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Old 04-16-2017, 09:14 PM
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Originally Posted by Kayekaye View Post

I was thinking of using a large drill bit to drill out some of the stump. But I don't want to use any chemicals for fear of hurting any of the surrounding plants. Has anyone used the drill to take out a stump? I found this one below. And part of my garden. Thanks
Originally Posted by Kayekaye View Post

I am leery about using roundup in my dense garden for spreading. The four inch one is the worst. Will have at it this week.


You have a beautiful garden.

If digging them out proves to be too difficult there is another alternative to roundup or other chemical stump killers. You can use pulverized rock salt or Epsom salts and that won't spread to the roots of other plants in the garden.

Drill out holes as deep as you can go straight down the middle of each of your small stumps and then pack the holes full with the Epsom or rock salt. Do not use table salt, it has to be Epsom or rock salt. After filling the holes with the salt you need to plug the holes with melted wax to prevent moisture from getting in or out and to seal the salt inside. The salt method is slower than other chemical methods, it takes 3 - 6 months depending on the size of the stump, but the salt will kill the stump and roots and any suckers that grow out of the roots or base of stump. Really big salted stumps need to be covered with black plastic to block light and that helps hasten the process.

Avoid getting any salt accidentally spilled onto the ground or other plants as you are filling the stump holes with the salt.

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Old 04-17-2017, 03:21 AM
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Just use tordon
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by maraging View Post
Just use tordon
But cannot be used in my dense garden! I don't have any problem trees in the middle of the grass, they are inside my hostsa, ferns and lily beds. See my garden photos posted above
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