After you've had a tree service visit your yard to cut down a dead tree, your next priority is to decide what to do with the stump. While you can have the professionals take care of grinding it down for you, you might also wish to roll up your sleeves and tackle the project on your own. There are a variety of different ways to successfully remove a tree stump — you don't need to settle for the approach of leaving the unsightly mass in your yard and trying to spruce it up by placing a flower planter on it. Depending on your comfort level with various projects, here are some different ways that you can eliminate the stump.
Cover It With Dirt
If the stump is low to the ground, a simple method of dealing with it is to cover it with dirt and allow it to rot. This process is a long-term effort, but is possible for virtually anyone to accomplish. Over time, the dirt will trap moisture against the stump and start to break it down. If you want to speed up the process, you can use a drill and a large drill bit to make holes in the top of the freshly cut stump, or grab a chainsaw and make some cuts across the surface. These will allow more moisture into the stump and help it break down quicker.
Treat It With A Stump Remover
Visit your local yard supply or home improvement store and buy a bottle of stump remover. This chemical is designed to be poured onto the surface of the stump, where it will start to break down the wood. Many of these products will not harm the surrounding lawn or other vegetation in your yard, despite their harsh nature. As with covering the stump with dirt to promote rot, you can increase the speed of this task by drilling or cutting holes or grooves into the surface of the stump before applying the chemical.
Rent A Stump Grinder
The fastest way to remove a stump is by renting a stump grinder. This job is a challenge but will give you results quickly. You'll first need to use a shovel to dig around the perimeter of the stump to improve your ease of access. Then, you turn on the grinder and gently push the cutting blade against the stump. The speed at which the blade slices through the wood depends on whether it's rotten or not, but you'll start to see sawdust being made as proof of your efforts. Grind the stump down below the level of the lawn so you can fill the hole with earth and plant seed.