How to Remove a Tree Stump


Removing a tree can be a challenging task, but removing a stump left behind can be even more difficult. Safely removing a tree requires expert skills and does not come cheap. As with any professional service, it is wise to consult with a few companies before choosing a final offer to accept in order to ensure you are getting a fair price.

Digging the Stump Out

One of the most popular methods of removing a tree stump is by digging it out. This method typically involves using a shovel, pickaxe, and other digging tools to dig around the stump until you can pull it out of the ground.

Let it be known, this method can be physically demanding and time-consuming, especially if the stump is large.

Grinding the Stump

Grinding a tree stump is another popular method of stump removal. This method involves using a stump grinder to grind the stump into small pieces. While this method is quick and efficient, it can be expensive to hire a stump grinder.


Killing the Roots of the Tree

If you don't want to remove the entire stump, you can choose to kill the roots of the tree instead. This method involves drilling holes into the stump and pouring a tree root killer solution into the holes.

It’s important to keep in mind that this method can take several months to work, and you may still be left with a visible stump.

A note on safety. Using chemicals to remove a tree stump can be safe if you follow the instructions carefully and wear protective gear. You should always avoid using chemicals near children or pets.


What is the standard cost to remove a tree stump?

The cost to remove a tree stump can vary depending on several factors, including:

  • the size of the stump
  • the method of removal
  • the location

Let’s take a closer look at factors that can impact the cost of removing a tree stump:

Stump size

The size of the tree stump is one of the most significant factors in determining the cost of removal. The basic concept that applies is the larger the stump, the more time and effort required to remove it. In turn, the larger the stump, the higher the cost of removal.

Access to the stump

The accessibility of the stump can also impact the cost. If the stump is located in a difficult to reach area or there are obstacles in the way, this may result in more time required for removal. Depending on the service, you are likely paying for time and, therefore, this will increase the overall cost.

It’s important to note that access is not the same thing as location.

Location of the stump

Where you live and the location of your residence can make a substantial difference when it comes to the cost of tree stump removal. If the stump is located in a densely populated area, the removal process may be more complicated and time-consuming, in turn, leading to a higher cost.

Method of removal

The method of removal can also impact the cost. For example, grinding a tree stump is generally less expensive than digging it out by hand.

On average, the cost to remove a tree stump can range from $75 to $350*. Prices in the higher range are typically for larger stumps, stumps that are more challenging to remove, and stumps that take a long time to remove.

A high-quality and trustworthy professional tree stump removal service should be able to provide you with an estimate based on your specific situation. It's always a sensible idea to compare quotes from at least a few different companies to ensure you're getting a fair price before accepting a final offer.

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