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4 Effective Methods for Killing Tree Stumps Safely

The mild weather of a Lexington, KY spring is the perfect time to tackle all of those outdoor maintenance tasks that you have been putting off all winter, including taking care of the trees on your property. If there is a tree stump on your property, getting rid of it should be a priority before it causes issues like pest infestation or spreading tree-killing infections. Fortunately, there are a number of actions you can take to deal with tree stumps that will be effective.

Hire a Stump Removal Expert

In many cases, the easiest way to get rid of a tree stump on your property is to hire an expert to do the job. Professional tree care services like Top Quality Landscaping have a lot of experience getting rid of all types of tree stumps in a wide variety of locations. If the tree stump is large, is in an area that is tricky to maneuver in, or is a variety of hardwood, it may require the specialized techniques and equipment of professional stump removers to be removed properly.

Salting the Stump

If you want to tackle tree stump removal on your own, then salting the stump may be the easiest option for killing the stump. The technique involves drilling holes into the tree stump, adding Epsom salt or rock salt to the holes and top of the stump, sprinkling the stump with water, and covering the stump with a tarp (for Epsom salt) or mulch (for rock salt) to keep the elements from affecting the salting. This should be repeated every few weeks until the stump is dead.

Eliminating Sunlight

Another simple method for killing a tree stump is to restrict its access to sunlight. All plants need sunlight to grow, so blocking the stump from sunlight will cause it to die and accelerate its rate of decomposition. For this technique, cut the stump down as close to the roots as you can, cover the remains with a black trash bag or heavy light-blocking tarp, then weigh down the edges of the covering so it will stay in place.

Kill the Roots With Boiling Water

The boiling water method of dealing with tree stumps is a bit more labor-intensive than the previously mentioned options. For this method, you need to expose as much of the root structure as possible, which can require a lot of digging. Once the roots have been exposed, drill holes into the roots and the base of the stump to pour the boiling water in. The heat will kill any part of the tree that is still alive, allowing the natural decomposition process to begin.

These methods are some of the most effective ways to deal with tree stumps on your property safely. If you have any questions about the best way to remove a tree stump from your property, or you would like more information about professional tree care services, contact the pros at Top Quality Landscaping today. We are ready to help you with all of your tree care needs.

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