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How to Drill a Tree Stump

Updated February 21, 2017

One method of removing tree stumps does not require an expensive stump grinder or hours of back-breaking labour. Drilling multiple holes in a tree stump allows you to increase the rate a tree stump will rot. Over time, you will be able to remove the rotted tree stump without excessive digging. Using the proper drill bit allows you to drill effortlessly into the tree stump. Correctly drilling holes in a tree stump is the most important step in affordably removing it.

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  1. Cut the stump close to the ground with a chainsaw. Do not allow the chain of the saw to contact the dirt surrounding the stump.

  2. Slide the end of a 1-inch spade bit in a bit extension. Tighten the bit extension with the tool included with the extension. Secure the end of the bit extension in a drill motor.

  3. Drill a 3- to 4-inch-deep hole within 2 inches of the bark of the tree stump. Repeat the process until you have at least one hole every 4 inches around the circumference of the stump. Drill three to five holes at a 45-degree angle near the centre of the stump.

  4. Pour chemical stump remover into each hole. Stop pouring when the hole is filled with the stump remover.

  5. Allow the chemical stump remover to sit in the stump for four to six weeks.

  6. Tip

    Add additional chemical stump remover to the drilled holes once a week to hasten the rotting process.


    Wear eye protection when cutting and drilling a tree stump. Wear latex gloves when handling the chemical stump remover.

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Things You'll Need

  • Chain saw
  • 1-inch spade bit
  • Bit extension
  • Drill motor
  • Chemical stump remover

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