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/ 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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  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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