How to Kill a Holly Tree Stump

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How to Kill a Holly Tree Stump
Holly trees and stumps can be difficult to kill. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The American holly tree, which grows primarily in the eastern region of the United States, is an evergreen tree whose berries and leaves are often used in holiday decorations. Although a holly tree can contribute festive accents, it also can be very hard to kill. If you cut down a holly tree, the stump will usually put out new shoots, leaves and berries.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Drill
  • Nitrate of potash or stump-killing liquid

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clip off any limbs, leaves or other growth on the stump.

  2. 2

    Drill holes around the top circle of the stump. Angle the holes slightly and make them 1.5 inches across and about 9 inches deep.

  3. 3

    Fill each hole with nitrate of potash or a stump-killing liquid that you can find at most garden stores.

  4. 4

    Burn the stump or dig it up from the roots for permanent removal once it is dead.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not get the stump-killing product or the nitrate of potash on other vegetation that you do not want to kill.

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