How to remove a rotting tree stump

Written by dave lawrence
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How to remove a rotting tree stump
You have to work a little to remove a rotten tree stump. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Rotten tree stumps are unattractive. You may want to remove rotting tree stumps from your property during a landscape renovation project or to clear the area for building. Tree stump removal can sometimes take a lot of effort. Fortunately, rotting tree stumps are easier to remove than the stumps of freshly cut trees. You can remove rotting tree stumps with just a few basic tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Axe
  • Shovel

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  1. 1

    Strike the top of the tree stump with an axe. You want to cut off as much of the rotted stump as you can.

  2. 2

    Remove the dirt from around the perimeter of the tree stump, using a shovel. Dig deep enough to expose the tree roots.

  3. 3

    Cut the exposed tree roots with a wood saw. Cut off all the roots. Shovel away any debris.

  4. 4

    Dig around the area at the base of the tree stump. You want to be able to get the shovel underneath the tree stump.

  5. 5

    Push the shovel underneath the tree stump and pull down on the handle so you can pry the stump out of the ground. You can place a piece of wood between the head of the shovel and the ground for more leverage if necessary.

  6. 6

    Remove the tree stump from the hole when it breaks free. Set the stump off to the side. Backfill the hole with soil.

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