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I've been clearing an area on our place for a future garden. I've had to cut many trees down in doing so. Needless to say, I have a lot of tree stumps that are sticking up.
What's the best way to get rid of them? I can't afford a stump grinder. I'm not sure about putting chemicals on the stumps to kill it seeing how it's going to be a garden.
Any ideas?
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if you know anyone in the mining industry, or demolitions for that matter, see if you cant convince them to help you out. a pencil-eraser sized piece of C-4 will do the job and you can drag the stump away with a truck. otherwise, grab a shovel and get busy.
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how tall are they and what kind of tree where they...?.... I did the same type of thing not that long ago and what I did was cut them pretty much flush with the ground, excavate around them, so that a good portion of root was visible and then building a fire in the hole around the stump and keep it good and hot until the stump was burned out.... took awhile because most of the water in a tree is in the root system, but a bag of matchlite charcoal helped to keep it good and hot
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Im in the tree business.

Best thing, rent a stump grinder.

next best thing , burn the brush from the trees on the stump and try to burn it out, if its a garden you dont have to get all the roots just the large stump body.

Next, you can drill holes in it and fill them with salt, this will aid in the natural cycle while insuring the stump doesn't re sprout.

,next you can dig the stump out, or dig down to get a very low below grade cut on it.

My favorite way, cut them in the fall and inoculate them with mushroom spores, they will produce mushrooms you can eat and it helps break down the stump.

In your case I would say burn them out i a stump grinder cant be had.
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We had stumps that were three feet or more across, including the roots. What we did is [as best we could - lots of sand and rocks had grown into the roots] build a fire and slowly burn them. Note that this isn't the best method, but nobody wanted them for free or pay, we couldn't chop them with a chainsaw [dulled the blade after only one cut through the sand, etc.] and we were desperate.
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Drill holes as deep as you can. Pour in diesel fuel, let it soak in, soak whole stump. Wait for a day and light it up.
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We enlarged our garden area and we had a lot of tree stumps too. We were able to dig up all but one (we dug around the roots and sawed them into). The one we couldn't dig up was a bigger tree stump so we dug under the roots and built a fire under the stump and burned the bottom roots. After we burned the roots, we were able to pick up the stump. It was a lot of work, but well worth the trouble in my opinion.
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I just cut 100 down. What proved even more valuable than a stump grinder was a backhoe. Instead of just grinding them down below the dirt and struggling with all the roots, you should just have a guy with one of those small jap backhoes come in and knock it out for you.

For as little as $75 an hour you will have a garden ready plot. Stump grinder won't do if you want a garden as it will leave all the roots.

It's pretty obvious that those who describe using diesel are clueless to its effects in long term gardening. It's going to be labor or money, either way their is no easy way out. Even fire could change the pH of the soil and throw off what you want to grow, even if only a bit.
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Large self propelled stump grinders can be rented for as little as $125 per weekend.
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backhoe will pull them out and with the right attachment can till it for you too.
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I had to get rid of a few stumps in the back yard years ago. I drilled holes in the top and poured in saltpeter and watered it in. The stump broke down and disappeared on it's own in less than a year. In my case, I was in no hurry. If you're in a hurry, burning it out seems like the cheapest way.
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Sounds like a good excuse to buy a tractor
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If the stumps have dried... take some gas, put it in a plastic container, add styrofoam... it creates a thick gel. I put that on the stump and light it... if you can get the stump to burn, it usually will smolder until it hits dirt level.
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I'm a member of soak them in diesel and burn crowd.
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Burning has been the method for many many years all the way back to our forfathers. I use this method but am intreiged by the salt pepper method. I too drill holes and burn baby burn. You can even pratice your fire starting!
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I put my oil filters on them and refill the filter till my oil is gone. After several months, the stump has wicked oil way down below ground level. It doesn't take much brush piled on top to get the stump going when you light it.

I've heard that you can drill a stump and pour butter milk or yogurt into the holes to kick start the rotting process.
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termites are effective. they got rid of mine after about 3 years. lol
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After we removed the stumps, we used to tractor to plow the roots up. We did try to remove the biggest stump with the tractor and we ended up breaking the tractor. It stripped the threads on the hydrolic box that holds the lines.
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if you hook up a vacuum cleaner or air hose to blow air through the holes the stump will burn out much quicker.


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