TREE STUMP REMOVAL?
There are numerous ways to tackle tree stump removal; some methods are back-breaking like the old fashioned dig, cut and pull method, others can be risky like burning a stump! Especially if you live on the Gold Coast burning a stump in a built-up area where fire bans are in place is a big ‘no’!
So how do you deal with tree stump removal in a safely and smartly?
Tree Stump Removal Methods:
This method requires heavy machinery such as a Bobcat or excavator which is used to pull out or push over the stump. Tree stump removal by excavation isn’t cost-effective in most cases and can become messy process; as you can imagine any surrounding garden or landscaping is not safe from destruction. However, for stump and root removal and land clearing for construction, it is a good option to investigate especially where concrete is concerned such as slabs or paths.
Tree stump removal is an important part of site works as decaying organic matter can threaten foundations and other elements around the site. Check out information about landing clearing regulations in Queensland here.
One ‘do it yourself’ method to remove a stump is chemical removal; in the USA the stump killing solution are made from Potassium Nitrate (99% saltpetre) in Australia garden supply shops sell this for strawberry farming so you can get what you need from most home or garden centres. The Potassium Nitrate breaks down wood into a spongy texture, by drilling vertical holes around the base of the stump and then angled vertical holes the powder is then poured into the stump.
You will have to wait up six weeks before you can start breaking the stump apart with an axe – however please note that this method may not be as effective on certain types of wood such as hardwoods and gumtrees. Although this method is DIY and budget-friendly Potassium Nitrate is not safe for kids and pets and this method takes a long time and it is probably better to call a professional in to do the job properly.
An effective and affordable solution for tree stump removal is stump grinding. A grinder can get rid of a stump in an established garden leaving the surrounding soil and landscaping untouched. Grinders can chew through a stump whether freshly cut or old and dried in a matter of minutes.
Grinding machinery comes in different sizes ensuring no matter the size of the stump it can be removed efficiently grinding the stump from 10 to 45cm below the soil level. The wood chips that result from this method are great for garden beds or can be used to refill the hole when mixed with soil.
Obviously grinding has our vote! Check out our stump grinding machines in action…