Whether you’re taking part in a Parks Alive! Event, enjoying the Downtown Kelowna Block Party, or hosting friends at home a summer in Kelowna is all about spending as much time outside as possible. It could be a great time of year to get rid of unsightly tree stumps in your yard! If you’re looking for tips on how to remove a stump naturally to make your outdoor living space more inviting, our team has created this guide for the best stump removal methods available.
The most effective way to get rid of stump roots is to use a heavy-duty stump grinder. Sizes of stump grinders vary depending on the size of the trees stump that needs to be removed. Most commonly, a stump grinder is a large machine with a jagged wheel at the front that chews through the tree stump down to the roots. Once the stump has been ground down, a layer of dirt and mulch is used to cover the hole to allow grass to regrow in the area.
Stump removal chemicals are another popular option to get rid of tree stumps in your yard. A professional arborist will use a chainsaw to cut the stump as close to the ground as possible. The tip of the chainsaw is then used to cut a grid pattern on the surface of the stump to allow potassium nitrate to soak into the interior structure and root system of the tree trunk. Once the stump is dusted with chemical powder, it’s covered with dirt and mulch to allow it to decompose under the surface.
The most difficult and labour-intensive way to remove a stump from your property is to dig it out manually. To remove the tree, a tool called a mattock—similar in shape to a pickaxe—is used to dig around the permitter of the stump to loosen the dirt from around the tree and its roots. Depending on the size of the stump, a professional arborist may use a winch and heavy equipment like a Bobcat to remove the stump once it’s loose.