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Old 06-01-2005, 03:25 PM   post #1 of 44
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Default Fastest non-mechanical means of destroying stumps

The local power co-op came out last month and cut down two pine trees in our yard and left us two stumps about three inches high and two feet across.

I'd rather not rent a stump grinder to get rid of these things.

What's the fastest method of helping them rot into the gorund?

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Old 06-01-2005, 03:36 PM   post #2 of 44
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they sell stump rotter... but personally... id just find a local tree guy.. pay him 50$ and be done with it...

they can whip in and do those 2 stumps in a few minutes.. you get the mulch...

it will save 3 years of decomposing of the stumps...
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Old 06-01-2005, 03:44 PM   post #3 of 44
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I have done this but can not say it is the fastest method but by next spring it will have decayed sufficently to be removed with a big kick/ax/hammer tool of your choice!!

Drill several holes in the top of the stump with a 3/8 bit or larger as deep as possible fill with Undiluted Roundup (Glyphosate)!!


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Old 06-01-2005, 03:55 PM   post #4 of 44
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Simple cheap and readily available since your a property owner in the state of Alabama..its called dynamite......
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Old 06-01-2005, 03:56 PM   post #5 of 44
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Simple cheap and readily available since your a property owner in the state of Alabama..its called dynamite......
How did i know that was coming ROF It is the fastest way
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Old 06-01-2005, 03:56 PM   post #6 of 44
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The local power co-op came out last month and cut down two pine trees in our yard and left us two stumps about three inches high and two feet across.

I'd rather not rent a stump grinder to get rid of these things.

What's the fastest method of helping them rot into the gorund?

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Dont rent, hire someone to do the grinding!!....that is the quickest way...
prices can be real attractive depending on location....
The price to rent around here is higher than finding someone with the better equipment to grind it down and take the chips....
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:11 PM   post #7 of 44
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Well there you go. You've got the most expensive, safest and slowest ways:

1. Hired gun - Very fast, very expensive, very safe!

2. Dynamite - Very fast, very dangerous!

3. Round Up - Very cheap, very slow.

4. Time - Free! Very very slow.
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:17 PM   post #8 of 44
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Ya know, that's the closest that I've ever found of a use for fire ants.

Find you a good, active fire ant mound (prefereably one kinda close to that stump... you'll see why, in a second), get you a shovel full of 'em and drop 'em on the stump.

Once they set up shop, they seem to eat through them, pretty quickly...

A couple of years, rather than the 10(?) that pine stumps seem to last around here....




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Old 06-01-2005, 04:17 PM   post #9 of 44
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Simple cheap and readily available since your a property owner in the state of Alabama..its called dynamite......
I guess I failed to mention that the stumps are less than 20 feet from my bedroom wall!
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:20 PM   post #10 of 44
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a neighbor once wanted to remove a large stump in his back yard. he dug around it a little soaked it with gas and we drank many beers while it burned to the ground. as long as you dont light the gas with a lighter it could be considered non mechanical. ROF ROF since were talking stumps im wondering EDS opinion on this.
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:21 PM   post #11 of 44
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I guess I failed to mention that the stumps are less than 20 feet from my bedroom wall!
Wrong kind of rumble in the Bedroom for sure!! ROF
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:35 PM   post #12 of 44
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Take a chain saw and plunge-cut some deep slots in the stumps. Then put a big bag of instant-light charcoal on the top and light it. Add more charcoal as or if needed depending on the brand of tree. Some are much wetter than others. The stump will be gone right quick if you get a good hot fire going. Pull up a lawn chair, a cooler full of your favorite beverage, and get out the marshmallow and hot dog sticks and have a bbq.

I once found some potassium-based stuff at a garden supply store that used this same principle. Charcoal works just fine, though. I've also used charcoal to dispose of dug-up stumps as well.

Oh yea, it will burn for a couple of days, so be sure you are comfortable leaving it go and the surrounding area is not liable to light off itself.
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:48 PM   post #13 of 44
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I guess I failed to mention that the stumps are less than 20 feet from my bedroom wall!
Weeeeell, if you place the charge at just the right angle............things should, well, still go boom. ROF ROF

You could always try 1/4 stick for starters At least if your soil is like mine nothing but fine sand there won;t be any rocks flying..........

seriously, I would get someone with a stump grinder since they are that close or in the meantime venture down to Lowes or Boggs Pottery and pick the wife up a couple of large planters and place on the stumps until they rot out, which can be by tomorrow or in 12 years in this area, especially if they were yellow or long leaf pine and they have much fat lighter in them. The outer portions usually go pretty quick but that fat in the center can be there for a long time and is very hard on mower blades.

I got 4 estimates in my area (folks thaty do it were from Prattville and Montgomery area) to grind my stumps from the pines I removed earlier this year, and did not feel like having to get a second mortgage on the house to remove the stumps, so we put two whiskey barrel halfs on the two stumps by the patio. May as well make use of the stumps for the time being and planters on them certainly look better than the stumps did.
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:59 PM   post #14 of 44
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I used the fire in the stump method a few weeks ago at the kid's house. Worked great but it was tough to keep the fire hot. Didn't think about charcoal. We used diesel fuel.
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I used the fire in the stump method a few weeks ago at the kid's house. Worked great but it was tough to keep the fire hot. Didn't think about charcoal. We used diesel fuel.
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