How to remove that "eye sore" of a tree stump in your landscaping
There are multiple ways to remove a tree stump from your garden bed or your lawn. Using a stump grinder can make the job easy but doesn't always work in tough areas like a garden bed. Chemicals may be an avenue but are chemicals are not what you want around your fruits and vegetables. Burning is another method but do have dangers to it as burning can lead to roots continuing to burn underground for days.
Finally manually removing a stump is definitely more labor-intensive, but it will get the job done fast. This method is best used on small to medium-sized tree trunks.
Step 1: Using shovels, pick axes and anything to dig around the stump and loosen the dirt up.
Step 2: Remove the loosened dirt with a shovel so that you see the tree roots. You should typically have about 5 main roots
Step 3: With an axe, saw or whatever fits the area best sever the tree roots from your tree trunk.
Step 4: Continue to dig and chop until you reach the taproot and clear an area around it.
Step 5: Using an axe or saw, cut through the taproot.
Once you’ve cut through the taproot, you can wiggle the tree stump around and pull it out of the topsoil. This process will take hours, but when it’s over, your tree stump will be gone.