Tree stumps are quite annoying because they’re more difficult to get rid of then one might think. Tree roots from large trees get deep in the dirt and create a powerful bond with the earth so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to learn that a lot of people are looking for how to remove a tree stump from their yard. I’m sure there’s a support group for the frustration tree stumps create for homeowners. Don’t worry, there are solutions to your problem. A heavy-duty stump grinder like the one you see above is an effective solution, especially if you need to do this on a regular basis. You can also rent a machine locally.
Table of Contents...
- 1 Methods on How to Remove A Tree Stump?
- 1.1 Stump Removal with Chemicals
- 1.2 Spectracide Stump Remover (66420) / Best Stump Remover
- 1.3 Bayer Advanced Brush Killer (704640) / Brush & Stump Killer
- 1.4 Bonide Stump-Out Stump & Vine Killer
- 1.5 Titan Attachments / PTO Stump Grinder (191382)
- 1.6 Here’s another way to remove a tree stump
- 1.7 Or Dig it out if it’s small enough
- 1.8 Another dig movie
- 1.9 How to Remove A Stump with a Chainsaw
Methods on How to Remove A Tree Stump?
A lot of people want to know about how to remove tree stumps from their yard. It’s a common problem that most people don’t bother dealing with but it’s not as complicated as you think. But there are a few different ways you can go about removing them and we’ll cover each one. They are:
- Stump Removal Chemicals
- Stump Grinder
Chemicals are the cheapest way to remove a tree stump but you’ll have to be patient. A stump grinder is a tool designed just for stump removal but they’re expensive. A chainsaw will also get the job done. I’ve included several videos so you can see how to remove a tree stump from your yard.
Note: Later in this article I have a section on using a PTO Stump Grinder to get the job done. In the video you’ll see how impressive these machines are.
If you find yourself with a stump to clear and you really want it gone, these are your options:
Although, rather than do it yourself, you might want to consider calling a professional or rent a stump grinder at a local hardware store. Something to consider.
Stump Removal with Chemicals
Chemicals is the cheapest way to remove a tree stump but it does take time for it to work. No need to pull out that chainsaw or stump grinder; instead you can use a chemical based solution that we’ve outlined below. It’s not as quick or as clean as removing the stump physically but it will work if you’re someone who isn’t comfortable using a chainsaw or don’t have access to a stump grinder.
Spectracide Stump Remover (66420) / Best Stump Remover
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How to remove a tree stump? Well, chemicals are the cheapest way but this method requires a lot of patience.
Use the Spectracide Stump Remover to destroy stumps by drilling holes into the actual stump, up to 12″ deep. The Spectracide Stump Remover simply accelerates the decomposition of the stump. Don’t expect an instant fix. It may take 2 to 6 months to reduce your stump to a state where you can easily dig it out and clear it from your yard.
- Speeds up stump decomposition with chemicals.
- Safe for surrounding plants.
- Comes with an easy to apply application system.
Bayer Advanced Brush Killer (704640) / Brush & Stump Killer
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Bayer Advanced Brush Killer Plus Concentrate will allow you to kill difficult to remove brushes, vines, weed, just to name a few. This product will kill 70+ types of vines, brushes and weeds — including roots. Perfect for homeowners.
You can also buy the Bayer Advanced Brush Killer in the large 1 gallon size.
- Kills difficult brush, including roots.
- Concentrated formula.
- Quick kill.
- Kills over 70 types of weeds and brush.
- Ideal for: Brush, vines, and other woody plants such as Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Blackberry, Wild Berries and Bushy Plants, Kudzu, Stumps, Broadleaf Weeds.
Bonide Stump-Out Stump & Vine Killer
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The Bonide Stump-Out Stump & Vine Killer is use to use with the included applicator that allows you to dab the poison using the little dabber that’s built into the cap.
- Fast-acting stump and vine killer.
- Prevents the return of shoots and suckers.
- Safe for lawns.
- Quick acting uptake of chemical allows for fast results.
- Handy applicator to cut stumps and vines.
Titan Attachments / PTO Stump Grinder (191382)
If you want the best method to remove a stump grinder, well this Titan PTO tractor attachment will quickly remove your stump(s) and quickly. This is an expensive piece of equipment and it’s not the solution for everybody but if you own a farm or large property and you have to remove stumps on a regular basis then owning a PTO stump grinder might be a good solution. Consequently, you can either rent one of these or hire a local company to remove it for you.
This Titan attachment can cut 12″ into the ground at 950 RPM. The minimum horsepower required is 20 to 60 hp, but you’ll get better results the closer you are to 60 hp. And as far a hydraulic pressure goes, you’ll need a minimum of 5 GPM up to the optimal target of 13 GPM. Watch the video below to see an example of how these PTO stump grinder works.
- Fits Category 1 and 2 Tractors
- Grinds stumps down below ground level with ease
- Studded stabilizer frame secures footing and reduces vibrations sent to tractor
- Two cylinders for cutting arc and depth control
- Cutting wheel is controlled from inside the cab
- Cuts 12-inches below ground level (plus more in larger holes)
- Reversible teeth, can be rotated 3 times before needing to be replaced; forged steel with carbide face
- Toothed seating bar to maximize the grinder’s stability
- PTO shaft included
- Includes a kickstand to keep the implement level while unhitched
- Both cylinders have a flow control valve
- Requires two hydraulic auxiliary ports to operate both hydraulic cylinders for total angle control.
VIDEO | Here’s an example of how a PTO Stump Grinder Works / Impressive
Videos | How to Remove A Tree Stump
- Put on your safety equipment, including: boots, hearing protection, goggles, helmet, and gloves.
- Remove loose dirt and/or debris from around the stump. You can even dig some of the dirt to allow you to cut more of the stump. Remember, you don’t want to allow yourself sufficient room to operate your chainsaw.
- Make a horizontal cut about one foot from the ground.
- Work your way around the stump as you cut and be careful not to use the tip of your guide bar.
- Typically, with larger stumps you may find your chainsaw blade becoming pinched from the weight of the trunk. To avoid this, insert a plastic wedge into the cut. (Not in the video, but recommended)
- Now that the wedge is placed you can remove your pinched chainsaw.
- Resume cutting your stump and finish the cut. Remember to leave your wedge in place.
- Once the cut is complete, push the log off the stump.
Here are some safety tips on using a chainsaw before you get started: Chainsaw Safety Tips
Here’s another way to remove a tree stump
Or Dig it out if it’s small enough
Another dig movie
How to Remove A Stump with a Chainsaw
If you’re interested in removing a stump with a chainsaw but haven’t purchased one yet then check out some of our resources first.
For new chainsaw owners start with these links:
I always suggest that people new to chainsaws start with our buying guide. At the end of that guide you’ll find various links to specific chainsaw types such as gas chainsaws — which are the best choice if you’re looking for power. Read our corded chainsaw guide for light-to-medium duty cutting, and for the ultimate in portability around the home, have a look at our battery chainsaw guide.
If you need to cut from an elevated position then you’ll be interested in our top handle chainsaw guide, and lastly if you’re just looking for cheap chainsaws, we have something for you as well.