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Old 07-05-2015, 04:40 PM
 
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I just had 14 trees cut down from my property that were in really bad shape. It was way to expensive to have the stumps removed as well. So now I have 14 large tree stumps I need to kill and dig up. What is the easiest and fastest way to do this? Preferably I would like to be able to fig them up within the next 3-6 months max. TIA
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Old 07-05-2015, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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While different trees will decay faster there is no such thing as a quick decay. I suggest you go to a rental place and rent a stump grinder for the day. I too cut down 16 trees so I know from stump decay....not.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:10 PM
 
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Drill + kerosene + a few bags of charcoal briquettes.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:05 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We cut down a tree 3' diameter in 1994, and the stump is still there, just starting to show signs of decay. A stump grinder will take a long time for that many trees, and you will still have the roots. If it's not near utilities, I'd suggest renting a backhoe, to dig them out.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:10 AM
 
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How to remove a tree stump

How to Remove a Tree Stump Painlessly | The Family Handyman
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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What is the easiest and fastest way to do this?
Call around and get someone to remove them.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Rent a stump grinder, or hire a landscaping company to grind them down.
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I've taken down many trees on my property and it is virtually impossible to remove a stump by hand unless it is an evergreen. I've removed a few pine stumps but even these are a lot of work with a pick and shovel. I have also burned stumps, which took days; and I have also drilled holes and poured a solution in the holes that is supposed to accelerate the decay. Plan on waiting at least ten years to see any effect.

There are really three options to do this: a backhoe, stump grinder, or using a cable, winches, and pulley system to drag the stump out of the ground. My neighbor actually used the last option to remove a stump. A backhoe is the simplest and quickest option, but will probably do considerable damage to your yard.

Another thing to keep in mind is you will have settling for years as the root system rots. These become difficult to fix once grass grows over the area.
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Had a Huge Maple stump finally rot enough after 7yrs that I was able to break it apart with an axe and shovel but the core was still solid.

Have a Cherry tree that is rotting out after 4 yrs but now termites own it.

If you can or is near the home, I suggest renting a Stump grinder and grind it down.
If its far enough away and not bothering you, let it be
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:56 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I had a 3' oak stump. It took several years but I did get it to rot out flat so that I could plant grass over it and no one ever knew there was a stump there.

It DID take years--I chopped slashes in it, put soil over it, watered it every day, over and over and over. As it decayed the chopped away the rotten parts and chopped new slashes in the newly exposed parts, added more soil, watered.

With softer woods and a longer summer for it to decay, it would probably not have taken so long.
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