DIY: How to remove a stump
Did you read my post about how to remove a stump that ended up being an axe handle repair and replacement article? Were you disappointed with the actual stump removal in that article? Well, as mentioned, I had one stump left.
I proceeded with the same technique as previous stump removals. I took a shovel and dug around the stump. This exposed the roots below ground level.
Once the roots were exposed, I used my newly repaired axe to chop the roots.
This tree was larger that the others by five times at least. It had also been completely dead for a few years in my estimation. I chopped all visible roots and the stump was not loose in the least. I dug deeper below the chopped roots to discover that this stump had a second layer of roots, and chopped those out.
The stump, being larger had a lot of material between the ground and the exposed stump. I chopped all visible roots out. Still I couldn’t move the stump.
How to remove a stump
The solution was obvious. Call my Handy Father! He has a truck and long piece of tow strap. My father came and we strapped the stump. The truck had plenty of power to pull out the stump!
A good tip would be that if you have a large stump, do as I did. First dig to expose the roots. Then chop or use a chainsaw to cut visible supporting roots. Lastly pull the stump out with a truck or tractor.
Once the stump is out, back fill the area and level the dirt.
Check out this video from the stump pull.
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Removing a stump difficulty level: 6 out of 10, for a large stump.