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Keeping Your Trees Healthy

When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

Stump Removal Methods You Can Try Yourself

Joshua Mercier

If you have a few tree stumps in your yard, and you are not enjoying their appearance, there are several methods you can try in removing or decorating them so your yard looks nicer. Most people will have a tree service (such as Brown's Tree Service) come to their property to remove unsightly tree stumps, but the job can also be done by the homeowner if they have the proper tools and know-how to do the job correctly. Here are some ways to try in removing or repurposing tree stumps. 

Try A Stump Grinder

A stump grinding machine is the equipment a professional tree service would use to remove stumps. You can attempt to rent a stump grinder from a local big box hardware store or a tool rental service. Make sure to ask for an instructional session in how to use the machine before attempting to try removing a stump on your own. This piece of machinery is effective in removal, but it is also very dangerous without knowing how to utilize it. If you are not confident in using a large piece of equipment, it is best to leave it for a professional. If you are adept in the use of heavy machinery, don your safety clothing and goggles and grind away. 

Start A Fire

You can remove a stump by setting it ablaze. This method will need to be monitored throughout the burning process to make sure it is not a threat to neighbors or your home. Be sure to have someone available to keep track of progress for several days. Drill a few holes in the top of the stump you wish to remove. Pour kerosene or gasoline into the holes and let it soak into the wood for a week or two before setting the stump on fire. Make sure there is no precipitation in the forecast for this time so the burn is effective.

Add Some Chemicals

Drill holes in the top of a stump and pour in wood deteriorating chemicals to break down the composition of the stump. These chemicals can be purchased in the landscaping section of a home goods store. This method will take several weeks. It is however, effective. Keep adding the chemical additive until the stump is disintegrated into pieces. These can be pulled from the ground and disposed of in a wooded area.

Try To Reuse

Consider reusing stumps by decorating them. Use an ax to cut up the interior of the top of a stump. Pull out the wooded pieces and fill the opening with potting soil. Plant colorful flowers inside to help make your property look festive. Another idea is to paint the surface of a stump with a checkerboard pattern. Bring acorns and stones over to the area and use the top of the stump to play a game.