A tree's stump is difficult to landscape around. Hack at the stump as you might, and you will find yourself with an ache in the back and a headache. However, removing stumps doesn't have to be hard. In fact, you can chemically break down the stump and its remaining root system with the application of a simple sodium hydroxide and water solution.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Rubber gloves
- Caustic soda (sodium hydroxide)
- Wooden stirrer
- Hand drill
- 1/4-inch drill bit
- Pointed shovel
Fix a 1/4-inch drill bit to an electric-powered hand drill.
Steady the drill against the top of the stump and drill holes spaced 3 inches apart over the entire surface.
Slip on a pair of rubber gloves and pour one part sodium hydroxide and two parts water into a clean bucket.
Stir the sodium hydroxide and water to incorporate.
Immediately pour over the top of the stump so it seeps into the drilled holes. Repeat this process every day for approximately 2 weeks, or until the stump is soft enough to easily chop up with a shovel and remove.
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