Tips for Taking Care of a Stump


Stumps can be a real pain, especially if they’re left unattended. They take up valuable space in your yard and they can be dangerous for kids and pets. But with the right tools and know-how, you’ll have no trouble getting rid of them in no time!

Leave the stump alone.

You may have heard that the best way to remove a stump is by digging it up. While this is true, it’s not always necessary or feasible. A better option is to just leave the stump alone—it will eventually rot away on its own over several years. In most cases, digging up a stump can cause damage to your yard and disrupt groundwater levels, making it more difficult for your grass or plants to grow back in place.

Cut off the stump.

The first step in caring for a stump is to cut it off. There are a few ways to do this:

  • Use a chainsaw, handsaw or stump cutter
  • Use a stump grinder

Drill holes.

Drill holes in the stump. To make sure that you don’t drill too far, use a drill bit that is the same size as your potassium nitrate pellets. Make sure to keep adding more pellets until no more will fit into the hole (this should be about 1/2 inch). Fill all of your holes with potassium nitrate and then wait for them to dry before watering them again with a high pressure sprayer or hose.

Pour nitrogen into your stump.

This is an important step that can help you get rid of your stump more quickly. Nitrogen is a good fertilizer for plants and will also help speed up the decomposition process by making it easier for microbes to work on breaking down the woody tissue of your stump.

You can purchase nitrogen at a garden center or other store, but another option is using two-liter soda bottles or milk jugs and drilling holes into your stump with a drill bit (make sure you wear safety goggles!). Then pour in some liquid fertilizer through these holes.

Cover it with dirt.

  • Cover it with dirt. If you want to help a stump rot away, cover it with dirt or mulch. A thick layer of soil is best for covering a stump. You can also use leaves, grass clippings, compost, sand and other organic materials to help speed up the rotting process.

Turn the stump into a planter for flowers or shrubs.

After you’ve done all you can to make sure the stump is safe, there are several ways you can use it in your yard. One option is to turn it into a planter for shrubs or flowers. This will allow you to add some color and variety to your landscape, as well as provide an opportunity for easy care. You could also turn the stump into storage space by hollowing out the inside with a drill and some wood chisels—this could make a great place for storing gardening supplies like gloves and pruners. If you’re feeling creative, take advantage of its height by building stairs leading up to your fence so that children can sit on top of it while they eat their lunches! It would also be fun if they used the space as part of their play area or even as an outdoor kitchenette during parties where food needs cooking (and maybe guests need washing up after).

Grind it down

To grind the stump down to a level that won’t damage your lawn, you’ll need a stump grinder. You can rent one at many home improvement stores or from some landscaping companies. Make sure to get one with enough power to grind through large stumps, as well as with a good warranty on the engine and blade.

You can also hire someone with a chain saw to cut off any remaining roots sticking out of your yard’s surface and then use their own equipment for grinding down any remaining pieces of wood. If you choose this option, make sure you find someone who has experience working in residential neighborhoods–you don’t want them damaging anything but your stump! Be aware that if they use an electric chain saw they may have difficulty cutting through thick roots if they are over a certain size (usually around four inches).

Trim back the roots.

Trim back the roots.

  • Do this in late spring or summer.
  • Use a chainsaw or reciprocating saw to cut off the roots that are closest to the surface, but not so close that you can damage your stump.

Use a stump grinder to grind it down.

If you’ve decided to get rid of your stump and turn it into mulch, use a stump grinder. These machines use sharp blades to cut through the surface of the wood and then pulverize it into bits. You can find stump grinders at landscaping supply stores or online.

Before you take on this project, be sure you have all of the right equipment:

  • A sturdy pair of work boots or shoes with good traction
  • Protective gear like goggles and earplugs (you don’t want debris flying into your eyes or ears)
  • Training in how to safely operate heavy machinery like a stump grinder (check local community colleges)

Rot the stump away.

The simplest method of removing a stump is to wait for it to rot. This will take years, but the effort is minimal. You can make your life easier by occasionally watering it during dry spells and applying some fertilizer in the spring and throughout the summer months, as this will speed up the process.

As you wait for your stump to decompose back into the earth from which it came, remember that patience is a virtue when dealing with such things.

Remove the stump with fire.

The best way to care for a stump is to remove it with fire. Using a stump grinder, you can grind down the surface of your tree stump until it’s gone. Be careful not to use too much pressure on your grinder or you’ll cause damage to your lawn. If at all possible, try using some sort of protective coating on the lawn before grinding away at it; this will keep damage from occurring as much as possible and ensure that your lawn looks good for years to come!

Keep pets and children from getting hurt by covering it.

Another way to protect children and pets from getting hurt by the stump is to cover it with a tarp or other material. Make sure the tarp is securely fastened so that it doesn’t fall off, but you don’t want it too tight either. The idea is that you want to secure the tarp so that kids and pets cannot get under it and get hurt. You also want to make sure that the tarp covers all of your stump, not just part of it.

Turn it into a piece of art.

You can also turn the stump into a work of art. You can use a chainsaw to cut it into a sculpture, or you could use a stump grinder to grind it down and create something new with it. You could even use an axe and chisel/hammer to carve out the shape!

Think of a stump as an investment.

Stumps are useful. Yes, they are inanimate and cannot be used as a means of transportation or power, but stumps can still be of value to you. You see, what most people do not realize is that stumps can be used for many things! They can serve as storage space for firewood or other items that need to be out of the way but easily accessible (like tools). Stumps can also make great planters for flowers or shrubs. And some people even take the time to craft their stump into atabletopp!

Perhaps the most popular use for a stump is turning it into a bench seating area with legs attached on either side. This allows you to sit comfortably while enjoying your garden view from atop your beloved stump!

Always wear proper safety gear.

A few safety tips:

  • Wear goggles, gloves, and a dust mask to protect your eyes and skin. Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery that could get caught in the stump grinder.
  • Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes to protect yourself from getting hurt by wood chips or shavings. A hard hat is also recommended if using a stump grinder because of the risk of falling branches while using it. A respirator will help protect you from inhaling wood particles while using a stump grinder.

Consider planting flowers in the hole.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can create a flower bed in the hole. The soil will be much more fertile than anything else in your yard, and since it’s already at ground level it will be easy to maintain.

If you’d prefer something with more staying power, plant one or two trees in the stump’s place. This can provide shade and shelter as well as become an attractive focal point on your property.

Plant shrubs around the edges of the hole (the roots should spread out underground). Shrubs are great for making borders between different parts of your yard or separating areas from each other; they also look beautiful when blooming!

You might want to consider planting some vegetables in your new “hole garden”. You’ll have access to fresh produce all year long; just remember not to eat too many carrots!

Get creative with your stump to use it as functional decor.

Once you’ve cleared your stump, it’s time to get creative with it. Here are some ways you can use a stump in your yard:

  • Use the stump as a planter. You can put anything from flowers to vegetables in this planter, or just leave it empty for now.
  • Turn the stump into a fire pit for outdoor entertaining or bonfires with friends. If this is something you’d like to do, make sure that there are no chemicals (such as paint) on the surface of the stump before burning anything nearby!
  • Make a bench out of your stumps by attaching them with heavy-duty bolts and screws through each one’s centre point (preferably using more than one piece). This is especially useful if you have several small stumps around your property!
  • Put bird feeders in each hole so birds have somewhere safe and fun to eat while they’re visiting our yard! And don’t forget about cats either — they love sleeping under trees too!

Don’t forget to water your stump!

If you’re going to take care of a stump, make sure to remember that water is important. Watering your stump will keep it alive.

Remove the extra tree material

Now that you’ve removed all the dead or damaged tree material, it’s time to take a look at your remaining stump. You should remove any protruding roots and bark that are loose or damaged. In addition, if there are large branches left on top of the stump, those will need to be removed too.

Drill holes in the stump

Drill holes in the stump.

Fill the holes with potassium nitrate, a fertilizer often used on golf courses. Make sure to use granulated potassium nitrate, not pellets or other forms of fertilizer that may be difficult to work into the soil and may burn plants if they come into direct contact with them. Use a high-pressure sprayer to add water to the stump so that it will absorb as much moisture as possible.

Fill the holes with potassium nitrate

The next step is to fill the holes with potassium nitrate. This will make the stump decompose faster, so you can clear away the roots more easily. You’ll need a high-pressure sprayer to add water, and if you don’t have one on hand, you can do this by drilling holes in a bucket and placing it over the stump.

The last step is removing any remaining roots from the ground around your stump. This can be done with your hands or by using an axe or shovel if they’re too thick for you to pull out manually.

Use a high-pressure sprayer to add water

The best way to add water is with a high-pressure sprayer. You might think that using a hose with a nozzle would be the way to go, but this can be dangerous and ineffective—the force of the stream will push away surrounding soil, making it more difficult for roots to grow around the stump. In addition, using your hands can damage them and make them prone to infections or blisters. If you don’t have access to a high-pressure sprayer right now (or if you’re just too lazy), try watering manually by pouring small amounts of water over the stump and into its immediate surroundings every day for about two weeks.

Stump burning is not a good idea

Stump burning is a common way to dispose of stumps, but it’s not the most environmentally friendly method. Burning your stumps can cause air pollution and fires, which can be dangerous and damaging to the surrounding environment.

It’s also important to note that stump burning is illegal in some areas due to air quality restrictions (or fire regulations). If you’re unsure whether it’s legal in your state or country, check with local authorities before deciding on this method of disposal.

Gradually clear away the roots

You can use a shovel to clear away the roots. Don’t use a chainsaw. Don’t use a stump grinder, rototiller, cordless drill or angle grinder either.


The best way to do this is to go slowly and be careful. If you have a large stump or roots that are too big for the grinder, then you may need to get help from someone else. If you have any questions about how to care for your tree stump, please feel free to contact us here!