How to remove a tree stump using a shovel

If you recently knocked down a tree in your garden, you have several options to remove the stump. You can remove it using a shovel, crush it, burn it or use a chemical to remove stumps. Choose the method that best suits the root system of the tree you want to remove.

We will show you how to do a tree stump extraction.

  • Dig around the roots.

    Use a shovel to dig next to the stump, exposing the roots under the surrounding earth. Move around the stump circumference and continue digging until exposing all the large roots that surround the tree. Dig deep into both sides of the roots to expose them as much as possible.

If the roots are too big and deep and you find it difficult to discover them completely, you may have to use a different method to remove the stump. This method works best when you have the ability to discover all the roots almost to their tips.

  • Cut the roots.

    Depending on the size of the roots, use a gardening scissors, an ax or a short root to cut them. Cut them into manageable pieces and get what you can from the ground.

You can use an ax to cut the roots, but it is not recommended, since it can break dangerously if it hits a rock and, in general, it will end up trapped between the roots if they are not completely exposed.

  • Take out the roots.

    Use a hoe to reduce the remaining embedded roots to the tips. If you have to make more cuts as you go, do it, so you can take out the roots more easily. Continue until most of the roots are removed, then return and remove all that remains.

  • Take out the stump.

    After processing all or most of the roots, you should be able to remove the stump easily. Maybe it's your turn to use a shovel to dig under the stump and cut some extra roots under it before you can pull it out.

Now that you have removed all the wood, you can cut it and place it in your compost pile.

  • Fill the hole.

    The final step is to fill the hole with loam or sawdust. If you do not, the earth around the hole will collapse and you will have a big dent in your yard. As the loam or sawdust settles, the soil will sink a little, so you may need to add an extra layer every couple of months so that the soil remains completely flat.

We suggest the ax method to finish the job. Tree stump removal works only on seasoned (older) stumps that have been dead for about a year, not stumps of freshly cut trees.

Saul Saldana Jr

Triple S Tree

(832)340-6671