back just a few weeks later.

Some shrubs offer aesthetic value and subsequently improve the appearance of a home’s landscape. Others are less-than-aesthetic and actually take away from the beauty of a home’s landscape.

If the stubborn shrub in your yard falls under the latter category, you should take the necessary measures to prevent it from growing back.

Spray with Herbicide

First and foremost, you should kill the shrub using an herbicide product. You can buy herbicide at your local home improvement or gardening store, or you can make your own.

A simple and effective homemade herbicide involves mixing white vinegar with salt and dish detergent. Combine these three ingredients into a spray bottle and apply directly to the problematic shrub, ensuring both the leaves and interior base are covered with the solution.

Keep in mind that herbicides – both homemade and store-bought – will likely kill your “good” plants as well. To prevent this from happening, use caution to ensure the herbicide only reaches the problematic shrub or shrubs.

Cut it Down

After allowing the herbicide to sit for at least 72 hours, it’s time to chop down the shrub.

Using the appropriate gardening shears, cut down the shrub as close to the base as possible. You probably won’t be able to get the stump, and that’s okay, because there’s still a solution to deal with that.

Drill Into the Stump

With your shrub chopped down, you should have easy access to the stump. Using a drill, drill several holes, about 1-inch deep each, into the stump.

Next, apply your store-bought or homemade herbicide directly to the stump, focusing on areas in which you drilled the holes.

The general idea is to encourage the herbicide to seep down into the holes, allowing it to kill the stump from the inside out.

Depending on the size and species, this should make easy work of even the toughest shrubs. And when all else fails, you can always dig up the shrub by its stump and connected roots.

As long as you remove the roots, it shouldn’t be able to grow back. Hopefully, this gives you a better idea of how to deal with a stubborn shrub and prevent it from growing back.

The Woodsman Company offers tree planting, tree pruning and shrub trimming, tree removal and stump grinding as well as a tree wellness program.

If we can help with any of your tree care needs give us a call at 512-846-2535 or 512-940-0799 or

Many homeowners have dealt with the problem of tree removal, which doesn’t always end when you cut down a dead tree. Even with the tree gone, the stump remains and removing said stump is a wildly different process – often more difficult and costly than the actual cutting of the tree. For this reason, many people choose to forgo the removal of the tree stumps entirely. There are even whole farms (called stump farms) which are planted around the stumps of trees which have been cut down.

Property owners often attempt the same thing, they try to plant new trees around the stump. Otherwise they try to repurpose or ignore it altogether. Sometimes this is viable, but you must consider the possible problems that can occur when you leave a tree stump in place. Here are the five reasons why it’s a good idea to remove the stumps of fallen trees.

  1. Possible Pest Invasions

A stump left in place will begin to decompose, eventually breaking down completely. This process, however, is extremely slow and messy. The decomposition process is aided by a variety of microbes and other organisms, all of which will start appearing in the stump as soon as the tree has been cut down. Commonly, ant species such as carpenter ants will move in and begin constructing nests inside of the stumps of your fallen tree. These ants can then begin to appear everywhere else around your home which can lead to a serious pest problem.

In addition to ants, termites love tree stumps as do other insects that feed upon wood. They often won’t just keep to the stumps and will spread to other plants around them, including other trees, shrubs and possibly your home itself.

  1. Invasive Plant Appearances

There are other species of plants that can often take hold upon tree stumps. Other trees can begin growing from the remains of the old tree, but these are often small and unsightly and extremely difficult to remove. In many cases, the invasive plants that grow on your tree stump require chemicals to be destroyed completely. This isn’t ideal as it can be harmful to the other plants in the area you’re trying to cultivate.

Fungi like mushrooms can also sprout all over the tree stump, which are also often unsightly and potentially dangerous to pets.

  1. Safety Hazards

Besides their propensity for attracting unwanted species, tree stumps can also be a safety hazard if left on your property. They can provide tripping hazards to children playing in the yards, and since they are solid wood a person tumbling onto one can be seriously hurt.

Anytime you are attempting to do any sort of yard work you will have to deal with the stump, taking care to avoid it when you’re mowing your lawn or pulling weeds in your yard. If a lawnmower makes contact with a tree stump, then there is a possibility of doing severe damage to the machinery, creating another possible safety hazard to yourself and anyone else working in your yard.

  1. Aesthetic Problems

You can risk pushing your property values down if you leave stumps on your property. After all, they’re not exactly attractive to look at and potential buyers may be wary of a home that has unsightly stumps dotting the yard.

Once you remove a stump, you can repurpose the space to something that will boost the value of your home, such as a new tree, flowerbed, picnic table or something else to enhance the space. You can also just leave the area clear for children to play around in a safe environment with no tripping hazards or other dangers.

  1. Continued Growth

If you leave a stump in place, the roots of the tree can occasionally continue growing, harming the environment around them. They can damage pipes, sidewalks, and other parts of your home if not properly controlled. Before the roots finally run out of nutrients and decompose, you can find that they’ve done a significant amount of damage to the area around them. Therefore, it’s best to remove the stumps as quickly as possible rather than letting them sit in place for any length of time.

Stump Removal

If you have made the decision to remove a tree stump, there are several steps you can take. The simplest way is to have it done when you have the tree removed in the first place. You can do this yourself, however if you are not prepared to do such a job you may find that it a bit overwhelming. Often you’ll find that it’s more cost effective to simply hire a professional tree service to remove the stumps.

Professional tree removal services will generally charge based on the size of the stump and the method of removal. They may also charge by the hour. Either way, stump removal will most likely set you back a few hundred dollars. There are several methods that they can utilize to remove stumps. Stumps can be burned to remove them; they can also be ground down, or dissolved chemically. Whichever method you choose, we think that you’ll find removing dead tree stumps is the best option for you.

Oftentimes you’ll have that one tree or bush in the yard that annoys you. So, you cut it down as best as you can, to the bottom leaving just a stump. You think you’ve conquered it. However, stumps can and do “grow back.” Yikes!

It’s NOT common for evergreen coniferous shrubs and trees to grow back, but for deciduous species? It is common.

Stumps can sprout because their root systems have stored energy– enough to get the plant regenerating. It’s a natural process and explains how a forest destroyed by fire eventually come back to life over many years. Sometimes too many sprouts pop up, to the point where a multi-trunked tree starts growing. Since the root crown gets bigger annually, if the tree isn’t managed, its stump can become quite difficult to remove.

If you’re able to physically remove new growth from a stump as soon as it appears, that can exhaust the root system and help the plant die. Tiny tree or shrub stumps can be removed with a shovel and pickaxe. Larger ones require a backhoe and/or stump grinder. That’s when you call Big Foot Tree Service to do the job.

Serving homeowners throughout Passaic County, Bergen County and surrounding areas, Big Foot Tree Service can expertly remove one or more stumps from your yard using professional tools and equipment. Also, the workers take care not to damage your surrounding yard. In addition, Big Foot Tree Service can handle tree cutting and storm damage clean up.

Stumps can get in the way of people. They can become unsightly. Pests, critters, and bugs can make their home in old stumps, and when they’re too close to your house, they’re too close for comfort. Should you want stumps removed, call Big Foot Tree Service of Wayne, New Jersey, at 973-885-8000 for prompt service.

Best Stump Killers 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

Last Updated: January 6, 2020

You know that you need a good stump killer. You just aren’t quite sure how to tell the good from the bad. Until the solution is in action, there isn’t really any way to know how effective a stump remover is.

That’s where guides like this one come into play. We’ve researched and tested out various stump removers to see which products work the best. We’ve since assembled our findings in this guide. To help make your decision, have a look at our stump killer reviews.

–> We’ve also reviewed stump grinder machines in this article

A Comparison of our Favorite Choices in 2020:

Model Price Weight Editor Rating
SeedRanch Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate Crystals
(Best Overall)
Check Price 10 lbs 4.8/5
VPG Fertilome 32295 Chemical Stump Killer Check Price 2 lbs 4.5/5
Bonide 274 728639280241 Vine & Stump Killer
(Best Value)
Check Price 1 lb 4.4/5
Tordon RTU Specialty Herbicide 62719-031 Check Price 3 lbs 4.2/5
Spectracide Stump Remover Granules Check Price 1 lb 3.8/5

The 5 Best Stump Killers:

1. SeedRanch Copper Sulfate Stump Killer – Best Overall

The SeedRanch Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate Crystals option is a multipurpose stump killer that you can get plenty of use from. The nice thing about this product is that it can be used for a wide variety of things: cleaning ponds, clearing out drains, killing roots, and, yes, eliminating stumps.

It’s a moderately priced, sizable bag that is good for about five treatments (with each treatment using roughly two pounds of the crystals).

It’s also pretty easy to apply. The copper sulfate is contained in sizable crystals that can be measured out easily and distributed for a perfect treatment time after time.

Our biggest issue with the SeedRanch is the packaging. We’ve found (and had several regulars confirm) that it tends to short you. While you’re supposed to get ten pounds, in reality many of the bags weigh in at closer to nine pounds. A 10% shortage isn’t insignificant. Otherwise, it’s a great all-purpose method for killing roots and mitigating algae.


  • Very versatile
  • Sizable bag
  • Easy to apply


  • Some bags are slightly lighter than advertised

2. VPG Fertilome Chemical Stump Killer

The VPG Fertilome 32295 Chemical Stump Killer isn’t quite as versatile as our top choice. It’s pretty much limited to removing stumps and other heavily wooded foliage around your property. You can also use it on poison ivy. However, despite the limited applications, this is still a great way of getting rid of your stump.

The 32-ounce container has enough of the chemical for several treatments and comes in an easily applied liquid solution. To use the Fertilome, you simply apply it in undiluted form to a paintbrush, then spread it evenly over the entire surface area of the stump.

The big issue you’ll need to look out for is that the Fertilome will kill pretty much any plant it comes into contact with. If your stump is located near other plants, you will want to be very careful in how you apply it. There is also a value concern. Since this product only kills stumps, you won’t get quite as much use out of it as you would with our top choice.

However, this product will serve as a reliable way to take care of your pesky stump problem.


  • Easy to apply
  • Sizable container
  • Very potent


  • Will kill other plants
  • Not as versatile as our top choice

3. Bonide 274 Root & Stump Killer – Best Value

The Bonide 274 728639280241 Vine & Stump Killer is in our best for the money position.

This bottle is about half the price of the last two options, making it a great choice if you are buying on a budget. It also advertises itself as being safe to use around your other plants, meaning it shouldn’t cause too much trouble in your garden.

However, part of the reason it’s gentle on your garden is that it isn’t extremely potent. You’ll probably need to use it several times for optimal results.

It’s not a bad stump killer, but it also won’t be as effective as some of the higher-rated options on our list.


  • Best for the money
  • Gentle on your garden


  • Not nearly as potent as other options

4. Tordon RTU Specialty Stump Removal Herbicide

The Tordon RTU Specialty Herbicide 62719-031 is a moderately priced option that works on a variety of different plants. You can use it to treat over twenty different types of wooded foliage, making it a good all-purpose option for problems you have in your garden. This includes stumps, ivy, vines, and roots.

The versatility is nice because you probably won’t use the entire quart-sized container at once. Since you don’t often have a stump to remove (thankfully), the bottle may wind up sitting on a shelf in your garage for some time. If you can find a way to use the rest of it around your yard, you’ll get a lot more value from it.

The chemical solution has also been treated with a blue dye so that you can easily tell where and how thoroughly it has been applied. This helps ensure you won’t use more than you need to.

With all these great features, why does Tordon find itself second to last on our list?

It isn’t quite as potent as it claims to be. With stumps, Tordon does a pretty good job of taking care of your problem, but it’s hit-and-miss with the other plants it claims to address. It will also kill grass, so you’ll need to be very careful how you apply it.


  • Works well on stumps
  • Dyed blue for ease of use


  • Doesn’t work quite as well as advertised
  • Will kill your grass

5. Spectracide Stump Killer Granules

The Spectracide Stump Remover Granules are another budget choice that will be great if you aren’t looking to spend a lot of money.

Unfortunately, though, the price is the only selling point. The Spectracide will work to a certain extent, but results are inconsistent, and it isn’t nearly as potent as the other options we’ve seen today. It takes a long time to kick in, and in many situations, it won’t work at all.

If it does work for you, that’s great. If not, you will need to find a different option, which will certainly cancel out the budget-friendliness of this stump killer’s sticker price.


  • Affordable


  • Not very effective
  • Takes a long time to kick in

Buyer’s Guide

You’ve now read the reviews, but perhaps you still find yourself needing a little bit more information before making your decision. That’s why we’ve assembled this list of buying considerations.

First, What Exactly are We Talking About Here?

The idea of stump killer might strike some people as a little strange. After all, it’s a stump we’re talking about. It’s already dead, right?

The job of a stump killer is to induce and accelerate rotting. Within a few days of using the solution, you should find that the stump is thoroughly decomposed and easy to extract.

There are several different means of getting rid of stumps, including grinding them into dust and digging massive ditches in your yard to completely extract the stump and its roots. Stump killer is both the least invasive and most affordable do-it-yourself option for stump removal.

Safety First

You’ll want to practice safety when applying stump killer. Generally speaking, the chemicals used for this job are very harsh, so you’ll want to be careful with them. Avoid direct contact with your skin, and keep children and pets away from the area where the chemicals are applied.


Some of the options we saw today had multiple purposes. For example, our top pick could also be used for anything from reducing algae in a pond to removing roots in your pipes.

While you might only need to kill a stump right now, you might find it a good idea to get a multipurpose option. After all, you never know when you’ll need to unclog a drain or clean a pond.


Stump killer can get pricey. Higher-end bottles buy you a little bit of quality assurance. While there are never any guarantees, the idea is that you are paying for active ingredients that will work faster and better.

You can always roll the dice with cheaper options, but you do so at your own risk. The last thing you want is to have to buy another bottle, right?


The thing about poison is that…it’s poison. Chemicals that can kill your stump also won’t be so good for your garden. If you have a big stump problem, there may be no getting around the need for some heavy-duty chemicals.

However, if your situation is more moderate, you may be able to get away with a mild, possibly even organic solution. As a general rule of thumb, the less poison you can use in your garden, the better off you will be.


Our stump killer reviews say plenty about the products, but the one thing they won’t do is tell you which one to buy. That choice is still yours, but we can help to make it at least a little bit easier.

If you want to make certain your unsightly stump bites the dust, go with the SeedRanch Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate Crystals. This product is fast-acting and efficient, making it a great choice for your stump removal needs.

If you need to keep budget in mind, you might find a friend in our best for the money pick. The Bonide 274 728639280241 Vine & Stump Killer is praised both for its affordability and its effectiveness, making it a competitive choice.

Of course, thanks to this guide you’re now something of an expert on stump killer, so you can get the best one for your yard.

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Best Tree Stump Killer? An Overview of Stump Removal Chemicals and Products

If you need to remove a tree stump and aren’t in a big hurry to do so, chemical stump removal may be a viable option. This is largely a hands-off approach, so it appeals to those who don’t want to deal with the effort and equipment that are required to remove a stump manually. Because it is a more economical way to go, chemical stump removal is also suitable for people who need to remove several tree stumps.

As with any stump removal method, there are advantages and disadvantages to using chemicals. Determining whether this method is right for you will depend on a few things. In the interest of making an informed decision, you should do some research about the various types of chemicals and the most popular products.

About Stump Removal Chemicals

The vast majority of stump removal chemicals that are on the market today use potassium nitrate as the active ingredient. This chemical contains high concentrations of nitrogen, which is prized for its ability to speed up the decomposition process. Some products use other chemicals, but potassium nitrate is widely regarded as being the most effective option.

Types of Tree Stump Killers

Most chemical stump removal products are powders but they are often marketed as containing fine granules. The main reason that granules are preferred is because they are easier to apply than liquids. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it makes sense when you understand how tree stump killers are used. Furthermore, liquids evaporate over time and therefore aren’t always as efficient or effective.

When shopping for chemical stump removal products, you’ll find that nearly all of the top products are powders. Zeroing in on the right powder may seem tricky, but the best thing to do is to check reviews for various brands. They all work in the same basic way, and you generally follow the same steps to use all of them.

How to Use Tree Stump Killers & Chemical Stump Removers

It’s easier to find an effective chemical stump removal product when you understand how to apply these kinds of products. The basic steps that are generally used are as follows:

  1. Round up the right tools. In addition to tree stump killer, you’ll need a chainsaw, a drill, a 3/8-inch or larger drill bit, kerosene, a lighter and water.
  2. Cut the stump as low to the ground as possible. The fastest and safest way to do this is with a chainsaw. The less stump there is to rot, the easier it will be to remove.
  3. Use a drill to drill holes down into the stump every two to three inches. Try to drill them down at least eight to 10 inches deep. Use a drill bit that’s at least 3/8 of an inch in diameter.
  4. Drill additional holes from the sides; they should be parallel to the ground, and they should intersect with the holes that were drilled from the top of the stump.
  5. If you’re using a powder chemical stump removal, pour it liberally into each of the holes in the top of the stump. You’ll find that it’s even easier to use granules, so try to buy a product that isn’t just a fine powder. The granules will pour more easily down the holes while powder is likely to become clogged near the top. The goal is to get the chemicals as deeply into the stump as possible.
  6. Pour water down the holes in the stump. Read the directions for the product that you’re using to find out how much water to use. Don’t over-dilute the tree stump killer. If you do, it may not work properly, or it may not work as quickly.
  7. Cover the stump to keep children and animals from playing with it. Keep in mind that the chemicals will remain active over the next several weeks, so exposure to the stump can be dangerous. You might even want to put a pile of scrap wood over it or cover it with rocks.
  8. Periodically check on the condition of the stump. Over time, it should start becoming spongy and should attain a mulch-like consistency. When it becomes very easy to break, you’ll know the chemicals have done their job.
  9. It’s not usually possible to completely remove the stump manually at this point. In most cases, you need to douse what’s left of the stump in kerosene and let it soak for several weeks. While it’s soaking, keep it covered.
  10. When the kerosene has been completely absorbed, set the stump on fire. Monitor the fire at all times; never leave it unattended. Ideally, the fire should go out when the stump is completely burned away. All that will be left is a hole and some roots radiating out from where the stump once stood. Just pull them away, fill in the hole and plant seeds or lay sod.

Popular Chemical Stump Removal Brands & Products

If you’ve never purchased chemical stump removal products before, you probably don’t know a lot about popular brands. Based on online reviews, a few of the top products include:

  • Bromide Stump-Out – With excellent ratings on popular sites like Amazon, this product seems to be the go-to solution for people who want to remove stumps chemically.
  • Spectracide – Fine granules make this product easy to use. As long as it’s used as directed, it seems to work like a charm.
  • Tordon RTU – If you’d rather not use a remover that’s in granule form, or if you’d rather avoid potassium nitrate, this is a viable alternative. This liquid tree stump killer uses picloram to get the job done.

Additional Points to Keep in Mind

As nice as it would be to use an eco-friendly chemical stump removal product, none of them fall into that category. The most environmentally friendly way to remove a stump is by using a stump grinder or pulling it out of the ground. Another option is to burn or rot the stump.

Your results may vary from stump to stump. It all depends on the type of tree stump that’s involved and its condition. Older stumps that are already somewhat rotted will decompose a lot more quickly than stumps from strong, young trees.

Above everything else, remember to be patient. Give the product time to work.

Sometimes tree stumps continue to sprout even after you’ve cut them down. Just because the tree is dead, the stump may still be alive and as a result you will continue to see sprouts until you take some kind of action to prevent this from happening.

A tree stump sitting in your yard can become a home to invasive plant species, which cause unsightly sprouts to appear. There is also the possibility that the tree stump is still alive and will continue growing. The roots may spread and damage pipes, sidewalks, and other parts of your property.

If you notice problems like this occurring, there are a few steps you can take. You can apply a stump killer to the tree itself, which will spread to the roots and largely prevent them from growing out of control. Ideally, you should do this right before or right after cutting down the tree. There are some risks involved when using herbicides, however, such as the potential for harm to the other plants in your yard, so take great care when applying them. You can also pull any sprouts you see out by hand. Both of these methods will help to curb the problem but will not make it completely go away.

If you want to take more effective measures, you can apply chemicals deeper into the stump and allow them to kill it. Sometimes this will take several applications but it is still the easiest way to prevent the tree from growing out of control. You’ll start by drilling holes across the surface of the tree trunk; the deeper, the better. Then take a commercially available stump killer and use it to fill the holes.

As we’ve mentioned, there can be risks involved in the use of herbicides so take care to read all of the directions and warnings on the product you’ve chosen. Broadleaf weed killers, for example, are made from a chemical called glyphosate, which is effective but can spread to other trees and shrubs that the roots of your stump are mingling with. You’ll also want to make sure you are wearing safety gear when using these products, such as goggles, a long sleeved shirt, and gloves. Keep any hazardous chemicals out of the reach of children at all times.

If you decide you want to take an even more effective approach to the removal of a tree stump, you can rent a stump grinder. This method takes quite a bit of work, so keep your weekend free to get the job done. Stump grinders are usually gas-powered and can be rented for around $100-$190 per day. Once again, safety is paramount! When you rent the equipment, have the dealer show you all of the controls and tell you how to use the machine safely. You will need goggles and hearing protection for this job as well.

Before you grind the stump, take care to remove any rocks from the base of the tree. Rocks can damage the equipment so make sure you get them all. If you have a chainsaw, use it to cut the stump as close to the ground as you can. This will save you a great deal of effort in the actual grinding process.

Finally you can begin grinding that tree stump. You’ll use the hydraulic lever on your stump grinder to raise it several inches above the stump. Once the machine is in position, start it up and slowly lower it into the stump. With the lever, move the machine from side to side and it will clear away the wood. Eventually, you will grind the stump all the way into the ground. You can then fill the hole with topsoil.

There are several other methods for removing a tree stump besides grinding. Burning them is another effective method, however you’ll need to check your local ordinances to see if this is currently permitted in your area. If you discover that it’s allowed, you can drill a few 8 to 10 inch holes in your stump, making sure to clear out all the debris in each one. Then you will scoop potassium nitrate into each of the holes and follow up by filling them with hot water. The potassium nitrate will dissolve and become distributed throughout the stump. After you’ve done this, take the scrap wood you’ve removed from the holes you made and light them. They will smolder, eventually turning the whole stump into ash. Remove the remains with a shovel.

Another option is to rot the stump. For this method, you will also make use of potassium nitrate and a drill. Simply drill a few holes in the stump and fill them with potassium nitrate and hot water. Once you have done this, the stump will slowly soften. As it does so, you can chip off chunks of it with a shovel until it’s completely gone.

Whichever method you choose, make sure you remove all of the large roots around the stump. Once you’ve done this, you won’t have to worry about that tree stump sprouting with invasive plants anymore.

In many cases, your best option will be to hire a professional to remove a tree stump. Often, this method will save you money in the long run and you can ensure that it is done correctly and safely. Whatever you decide to do, good luck!

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Stop it from growing back – How to kill a tree stump

How many times have you found yourself in a situation that old, darkened tree stump had started to turn green again, and start growing? Although nature is resilient and fights for every opportunity to grow, sometimes, it is a bit pain in the neck. To prevent this, there are several things you can do, all of which I have listed here. As with all kinds of work of this type, be aware of potential danger, and always bear in mind yours and safety of others.

In short, what you can do?

There are several approaches which you can undertake to kill a tree stump. Some of them are mechanical, while others include chemicals and herbicides. Eventually, if you decide to remove it completely, there is that option as well. What is common for all of those approaches is that you should always carry safety goggles and gloves.

Epsom and rock salt

First and easiest way to kill a stump is to obtain a driller and some Epsom or rock salt. Kitchen salt should be avoided, because of its adverse effects on a surrounding vegetation. You should start by drilling several holes in the stump, which should be about 1in wide and at least 8in deep.

The deeper the hole, however, the better. Next, you should apply Epsom into the holes, filling them up completely. For high precision work, you can use a spoon. After being filled, holes should be sealed with wax. To do so, you can use an ordinary candle which can be found in every house. To speed up the process, you should cover it with a tarp or a non-transparent trash bag, to deny it the basic needs, such as water and sunlight.

This approach requires up to several months to kill a stump. Although it might seem like a long period, its main advantage is that it is easy, and it doesn’t require any particular set of skills, besides using a driller.

Cover it up

Similar to the previous approach, this one requires only tarp and a lot of time. Only cover the stump, and leave it for several months. It is a long wait, but if you manage to deny it the most basic needs, it will die out for sure. Also, the bigger the area you can cover, the better.

I would recommend this approach in summer when the drought is possible, so you do not need to worry about stump getting water during the process. It will require from three to six months of this treatment for the stump to die out completely, so it is advised to check it out from time to time.

Also, this is a great approach if you wish to leave the stump as a decorative element afterward. It will be intact and beautiful to look at. It is entirely safe for surrounding area, so you will not need to worry about other plants in your garden, or the potential mess left afterward.

Kill it with fire

Similar approach as the method one, this one will also require drilling a set of holes. In this case, you will pour kerosene in holes, and wait for a while for the stump to absorb it. Next is to ignite the kerosene, and it will do the rest of the work. This method is very time-friendly because you can finish the job within a day, but it is also the most dangerous one.

Always have an extinguisher close at hand prepared, and never leave the fire unattended, not for a minute, because it can spread, jeopardizing property and people’s lives. Bear in mind that fire can damage the grass around the stump, so be prepared for some redecorating afterward.

Less aggressive method would be to prepare a layer of coal and scrap wood at the top of the stump, and start the fire. You should pay attention to see if the stump have caught fire, and to add more fuel if the fire starts to die out. Both of those ways are working only if the stump is dry and can burn. Recently cut stump will deny cooperation, which will result in slightly charred, but still alive stump.

Bring out the big guns

If you enjoy working with heavy equipment, this approach is perfect for you. Chainsaw and a stump grinder will be required, and if you have any doubts about using either of those, there is no shame in calling the expert who will do this work for you. Grinders are somewhat rare and expensive to buy, so renting one is a great option.

First, you should start by cutting the stump as close to the ground as possible. Chainsaws are heavy, so be sure that you are stable to the ground and wearing safety equipment. Also, a word of advice is not to let anyone stand in front of you because if the chain snaps, it can cause severe and even life-threatening injuries. Pets and children must be kept way, due to their sometimes unexpected reactions to noise, which can turn your attention in critical moments.

Now, use a grinder to grind up the stump, and all visible roots as well. This method is quite messy, so you will need to clean up the wood bits. Although considered as waste, that extra wood can be used as fertilizer for your garden. The downfall of this approach is that you will need quite the space around the stump for heavy machinery.

Spray it with herbicide

This method can be used only if the stump is fresh, and the tree had been cut down recently. You can both drill holes again, and fill them up with herbicide, or use a hatchet or an axe (depending on the size of the stump) to make crevices, which you will spray herbicide on.

For this purpose, I have used the most common hand sprayer, which can be found in every gardening center or a hardware store. The alternative is to fill an ordinary plastic bottle with pesticide and to punch several holes on the cap, therefore gaining an improvised muzzle.

Herbicide can be very toxic and dangerous for surrounding plants and vegetation, so you must be well informed about the chemicals you are using. Also, you must not use it more than it is recommended because through the ground, it can go to the water system, and it may happen that someone ingests it, which will cause problems.

Pull it out

There is one last resort to kill the stump, but this should be the solution only if you wish to eradicate it. You will need a shovel, an axe, and a pair of gloves and safety goggles. First, you will need to dig a hole around the stump, around 3ft in diameter. The depth should be at the roots so that you can see those. Next, using an axe, cut the roots completely, and remove the stump. Although this method seems easy when you read about it, brute strength and some heavy lifting will be required.

The hole made this way can be used to plant a new tree if you wish, or any other purpose you have planned. The downside of this method is that it is time-consuming and will often give you weak hands.

Here are some of my approaches which could help you greatly in achieving your goal. One final word of advice is to care to bring a balance if it is possible. If you have cut down the tree recently, always bear in mind that you should plant another one instead. Trees are generally considered comfortable for maintaining and will also bring you pleasant shade during hot summer months.

In case that you have any other creative approach to this problem, care to share in the comment section below.

How to stop a tree stump from growing back? Is a question that we get asked often from our clients.

Consistency is the answer!

(Preface.. This afternoon while I was out looking at a couple trees, I noticed one of my clients had not cut the water sprouts off of his stump when the trees had been removed in the past. Allowing the water sprouts to grow, they ended up creating a circle of trees that looked really neat and so I figured I would take a quick minute and answer the question if tree stumps ever go back.)

After being cut, the stumps of leaf bearing, or deciduous, trees will sprout out waterspouts in an attempt to stay alive. These waterspouts grow from resources that are stored within the stump and within the tree’s roots.

The water sprouts are fairly easy to manage, as long as you are consistent with them. Once or twice a month, simply go out with a pair of slippers or scissors and cut them while they are soft and easy to manage. If you wait two or three months the waterspouts will turn into small saplings, and you will need to cut them with saw.

As long as you are consistent, you should be able to stop a tree stump from growing back into a tree. The biggest thing is taking away believes right after it produces him. Eventually the overall energy stored within the stump and the roots will be depleted and it will have no more energy left to send out any water sprouts.

As a side note….. If you do decide to let trees grow out of the stump, be very careful about what targets may be around. Water sprouts that grew out of a stump are typically less stable than normal trees because they are growing out of a big piece of decayed material. This may not seem like a big deal at first, but in 15 to 20 years the tree will be substantial in size as shown in the video.

In this particular instance this afternoon, the client did not have any notable targets of consequence, and so he opted to continue to let the trees grow.

If you want to kill the stump, just keep on cutting back the water sprouts and that will do the trick!

If you need an arborist and you’re in the Atlanta Georgia area, feel free to give me a call at 770-Arborist (770-272-6747)


Killing tree stumps naturally is safe and doesn’t require chemicals. In this article, you’ll learn how to kill tree stumps naturally.

Most of the times when you cut down an unwanted tree in your garden, its root system remains alive. It dies later due to shock, but sometimes it doesn’t and you need to kill it. In this small article you’ll learn a few tips on how to get rid of tree stumps naturally.

How to Kill Tree Stumps Naturally

1. With the use of saw or whichever tool you have trim down the stump as close to the ground as possible. This will expedite the decaying process and stump will be decomposed naturally.

2. Killing tree stump from boiling water is one more option you should look at. Boiling will burn the tree roots but for this it is important that water will get to the root system.

3. Wrap the trunk with plastic or other material for a few weeks from which sunshine couldn’t pass through. This will stop the development of root and it’ll die off gradually. This method works slowly

4. Drill 1 inch holes on the top and sides of the trunk. Fill the holes with rock salt. It works as natural root killer. For smaller trunks, salt can be poured directly around wood but care about plants that are growing around it.

5. Epsom salt do magics in the garden. It contains magnesium and sulphur that helps the plants in growing but if used in higher quantities it can be a killer.
Drill a few holes on sides and top of the trunk, holes should be about 10 inches deep. Fill these holes with 100% epsom salt mixed with water, cover the trunk and leave it. It will die in two to three months.

6. Digging is an another option you can consider, although it is expensive and difficult if stump you are about to remove has deep roots.

At last if you’re unable to kill tree stump naturally, use chemicals. Our recommendation is to use a tree stump as an asset. Grow plants on it, it’ll become a focal point of your garden.

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