Duston and I created a video for
you on Removing Tree and Shrub Stumps. See below.
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Check out the Stump Removal Video here:
Tree stump removal instructions that make a very
difficult, if not an impossible job, manageable.
I spent about 20 years re-landscaping homes. We
used to re-landscape three homes a week, and we did
all of this work on evenings and Saturdays because I
worked a full time job. I have no idea how many homes
I re-landscaped over the years, but the number is well
over 500. Every one of those re-landscaping jobs had
overgrown landscaping that needed to be removed before
we could even start the actual landscaping job.
That meant that dozens and dozens of tree stumps and
large stumps from overgrown shrubbery had to be removed.
Of course country wisdom says that you just back up
Bubba’s pickup truck, wrap a chain around the stump
and drive away as fast as you can. I’ll admit, I’ve
done that. Does it work? Sort of. But it’s also a
great way to really tear up a pick up truck, completely
destroy the lawn, and possibly damage the house.
Therefore it’s not such a good idea. Especially when
you are doing work on somebody else’s house like I was
So over the years we refined a technique for actually
removing these stumps by hand. Tree stump removal by
hand with the wrong tools is an impossible task. Tree
stump removal with the right tools is doable. I won’t
say it’s easy work because it’s not. But if you use the
right tools and the right techniques you don’t have to
strain your back and ruin your tools. It’s more of a
methodical process of digging around the tree stump with
a good nursery digging spade, and using a landscape bar,
also known as a spud bar to cut the roots as you encounter
them while digging.
The secret is to start out away from the stump. If you
start working too closely to the stump you will encounter
large heavy roots that will be too difficult to deal with.
So if you start out a little farther and just start digging
a small trench around the stump with the spade, then going
around in the trench you just dug with the spud bar to cut
the roots that the spade won’t cut, then more spade work,
then more landscape bar work, that tree stump will come out
of the ground. Don’t pry and bend up your tools. Use the
tools to cut the roots. Prying won’t get you anywhere
and your tools will be ruined.
I’ve been teaching this technique on the Internet for a
number of years now and people write to me all the time
and tell me how well it worked for them.
Happy digging! -Mike
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waterford tree service says
Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it
seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
You obviously know what youre talking about,
why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us
something informative to read?
Dear Mr. Waterford,
Why write more when the video says it all. If you’d like to read more, I’ve compiled ten or one hundred thousands of hours of written material in books and these three websites. http://freeplants.com https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/ http://japanesemaplelovers.com/ When you have completed that much written material for the world to read for free let me know.
wow that pretty ambitious i must say. i don’t think i would spend all that time and effort unless its a small stump. i would say call around and get some quotes first. renting a stump grinder for a few hours shouldnt be too expensive and they are fun to operate. dont forget to call diggers hotline first.
mike howell says
mike, we had two cherry trees removed from our yard. even before we had them taken down and had the stumps ground down these small sprouts would pop up as far as 15 feet away from the base of tree. but even now the sprouts are still coming up. how can we stop this . i would have thought that after the sump was removed that it would solve this problem. any way to stop this? please let me know.
Thanks, mike howell