Taking down a tree is a huge task for many people however; it can be straight forward if one has the correct equipment and techniques. Removing a tree stump is an entirely different case because there is a lot more work involved and this is why it is not included in the cost of tree removal. Since it is not part of the cost of tree removal, it is why many people have old stumps in their garden because it is not easy to remove them but it is something that can be done.
Reasons Behind Removing a Tree Stump
When the job of removing the tree is done, it makes zero sense to leave the stump sitting in the open; it has to be taken out. There are a few reason why tree stumps are removed from peoples yards.
1. Tree stumps are an eyesore and are not pleasant to look at in the garden. Tree stumps always look worse when other plants and weeds start growing in and around them which tends to happen over time if tree stumps are not removed.
2. Tree stumps take up important or valuable space in the garden. The majority of people want to have a garden that is clear and as wide as possible however, tree stumps always get in the way at all times.
3. Tree stumps are dangerous. Some stumps get camouflaged by weeds, plants and grass which make them a tripping hazard, while some are obvious. There is nothing worse than stubbing a toe on an old tree stump, it is unpleasant and not to mention painful!
How To Remove a Tree Stump By Hand
Most people who make it their duty or task to take out tree stumps in their gardens by hand go about it wrong. For this to be done properly, it helps to be dealing with small tree stumps especially if the stump is from a diseased and old tree. To successfully remove the tree stump by hand, it is important to have the right tools. One will need a chainsaw, a pick mattock, a shovel, a 4 wheel drive vehicle, digging bar, an axe and some chain.
Tips And Steps For Removing a Tree Stump
1. Grab the chainsaw or limbing saw and use it to take out the lower branches from the trunk
2. Take out the top portion of the trunk but some needs to be left behind to be used as leverage
3. Take the shovel, digging bar and pick mattock and use them to reveal the roots around the stump
4. A power washer or hose is then needed to rinse the dirt off to expose more roots
5. Using an axe, the major roots are cut
6. After that, one must then try to push the trunk. When and if more roots are exposed, an axe can be used to cut them. Pulling and pushing needs to continue on the trunk until the tree trunk is uprooted
7. If the trunk is unable to be uprooted, a chain needs to be wrapped around it and then connected to a 4 wheel drive vehicle to drag it out
If all of the above sounds like it is too difficult for you and you are based in South Yorkshire then perhaps consider trying the TreeWiz Sheffield office who can provide a full range of tree maintenance services.