- Step 1: Cut down stump Cut down the stump as much as possible with a chainsaw.
- Step 2: Remove roots Dig around small, shallow rooted stumps with a grub hoe or shovel to expose the roots and then cut them with a root cutter. Keep digging and cutting until you have removed the stump.
- TIP: Remove the stump after a good rain when the soil is moist.
- Step 3: Use a stump grinder Buy or rent a stump grinder to chew up small- to medium-sized stumps. Follow the grinder's operating instructions carefully.
- Step 4: Burn it Build a fire on top of the stump with scrap wood and keep it burning until the stump is gone.
- Step 5: Drill holes Drill holes in the stump and pour granules of powdered potassium nitrate inside to promote the rotting of the stump. Fill the holes with water, and then wait 4 to 6 weeks for the stump to break down.
- Step 6: Break up wood Break up the rotten wood with an axe.
- FACT: A 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel named Stump won Best in Show at the 2009 Westminster dog show.
You Will Need
- A chainsaw
- A grub hoe or shovel
- A root cutter
- A stump grinder
- Scrap wood
- A drill
- Powdered potassium nitrate
- An ax